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Crystal Ski/TUI air carriage restrictions

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Thx OZboy I’m chasing BA on this
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@Ldj226, good luck and let us know of the outcome.
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second what Ozboy says. Never had an issue with BA with just turning up with ski's (as my only bag). No need to prebook. 23kg is 23kg no matter what shape it is.
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Never had an issue with BA direct, they just go on weight.

I always go with mates and we do DIY but going with my wife next week and couldn’t beat the price on a Neilson deal to L2A. Just checked and it says 1 set of skis per bag.

Ive also taken 2 sets in my double bag with boots and ski clothes. Was planning on taking my wife’s skis in my bag and only realised looking through this that it wasn’t ‘allowed’.

Assume I’m fine to just rock up, keep allowance under 15kg and tell them it’s just my skis? Or if I’m flying with BA through Neilson, will I check in with British airways check in staff?
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BA have confirmed to me that the 23kg bag can only have max dimensions of 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16in) as per their new guidelines. I checked this on their website and it is true Confused www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/checked-baggage-allowances#checkedbaggageallowance going to phone up tomorrow see if I someone nicer who can help me. Maybe I am on some special charter flight
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@Ldj226, I think they are misleading you as the advice is not entirely right, but as always I stand to be corrected. Anything over the dimensons is classed as oversized but there is no charge for this providing it is a) your only bag to check, b) within the oversized baggage threshold and c) does not weigh more than your 23kg allowance. I have just pasted the relevant text from the link you sent (see point 3)... its buried at the bottom of their checked baggage page.

1. You can take more bags than your free checked baggage allowance for an additional fee. You’ll get the best rate if you pay online in advance.
2. You can take overweight bags for an extra charge.
3. You can take larger items of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) as long as they weigh no more than your permitted baggage weight allowance. If the bag weighs more than your allowance, you will be charged extra at the airport. No bag can weigh more than 32kg. Any items larger than the above dimensions will require shipping as cargo.
4. Find out more about taking sporting equipment and musical instruments.
5. If you are checking in a large piece of baggage, please allow an additional 15 minutes so that the item can be safely and securely handed over to the Baggage staff.
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I think they are misleading you as the advice is not entirely right, but as always I stand to be corrected. Anything over the dimensons is classed as oversized but there is no charge for this providing it is a) your only bag to check, b) within the oversized baggage threshold and c) does not weigh more than your 23kg allowance. I have just pasted the relevant text from the link you sent (see point 3)... its buried at the bottom of their checked baggage page.
thanks Ozboy that is good enough for me. I'll screenshot that from their website and take it with me
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@hawkesbaynz, go to ski bartlett and get them quiver killed.


This has to be the way ahead for dealing with baggage restrictions. Other shops will do it too of course, Jon at the Piste Office will do it. If you're brave he even supplies kits so you can DIY. I've had great experiences with both these places.

Also, for BA's one bag rule you need a big bag for skis and gear (Sport Conrad to a good one at a reasonable price). For Lufthansa / Swiss you are better off with a separate ski bag and boot bag as these go free with normal economy fares (but not the very basic fare - that is a nasty catch which caught me last year).

For TOs with really tight rules, all I can say is don't use them. Not very constructive, but I gave up on them many years ago. There are so many good deals with scheduled carriers TOs are just not competitive for me.
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@sah, Couldn’t agree with you more on all points. I’ve been using ten Dakine Low Roller ski bag for many years for this purpose and it’s been bombproof. I take boots and helmet by hand luggage.

I flew Norwegian to Oslo just before Christmas and noticed a couple of ‘cool kids’ taking ski boots bare on board without a bag. Just joined together by the Velcro straps and slung over their shoulder.
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@Grizzler, ah, sorry, I had misunderstood. Yes, we are two booked with two ski carriages and extra weight bought. Having checked Tui information and crystal information - they are different just to add to the confusion - I made the phone call and all is well. Paying for extra weight just means we'll take an extra bag & most probably put boots in the hold... I don't know but it'll work out.

The rules and restrictions on crystal luggage are bewildering but I do like the 'if your skis don't arrive' arrangements.
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@kittya, glad it's all OK. Think that's the way I'll do it in future if I go anywhere with TUI or Crystal again: 2 single carriages + extra hold weight and bag. (Bit of a hassle having to hoik around 3 hold bags as well as 2 ski/board bags & 2 rucksacs, though.)
Assuming of course that they don't change the policy again (which is possible to probable).
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Just back from Val d'Isere with Ski World.
BA charter Gatwick to Grenoble.
Booked 2 x Ski carriage then read the small print, 7 kgs max!
Couldn't get my skis and bag under 7kgs without taking the bindings off.
Phoned Ski World as I thought 7kgs must be a typo in their t&c.
"No it's a charter flight so ski carriage is 7 kgs but maybe you'll get someone friendly on the desk at check-in"
Asked said friendly BA lady at Gatwick ckeck-in and she said max weight is 23kgs for skis.
Don't think they weighed them at Grenoble....
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@Sailbad the Sinner, Think you experience confirms what we are saying on this thread whereby there is a disconnect betewen what TO operators using BA are trying to charge vs what really happens on the ground. I could be wrong but I can’t see BA changing their checking / bag drop process for a charter flight. Is this just TO money grabbing via extra charges and using boiler plate T&C’s!
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