Originally Posted by tch
I'm headed to Steamboat from NW Connecticut this coming January. Lately, I've been simply flying out west with boots and renting, but this year I a) have skis I love and b) will be in CO longer than 5 days. So renting is not such an option. What is the latest thinking on shipping vs. paying baggage fees on airplanes? I don't have my ticket yet, but I imagine I'll be in the economy pay-for-everything-extra seats.
I checked UPS and it appears that shipping would be $60-70. Flying will be $50, I'd imagine. So is it that simple? Or are there other ideas/thoughts/insights I'm missing?
Glad to hear you are coming up!
1- Whatever you do, don't use UPS. I've had some real issues with them with damage coming into Steamboat for some reason. Of course, they deny any responsibility. Use FEDEX if you go that route.
2- You are rolling the dice a little for both (airline and Fedex). Are you flying direct into Hayden or into DEN and then driving up? If you are coming into Hayden and connecting through DEN, then you do run a bit of a risk that the plan could be overweight (turbo props) and they leave you gear behind. Its not uncommon but its not a high risk either. The good news is they will get it up there and deliver to you
3- Shipping via FedEx, you do run the risk of delays. from CT is will take 5-6 days to get here as long as the weather is good. If the weather is bad or super cold, shipments do get delayed.
IMHO, I would take on the airline. Just pack them in a padded bag that can easily be opened up fully and closed easily (that means no sporttubes) and you should be fine.
Edited by Finndog - 9/12/14 at 8:37am