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Bikes on Air Canada and Qantas(4 posts)

Bikes on Air Canada and QantasPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 20, 2003 8:42 AM
Anyone know what the rules/prices regarding bikes and shipping them is? I know in the past there was a CCA loophole I could use but I don't know if it exists anymore.

I've never been charged on Qantas - never flown AC ...TJeanloz
Feb 20, 2003 9:29 AM
I would suspect that it has something to do with how your ticket was sold. Usually international airlines don't charge - but I was once on a flight that was a Delta/SwissAir "codeshare", which meant that Delta and SwissAir both sold seats and issued their own tickets, though the plane and crew were SwissAir. I had a SwissAir ticket and didn't have to pay for my bike, a friend with a Delta ticket [for the exact same flight] did.
re: Bikes on Air Canada and Qantastoronto-rider
Feb 20, 2003 9:50 AM
No charge for Air Canada if yo fly international, same for Air Transat. I have just booked my flight to France in July, and made sure that there are no charges. Go to the air canada website, it tells you all about sports equipment.
re: Bikes on Qantaswillem72
Feb 20, 2003 2:04 PM
On Qantas you shouldn't be charged for international sectors. Sometimes they charge here in Australia (it depends on the airport - Sydney and Melbourne are rotters, the smaller ports are much more relaxed). Flying out of Australia they want you to put your bike in a big box (the Qantas boxes are large and tuff and I use them whenever I can - AUD15), but o/s you can get away without - in Frankfurt I just turned the bars and strapped them to the toptube and let a few pounds out of the tires. Didn't remove the pump from the frame and it was stolen so I couldn't ride home from the airport because my tires were too flat.

Very frustrating when booking clerks insist you let the air out of your tires on a jet flite - the baggage holds are all PRESSURISED - if they weren't your deodorant spraypaks would explode, champagne corks pop etc. In addition the cruising altitude on Australian domestic sectors is never so great that the external air pressure would drop so low as to permit a tire to pop!

Now I just arrive with the bike pre-boxed and tell them the tires are flat - they never check.

Qantas is great - very conservative airline with daggy decor but safe planes. Personally I prefer the food on United's international flites to the food on Qantas, but it's tolerable. One of very few airlines to turn a profit in the last 2 years.

Bon voyage!