Last month AirTran tagged me another $45 for my bag because it exceeded a total of 72 in. when measuring its height, width, and length) I had flown on Southwest in Jan. with the same bag and there was no issue with the dimensions as well as no charge for the bag.
Taking US Air out to Denver the end of the month and I see on their website the max. dimensions for the checked bag can't exceed 61 inches, or its another $100 each way on top of the $35 for the second checked bag.
Prior to my Airtran incident with my bag I thought falsely you just had to keep the bag under 50lbs.
So, I see on US Air that you can carry on a bag and a personal item(computer) . The bag can't exceed 40 lbs. and I think the dimensions said under 40 inches for the carry on.
I guess I will need to put my boots in the carry on bag with the laptop and be sure I meet the size dimensions for this bag. My clothing bag (previously a big Atomic Team Bag) exceeds 72 inches and I'll need to use a bag that meets US Air dimension requirements. Travel with a ski tube. Interestingly if I understood correctly, the ski tube or ski bag can exceed 50 lbs. on AirTran. Plus and I'm confused on this , a ski bag and a boot bag count as 1 piece of checked luggae?
Its bad enough you end up paying $60 a way for checked bags, but God Forbid if you exceed the dimensions of the bag, better hang on to your wallet! My stuff always shows up looking like an elephant stepped on it anyway. Biggest Pet Peeve is the TSA guys that can't put the ski tube upper and lower part together right and the tube separates in transit. Plus they order you to leave when you ask them if they are familar with how to put the tube back together!
Used to be travelling with luggae was a hassle, now its a major expense and you need to knwo the baggage rules for the carrier you're taking. When US Air tore the wheels off my big Atomic bag, they told me they couldn't be responsible for that type of damage!
I have to believe resort rentals have to be getting a shot in the arm with the cost of checked baggage with the airlines.