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post #61 of 82
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

I always travel with boots and one day's gear in carry-on.

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Originally Posted by WC68 View Post

Good to know.
That being said. I don't think TSA cares what's in the bag as long as its not contraband. And honestly, what's the difference to the airlines?

TSA has become a strange and fickle behemoth. I find it amusing and ironic that when I fly out of Florida my ski bags are hardly ever opened, but while flying from the mountains I usually find a TSA inspection card upon landing.

post #62 of 82
Haha, funny. Still, TSA doesn't handle airline baggage fees or enforce them I'm assuming.

I remember traveling to France with my bike years ago(relatively small airport) Both the airline agents and TSA were fascinated that I'd be taking my bike on a flight. The airline didn't even charge me. (2 yrs straight).
The agents at DeGaulle on the way home certainly weren't fascinated, and charged me accordingly.
post #63 of 82
Haha, funny. Still, TSA doesn't handle airline baggage fees or enforce them I'm assuming.

I remember traveling to France with my bike years ago(relatively small airport) Both the airline agents and TSA were fascinated that I'd be taking my bike on a flight. The airline didn't even charge me. (2 yrs straight).
The agents at DeGaulle on the way home certainly weren't fascinated, and charged me accordingly.
post #64 of 82
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Originally Posted by voriand View Post

Still trying to figure out how southwest misplaced my skis.

 

Direct flight to Denver and first one of the day.  The only bag I checked was my ski bag with one set of skis and my street cloths.  All ski gear needed for a day of skiing in a carry on and the ski boots slung over the shoulder as a personal item that goes under the seat.

 

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I arrive at 7:30 a.m.  Skis do not arrive in Denver till 2:00 p.m 3 flights later from my origination.

And the bright side is Southwest gives ski rental vouchers which have no restrictions.  Got a pair of demo skis for the day.  Ski bag was delivered to hotel around 11 p.m. 

 

Skis can be rented and clothes can be bought.  But never check your gear or boots.

 

HAHAHA too funny. I do not fly SW any more they left my luggage behind 6 flights in a short time. I got to know the girl at the "crap we lost you luggage counter" and she told me they had a contract with UPS or FedEx ( I cant remember). Anyway they make more money sending you your stuff the next day and taking the parcels

I put my skis in a good ski bag and never suffer damaged skis. I may not fly lots like the folks on this thread but I am a Chairmen flyer with US Air ( Over 100,000 miles a year)and very very seldom have trouble on any of the airways.

LS and I did one year buy new skis from Level 9 in SLC. They had them ready when we arrived, we skied on them at the rendezvous then we returned them to the shop and they shipped them home for us for 15 bucks a pair....great shop, see them on line.

post #65 of 82
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

I did one year buy new skis from Level 9 in SLC. They had them ready when we arrived, we skied on them at the rendezvous then we returned them to the shop and they shipped them home for us for 15 bucks a pair....great shop, see them on line.

 

That is good customer service.  L9 should advertise that they're willing to do that (as should other shops at destination ski areas).  It adds value for the cuustomer and could easily get them an extra sale or two.  I suppose the shipping costs them a bit more b/c they have to ship the skis with bindings on, but I wouldn't complain about paying an extra $10 or so to ship the skis.

 

STE

post #66 of 82
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Originally Posted by Jmar View Post

We're going to Denver in 1 week and this is my 1st time to take skis along. This is also my first set so I don't want them abused by the airlines.

My travel case is made by Sportube and can house 2 sets but I'm only bringing one. I have a new travel bag by Transpack for my boots, goggles etc., and it's going on the plane with me.

We're travelling on American. I think they're going to make me check the skis rather than carry them on. Should I use foam rubber to keep them from moving around inside the container or should I just strap them in with the supplied mountings? Anything that I'm missing?

Jmar, please don't be upset, but your comment "I think they're going to make me check the skis rather than carry them on" provoked a real chuckle. Maybe you meant your boot bag, but I got a real laugh out of it. By the way, if your boot bag will fit in the overhead bin, they'll let you carry it on. If it looks like it might be too big, you can do what I do - put your goggles and smaller stuff in a back pack and put it under the seat in front of you and the boot bag in the overhead bin.

 

Anyway, I have to concur 100% with cbgarrett's comments. I have used all kinds of cases, and now use a Sportube. I haven't had skies damaged to the point of not being funcional, but with soft bags I have had some bindings suffer serious cosmetic damage and the bags have been destroyed. I had the same thing happen the last time I travelled with the Sportube; it was open because TSA didn't close the pin properly. Those guys don't care anymore than the baggage handlers, and they have opened my ski bags every single time I have travelled in the last ten years. Don't put anything in the Sportube that could fall out and be lost.

post #67 of 82

Here is how I roll for packing skis:

 

Soft ski bag

Put old, long ski socks over the tips & tails

Put velcro ski-straps to hold them together

Wrap an old bath towel as padding around the bindings - and duct tape

Pack a few extras in the bag like an extra bare of shoes/hiking boots

 

I do not always carry-on my boots just because I have enough other stuff to take along.  Although, I always book nonstop flights where possible to minimize the potential for mis-connected bags. 

post #68 of 82

Just checked with Air Canada re checking ski bag.  100.00 each way as oversize.  Also they say it must be a hard sided case.  They may or may not accept a soft bag at either end of the flight.  So they may be nice and accept it on the way to your destination but not on the way back.  If it is a soft case they will not be responsible for any damage including lost skis.  They will check a boot bag with the ski bag for no extrta charge but it must have boots and only boots in it.

(at least for flights to europe\0

Had to go out and buy a sportube.

post #69 of 82

The following is from Air Canada's site.  It specifically says no oversize charge applies to skis.  

 

 

Skis (including poles):

  • One or more sets of skis (snow or water) carried together in the same container count as one piece of checked baggage.
  • Skis and poles must be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping. *
  • If carried separately, a set of ski poles will count as one piece of checked baggage.
  • No oversize charge applies to skis. However, any overweight charges will apply
  • See ski boot bag information below [can check boot bag with the ski bag but must only contain boots] 

 

We're flying to Vancouver in a few weeks and I'll have to check with them on the definition of "rigid" when it comes to ski bags.  We typically use wheeled, soft-sided ski bags.  Once they contain skis they're pretty 'rigid'.  

 

The carry on bag weight limit is 10kg, which should cover our boots.

post #70 of 82

Sorry, the little asterisk in the above is for the following.

 

* If otherwise packaged, items may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

 

post #71 of 82

When reading about the rigid case for air Canada, i searched a bit on the internet since we are travelling next week with them and were planning to use a soft bag.

 

According to a few threads on various travel forums i can see this rules has been there for a while (at least since 2010) but as far as i recall all the skis i have seen transported have been in a soft bag.

 

i assume they put that there jsut as a question of liability. If the skis are damaged they can argue they require a hard case.

post #72 of 82

I guess the oversize charge mentioned above must relate to skis as a second piece of checked luggage.

post #73 of 82

We flew Air Canada from Castlegar to Vancouver on the 9th January and we had one double wheeled soft bag with two pairs of skis (one adult and one kids) and one soft bag. All of the skis were well packed, secured and padded in the bags as we had several changes and an international flight. All that happened at the Air Canada check in was that we had to sign a standard waiver printed on the back of the bag tag acknowledging that we had used soft bags, but they didn't suggest that they wouldn't accept them.

 

The waiver didn't bother me because most airlines have them buried in their terms of carriage anyway, meaning that they have numerous reasons why they will accept that they have damaged your possessions they are not obliged to pay compensation; and we had comprehensive travel insurance which did cover us.

 

Everything arrived at our final destination on time and undamaged and we were not hassled about having ski clothing in the bags as padding.

post #74 of 82

Thanks for that.

post #75 of 82

Forgot to add, we were not charged over-sized at all and the check in guy we got was the charging type.

 

We had four bags for three of us, but airpoints status gave us an extra bag. He was quick to say that there would be an additional bag charge until we could prove that we had allowance for the fourth bag on the star alliance network. In the past we have not had to pay for the fourth bag.

post #76 of 82

yeah i guess whom checks in your bag and what their mood is makes a huge difference... that probably holds for any airline!

 

but to add to my previous coment about air canada last year (montreal-calgary) we had a soft bag with to pairs of ski in it and were not required to  signa  waiver.  ( i guess checking in at 6 AM has its advantages with the employees still being sleepy!)

post #77 of 82

Ok.  Old thread but any experience with United?  I fly out of Newark, so they basically own the airport.  The website says skis and boots are 1 piece.  Travelling with family so plan was 2 individual Sport Tubes for mine and my wife's good skis and a double soft bag for my girls' used skis.  Then 4 boot bags.  Used to carry on boots but depending on what else we have, I would not mind checking them and getting other carryons.  Also, their policy is nothing but the skis and the boots in the bag.  So yeah I was thinking of packaging supplies around the skis and boots.  I used to wrap them in extra clothes for protection.  

 

First time in years flying with good skis.  

post #78 of 82

I flew United from Buffalo to Denver just 3 weeks ago. They seemed not to care what was in the bag.......I had skis, helmet, socks, jacket, etc.  They did open and check (I could tell afterwards) but didn't charge us extra.  However, they did charge us $25 per check-in bag, so that could add up very quickly for you.  JetBlue, on the return, did not charge us a check-in fee.

 

Side note: I put my boots, goggles, shell, baselayer, etc in the carry on, then skis, pack, helmet, etc in the check-in.  I don't trust them with my boots, etc.

post #79 of 82

Sounds right.  As long as you're under the 50 lbs /bagfee you are in better shape.

Do you have status for free bags? If not, time to consider the United Explorer card-not sure if you can get the benefit though if a) tix already bought, b) flight coming up really soon. If there is a cheap first class upgrade avail when you checkin you may find its worth it to take it, if you had to pay for bags anyway.

post #80 of 82
I used my Explorer card to pay the government fees on a FF ticket and got the free bag.
Upgrade to premium plus coach?
post #81 of 82

I used miles for the tickets and have status, I think for one free bag per person (hopefully not just one free bag for me).  The card really is not that useful as most of my travel is for work and the company buys the airline tickets on the corp card.  

post #82 of 82
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post
 

I flew United from Buffalo to Denver just 3 weeks ago. They seemed not to care what was in the bag.......I had skis, helmet, socks, jacket, etc.  They did open and check (I could tell afterwards) but didn't charge us extra.  However, they did charge us $25 per check-in bag, so that could add up very quickly for you.  JetBlue, on the return, did not charge us a check-in fee.

 

 

I suspect that it was the TSA that opened the bag, not United.  Despite the policy about nothing but equipment in the ski and boot bag, most agents don't check that.  Just be prepared to pay for an extra bag if they do.  And the second bag is $35. 

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