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    Fees for checking bags

    The transpack carry-on thread got me curious. I'm recently back from a Montana trip (Whitefish, which is awesome btw) and I had to pay $200 each way for my ski bag because it was longer than 62". This was on top of regular fees for any checked bags. I've been ski traveling for 20 years and I've never had to pay a fee like that. The airline was United, which anecdotally is regarded as one of the worst US based airlines. But even on United's website all I could find about baggage fees was $30 and $40 for the first and second bag, and the extra charges if over 50 and then 70 lbs, but nothing about size. The flight was a group reservation in a package trip through a Boston area ski club.



    Trying to figure what was going on there. maybe some airlines have special sub-economy tiers that aren't outwardly advertised but are available to agents looking to roll cheapest possible airfare into packages? Or, United itself is misrepresenting it's fees?
    Whatever the case, my takeaway is that the next time I do a club trip I'll seriously consider booking my own air travel.

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    Was there a layover? Meaning 4 flights so $50/flight? I’ve had this on Air Canada so not uncommon but still sucks. If no layover, then they should burn in Hell.


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    Boston > Denver, Denver > Kalispell MT so yes. And the $200 was each way so it'd be $100 per flight as you math'd it. What perplexes me is that there's no mention of that fee on United, that I can find. So someone, either Untied or the ski club, was not exactly upfront about expenses.

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    That’s ludicrous. Holy shit.


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    My bet is you got charged the standard oversized bag rate rather than the special sporting goods rate. Skis, golf clubs, etc. are supposed to have different rules. I would be calling United and demanding some money back.

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    This mentions the 62 inch limit on normal checked luggage:
    https://www.united.com/web/en-US/con...d-baggage.aspx

    This explains the special sports equipment category:
    https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...equipment.html

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    Something sounds wrong there.
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    I agree. This is not supposed to happen

    Quote Originally Posted by Ski the Moguls View Post
    My bet is you got charged the standard oversized bag rate rather than the special sporting goods rate. Skis, golf clubs, etc. are supposed to have different rules. I would be calling United and demanding some money back.

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    When checking in online, there’s the question of how many bags you’re checking. And then the option to specify it’s a “sporting equipment”, which exempts from regular bag size.

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    Fly delta..get the amex gold card for 95 bucks and get first checked bag free and ski and boot bag count as 1
    But never check boots..they lose those and your screwed
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