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Old 01-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #21 (permalink)
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they usually give you two checked bags for free on international flights. third is going to be extra no matter what...
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:01 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I've flown on Southwest a number of times (more on why I usually fly Southwest on my snowboard trips) with a snowboard and have never been charged an overweight/oversize fee for portage of my board bag, which usually also contains my boots, pants, jacket, etc. My board is 163cm and the bag is 165 (65") so it definitely exceeds the stated limit.

Southwest also charges $0 for second checked bag.

I've found they consistently have the lowest fares, especially when the baggage fees are taken in to consideration, and since they fly to Reno/Tahoe, Denver, Salt Lake City, L.A., Seattle/Tacoma and Portland, they can get you to pretty much any of the big resorts.

They don't charge ridiculous rates for one-way flights, either. NWA/Delta charges the same price for a one-way flight as they do for a round-trip. THis means you could fly in to SLC/Park City for a few days, hop on the Greyhound bus line to Denver and hit up Breck for a few more days, and fly home from Denver, at a very reasonable price.

Additionally, they have $0 fee for changing your flight, so if you decide to shorten/lengthen your trip, or to change the dates altogether, all you have to pay is the difference in fare (they will credit you if the new fare is lower - which can also be used to re-book the same dates at a lower fare if one becomes available!). I think NWA/Delta charges $150 for a change.
All the things he has said about Southwest, Westjet (Canadian version) is the same. 1 of your checked bags can be a board bag with no extra fee for oversized luggage. If your weight goes over than you need to pay. Mount Washington tomorrow!
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man, I hate checking my boards on the plane when Im traveling, Since we always put 2 or 3 boards in one bag, the weight and size made the fee around $50 - $75 split 2 or 3 ways is ok, but still. prices were probably high b/c we fly the cheapest flights and airlines so they make up by raping you on baggage prices. But thats over and done with, after me and my girl went to cali for a wedding and jetblue lost her bag and she had no cloth for the wedding or even walking around except the cloths she was in and wearing my basketball shorts and big ass T's, that was the last time we would check anything. How much would that suck if you got to your destination and and they lost your board boots all your boarding cloths. You'd be fucked. So now I ship all my stuff in advance right to the hotel, I travel with a little bookbag and when I get to the hotel there is all my boarding stuff waiting for me. It usually would be around the same price as the ones I stated earlier but I have a friend who works for a shipping company so I get it shipped for the price of...........FREE. So Im good to go.
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How much would that suck if you got to your destination and and they lost your board boots all your boarding cloths. You'd be fucked.
Yep, you'd be getting the poop end of the butt-ram stick for sure.

I'm always scared about that, but so far I've been lucky. Once NWA lost my luggage en route to Europe (it arrived at my hotel the next morning) but that's it so far. It's not just the board because you can always rent one of those, but it's the boots, bindings, soft goods, gloves, helmet, etc. And almost all of that stuff ends up in my board bag.

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So now I ship all my stuff in advance right to the hotel, I travel with a little bookbag and when I get to the hotel there is all my boarding stuff waiting for me. It usually would be around the same price as the ones I stated earlier but I have a friend who works for a shipping company so I get it shipped for the price of...........FREE. So Im good to go.
Perfecto. I need more friends like that.
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. It's not just the board because you can always rent one of those, but it's the boots, bindings, soft goods, gloves, helmet, etc. And almost all of that stuff ends up in my board bag..
EXACTLLLYYYY, and Im not spending all this money to waste boarding days sitting and waiting for my bag to be found days later.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:25 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I just received a responds from continental.

> Thank you for contacting Continental Airlines. We appreciate the opportunity to respond.
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> Our airport ticket counter staff is given the task of ensuring our customers are following our baggage policies. I regret you felt you were charged inappropriately for the excess weight of your checked bag. See Continental.Com > Travel Information > Baggage Information > Sports Equipment. The information is as follow:
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> Continental accepts one item of ski equipment per customer as checked baggage. Ski equipment must be securely encased in a suitable container. An item of ski equipment consists of:
> 1 pair water skis or 1 water ski bag containing 2 pairs of skis
> 1 snowboard or 1 snowboard bag containing 2 snowboards
> up to 2 pair of snow skis and associated equipment in 1 bag and 1 ski boot bag. (Note: If ski boot bag contains other items in addition to or in place of boots, it will be subject to applicable baggage fees or excess baggage fees.
> If applicable, the first or second bag fee applies to ski equipment.
> Ski equipment in addition to the baggage allowance will be assessed at the excess baggage charge applicable in the market for a single piece.
> Ski or boot bags weighing over 50lbs (23kg) that contain other items in addition to or in place of appropriate ski equipment will be subject to the applicable overweight fee.
> Ski bags measuring over 62 linear inches (157 cm) that contain other items in addition to or in place of ski equipment will be subject to the applicable oversize charge.
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> According to Lubbock, your snowboard bag was charged the excess fee because it contained other items. It is our practice that baggage discrepancies are settled at the airport when the discussion is happening with viewing access to the baggage for proper assessment. In the future, if you feel an agent is incorrectly charging you for overweight or excess baggage, please feel free to ask for a supervisor. They will be happy to ensure you are being charged the correct amount for your baggage.
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> Thank you for reporting you experience. I have included it in a report that is distributed to senior management. We appreciate your feedback and flying with us. We look forward to serving you on a flight in the future.



So yea guys, if you have an extra piece of hair in the bag, it will be an oversize bag. Which is $100 extra. I hope no one else have to encounter this problem.
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Moral here, don't fly Continental! I've flown w/my board bag on Alaska/Horizon countless times, and also United and Soutwest recently. Packed in the bag, aside from snowboard gear, I've also had bottles of wine, DVDs, my toiletries bag, and a weekend's worth of street clothes/shoes/etc... If it's within the dimensions and weight limitations, it just seems ridiculous that it matters.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Insult to injury ? Continental and Delta announce baggage rate hike.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/01/12/delta.baggage.fees/index.html

More reasons to stick with Southwest!
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:57 PM   #29 (permalink)
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yep. southwest is the only way to fly for me out of Detroit. They go everywhere and cheap.
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if you dont want to lose your stuff on your trip pack a gun...seriously.

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