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Ski Gear bag is loaded and ready to go, will I pay a fee?

Poll Results: Southwest Airlines, Will I pay a fee?

Poll expired: Feb 10, 2010  
  • 100% (5)
    no fees either way
  • 0% (0)
    skate one way, need to pay the other
  • 0% (0)
    you loose and pay both ways
  • 0% (0)
    you loose hard as they loose/destroy your bag and you can only claim one pair of skis and poles
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
 Leaving from Boston, Ma at 7:00 am on Wednesday February 10th and returning from Reno, Nv on Friday, March 5th.  Flying Southwest both ways whose policy allows for 1 free ski bag under 50 pounds.  My bathroom scale with me plus the bag is at 44 pounds before I add some tape and bubble wrap so I am comfortable it is under 50 pounds.  It is a large bag and there is a lot of stuff in there:

168cm D-Structure AT skis with Dynafit bindings

192cm Fischer Watea 101 with Look bindings

Smith poles

BD flicklock poles

Whippet

70cm ice axe

crampons and bag

All in a ski bag with two wheels, padding, straps, heavy fabric

So what do you think? I think I am likely to get through both ways for free,since it is under the weight limit and I am optimistic that it will be handled well.  

I will post the results on my return.
post #2 of 8
Do they say anything about only one pair in a bag?  Some airlines do.  Some airline rules also say nothing but the skis and poles, but I don't think they really enforce that.  Since SW doesn't charge for checked baggage, you may be fine.
post #3 of 8
I'm guessing  you'll be fine. I'm flying Delta in a week and they count one pair of skis and one pair of boots as 1 bag cost $25. Second bag is $30 or $35. That's a nice deal Southwest does.

Although it used to be free on all airlines for years. Funny how we get conditioned so quick to being nickeled and dimed everywhere.

Anywho I hadn't thought about wrapping my skis with bubble wrap, in the bag. I'd better do that. Do you wrap your boots also?
post #4 of 8
Just flew to Winter Park last week and my boyfriend put all his clothes in his double ski bag and packed is boot bag full too.  We flew on United and they only charged him for one bag for both.  They never asked if he only had skis in the bag...his weighed 44 pounds also.  Some people were telling us that at the Denver Airport (on the way home) they might ask if we only had boots in our boot bag - never happened.  I think you'll be fine. 

My sister tried to take some leftover peanut butter home in her carryon bag though...they confiscated it.  I guess they thought it was a plastic explosive or something!  Go figure!
post #5 of 8
I flew Southwest last week (DTW to SLC) with two pairs of skis in one bag.  No problems at all.  I wouldn't sweat it as long as it's under the 50lbs weight limit.

I did buy some extra insurance by using the sky cap service to check in and tipping him $5.  This hasn't been necessary in the past.

My experience is that the airlines only get bitchy about what's in your bag if you're trying to pull the "ski bag + boot bag == one checked bag" trick.  If you try this, they may insist on allowing only one pair of skis, one pair of boots and one pair of poles.  If you carry your boots on like every rational sentient human being, this is not an issue.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by theconz View Post

Anywho I hadn't thought about wrapping my skis with bubble wrap, in the bag. I'd better do that. Do you wrap your boots also?

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no.

Do not check your boots on the way to your ski vacation.  If the airline delays your luggage you'll be skiing in rental boots.  There are few things worse than skiing in rental boots.  It's horrible. Don't let this happen to you.  You can buy or rent just about everthing else, but you can't replace your boots.
post #7 of 8
leaving next week. I pack my boots in my suitcase. However I am checking my brothers boots and putting his skis in my ski bag (double) as he is not flying southwest.
post #8 of 8
Okay, so will boots fit in the "carry on" they have box at the gate to check the bag size? They have been getting very touchy about that thing since they started charging.

Do you carry them on in a boot bag or just with a handle? I guess I could alwasy wear them if they give me a hard time. Lol like Herman Munster's shoes.

Last year I put mine in my duffel and checked it. Or did I carry it on? Don't remember but I fly somewhat often and it seems the carry on bag size has gotten smaller. Maybe just perception.
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