Bikes on planes
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 1, 2013 11:25 PM Last Post By: noelbike2
Jan 31, 2013 4:46 AM
Bikes on planesWe've heard some rumors that the fees for taking a bike on a plane have generally changed. That means you cannot check them in as sports equipment anymore, for an extra fee, about 20 to 40 Euro.
The new rule should be they are included in your total check-in luggage.
That means, if your bike is maybe 16 kg, you only have 4 kg more of free luggage, plus the 8 kg to take on board.
Anybody can tell if this is true, or just a plan, or it differs from company to company?
Jan 31, 2013 8:13 AM
Jan 31, 2013 2:44 PM
2OP= unfortunately "We've heard some rumors" is not a very solid basis on which to make decisions. Why not just go to the web site of the airline you are considering and read the information yourself. For example, here is Air Canada's -
or how about air new zealand's policy? http://www.airnewzealand.ca/oversized-items
If you're flying "Economy" on most airlines, you can expect to pay a surcharge for a second piece of checked baggage, not matter if it is bicycle or just a duffel bag filled with whatever.
Feb 1, 2013 2:44 AM
3THe best I've come across are as follows
Emirates 32 kg plus 7kg carry on
Sri Lankan 32Kg plus 7 kg carry on
Easy Jet, Tiger, Air Asia,and Jetstar, all have reasonable surcharges in Black and White and easily understood to eliminate getting stung at the check in.
Many of the "better" airlines state a %1.5 extra levy per KG of the standard fare. What the hell is their standard fare?? Some say its dependant on the day??
Flying is the most stressful for a cyclist until you're on the plane.
Feb 1, 2013 3:01 PM
4After I did the math for getting my bike to Christchurch from Toronto for my upcoming bike trip, I decided to rent a bike when I got to Christchurch instead.
The cost to get the bike to the airport and on to the plane was $65. for the taxi and $65. for additional charge for the bike by the airline. It would be the same on the return. Therefore, $260. CDN.
I got the bike - a Cannondale Toring II - for $455. CDN instead. That is is three weeks rental. Total real cost = $195. No worries, no hassles, no wondering what four different sets of baggage handlers are doing to my bike box!
Sometimes it makes sense to take your own bike; sometimes it might not!
Feb 1, 2013 11:25 PM
5Actually I believe it is almost always best to ride into the airport. Some exceptions are after-midnight flights, some but not many airports (eg Tehran), lack of plastic wraping machines, and our own time factors. If I was flying every month I'd want to be able to get a bike carton AT the initial departure. Some airlines carry stock and sell cartons to their own passengers. Some airports also have someone selling them but these tend to be a ripoff.
I ride into Frankfurt and many other airports and get a carton there. Surely this is the best way. Then ride out of the arrival airport, possibly having stashed the carton if you were returning from the same airport.
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