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Mosquitobug 12-28-2008 10:56 PM

Flying with Board ?? Baggage Allowances ?
 
Ive never flown with a snowboard before. Im looking at the American Airlines baggage allowances before booking a flight -- and Im concerned.

"Checked baggage which is larger than 62 in/157 cm will be charged at the rate of $150 per piece."

"Two pieces - Ski/board boot bag and one pair of skis/snowboard are charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece. - Ski/board boot bag up to 50 lbs. and 62 inches
- One pair of skis/snowboard up to 115 inches "

I called reservations and was told that the inch limit listed equals length + height + width. Certainly a basic snowboard bag with board plus extras will exceed the inch limit listed. But people do this everyday, right ?? Will they just look at the board bag, realize what it is and just move forward?

I realize Im being paranoid, but my budget doesnt allow for any extra baggage costs ....

Thanks for setting me straight ...

MaPolley07 12-28-2008 11:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mosquitobug (Post 101840)
Ive never flown with a snowboard before. Im looking at the American Airlines baggage allowances before booking a flight -- and Im concerned.

"Checked baggage which is larger than 62 in/157 cm will be charged at the rate of $150 per piece."

"Two pieces - Ski/board boot bag and one pair of skis/snowboard are charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece. - Ski/board boot bag up to 50 lbs. and 62 inches
- One pair of skis/snowboard up to 115 inches "

I called reservations and was told that the inch limit listed equals length + height + width. Certainly a basic snowboard bag with board plus extras will exceed the inch limit listed. But people do this everyday, right ?? Will they just look at the board bag, realize what it is and just move forward?

I realize Im being paranoid, but my budget doesnt allow for any extra baggage costs ....

Thanks for setting me straight ...

Damn, if they charge you an excessive baggage charge it would be cheaper to just have it sent UPS overnight to your hotel and back

bakesale 12-29-2008 12:35 AM

Wow thats brutal, ive never flown AA with my snowboard but thats just fucking redicilous. In Canada they have a sport equipment baggage fee which is $15 per bag. Lots of people travel with Skis, Snowboards and Hockey Equipment up here and don't have a problem.

ThirdEye 12-29-2008 04:34 AM

what's the worse they'll do? charge you the correct price?

Mosquitobug 12-29-2008 08:54 AM

I bought my tickets with Southwest -- no baggage charge for the first two bags, and their sport/snowboard rules sound far more lax.

Im sure its not that big a deal, but the fees are so high, I dont want to risk it -- Im broke already ! :laugh:

Thanks, guys -- first post here, but I love the forums and have been reading for quite a while.

Flick Montana 12-29-2008 11:16 AM

Back when I flew with my boards and wife's skis in the same bag I didn't get charged extra at all. I think it was just listed as oversized baggage, but still only cost as much as a regular bag. That was a while ago, though. With airlines charging for everything they can think of, there's no telling what they will charge you. :rolleyes:

Simply^Ride 12-29-2008 11:20 AM

Snowboard and ski bags = regular bags, on all airlines.


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