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Something to consider perhaps.
USAT Level III Elite Coach
However, now with AA charging $30 bucks each way, unless AA flights are way more expensive than southwest or spirit, I'll probably fly with my bike on AA. It was significantly cheaper to do bikeflights before but more of a hassle. Now the delta is much less, if anything.
United: DIRECT flight both ways. $520.
-bike fees: $400 total.
AA: NOT DIRECT. $560.
-bike fees: $60 total.
-$37 Iâ€™ll have to pay to cancel my original United flights with the insurance.
If I fly with the bike I think 2 flights vs 4 would be ideal. But we will see.
American Airlines just made your decision for you.
I was going to be gone from home for almost 2 weeks and my case weighed 68 then 71 pounds. It was $77 to ship in both directions.
The weird thing was in each direction I was told it would be delivered on X date. I checked 2d after shipping to see where the case was, still had an X date, in this case Friday delivery. Come home on Thursday afternoon from running errands and my case is by my carport door.
No reservations about shipping it for a race whatsoever. Have done it multiple times, this trip included.
For the most part I'd rather ship my bike domestically than fly with it. I probably ship it 5 to 1 vs flying with it. Use a premier tactical case. Throw all my race & training crap in the case.
Still waiting to see what happens with everyone on American as it's the airline I tend to fly the most. Maybe my thoughts will change.
Even when I've used bikeflights I've never paid >$70. Usually when I go back east I'm staying for 12d -5 mo and the case is loaded up with training & racing crap. I've shipped 2 bikes in standard cardboard bike boxes for only about $140.
Did you check to see if you transposed some #'s when you entered dimensions or weight?