Bike Luggage Charges For Air Travel
Bike luggage charges can be a pain. Every airline seems to handle bicycles in a completely different way, and charge completely different premiums to carry your bike box.
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There are very few things that I get more excited about than escaping for a long weekend away with my bike. Rebuilding my bicycle halfway up an alpine mountain, in a little village on the Mediterranean coast, or overlooking a Scandinavian fjord is a luxury I wouldn’t give up easily. I might be staying in the cheapest hotel for miles around, but with the local roads, trails and cafes to explore, I’m not planning to see a whole lot of it.
Ryan has looked at maximising your cycling time on a family holiday (not something I’ve ever had to worry about), and we’ve talked about the how to ensure your bicycle survives its trip with the airline.
Bike Luggage Charges
Where I begin to lose my mind, is trying to book my bike onto the airline. There are dozens of airlines heading to the popular destinations, and if you are savvy on the price comparison sites, chances are you’ll be using a different companies for the outbound and return journeys.
Each airline treats bikes and sports equipment completely differently. Some will include your bicycle in their checked baggage allowance, others will always charge you extra. There is no consensuses over how heavy bike bags for air travel should be, and none of this information is easily accessible on their websites. How does British Airways sports equipment differ from an Easyjet bicycle booking?
Our handy infographic compares the prices and restrictions for travelling with bikes between the major airlines.
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Most airlines only provide minimum compensation in the event a bicycle is damaged. Our bicycle insurance provides complete cover for your bike while it is transit, and we even cover your bike box at the same time.
And if you are riding abroad, we also provide Cycle Travel Insurance to cover the costs of emergency medical care and repatriation in you injure yourself riding, on top of all the usual things you would expect.