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Old 01-14-2010, 12:16 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Last april I flew into vail for some spring skiing. No oversized bag fee in spite of stuffing my snow jacket, pants, socks, gloves into my board bag... Got to the airport- they lost it. LUCKILY my friends live out there, I took a day to demo a custom X from a shop, and borrowed a friend's board (rented some boots). Had to borrow pants/jacket which were all too big. Major suck. Only thing I had of my own was my helmet and goggles that I brought carry-on (and some barhopping clothes).

Now I'm kinda paranoid about checking all of my stuff together in one bag- but not much really you can do about that!
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:53 PM   #32 (permalink)
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if you dont want to lose your stuff on your trip pack a gun...seriously.

Secure your checked bags -- fly with a gun - Boing Boing
So how much is a starter pistol now a days? Seems like a plan....hopefully it doesn't put my baggage over the weight requirements..
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:43 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:38 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:29 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Anybody heard of a company that handles gear shipping? When I booked my trip the other day the booking agent mentioned it. I was thinking about just having my gear shipped to my destination so I don't have to worry about the airline losing it.

Has anybody done it this way, anybody know who the company is?
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:23 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I took my board with me on SW and didnt get a fee. The board is a 166. It might have had something to do with an entire lacrosse team checking their bags infront of me so the lady felt bad for me and didnt even measure, but none the less, it was free
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:56 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I try to pack as lightly as possible. One board, one pair of boots, helmet/goggles/clothes. I just don't really see the point in packing extra boards etc., my quiver is one board total.

In all my travels, I have never approached 50 lbs on the bag, it tends to weigh in around 30-35 lbs max. Also, having a airline gold card helps with the fees, I'm lucky to have one of those Star Alliance gold cards and my luggage goes free. I also carry on a backpack with most of my ski clothes, base layers, etc., so I have something to wear in case my board doesn't arrive.

In terms of lost / delayed luggage, I've had one very bad incident with US Airways (in the summer, though), and my board, if it doesn't show up at the baggage claim, is always there the next day.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:57 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by T.J. View Post
if you dont want to lose your stuff on your trip pack a gun...seriously.

Secure your checked bags -- fly with a gun - Boing Boing
I just started boarding this season and, while I don't foresee myself traveling this year, I plan to do some traveling next season and I hadn't thought of any of this. Great thread and thanks for posting Triple8Sol. Also thanks T.J. for the starter gun idea. That's genius.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:39 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Yeah I flew with southwest with my board. No fees. Snowboards are exempt from the oversized fee so it doesnt matter how long they are. Stuffed boots/clothes with no problems.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:55 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Had a pretty good experience with United. Double packed a Dakine bag with my Ride Control 162 and Atomic Radon 164, both with bindings on them.
Didn't lose anything on the way there, although one member of the party managed to lose his ski boots on the way back (got put on the flight after ours, so no biggie).

You'd expect this from a company that has a major hub in Denver though...
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