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Which airlines don't charge for bike boxes internat'l flts(7 posts)

Which airlines don't charge for bike boxes internat'l fltsastrobiker
Jan 24, 2004 6:33 PM
A follow up from my previous post. Seems like many people don't have to pay a fee for checking their bike boxes when taking international flights. I checked with American Airlines - they told me that they do ($100). What airlines do you guys fly that take the boxes for free as checked baggage?? Especially within the last year or so due to all the airlines' financial problems.
re: Which airlines don't charge for bike boxes internat'l fltslyleseven
Jan 24, 2004 9:21 PM
Check with them again and ask if they charge if it is in a hardshell bike carrier such as Performance. I have never been charged and last summer flew United/AerLingus to Ireland with no extra charge. If you show up in a cardboard box they are likely to charge due to size.
re: Which airlines don't charge for bike boxes internat'l fltsukiahb
Jan 24, 2004 10:02 PM
Lufthansa was also free to Italy last year for a Trico case (counted as one of two checked bags allowed), don't know if a larger cardboard bike box would be different...have flown free w/ them too, but it was a few years ago.
re: Lots of changes over tha past few yearsteoteoteo
Jan 24, 2004 10:13 PM
Here are the ones I know that do...

Delta, AA, Continental

US Air does not if you forego one of your two allowed suitcases for bike.

Gray area is tricky here because while some claim a bike is free the diminsions for the free bike would mean you'd need to be able to fit your bike into a bmx bike box. From what I've seen a hard case won't get you any extra free benefits.

Airlines are wise and know bikes=revenue. It's the same reason drinks aren't free on most international.

If it makes you feel better American didn't charge me last year, though they were supposed to.
If going to Europe, fly...cycleaddict
Jan 25, 2004 6:20 PM
a European airline if at all possible. Almost all US airlines will now charge and this is as a result of their lousy financial condition following then end of the Clinton economy. Sometimes you may luck out at the ticket counter and the agent may let you slide.
Be careful though....teoteoteo
Jan 25, 2004 9:48 PM
I flew Air France but they are operated by Delta in the U.S. and guess what. The Delta agents wearing Air France coats tried to charge me $400 because they didn't know the policy. Finally a supervisor, who was the only real Air France employee, was called over. He laughed at them in a great, but condescending manner while telling them bikes were free.
Have a copy of the baggage rules with you . . .ms
Jan 26, 2004 5:49 AM
In 2002, I took British Airways to Geneva and in 2003, I took USAirways to Madrid. Both airlines carried my bike, which was in a Trico Iron Case, for free. BA processed the bike for free without pause. However, I almost had to pay a fee on USAirways. I only escaped the fee because I had followed the advice someone gave on this board (Teo?) and had a copy of USAirways baggage policy with me. It was only after the baggage agent conferred with her supervisor and they both scrutinized the rules (the relevant parts of which I had highlighted) that my bike was allowed to fly free as my second piece of checked luggage. The usual reaction of check-in personnel when they see a bike is to begin processing an excess baggage charge immediately and many desk agents are unaware of special rules on certain carriers for international flights (e.g., on USAirways you pay for domestic flights and don't for international flights -- note: even if you have a domestic leg on your trip, you do not pay anything on USAirways if your ultimate destination is overseas).