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Delta Airlines and Skis

post #1 of 16
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Delta Airlines says that I may check ONE pair of skis for a flight I am taking on December 21 from Birmingham Al to Denver. I also must stay below 50lbs of checked lugage or pay $50 for excess luggage. My problem is this, I have TWO pairs of skis that I plan to bring along so that my brother can use a pair instead of renting. If I am going to be charged for two pairs I will just leave the second pair home and have him rent skis.

Do they actually inspect the bags to make sure that there is only one pair of skis in there or do they not care as long as they are in just one bag? How easy is Delta to work with regarding ski luggage? I'll be pissed off if I get right up there and end up having to shell out money because I have two pairs of skis. I already know that I will be pushing the weight limit thing and I plan on wearing some heavier clothes and load heavy items into my carryon (without it being too big).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Wolfelot
post #2 of 16
If you want to be sure, dont take the second pair. If you want to gamble....take a 10 spot and TIP the SKYCAB...smile, be nice and they will not feel for a second pair. Do the same coming home.
post #3 of 16
You can take one ski bag. Mine is always loaded up, but with one pair and clothes, but it could be two pairs.

They don't know what's in it - as long as it's under 50 lbs you'll be OK. Boots (and a days worth of gear) go carry-on anyway.
post #4 of 16

Fwiw....

I have a Dakine wheeled double ski bag and when the g/f and I travel together, I pack both pairs of skis and most ski clothing minus jackets in the ski bag. I also use an old single ski bag as padding.

She then checks the ski bag and her boot bag (this counts as one) plus one suitcase. I check 1 suitcase and carry on my boot bag and a small camera backpack. We have never (knock on wood) been asked to split the skis up, but if we were, I would just repack everything using the extra single bag.

For weight, I just check it on the bathroom scale and try to keep it around 45 pounds to give myself some leeway.


Glenn
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
....She then checks the ski bag and her boot bag (this counts as one) plus one suitcase...
This is probably a dumb question but, do the skis AND boot bag have to be under a combined 50 lbs.? I know about them counting as only one item.

P.S. It is always good to have a copy of the airline's rules on luggage, handy.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Blizzboy283 View Post
This is probably a dumb question but, do the skis AND boot bag have to be under a combined 50 lbs.?<snip>
That is actually an excellent question. To be honest, I dont know the answer. Her boot bag basically just holds boots and she stuffs a few pairs of socks in each, so it's not that heavy. I dont remember them ever being weighed, the agent usually just tags them and puts them straight on the conveyor.

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P.S. It is always good to have a copy of the airline's rules on luggage, handy.
Excellent point. I started keeping a copy with the relevant rules highlighted for quick reference in my boot bag last year after reading a thread on here about someone having MAJOR issues with an agent over the acceptable amount/size of gear.


Hope everyone is having a great day.
Glenn
post #7 of 16
I don't think they look in the bag but will weight it of course. They say they allow one ski bag because usually oversized bags are given a surcharge, but they let ski bags go without this charge. If it is more than the allotted weight they will chatge extra for it regardless of how many skis are in it. I would be more concerned with the weight of the 2 skis than how many are in the ski bag. You will probably end up paying a fee for overweight luggage if you carry 2 skis in the bag.
post #8 of 16
I fly Delta with a double ski bag all the time. As long as it's under 50lbs., no problem. Don't check your boots.
post #9 of 16
The rules don't say anything about one ,two, three pair of skis. It just says ONE SKI BAG under 50lbs. I also fly all the time with two pair of skis in one bag. Its under 50lbs and I stuff the bag with cloths for padding. Then again my boots go in my carry on bag with me on the airplane with enough cloths to ski. They can loose all my checked in luggage and I will still be skiing on rental skis/poles with my boots and cloths the next day.

DELTA RULES

One item of ski or snowboard equipment is accepted as part of your free checked baggage allowance.
One item of ski or snowboard equipment is defined as:
  • One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and
  • One boot bag
The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may notexceed 50lbs or excess baggage charges will apply. The maximum outside linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches, and no excess size charges apply.
post #10 of 16
Does that mean that my clothes-luggage (as opposed to ski-luggage) weight limit is separate from the 50lb ski/boots limit?

aaron
post #11 of 16
The airlines haven't started weighing carry-ons yet.

A word of caution. If it takes you 30 minutes to pack your ski bag by padding it with your ski clothes, etc, don't expect it to show up in the same condition. The security screeners have less than 5 minutes to take your bag apart, scan it, and put it back together.

The recommendation to tip the SKYCAP a 10-spot is the best one so far.
post #12 of 16
Weight is the criterion that will be enforced. My ski bag holds 3 pair and is just under 50lb with 3 pair. 3 pair is definitely against the rules, but the only time it was enforced was when I arrived late at SLC with no change for the Skycap. I even took 3 pair in the ski bag to Chile, along with a hand-carved souvenir walking stick from Peru that they wouldn't allow as carry-on.
post #13 of 16
I've flown Delta several times. I use a double hard case, and I put 2 pairs in it. They have never said anything to me. The weight of the bag is usually about 35ish pounds.
post #14 of 16
I'm so freaking sick of the airlines. I took my riding gear with me to a dealer meeting in august, one bag with helmet,boots couple jerseys and pants ect. It was over weight and I had to repack some gear in a backpack and check it also. I take the same stuff every year and this was a first. Everytime I get on an an airline there seems to be another hoop to jump thru. I can't imagine a job where I had to put up with thier crap on a regular basis. I drive to Colorado every winter now and save the money and agravation. You know if I could choose one perk of the uber rich it would be the private jet...keep the houses and the cars...I want that Lear!
post #15 of 16
I agree you will almost certainly be OK with two pair of skis.
I believe the 50lb limit is primarily a work rules and lifting limit provision rather than a big concern over taking too much weight on the airplane. Odd shaped 50lb. bags are difficult to handle when you're on your knees in the belly of a plane.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post
The rules don't say anything about one ,two, three pair of skis. It just says ONE SKI BAG under 50lbs. I also fly all the time with two pair of skis in one bag. Its under 50lbs and I stuff the bag with cloths for padding. Then again my boots go in my carry on bag with me on the airplane with enough cloths to ski. They can loose all my checked in luggage and I will still be skiing on rental skis/poles with my boots and cloths the next day.

DELTA RULES

One item of ski or snowboard equipment is accepted as part of your free checked baggage allowance.
One item of ski or snowboard equipment is defined as:
  • One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and
  • One boot bag
The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50lbs or excess baggage charges will apply. The maximum outside linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches, and no excess size charges apply.

These rules have been my experience w/ Delta also, with 2 pairs of skies in the ski bag. I use cargo bag w/ boot pockets and use my boot bag for misc carry-on. I try to get my small roller w/ street clothes checked in place of boot bag, most of the time it works.
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