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Taking Ski's On An Airplane?  
User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6424 times:

In December I am going to fly ORD-SEA on Alaska Airlines and I want to bring my ski's along to do some skiing in Washington. Would the ski bag count as regular luggage? I read the airlines ploicy where a ban cannot exceed 162 sq inches, I would imagine most ski bags do exceed that. Have any of you had experiance traveling with ski's or something simmilar size, where in this case they weigh very little, but are odd shaped? The last thing I want to happen is to show up at ORD and they tell me I have to pay extra to bring them along. Thanks

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User currently offlineTheCheese From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6417 times:
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AS checks skis all the time as oversized luggage. I am 100% sure that the ticket agent will know the procedeure, as folks take their skis with them all the time.

See also Alaska's policy for transporting sporting goods, from their "Checked Baggage" page:

Sporting Equipment

Some sporting equipment (snow skis, golf clubs), may be checked in lieu of one piece of luggage, if packaged in a suitable container. Sporting equipment checked in addition to the free baggage allowance is charged an excess fee. There is a fee charged in all situations for some equipment (surfboards, scuba gear). For details about allowances and fees for specific sporting equipment view the Contract of Carriage.


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6410 times:

Alaska's website says bags with dimensions less than 63 in long have no fee while anything larger will have a fee associated with it. (The dimensions of length + width + height must be less than 63 in.) I don't know where you got the 162 sq in, but that is really small (16x10). I am going to guess that your skis are a bit longer than 63 in, then you will have to pay a $50 charge both ways.

Will your skis be in a soft bag or a hard case? I have never travelled with skis but if I did I would use a hard case.

http://www.alaskaair.com/as/www2/help/faqs/CheckedBaggage.asp


User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6369 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
I am going to guess that your skis are a bit longer than 63 in, then you will have to pay a $50 charge both ways.

Yes, I imagine most pairs of skis are longer then 63 inches. Sorry about the 162 sq in, got a little confused. What confuses me more is...

Quoting TheCheese (Reply 1):
Some sporting equipment (snow skis, golf clubs), may be checked in lieu of one piece of luggage, if packaged in a suitable container. Sporting equipment checked in addition to the free baggage allowance is charged an excess fee.

That would imply sporting good's get an exception if they are checked in lieu of 1 pc of luggage.


User currently offlinePygmalion From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 966 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

They allow them as part of your checked baggage allowance.

Quote:
Skiing Equipment: Items of skiing equipment will be accepted as checked baggage, will be included in determining the free baggage allowance, and when in excess, each item will be subject to the excess baggage charge for a single piece, whether or not presented as a single piece. Skiing equipment must be packaged in a proper soft or hard ski/snowboard bag. Limit of one pair of skis/snowboard, one pair of poles, bindings and boots. Additional items shall count as excess baggage.

I fly with my skis from Pacific NW to Utah and Calif all the time. Boot bag has all my gear, ski bag has two pairs of skis and my poles. No extra charge. Rst of my gear in single carry on.


User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 822 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

I have never been charged extra for checking skis. My advice to you though is to put some of your soft, bulky ski wear in the ski bag wrapped around the skis for padding.

User currently offlineCessna057 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

Quoting Jaws707 (Thread starter):
Have any of you had experiance traveling with ski's or something simmilar size, where in this case they weigh very little, but are odd shaped?

I flew CO EWR-IAH-SLC in January and they lost my skiis (1080 foils) and i JUST got them and wanted to try them out so bad but they got them to me the next day. I did DL EWR-ATL-SCL to go skiing in South America over the summer and they got there without a problem, so it gets into a hit and miss situation. Especially with all the new luggage problems all the airlines are having now with all the new luggage restrictions.



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User currently offlinePygmalion From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 966 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

For skis or other sporting equipment... length rule changes to 115 inches for one item. (length plus width plus height) so most skis fit rule easily

User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

Thanks for your input. I imagine a fair amount of people travel with ski's and I couldn't imagine the airline's charging $50 each way for all of them.

User currently offlineAviator27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

There are specially made ski tubes that must go as checked luggage. Some airlines will charge extra for them, and other's wont. Contact the airline you want to fly with. Enjoy the power.

User currently offlineAustralia1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

Check with airlines written policy. Don't take a verbal response over the phone. Carry skis all the time & only lately have had problems with various airlines wanting us to pay for our skis, even though we travel light.

Understand that some new low fares might have very restrictive baggage limits, so fare is cheap, but don't expect to carry 20kgs free, maybe 10kgs free & pay for rest.

In this day of high fuel prices, airlines are seeing this as another revenue stream, BUT, need to make sure they don't annoy passengers too much, as many are used to carrying far too much, especially on way home from holiday, where they have purchased some goods.


User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

I've checked my snowboard (it's about 6ft long) plenty of times without extra charges and what not.


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