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Notes and Explanations for Chart of Baggage Regulations

           
Airline U.S. Phone Internet URL Baggage Allowance:
To/From North America
Baggage Allowance:
Carry-on
Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional Bicycle Tariff:
To/From North America
Bicycle Tariff: Tandems Minimum Packing Requirements / Special Instructions / Other Notes
Aer Lingus 800-474-7424 www.aerlingus.com 2 bags, <36 kg total 1 €35 Free * Same regulations apply. Bag required. Make reservation.
Aeroflot 310-281-5300  www.aeroflot.org 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45 in/
10 lbs
  (Star Alliance member)   Do not check bags through to Moscow. Only check bags with Aeroflot at LAX.
Aerolineas Argentinas 800-333-0276 www.aerolineas.com.ar 2- 62" / 50 lbs each   Free * Free *    
Air Canada 800-776-3000  www.aircanada.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45 in/
15 lbs
Fixed fee: US $50 / CND 50 each item Fixed fee CND 50 (Star Alliance)   Bag or box required. One bicycle per passenger.
Air China 212-371-9898  www.airchina.com.cn 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1- 45 in Free * Free *   Beijing tel: 86-010-6601-6667
Air France 800-237-2747  www.airfrance.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1 $75 $150 Same regulations apply. Box required. Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Notify airline 48 hrs in advance..
Air India 718-632-0117  www.airindia.com 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1- 45 in. Free * Free *   Box required.
Air Jamaica 800-523-5585  www.airjamaica.com 2- 62" / 50 lbs each 1- 40 lbs   $25    
Air Namibia     <50kg 1-<7kg   A charge equal to 5kg of excess baggage   Box required. Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Air New Zealand 800-262-1234  www.airnewzealand.co.nz 1 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 11 lbs $25 $150 Same regulations apply. Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Air Transat (charter) 877-872-6728 www.airtransat.com 20 to 23kg depending upon destination     Free * <20kg   Handlebars turned, pedals removed, in solid bag or box
Alaska Airline 800-426-0333  www.alaska-air.com 2 bags - $25 each <50 lbs, <62" each 1 $25 $25 If: overweight <100 lbs $75 oversize <115" (linear) $75 "soft or hard sided case designed specifically for the sporting equipment piece."
ANA (All Nippon) 800-235-9262  ana.co.jp  2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1 >20 kg/44 lbs, fee varies by destination Free *(Star Alliance members)    
Airline U.S. Phone Internet URL Baggage Allowance:
To/From North America
Baggage Allowance:
Carry-on
Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional Bicycle Tariff:
To/From North America
Bicycle Tariff: Tandems Minimum Packing Requirements / Special Instructions / Other Notes
Alitalia 800-223-5730  www.alitaliausa.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 5kg 5 / kg over 20kg if over weight or over size $75-300, vary by destination $75-260, vary by destination Bag or box required.
American 800-433-7300  www.aa.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45 in / 40 lbs regular baggage charge plus $100 $150 on web, but often not charge   Box required. Check in 90 minutes prior to departure.
Asiana   us.flyasiana.com/ 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45 in/
12 lbs
  Fees for overweight & oversize: $110-$130    
Austrian 800-843-0002  www.austrianair.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45 in/
12 lbs
$100-$200 $250 (Star Alliance carriers)   Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Box recommended
Avianca 800-824-2622  www.avianca.com 1- 50 lbs 1- 10kg Free * Free *   Box required.
Brazilian 800-468-2744  www.flyvba.com.br  2- 62" / 50 lbs each **   Free *     Box required.
British Airways 800-247-9297  www.british-airways.com Trans-Atlantic (except Argentina)
2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each
1- 13 lbs 1bag - 62in / 51lbs, plus 1 bicycle <51lbs / 23kg.  Excess tariffs:
Domestic: £30/bag
Shorthaul: £60/bag
Longhaul: £120 per bag
Save 30% on by pre-paying online.
Free * Treated as oversized baggage. Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Special rules departing GER. Request in advance on ATP aircraft.
Caribbean Airlines 877-386-2942 www.caribbean-airlines.com 2- 50 lbs each 1   $100    
Cathay Pacific 800-233-2742  www.cathaypacific.com 2- 50 lbs each , <80" ** 1- 45in/
15 lbs
>20kg/44 lbs within Asia subject to fees Normal excess baggage charges   Box required.  Web site says sporting gear is free.
China Air 917-368-2000  www.china-airlines.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each   fee for more than 20kg/44 lbs & oversize  luggage Fees for overweight & oversize  

Beijing tel: 86-010-6601-6667

Airline U.S. Phone Internet URL Baggage Allowance:
To/From North America
Baggage Allowance:
Carry-on
Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional Bicycle Tariff:
To/From North America
Bicycle Tariff: Tandems Minimum Packing Requirements / Special Instructions / Other Notes
Delta Airlines 800-221-1212  www.delta-air.com

//Special note on Delta's policy\\.

2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- <40 lbs $200

Including folders and S&S bikes, regardless of size and weight. See "Special Note"

$200 to Europe & 200 from Europe.
Including folders and S&S bikes. See "Special Note"
>80in must be sent as cargo. Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Check in 90-120 minutes prior to departure. Generally a leader in anti-bicycle policies.
El Al (Israel) 800-234-3525  www.elal.co.il 1 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 39in $35 $210 Same regulations apply. Box required.
Emerates   www.emirates.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1   1% of applicable fare / kg excess   Excess fees are often based on 1st class fare!
Ethiopian 212-867-0095  www.ethiopianairlines.com  1- 44lbs 1   Free *   Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
EVA (Taiwan, ROC) 201-547-3000  www.evaair.com.tw/ 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1- 45in/
15lbs
Asia: 1% of 1st class fare/kg excess Free * Same regulations apply. Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Finnair 800-950-5000  www.finnair.com 1- 62" / 50 lbs,
1- 55" / 50 lbs **
1- 45in/
22lbs
Free * Free * $80-$110 Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Box recommended
Frontier Airlines 800-432-1359  www.flyfrontier.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45in $75. $75, no bikes to some int'l destinations >109 in must be sent as cargo. Box required.
Hawaiian Airlines 800-367-5320  www.hawaiianair.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1 $35 between islands, $100 to/from mainland, plus $25 if  >50 lbs     Box required. 
Iberian Air 800-772-4642  www.iberia.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" and <55" 1- 22lbs Weight system: over 20kg/44 lbs is 150  150 Same regulations apply. Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Box required.
Airline U.S. Phone Internet URL Baggage Allowance:
To/From North America
Baggage Allowance:
Carry-on
Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional Bicycle Tariff:
To/From North America
Bicycle Tariff: Tandems Minimum Packing Requirements / Special Instructions / Other Notes
Icelandic Air 800-223-5500  www.icelandair.is 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45in/
11lbs
  $56   Box or bag required. $40 to and from Iceland
Japan Air 800-525-3663  www.jal.co.jp 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45in   $130   Box required.
Jet Blue   www.jetblue.com     $50 $80   Box required.
KLM 800-447-4747  www.klm.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1 >20kg/44 lbs
20-80
Free *
Otherwise -
Overweight €150 / $200
Does not accept tandems Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Korean Air 800-438-5000  www.koreanair.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1   Overweight:  $50 to/from N. America and 1.5% of adult one-way normal fare per 1kg for other destinations.   Box required.
Lufthansa 800-399-5838  www.lufthansa.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 18lbs $100-$200 $250   Box or bag required.
Olympic Air 800-223-1226  www.olympicair.com 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1 Europe: 1% of applicable fare/kg excess Free *   Box required.
P.I.A 800-221-2552  www.piac.com.pk  1- 62" / 50 lbs,
1- 55" / 50 lbs
1       Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Qantas 800-227-4500  www.qantas.com 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1- 45in/
11lbs
AU$10 Free *   Box required.
S.A.S. (Scandanavia) 800-221-2350 www.flysas.com 1- 62" / 50 lbs each 1- 46in/
18lbs
Free *if only piece Free * if only piece (Star Alliance member) $135 Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Confirm space for bicycle with ticket reservation.
Airline U.S. Phone Internet URL Baggage Allowance:
To/From North America
Baggage Allowance:
Carry-on
Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional Bicycle Tariff:
To/From North America
Bicycle Tariff: Tandems Minimum Packing Requirements / Special Instructions / Other Notes
SAA (South African) 800-722-9675  www.flysaa.com/ 2- 62" / 50 lbs each 1- 45in/
20lbs
Allow 20kg extra, w/ conditions, see "sporting equip." Allow 20kg extra, w/ conditions   Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Singapore Airlines 800-742-3333  www.singaporeair.com 1- 62" / 50 lbs,
1- 55" / 50 lbs **
1- 45in/
15lbs
Asia: 1% of 1st class fare/kg excess Free * (Star Alliance member)   Box required.
Southwest Air 800-435-9792  www.iflyswa.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1 $75, oversize forbidden n/a   Box required. <80 inch (W+H+L)
Swiss 877-359-7947  www.swiss.com 1- 62" / 50 lbs
1- 55" / 50 lbs
1 $100-$200 $250   Box or bag required.
T.A.P. (Portugal) 800-221-7370  www.flytap.com 1- 62" / 50 lbs,
1- 55" / 50 lbs **
1 € 35 € 150   Box required.
Thai Airways 800-426-5204  www.thaiair.com 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1   Free * (Star Alliance member)   Box required. Confirm space for bicycle with ticket reservation.
United Airlines 800-241-6522  www.ual.com 1st bags - <50 lbs, <62"
2nd bag - $70
1- 45in/
15lbs
$150 if over 62 in/158 cm in total dimensions  $200   Handlebars turned, pedals removed. Sign limited liability release.
USAir 800-428-4322  www.usairways.com 2 bags - <50 lbs, <62" each 1- 45in/
40lbs
$150 if over 62 in/158 cm in total dimensions $150 if over 62 in/157 cm in total dimensions   Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Vanguard 800-826-4827  www.flyvanguard.com  2- 62" / 50 lbs each 1 $25 (based on email for Consumer Affairs.  Website indicates $50.) U.S. domestic only   Boxed or handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Varig (Brazil) 800-468-2744  www.varig-airlines.com  2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1- 10lbs   Free * (Star Alliance member)   Handlebars turned, pedals removed.
Virgin Atlantic Air 800-862-8621  www.virgin-atlantic.com 2- 62" / 50 lbs each ** 1- 11lbs   Free *   Box required.
Airline U.S. Phone Internet URL Baggage Allowance:
To/From North America
Baggage Allowance:
Carry-on
Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional Bicycle Tariff:
To/From North America
Bicycle Tariff: Tandems Minimum Packing Requirements / Special Instructions / Other Notes

Notes and Explanations for Chart of Baggage Regulations:

Baggage Allowance: To/From North America

Basic free baggage allowance for economy class on domestic and international flights originating or terminating in the USA or Canada. Most airlines flying to and from North America use a "piece concept" on those flights. All baggage usually must meet standards for size and weight. The size is calculated as the sum of the length + height + width. The information here shows the number of bags (dash), the maximum size (slash) and the maximum weight. The allowance may include several bags with different size and weight maximums. Beyond North America (Asia, Europe, Africa and South America) airlines often use a "weight concept" (usually 20 kg or 44 pounds for economy class.)  ** The baggage allowance for many airlines has dropped from 70 to 50 pounds / 32 to 23 kg, per item, in 2006, and many airlines have STOP allowing bicycles in lieu of one piece of baggage -- ALL BICYCLE PAY!  It never hurts to check the airline's website and call the airline for the latest changes in regulations.

Baggage Allowance: Carry-on

The information here shows the number of bags (dash), the maximum size (slash) and the maximum weight of each back. The size is calculated as the sum of the length + height + width.

Bicycle Tariff: Domestic/Regional

Tariffs on a bicycle as baggage on a flight within the carrier’s home country and region. An asterisk “*”, indicates under the "piece system" no charge for one bicycle in lieu of one piece of checked baggage (the oversize is waived), if otherwise within the checked baggage piece and weight allowance. Always check the airline's website or call the airline for the 'fine print' and the latest changes in regulations.  All prices are in US$ unless otherwise noted.

Bicycle Tariff: To/From North America

Tariffs on a bicycle as baggage on a on a transoceanic flight to and from North America.  Flight between North and South America can have total different allowance and restrictions depending upon the country and time of year so you will need to contact the airline. An asterisk “*”, indicates under the "piece system" no charge for one bicycle in lieu of one piece of checked baggage (the oversize is waived), if otherwise within the checked baggage piece and weight allowance (often 23kg per item). Always check the airline's website or call the airline for the 'fine print' and the latest changes in regulations.  All prices are in US$ unless otherwise noted.

Minimum Packing Requirement / Special Instructions

Indicates how the airline would like the bicycle to be packed for transport. "Box" also includes commercially available cases and travel bags ‑‑ in essence the bicycle must be packed. "Bag" refers to large clear plastic bags that are available from the airlines that allow them. "Handlebars turned" means, handlebars must be turned parallel to the frame. This column also gives other requirement of the airline that you might encounter when traveling with a bicycle. Some airlines require advanced notice from passengers traveling with bicycles.

 

 
 

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