Flying with your bike…

As the 2 wheel phenomenon continues to grow in Australia and around the world, people taking biking holidays is on the increase. And it’s pretty much a given, most of us would prefer to take our own set of wheels on any biking trip, the familiarity of your own ride no doubt sets you up for a great experience. With this in mind, we thought we would highlight what you should know when it comes to flying with your bike:

  1. Bikes must be securely stored in a Bike Box prior to checking in with your Airline.
  2. You can use your own Bike Box, but be sure it meets the Airline’s strict dimensions- make sure you check with your Airline or Travel Agent before heading to the terminal.
  3. You can purchase a Bike Box at most Australian Terminals, look for the Baggage Service Counter.
  4. Your Bike Box (1pc) must not weigh more than 32kg. If it does, it will be classed as Freight and additional charges will apply.
  5. Disassemble your bike ready for packing: turn handle bars sideways and secure to frame, remove pedals, lower seat post, deflate bicycle tyres and remove any accessories. It may also be necessary to remove the front wheel and fix to the frame
  6. Your Bike and Equipment does fall within your Passenger Checked Baggage Allowance on the ticket you purchase. 1 Bike = 1 piece.
  7. Before you go flight shopping, weigh your Bike and Equipment so you can be confident how much Baggage Allowance you will need.
  8. If required, pre-purchase your Additional Baggage Allowance before you get to the airport to avoid any Airport Excess Baggage charges at the counter.
  9. For flights to and from the USA and Canada, the airline whose flight number appears for the first flight on your ticket will determine whether its baggage rules or another airline’s baggage rules will apply to all the flights in your itinerary.

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