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Heading to Vancouver - Whistler on United Airlines in about a month. Did anyone who flew United this summer have any issues with the bike box? The United website says $100 which is up from $80 last year but the weight limitation says 50 pounds.

Any thing over the maximum weight usually means an extra surcharge. :(

My bike & case weighs about 70 pound. I budgeted $200 roundtrip but would hate to pay additional amounts over that.
 

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Sounds about right, one of my friends just flew out here for a bike trip and got hit for $200 (round trip) for the bike.
 

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I'm flying to whistler on thursday night and will have to pay to get it on the plane as well. So the answer is yes, they will let you bring it, but how much it will cost, im not so sure... I'll let you know when i get back how much they charged me.
 

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It's definitely cheaper to ship it, but then you have to wait for it to clear customs. I'm going to Whistler in August and I just got an OGIO monster bag. It's a bag made for flying with a tour golf bag. You still have to get a wheel bag for your wheels, but its not a bike bag. I was also alot cheaper than a bike bag 120 vs 300.
 

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Seems like it might be cheaper to fedex it.
not a good idea. I tried to ship my bike out to whistler last year, but it got stuck in customs. I then had to spend 1200 on a rental because of how long i was there for. My bike finally got cleared and made it back home about a month after being back. I would not ship if i were you.
 

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yikes. all I can say is we are totally stoked with westjet's service to Van. $40 for the bike, they say 60lbs max but they seem to be pretty lenient. They allow 2 carryons, 2 checked bags up to 60lbs. each, and the bike. Go over the weight limit and they only hit you for another $75.
 

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yikes. all I can say is we are totally stoked with westjet's service to Van. $40 for the bike, they say 60lbs max but they seem to be pretty lenient. They allow 2 carryons, 2 checked bags up to 60lbs. each, and the bike. Go over the weight limit and they only hit you for another $75.
Yeah I was debating whether to pay and fly Westjet because it was so cheap or use my Aloha Airlines miles on United. I glad I decided to use the Aloha miles because the Aloha miles have zero value now :)
 

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not a good idea. I tried to ship my bike out to whistler last year, but it got stuck in customs. I then had to spend 1200 on a rental because of how long i was there for. My bike finally got cleared and made it back home about a month after being back. I would not ship if i were you.
How many people have had this issue of waiting for their bikes to clear customs? How long before your trip did you ship your bike? We have normally flown with our bikes but for some reason we have decided to ship them.
 

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$200 each way

Heads up on flying on United with a bike case. Shipping cost per website is $100 up to 50 lbs max. Another $100 for overweight fee over 50 lbs so the total is $200. This varies with the ticket agent knowing what the website says. I know people who had to pay the $200 and also others who paid less.
 

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I had a trip up there about 2 weeks ago and shipped my bike. I called Canadian Border Services and got the proper info on the bike clearing customs, they said it was no problem, called FedEx and did the proper paperwork and they said it was no problem, well it gets to the border, and guess what, big problem, its going to cost $80 plus 5% tax plus 7% tax, supposedly you can get the taxes refunded after your get home, but I'm not believing that crap. I ended up having the bike rerouted to Seattle and luckily my buds were going through there and could pick it up. Otherwise I would have been SOL. Lesson learned, rent a bike or take it on the plane.
 

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How many people have had this issue of waiting for their bikes to clear customs? How long before your trip did you ship your bike? We have normally flown with our bikes but for some reason we have decided to ship them.
doesn't matter.....why take even the slightest chance of not having ur bike if it gets stuck in customs...hopefully it goes smooth for you
 

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sticking it to the man!

I leave Friday evening. The big bag weighs in at 65lbs. the little bag at about 30lbs. us airways charges $65 for the first bag up to 70lbs and $25 for the second bag up to 50lbs. You have no idea how much crap I have crammed into those 2 bags. I managed to trim my large bottlerocket down to 38lbs with 2.5 DH tires for the sole purpose of airline fees.

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hockey bag and a wheel box= free

I got lucky last year though. We had a new recruit checking our bags in. They still weighed the bags. Mine was 43 lbs for the hockey bag with the frame fork and clothes plus cardboard reinforcements and foam. The wheel box was way over sized but they didnt check. I think its just making it "look" like its not a bike is the key.. And when you weigh your bag, keep a corner off the scale and maybe lift the bag with your heel or toe a bit. My bag miraculously came to 36 lbs. Also when asked what was in the bag, I replied "bike parts"

Heading up in a week, I'm sure we can't get away from the extra bag fee.
 

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Wow, my buddy and I both shipped our bikes via FedEx last year and did not have any problems. We had to fax our passports to the FedEx shipping agent in CAN, and explain to them what we're doing, but that's about it. One dude wanted to make sure we weren't bringing in US dirt on our bikes. Guess we coulda brought our own bomb materials or illegal drugs cuz homeboy just wanted to make sure there was no dirt/mud on the tires! Interesting...

Now after hearing some stories of peeps bikes getting stuck in customs, I think I'd pay the surcharges and just take it with me on the plane.

Oh, and for the guy who is considering getting the CAN tax refunded - read the fine print. I think it is only if you get taxed over $1200 or something like that.
 

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United sucks

Alaska Air is $75 each way for a bike. No hastles... My Uzzi was in a plastic travel case (performance bike team case). Total weight was about 65lbs. I try to keep the bike box as light as possible. Tools and small parts go into the gear bag.

Sounds like United is an airline to avoid when traveling with bike.

BTW, two trips and no problem with the bike getting there and coming home. The bike box had very little damage.:thumbsup:
 
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