hey, I appreciate the post and would be interested in other people's recent experiences flying with skis. I see here that the ski industry experts recommend packing clothes around skis no matter what ski bag you take.http://www.snowshack.com/whattolookfo.html
I see at AA Baggage site, that I should only pack what is intended to go in the sport bag and could be charged extra. I also wanted to purchase a double ski bag but they say one bag for a pair of skis and one for boots:
"Skis Water / Snow / Snowboards
One pair of skis/snowboard and one bag containing a pair of ski /board boots only Two pieces - Ski/board boot bag and one pair of skis/snowboard are charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge
for a single piece. - Ski/board boot bag up to 50 lbs. and 62 inches
- One pair of skis/snowboard up to 115 inches - Lighters or torches for applying ski wax are considered dangerous goods and are not allowed in checked or carry-on baggage"
This will count as one bag. I can call the air line and they say, read the posted policy. So does this mean I have to buy two separate padded ski bags now to travel with my husband and my skis, also they say they won't be liable for items packed in a non hard-sided bag, but the rossignol expert says any ski bag is good to fly with.
- AA/American Eagle/AmericanConnection® carrier are not liable for any damage to sports items not presented in a hard-sided case. If the outside of the hard-sided case does not have visible damage, AA/American Eagle/AmericanConnection® carrier are not liable for any damage to the sports item inside the case.
- Sports cases designed for specific items such as golf bags, boot bags and bike cases are intended to carry only that sports item."
So, any one with experience flying under the new rules with ski equipment could you post what happened, in particular, flying on American Airlines, as I'm booked to fly to Vail with them. I have never had trouble putting my skis in a bag and taking them and my boots in past but that was before extra charges and all the new money grabbing rules. I would love to see a sticky of experiences as the reality of flying these days changes daily with the rules and whims of the not just the handler you get but the interpretation of the changing policies.
All I know for sure is I'm going to Vail, is a double ski bag a bad idea, American Airline rep on the phone just referred me to the posted policy? Also, if I do put clothes around my skis for added protection (I'm thinking i must just pack my ski suit in it for padding and carry on my clothes), will they make me take them out?