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Old 11-15-2012, 08:33 AM   #121 (permalink)
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When checking in your snowboard should you do anything to prevent damage to the board?
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #122 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I need to get a board bag for an upcoming cross-country flight to Park City, and I've been reading some great things about the Dakine Low Roller 157 cm. Seems lots of people use it, and it holds plenty of gear.

However, I'm flying USAir, and based on the most up-to-date info in the matrix on the 1st page of this thread, it seems that their size restrictions are 62". Am I reading that matrix correctly in that size is defined as L + W + H?? If so, that puts the Low Roller at 87".

On USAir's site, they don't say anything about adding L, W, and H to arrive at their size limit, but they do say that anything between 6280" is considered oversize and is $175 to check. This bag is 62" L.

Just wondering if anyone with this board bag flown USAir this season, and what their experience was in checking it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #123 (permalink)
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i went from CT to Denver to SLC to PITT with my board. I'm sure my soft bag is 165cm // it is the length that matters
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:56 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Never hurts to call the airline and ask about their policy......
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:22 AM   #125 (permalink)
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I don't fly US Airways, but I do fly with a Dakine Low Roller bag. I've taken it on airlines such as Southwest and Virgin that also have the same size restriction, and had 0 issues... hopefully that helps ease your worries somewhat.
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I don't fly US Airways, but I do fly with a Dakine Low Roller bag. I've taken it on airlines such as Southwest and Virgin that also have the same size restriction, and had 0 issues... hopefully that helps ease your worries somewhat.
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Thank you all for your feedback.

@Mosquitobug, glad I did call. Seems a snowboard bag falls under USAir's "special equipment" category, and thus, there is no size restriction. The only restriction is based on weight the bag cannot exceed 50 lbs.

In order to fall within their normal checked baggage fees of $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag, the following must be met:

"Ski equipment may be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. US Airways will accept 2 ski bags, however, 1 item of ski equipment consists of 1 pair of skis or snowboard, 1 pair of ski boots, 1 pair of ski poles and 1 pair of ski bindings."

So if you're intending to pack a quiver in one bag and fly USAir, you'll probably be subject to additional fees.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:00 AM   #127 (permalink)
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Good! Glad they were able to clarify for you. It seems as though Id heard/read in the past that sports bags were sometimes excluded from the typical size restrictions. (Ski, snowboard, golf, lacrosse, etc.)

Have a great trip!
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:20 AM   #128 (permalink)
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Great list, thank you for providing it. Here's an interesting factoid: From Chicago to Steamboat, all bags were charged. Steamboat to Chicago, FREE for the two board bags. Love it!
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #129 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure my question has been answered here but i though't id double check.

I've booked a flight from Sydney to LA through United as it was the cheapest and the landing time suited me best.

I've checked luggage requirements after i've booked it and the website says the bag is limited to 156cm. My Board bag is well past that in length. I rang them to clarify and they've told me that you can carry a snowboard bag, which would count as one piece of checked luggage, however you can't have anything else in it besides one snowboard. If i load it up with all my gear (which i've always done) then i'll get charged $200. If i pack just the snowboard in there, then take a second suitcase for my gear (plus carry on), then i'll be charged only $100 bucks. This seems so stupid. You get charged $200 for one item under the weight limit but $100 for two items.

Most people here have said that they've never had an issue before carrying a snowboard bag loaded with all their gear as long as its under the weight limit.

I'm thinking i'll have to get whoever is dropping me at the airport to wait at the drop off bay while I check in. If they decide to have a problem with the snowboard bag loaded with gear i'll have to go back out to the car, get the suitcase out, and repack it with all my gear so that i don't get charged the extra $100. What a joke.
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I'm pretty sure my question has been answered here but i though't id double check.

I've booked a flight from Sydney to LA through United as it was the cheapest and the landing time suited me best.

I've checked luggage requirements after i've booked it and the website says the bag is limited to 156cm. My Board bag is well past that in length. I rang them to clarify and they've told me that you can carry a snowboard bag, which would count as one piece of checked luggage, however you can't have anything else in it besides one snowboard. If i load it up with all my gear (which i've always done) then i'll get charged $200. If i pack just the snowboard in there, then take a second suitcase for my gear (plus carry on), then i'll be charged only $100 bucks. This seems so stupid. You get charged $200 for one item under the weight limit but $100 for two items.

Most people here have said that they've never had an issue before carrying a snowboard bag loaded with all their gear as long as its under the weight limit.

I'm thinking i'll have to get whoever is dropping me at the airport to wait at the drop off bay while I check in. If they decide to have a problem with the snowboard bag loaded with gear i'll have to go back out to the car, get the suitcase out, and repack it with all my gear so that i don't get charged the extra $100. What a joke.
Good idea.

I have flown United a few times and never had an issue of them actually checking what's packed inside my snowboard bag. I normally pack my helmet and my outerwear in there as well. They just weighed it to make sure it wasn't over the limit and was on my way.
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