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Old 12-25-2011, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not sure if this is really the right place to post and I know there are some other threads on this topic but I am still really confused. I am flying from NJ to CO in January to meet up with some friends from college to snowboard. I have never traveled by plane to snowboard, or even gone on a plane myself so I just want to get everything right. On United Continental’s website it says this about traveling with snowboarding equipment:

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:
• Water skis
• Snowboard
• Wakeboard
• 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 50 pounds (23kg) that contain other items in addition to or in place of appropriate ski equipment will be subject to the applicable overweight fee.
Continental is not liable for damage to water ski/snow ski/snowboard equipment.
Excess Valuation may not be purchased for water ski/snow ski/snowboard equipment.
So I just have a few questions on this information.
1. Does this mean that if I put two boards stacked on top of each other with bindings on the top pair I will get charged an excess charge?
2. I don’t have a “boot bag” so can I put my boots in the same bag as my snowboard(s) and bindings without getting charged an additional fee?

Basically I’m asking people who travel with their snowboards often how to pack so I can avoid additional fees and make my life as easy as possible. Any other tips about traveling with a snowboard are appreciated as well. If it helps anyone I will be in CO for 6 days, snowboarding 4. Thanks!
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a friend that always travels with two boards. I'm not sure what airline he flies but as far as I know he has never been charged extra fees. Not sure why Continental lets you travel with two pairs of skis but only one snowboard. If anything, It should be the other way around. Two snowboards stacked on top of each other with the bindings removed should take up less space the two full pairs of ski equipment.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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50LB limit, then afterwards you will get dinged.

some airlines suck balls with fees. And yes, you could get nailed with extra boards, or boots, or outwear thrown in. Depends on the carrier and how bad they like to fuck you in the ass.


As for the boot thing, you don't need a boot bag per say, but if you pack other stuff, depending on the carrier, you can get nailed.

2 pairs of skis= 2 boards.

I put everything in a big bag, I throw my bindings on top ( not attached). Some airlines are clueless, and I get all my outwear, and crap in too.

make sure it is under 50LBS, and I imagine you are fine.
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im pretty sure if its under 50 lbs, and you smile and dont ask questions and give them vague answers you will be fine.

politeness goes a long long long way with airline workers.
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I've done two boards, one with a pair of bindings mounted, my boots and all my outerwear packed into the same board bag and didn't have problems with AA or Southwest. I'm not sure if United/Continental is the same but I'd have to imagine so.
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thanks for all the advice everyone, I'll probably end up doing two boards one pair of bindings with my boots all together in my board bag and put on my best smile
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If you limit it to the boards, bindings and boots you should be fine. Anything else though, and I mean anything... and they will give you grief regardless of the weight because of the bag size. I lucked out last year on talking the guy into giving me a pass because I was gold elite and was dealing with a cancelled flight otherwise they were going to charge me. On my next trip I opted to ship my gear and thought it was worth it.
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thanks for all the advice everyone, I'll probably end up doing two boards one pair of bindings with my boots all together in my board bag and put on my best smile
Does your board bag have exterior boot pockets?
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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united are real fucking assholes when it comes to luggage. Tape both boards together so it's a slimmer profile and don't even mention the second board. I've heard nightmares from this bmx team I've talked to about united and how they go fucking HAM on people with luggage.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yes my board bag has exterior pockets and damn sounds like this could go either way, hopefully looking lost and confused will make them feel bad for me instead of taking advantage and crushing me with extra fees. I guess if worst comes to worst ill try to keep my clothes to a minimum and put my bindings and boots in my big suitcase with my clothes. Ill probably wear my jacket and so I'll just have to put pants and base layers in the suitcase. Ill tell you all how my experience goes. Thanks for the help!
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