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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby POACHER » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:55 pm

Yeah we ALWAYS curbside check WHEN available! That's the problem though....we checked in for a 5:00 am flight at 3:00. No curbside available and the counter agents looked just thrilled to be there that early.
Many smaller airports don't have curbside either.

But it is the way to go. Just have some flash money in hand too and it's gravy.

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby Tony in FL » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:30 pm

Thanks for all the great feedback everyone! Has anyone gone the split board route? I am wondering if one of these could fit in regular baggage and thus make travel less risky with respect to the potential for excess baggage fees.

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby jeromeL » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:43 pm

so far never had to pay with golf bag trick.
I went to Mexico, Tobago, St Barths, Aruba, Miami. Latest flight was Aruba and miami on JetBlue.
Jetblue terminal in NY actually has a oversize bag area, you just drop the luggage there, no one ask any questions. I didn't even print boarding pass in advance because there was some issue with my passport but if you can print it in advance then you are set don't even need to talk to anyone...

Sometimes they ask if there is a surfboard in it I reply "no it's a golf bag" which is not a lie.
Some airline allow wakeboard equipement for free so you can also say it's wakeboard.

From Miami I check in at the curb works too with $5 on Jetblue, no questions.

I would probably go with split board if I was flying every months.

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby acctx » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:08 pm

I have flown quite a bit with my gear. I pack two kites, pump, bar harness, clothes into a check in rolling duffle bag.

I take my 132x42board apart, take foot straps, fins, and handle off so it is totally flat. Then I wrap it in a cardboard box and get it as thin as possible. it is close to the allowed 61 inches (around 69 inches) which is close enough that I havent been charged yet.

I have status on american so get free checked bags. Southwest doesnt charge for regular checked bags.

In the worst case I say its a board when they ask. (I wont lie about what it is)

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby Tony in FL » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:34 pm

acctx wrote:I have flown quite a bit with my gear. I pack two kites, pump, bar harness, clothes into a check in rolling duffle bag.

I take my 132x42board apart, take foot straps, fins, and handle off so it is totally flat. Then I wrap it in a cardboard box and get it as thin as possible. it is close to the allowed 61 inches (around 69 inches) which is close enough that I havent been charged yet.

I have status on american so get free checked bags. Southwest doesnt charge for regular checked bags.

In the worst case I say its a board when they ask. (I wont lie about what it is)
Neat idea. By separating out the board the space and particularly the weight are reduced to the point it would seem unfair to charge an extra $150 each way.

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby deniska » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:45 am

golf bag trick does not work well in POP (Cabarete).
They know and actively enforce it. I had to pay on my way back 2 last times I went there.
Try to fly JetBlue, they only charge $50 (well $60 in POP as they come up with some stupid taxes and fees)
The golf bag still works ok in most other places. Just get one that.. looks like a golf bag and don't overload it.

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby KiteDR » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:50 am

American in POP never gave me a lot of problems - but heard the same for Jet Blue. Lately though, I've been flying into STI with delta due to status with them... and $300 cheaper generally

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby KiteDR » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:51 am

Should say that I'm using a golf bag - no problems. Need to figure out something for surf though... probably getting stuck with that fee.

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby Paulwoller » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:45 am

I Fly Airasia who have very cheap flights and sports baggage.
You can take as many bags as you want and only charged on combined weight.
International (up to 20kg) AUD 23
International (up to 25kg) AUD 26
International (up to 30kg) AUD 33
International (up to 40kg) AUD 53
No need to say what sort of sporting equipment it is.
So up to 20kg = $17.74 US :D

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Re: Best Way to Fly with Gear in 2017

Postby Vantage » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:01 pm

What annoys me about American Airlines is that they are never consistent. Sometimes they charge 150 USD, sometimes nothing and they don't even weight it or ask what's in the golf bag. If they applied their own rules consistently then at least we'd know what was coming. I fly a lot with the middle east airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Oman Air and they never charge. BA can be awkward as well but I avoid them like the plague anyway.


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