Airline Bike Policies

How bikes fit into baggage allowance policies at some popular airlines

As of  12 August 2013
Does not apply to motorised bicycles
Covers only airline stated – not partner airlines or codeshares

Air Canada

Airline Air Canada
Bike charges Each bike counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your ticket allowance.No overweight or oversize charges apply provide that packed bike box is under 32kg (70lb) in weight and under 292cm (115in) in length.If your baggage count (bike box + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your ticketed allowance, additional checked baggage charges will apply – a fixed handling charge of CAD/USD50 (plus applicable taxes) also applies.  The handling charge applies to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flights.

The single fixed handling charge is waived for Latitude and Executive fare customers for travel within Canada, and between Canada and the US. Additional checked baggage rules still apply.

Bike policy Pre-register bikes at least 24 hours before your flight by contacting Air Canada Reservations or your travel agent (this does not guarantee it can be accommodated on flight).Each bike counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your ticket allowance.Bike boxes/cases must not contain clothing or other personal items. They must be used only to carry  the bike.The bike must be placed – with handlebars fixed sideways and pedals removed – in a rigid and/or hard shell bike box.
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Air France

Airline Air France
Bike charges At the airport, you must pay an extra  one-way fee of between EUR55 and EUR100 determined according to zone of travel.  Zones of travel can be found >> here
Bike policy Bikes must have prior approval with prior approval of a telephone sales agents.Bikes are not included in your baggage allowance.Maximum weight of each packed bike box is 23 kg / 50 lb per item – beyond this, you must pay a fee for the excess weight (see excess baggage link).Packed bike boxes over 32kg will not be accepted at all.
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Air New Zealand

Airline Air New Zealand
Bike charges No charge if within ticketed baggage allowance otherwise standard excess charges apply.
Bike policy Packed bike box must be less than 2m in length and less than 23kg to qualify as part of ticketed baggage allowance.Two bikes can be packed in one box provided that above weight/length limits not exceeded.Maximum permissible weight is 32kg.Bikes will only be accepted as checked baggage if they are correctly packaged into a bike box/bag.MTB suspension unit gas pressure  not to exceed 200KPa (Kilopascal), or 29 PSI (Pounds per square inch).Small (not exceeding 50ml) non-flammable gas cartridges for inflating tyres are permitted to be carried in checked baggage.Deflation of the tyres is not necessary.
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American Airlines

Airline American Airlines
Bike charges Bicycles are exempt from oversize / overweight fees. If you are checking in a bicycle and two bags or more, an excess baggage fee will apply in addition to the transportation charge.
Bike policy Maximum size and weight: 126in / 320cm and 32kgs / 70lbs.
Notes At certain times of the year, Caribbean, Latin American and Mexican destinations are subject to bag and box embargoes. If you intend to check in oversized/overweight items please contact American Airlines reservations
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British Airways

Airline British Airways
Bike charges No charge so long as weight falls within your ticketed allowance.Standard excess baggage charges apply.Packed bike boxes over 23kg may incur a heavy bag charge.
Bike policy Bikes can be carried as part of your free checked baggage allowance or charged as excess baggage.Bikes up to 190cm (75in) in length are accepted provided they are packed in a recognised bike bag or box.Remove the pedals or fix them inwards, fix the handlebars sideways, deflate tyres.
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Cathay Pacific

Airline Cathay Pacific
Bike charges No charge so long as weight falls within your ticketed allowance. If in excess of this allowance then excess baggage policy charges apply.
Bike policy Sporting equipment is subject to the applicable standard excess baggage charges if in excess of your standard free baggage allowance.
Notes Acceptance of any bag over 32kg or over 203cm is subject to prior approval and notification upon booking/reservation.
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Delta

Airline Delta
Bike charges USD/CAD*150 for travel to all regions (excluding Brazil, Europe & North Africa)
USD/CAD*150 or EUR*105 for travel to/from Europe & North Africa
USD75 for travel to/from Brazil *CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe.
Bike policy Bicycles with single seats are allowed as checked baggage on most flights with the exception of some Delta Connection® carriers and other aircraft that may have different limits due to cargo constraints.Linear dimensions must not exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm) – no oversized fees apply.Bicycles over 70 lbs will be charged the applicable excess weight fee.Bicycles over 100 lbs will not be accepted.Your bike must be packaged in a container (cardboard, canvas, hard shell, etc.) in one of the following ways:

  • handlebars fixed sideways and pedals removed
  • handlebars and pedals encased in plastic, Styrofoam or other similar material
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Easyjet

Airline EasyJet
Bike charges Sporting goods allowance (12kg):GBP27/EUR35 when purchased on-line.  GBP35/EUR45  when purchased at the airport
Bike policy Bikes are classified as sporting goods – a weight allowance for this must be bought.Buying weight allowance for sporting goods gives you a 12kg extra weight allowance over any check-in bag allowance you may have bought (thee exact weight distribution between items doesn’t matter so long as maximum weight allowance is not exceeded).Bike must be packaged in a bike box or bag.Only one bike per box/bag is permitted.No other items can be carried in the bike box/bag (e.g. clothing).
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Emirates

Airline Emirates
Bike charges No charge if within ticketed baggage allowance otherwise standard excess charges apply.
Bike policy Bicycles will be treated as part of your baggage, and will incur excess baggage charges if necessary.
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Lufthansa

Airline Lufthansa
Bike charges No charge so long as weight falls within your ticketed allowance. If in excess of this allowance then following charges are applied to single bikes:
Continental EUR50/USD70
Intercontinental EUR100/USD150
Bike policy Bike does not have to be packaged.Handlebars and pedals do not need to be turned or dismantled.Tyres do not require deflation.Bikes need to be registered at time of booking to ensure baggage capacity is reserved.
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Qantas

Airline Qantas
Bike charges Charges will apply for any baggage carried in addition to the checked baggage allowance.  You may purchase an Additional Baggage Allowance in advance to save on airport excess baggage rates.
Bike policy Bikes are be included as part of your checked baggage allowance. Each item checked in is one piece.The carriage of baggage over and above the free baggage allowance is subject to space being available.The maximum weight of any piece of checked baggage is 32kg (70lb).Bikes must be properly and securely packed in a box not exceeding:
Length: 140cm (55in)
Width: 30cm (12in)
Height: 80cm (32in)
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Ryanair

Airline Ryanair
Bike charges Bikes are charges per one-way trip at a rate of:
GBP50/EUR50 when purchased on-line
GBP60/EUR60  when purchased at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre
Bike policy Bikes may be carried in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 20kg per item.Any bike weighing over the 20kg allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kg.Bikes must be contained in a protective box or bag in order to be accepted for travel.
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Singapore Airlines

Airline Singapore Airlines
Bike charges No charge so long as weight falls within your ticketed allowance.A standard charge of 6kg will be applied on the bicycle if its weight and your other checked baggage exceed free ticketed allowance. This is applicable up to a maximum excess of 15kg for the bicycle.Normal excess baggage charges will apply for any excess weight beyond 15kg.
Bike policy This special charge is only applicable to one bicycle per customer.  Any additional bicycles shall be charged according to the standard excess baggage charges.Bike to be “properly packed for transportation”.
Special Baggage

South African Airways

Airline South African Airways
Bike charges No charge if packed bike box is within 23kg limit.
Bike policy In addition to normal ticketed baggage allowance, one packed bike box, not exceeding 23kg, is permitted free of charge per passenger.If participating in a major cycling or triathlon event then check with airline as this free allowance may not apply when demand is high.Bike must be securely packed in a dedicated bike box/bag.
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Southwest

Airline Southwest
Bike charges Any items of sports equipment may be checked in substitution of one piece of the free Checked Baggage allowance for each Passenger at no charge on a one-item-for-one-bag basis.
Bike policy If packed bike box exceeds 50 pounds in weight or 62 inches in size (outside length plus height plus width), excess weight and size charges may apply.Bikes must packed in a hard-sided box that fall within the dimensions and weight limits established for normal Checked Baggage (i.e., 62 inches or less in overall dimensions and less than 50 pounds in weight).Pedals and handlebars must be removed and packaged in protective materials.Bicycles packaged in cardboard or soft-sided cases will be transported as conditionally accepted items.
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United

Airline United
Bike charges USD100 service charge applies each way for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for packed bike boxes over 50 pounds (23kg) and/or 62 (158 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H).USD200 service charge applies each way for all other routes for packed bike boxes over 50 pounds (23kg) and/or 62 (158 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H).No charge for packed bike boxes less than 50 pounds (23kg) and 62 (158 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H), but, if applicable, the first or second checked baggage service charge applies.
Bike policy Airline accepts single or tandem bikes or up to two bikes packed in one case as checked baggage.Bicycles should be transported in a sealed box, if not:
(a) Handlebars must be fixed sideways and pedals removed.
(b) All loose items must be enclosed in plastic foam or similar protective material.
Notes Bicycles will not be accepted during an excess baggage embargo when no excess baggage is allowed.If your itinerary includes a United Express flight, please contact United for information regarding aircraft cargo hold limits.
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Virgin Atlantic

Airline Virgin Atlantic
Bike charges One bike at no extra charge, in addition to your free baggage allowance so long as packed weight is less than 23kg – if heavier then you’ll need to pay an additional baggage fee (indeed, you will accrue charges both for an extra bag and an overweight bag).
Bike policy Packed bike boxes over 32kg will not be accepted.Bikes should be transported in a protective box or bag.Deflate tyres.
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