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American Airlines charges for bike as baggage.(8 posts)

American Airlines charges for bike as baggage.the Phantom
Nov 8, 2002 6:49 AM
I will be traveling to Hawaii tomorrow, I will be taking my bike with me. How do I escape the baggage charges? Vouchers, coupons for American Airlines? Any common stratagies? I have a hard shell case but looks like a trade show display packing case.
I always just say "exercise equipment" (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 8, 2002 7:11 AM
re: American Airlines charges for bike as baggage.robbz27
Nov 8, 2002 7:23 AM
My only advice would be to prepare to take it dry (not the bike...think about it). I got hit for $80 going from San Jose to Chicago with my bike. I tried negotiating with the ticket counter lady, but it's tough to negotiate when she doesn't speak English. I was so fed up I started insulting her to her face and she just sat there and agreed with me. It was the only pleasure I got out of the whole experience.
Pay the feems
Nov 8, 2002 7:44 AM
If you don't pay the fee and anything happens to your bike you will be out of luck with any claim that you make with the airline.
Check out your credit card baggage insuranceGeoCyclist
Nov 8, 2002 12:55 PM
Some credit cards provide FREE baggage insurance if you purchase your airline tickets with the credit card. My card offers enough FREE insurance to cover the full cost of about any bicycle ever made. Unless they recently raised the lost baggage allowance, you would be lucy to get enough money from the airlines to pay for a new set of tires and a seat!!!
Does membership with USCF or Norba help?the Phantom
Nov 8, 2002 8:04 AM
I have numerous memberships to the U.S. cycling organizations, other airlines honor a policy for waving the excessive fees with the memberships. American Airlines customer service could not confirm their policies.
One thought, check the bike case at the curb, tell the skycap it is a trade show display, slip him a twenty...
curbside checkingbigrider
Nov 8, 2002 8:17 AM
Check your bags curbside if you can and tip the guy 10 bucks. Before 9/11 a group of went on a non cycling trip and had mega baggage well over the number limit and weight. No problem a 20 dollar tip didn't cure.
Isn't it a legitimate second bag?Look381i
Nov 8, 2002 9:46 AM
I flew American (IIRC) to France this summer. I was allowed to check two bags with no total weight limit. One was my bike case. It seems hard to believe they would have a stricter rule for domestic flights, even those over an ocean.