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Offline Rockhopper

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Bikes on a plane
« on: April 01, 2009, 02:55:21 PM »
Any advice on how to get a bike on a plane without paying the extra fee? Northwest Airlines wants to charge $175 each way. At that price, I might as well rent a bike. It's really hard to get a consistent answer on whether I will be charged. The Web site says $175. The agents on the phone give varying answers. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009, 02:56:29 PM »
it is cheaper to ship bike to location then ship it back home

you aren't getting around the fee for bringing a bike

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009, 03:09:08 PM »
Southwest only charges $50 each way. Greyhound shipping wanted $57 each way. I liked the way southwest handled the bike at both ends of the trip. checked claim ticket before they let me grab it.

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009, 03:11:31 PM »
Ship it ahead of time...Fed Ex charges about $60-$75 each way including a ton of insurance.
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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2009, 03:29:38 PM »
Southwest only charges $50 each way. Greyhound shipping wanted $57 each way. I liked the way southwest handled the bike at both ends of the trip. checked claim ticket before they let me grab it.

was that recently that you got that price?

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2009, 03:41:01 PM »
Ship it ahead of time...Fed Ex charges about $60-$75 each way including a ton of insurance.

+1...send it ahead of time.

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2009, 04:08:51 PM »
Each year on my summer trip I ship it a week ahead of time. I've had too many trips where my luggage was lost.
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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2009, 05:38:08 PM »
Just flew this past weekend.

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2009, 05:38:56 PM »
Southwest only charges $50 each way. Greyhound shipping wanted $57 each way. I liked the way southwest handled the bike at both ends of the trip. checked claim ticket before they let me grab it.

was that recently that you got that price that you got it at that price for that price at that you got that?

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009, 01:07:56 AM »
I am in Arizona right now, Julianne and I just paid 115 each to get them here on American, OUCH. Southwest is only 50. Our air fare was 0. Enjoyment of riding your own bike on Vacation(PRICELESS).

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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2009, 09:03:59 PM »
Hey -- Just an update. Continental's Web site said the airline would charge us $150 each way for oversized/overweight bags. We had two oversized boxes. One of them was over the 50 pound limit.
As it turns out, the airline rep that checked us in for the flight to Vancouver only charged us $100 total. The Air Canada rep for the Yukon leg charged us nothing, instead of the $50 per bag on the Web site. On the return trip to Tampa, the rep charged us nothing. I didn't ask why. It goes to show that it really depends on the rep you get when you check in. Instead of looking at at least $500 for moving the bikes around, we only paid $100.   
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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2009, 09:06:50 PM »
I'm going to Denver in a month and I'm just gonna UPS it
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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2009, 10:13:08 PM »
back in the day, you could just tip the sky cap outside $20 and he'd check your bike in no problem
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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2009, 10:13:31 PM »
I'm going to Denver in a month and I'm just gonna UPS it

I've had better luck with Fed Ex.
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Re: Bikes on a plane
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2009, 10:29:01 PM »
Yep. I agree that Fedex or UPS etc. are the way to go to ship a MTN bike in the continental USA. But to get a bike to Whitehorse in the Yukon, the shipping companies wanted about $300 one way. The airlines were much less expensive.

 

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