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How do you get your skis out west?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Flying out to Utah and I have Delta / Northwest / American Airlines to choose from basically. I see AA doesn't charge anything special for skis.

 

But my problem is...what if I want to bring more than one set out west? I am going to invest in a hardcore carrying tote to fit two pairs. Pay more dough? I see people have shipped them FedEX and UPS.

 

What do you guys do?

post #2 of 18

I have a smallish two ski soft bag, stuff in everything except boots, have never been charged for more than one pair, and most I've paid is $15. Either terrible injustice that strikes at the heart of the democratic system, or small change for a week to 10 days of destination skiing. You choose. 

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Are you serious? Delta's website seems to imply they want $150 per leg for anything over 62 inches.

 

In fact...I'm calling all airlines that fly out of O'Hare / Midway to SLC now to see what their policy is.

 

Oh and I've seen enough modifications from airliners on TGR forums and I think I will be purchasing something crazy strong.

 

Strong enough to withstand a 737 running over it.

post #4 of 18

Cue visual image...

 

Background, a 737 in the grass, passengers disembarking by those inflatable slides.

 

Foreground, a long black case with a dent on the end, sitting on the runway, with a huge tiremark over the middle.

 

...End scene.

post #5 of 18

Southwest does not charge for the first two bags.

  • Baggage Allowance: Beginning January 29, 2008, Southwest will allow two (2) checked pieces of baggage per ticketed Customer. Size and weight limitations apply.
  • Excess Baggage: Effective January 29, 2008, you may check a third bag for a charge of $25. Your 4th through 9th bag or item will incur a charge of $50 per piece, and any bag or item thereafter will be $110 per piece.

Michael

 

post #6 of 18

EVERY AIRLINE CHARGES A FEE TODAY!!!  I fly around 150,000 miles per year on business so I think I know my way around the airlines.  First, airlines charge today but a 2 pair ski bag would count as one.  Now ask yourself if the cost of a new 2 pair bag is cheaper than paying the fee out and back....  Simple math...  Shipping is great but can be more expensive.  My wife & I shipped 2 pairs of skis from Chicago to Big Sky and back and the cost one way without insurance is around $70.00.  The nice part of shipping is not having to move the skis around the airport but I'm sure they abuse the package the same as the airline.  So do the math and figure out what works best for you.....

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

The only airlines that fly out of Chicago to SLC non-stop are Northwest, Delta, American Airlines, Continental, United, and Frontier.

 

 

If I fly non-stop there it reduces airliners ability to lose my skis.....

 

post #8 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

 

Are you serious? Delta's website seems to imply they want $150 per leg for anything over 62 inches.

 

In fact...I'm calling all airlines that fly out of O'Hare / Midway to SLC now to see what their policy is.

 

 

 

Ski bags don't fall into that category -- in fact, a single ski bag and a single boot bag count together as one item and are $15 each way.  Just look under sporting goods on the airline's site for their policies. 

 

If you can fit two pairs of skis in the bag and are under the 50lb limit, you can probably get away with the single $15 charge.  They don't look in the bag.  If it's not over-weight, you shouldn't raise any flags.  Where people get into trouble is when they try checking a 75lb ski bag with 4 pairs and all their clothes stuffed in....

post #9 of 18

I flew from Jacksonville to Colorado three times this year - to Montrose on American, to Vail/Eagle on American, and to Hayden/Steamboat on Continental.  All three times I checked my ski bag, in which I carried one pair of skis and some of my clothing.  I put my boots, helmet, and the remainder of my clothing/gear in a wheeled duffel, which I carried on to the aircraft.  Each time I paid a baggage fee of $15 in each direction.


Edited by ldrjax - 4/1/2009 at 12:33 am
post #10 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

 

Are you serious? Delta's website seems to imply they want $150 per leg for anything over 62 inches.

 

Suspect you'll find that ski bags are exempted. Delta has a hub in SLC, y'know. 

post #11 of 18

Ryan,

 

You have been getting good responses.  My double ski bag is packed with my bros and clothes for almost two weeks in Summit county, weighs in at less than 45#'s. 

 

Northwest will allow a ski bag and a seperate boot bag as long as total weight isn't over 50#'s for $15  each way.

 

I always carry my boots on, so that leaves the whole 50#'s for skis and clothing.  Plus if you think you are close on the weight limit you can sometimes fudge a bit when you set your ski bag on the scale, leave one end rest on your knee, etc.

 

If you are buying a bag, get one with wheels.  You take a hit weight wise but its so much easier getting everything in and out of the airport.

post #12 of 18

I've taken 3 airline trips this season(Delta & AA) and do the same as pedalbiker.  My double Dakine bag is packed at 50lbs and cost me $15.00.  I carry my boots on board as my 2nd carry-on item and my overhead carry-on is packed full.  It has worked out pretty well.  No problems.

post #13 of 18

 

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Northwest will allow a ski bag and a seperate boot bag as long as total weight isn't over 50#'s for $15 each way.

Careful with the "boot bag and ski bag count as one item" approach.  Depending on the attendant, they may insist that there be nothing other than skis/poles in the ski bag and boots in the boot bag.  Anyway, don't ever check your boots - that way lies madness.

 

I recently flew from DTW to RNO on Delta/Northworst - our checked baggage consisted of two double ski bags, each of which contained two pairs of skis, clothes for the week and other misc. cruft (including tire chains, which I wound up using).  Neither weighed over 50 lbs, and that seems to be the key to a smooth check-in. 

 

The attendants are concerned with bag count & bag weight.  What's in them is TSA's problem.

 

Fifteen bucks a bag each way - I can't say I'm thrilled about that, but it's small potatoes in the greater scheme of things.

post #14 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

 

The only airlines that fly out of Chicago to SLC non-stop are Northwest, Delta, American Airlines, Continental, United, and Frontier.

 

 

If I fly non-stop there it reduces airliners ability to lose my skis.....

 

 

Northwest would be a Delta code share fllight.  Continental and Frontier don't have directs to SLC, but Southwest does.  As Wildcat pointed out SW doesn't charge for the first two bags.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input guys. Continue discussion, but I think we had some good information exchanged here.

 

queue thread about what ski bag to buy....

post #16 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

 

 

queue thread about what ski bag to buy....

 

I bought a Nordica ski bag, figuring that nobody would want to steal it if they thought it contained Nordica skis.

post #17 of 18

some of the airlines deem a ski bag & boot bag as 1 checkable item.   I spent a little more $$ for a double ski bag a while ago.  look into it.

post #18 of 18

Wow, lots of answers all saying the same thing.  Keep the bag under 50 pounds and the charge will be nominal ($15 to $25 depanding on the airline).  But it all gets down to simple math and the math seems to point to the investment of a double ski bag and pay the airline fee. 

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