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 Poster: A snowHead
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So I know there are a million and one threads relating to this topic broadly but having read lots of them I think I am more uncertain than beforehand! I don't fly that often have never flown with skis before.

The situation is - looking to fly (cheaply in economy) to the US from LHR with United Airlines and take full ski gear with me inc skis and boots.

Options 1:
Boots + in hand luggage
Clothes in "suitcase"
Skis in ski bag

Option 2:
Boots + in hand luggage
Skis and clothes in large ski bag.

Can anyone explain how United Airlines would charge these two options and at what stage I would need to "book" any aspect of it?

Thanks!
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Ask them? or look it up in their baggage carriage conditions?
Almost certainly option 2 will be cheaper
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
When I used to fly United to the US ...I always flew

One Bag (with everthing in inc Boots)
One Ski Bag (oonly skis & poles)

This was treated as Two checked hold bags which was allowed within the weight alowance.

Only on International & Checked all the way to destination...

Traveling internal/domestic US you will pay a lot to haul ski equipment & bags.


https://www.united.com/web/en-us/content/travel/baggage/sports.aspx?POS=US
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If possible fly with your ski boots in your carry on if you value your boots as highly as I do.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
stanton,

Most airlines (including BA & KLM for this winter) seem to have abolished the free baggage allowance.

It looks like it's £60 extra per checked in bag from now on... Sad

We flew from Calgary to Denver last winter with United and they charged us $30 to check in a ski bag.

We always take our boots in hand luggage anyway, plus essential ski clothes & goggles (in anticipation of our check in bag being delayed - which it has been umpteen times now, particularly when flying to the USA or Canada).

Surprise surprise- our bag was delayed for 3 days last winter between Calgary & Denver. United reimbursed us for the cost of ski rental & I also asked for (& received) the $30 baggage charge.
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@Bergmeister,

It is clearly stated by United for Coach/Economy Passengers

Your allowed "Two" hold Bags "Total weight 23kgs"

If you can include "Below" in your 1 or 2 hold Bags 23kg limitation your OK !!



Ski and Snowboard Equipment

United accepts one item of ski or snowboard equipment per customer as checked baggage. Equipment must be securely encased in a suitable container. An item of ski equipment consists of:

Water skis
Up to two snowboards in one bag and one snow boot bag
Up to two pairs of snow skis and associated equipment in one bag and one ski boot bag
If the combined weight of the ski bag and boot bag is over 50 pounds (23 kg), applicable overweight charges apply.
A boot bag without an accompanied ski bag is considered one bag and normal baggage fees apply.
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I wonder why they charged us for a ski bag? Puzzled
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Bergmeister wrote:
... Most airlines (including BA & KLM for this winter) seem to have abolished the free baggage allowance.

It looks like it's £60 extra per checked in bag from now on... Sad

We flew from Calgary to Denver last winter with United and they charged us $30 to check in a ski bag.
... .

I think you'll find that's not true for international flights outside North America.
You definitely have to watch any internal USA flights, and it's interesting that they're treating that cross-border leg that way, but transatlantic
scheduled flights don't work that way.

Even for tourist class your 23Kgs hold baggage remains free on AC, as does an additional snowboard bag (at the right time of year), if you've got that much gear to carry.

Rather like with free beer on board, where you're flying to and from matters. I'd check what the airlines say: internet forums are almost always wrong.
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I've been looking at flights to Denver (from Newcastle) for next winter and both BA and KLM are now charging £60 return per check in bag. Only hand luggage is allowed free of charge with their new "basic economy" fares. It's all about choice and freedom, they tell me...

Looks like they're all turning into Ryanair and Easyjet more like... rolling eyes

Next they will stop the free booze and food on long haul (like BA has already done on short haul flights).

From up here it's really only BA & KLM - and not a lot else unfortunately. Sad
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@Bergmeister, Cheaper to just go to just go a buy a second hand pair of skis ..
Plenty of places in US Ski Resorts you can find a set fo $50 & either give them back or throw them in the dumpster when you leave..
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stanton,

I've been to US ski resorts dozens of times and not yet seen skis for $50. I must have been to all the wrong places....

I think for my two week trip in February I might splash out the extra dollars and take my own skis. After all, I don't have the leather boots to fit the $50 second hand models.
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If you go on expedia or the like and look up almost any flight to/from N America you'll be offered for comparison purposes an Economy lite or similar fare without bags. Certainly the Star Alliance airlines all seem to be up to this.
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
Economy Lite... rolling eyes

Has a lovely marketing ring to it.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
If ypu can afford ridiculous lift tickets$$ food prices$$ $10 a bier in tYankeeland......just rent skis..

The US is no Budget place to ski..St Moritz is cheaper no poo-poo!!

Take me back to the 80's it was cool then no tourism
..
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stanton,

Our lift tickets are free (6 days for nowt in Vail resorts) with our 3 Valleys season passes. Very Happy and we are happy to pay the £60 to take a double ski bag with us.

We had to rent skis in Frisco last year (when our skis were delayed) and would rather not pay through the nose for rental gear.

We have nothing like an unlimited budget and (to counter your point about food prices) will be happy to eat in most nights. We need to economise somehow to pay for our skiing at Silverton in week two.

It's the skiing that counts for us! Very Happy Very Happy
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Bergmeister wrote:
stanton, It's the skiing that counts for us! Very Happy Very Happy


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United have nearly always (got away with it once) charged me $100 each way on my flights with them. Even tried it on when I was medevaced a couple of years ago. Evil or Very Mad
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