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post #1 of 14
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Heading to Breck this week for Spring Break. Had the skis packed in a hard case, but wife just found out that United charges $100 each way for an oversize bag (> 62 inches).  I looked at United's baggage policy, and their is alot of information about skis, but no mention that skis are considered oversized.   Just like United--- no warning, and when you find out at the airport it is too late !

 

Do all airlines have this policy ?  Are any airlines more ski friendly than others ?

Do  most people bring their own skis, or rent at their destination ?

 

Wife and daughters skis are under 62 inches, so I will bring theirs and rent myself a pair when I get their. Looks like the rentals are better than what I have anyway !

post #2 of 14

Skis are not part of that policy. It's confusing, but skis count as regular baggage. I have flown with skis on United on two separate round-trips in the past month, no extra charge. Flying with two pairs of skis AND a boot bag for $25( or whatever it is) actually qualifies as a pretty good deal, all things considered. 

 

From the UAL site:

 

 

United 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 two pairs of snow skis and associated equipment in one bag and one 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 more than 50lbs (23kg) that contain other items in addition to or in place of appropriate ski equipment will be subject to the applicable overweight fee.

 
post #3 of 14

segbrown found it.  Should be considered a regular bag fee.  I think you should call to get a refund.

post #4 of 14

All airlines I've flown with skis (Air Canada, Swiss, Southwest, Jetblue, maybe United) treat a 'ski bag' (and often a ski bag/boot bag combo) as a single 'normal' bag for baggage purposes, even if it's bigger than the length limit for 'normal' luggage.  Sports equipment usually has its own section in the baggage policy.

post #5 of 14

 

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Had the skis packed in a hard case, but wife just found out that United charges $100 each way for an oversize bag (> 62 inches).  I looked at United's baggage policy, and their is alot of information about skis, but no mention that skis are considered oversized.  

So it sounds like you found the right info--that skis are not counted as oversized but just as regular luggage--so where did you hear that you WOULD be charged for oversize? Everyone else is right, you won't, and all the info is on each airline's website.

post #6 of 14

I just went over United's policy myself, I'm flying from Denver to Jackson Hole and expecting to pay $25 ($35 if second bag).

 

Got to look for Southwest going into Denver, then you don't pay anything.  Hooray for Southwest.

post #7 of 14

But, as Southwest does not fly to Jackson Hole, you will be hit by the commuter airline for a baggage charge as they are usually associated with one of the larger airlines. The cheapest way is get all your clothes into a bag that fits in the overheads and then pay the freight on skis. You really can exist with a absolute minimum of clothes. In any case, you need to look at the numbers for a single direct ticket via a major or using SW and then adding commuter price.

post #8 of 14

JetBlue does not charge extra for skis either and skis are exempt from size restrictions (though they are limited by weight). $25/$35 is still much cheaper then having skis shipped - I was checking a few days ago FedEx prices and it was coming out to around $180 to have skis shipped from NY to VT via Ground Mail... I'm more concerned with skis being damaged/stolen...

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

But, as Southwest does not fly to Jackson Hole, you will be hit by the commuter airline for a baggage charge as they are usually associated with one of the larger airlines. The cheapest way is get all your clothes into a bag that fits in the overheads and then pay the freight on skis. You really can exist with a absolute minimum of clothes. In any case, you need to look at the numbers for a single direct ticket via a major or using SW and then adding commuter price.



Southwest also doesn't interline your bags.  So you would have to go to baggage claim, recheck your bags and then go through security again!

post #10 of 14

frontier is $50

post #11 of 14

I know it may not be popular to most, but I rent skis every time I fly since it ends up costing about the same.  And, most of the time you can't predict conditions until you are there and with renting I am able to get skis suitable to the conditions (such as the Powder skis I just rented at Mammoth).

 

I of course take my boots which I  either carry on or jam in my checked bag (if I am not skiing at the start of the trip).


Edited by mcarthurc - 3/9/12 at 2:16pm
post #12 of 14

Only fly Southwest!!!  Tell the other airlines to shove it.  The idiots in managment don't have a clue about negotiating contracts and now the employees pensions are so stinking high with all the other benefits they have to pay, they have to start charging for the air you breathe on the plane.  I get the best deals on Southwest, and  I don't abuse there carry-on policy.   

post #13 of 14

I am going to Beaver Creek next January, so I was looking at the flight from San Fran to Denver couple of weeks ago, it appeared that United will charge for every single piece of check-in baggage ($25 for 1st bag & $35 for 2nd bag). Whereas Southwest allows 2 pieces of check-in baggage up to 50 lbs each for free. 

 

So, I bought 2 SFO-DEN return tickets on Southwest for $260 each.

post #14 of 14

I'd still be concerned that United breaks skis as well...

 

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