The Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Airline Fees


The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Bike Luggage Fees: A Guide to Airline Policies

Traveling with a bicycle can be a thrilling experience, whether you're touring the countryside, exploring new trails, or competing in a race. However, when it comes to air travel, the cost of transporting your bike can quickly add up. Airlines often charge additional fees for bike luggage, and these fees can vary significantly depending on various factors.

If you're planning a bike trip and want to avoid unexpected costs or complications, it's essential to understand the factors that airlines use to determine bike luggage fees. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the critical considerations, such as airline policies, bike size and weight, and destination, to help you prepare for your next adventure. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, by the end of this post, you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to plan your bike trip with confidence.

Below we've compiled the 2023 bike luggage policies for most major domestic and international airlines.

Airline Policies on Bike Luggage Fees

AIRLINE NAME Bike Fee, if applicable Carry-On Included, or Fee? Standard Checked Bag Fee Oversize baggage fee Max. Allowance without Oversize Fee Weight limit for standard checked bag Overweight fee
AeroMexico $75 within Mexico, $150 fee on international flights Included, up to 10kg First bag: $30, up to 62" and 25kg. Within MX: ~$45; US/international: $150+ 62 linear inches (158 cm); Max. allowance for bikes: 115" 55lbs. (25 kg); 70lb. for bike $100 for 25 to 32 kg., $200 for 32+ kg
Air Canada $50-59 fee for bikes Included First bag: $25, or $50-59 for bike $100 Max. allowance for bike: 115", 62" for other luggage 50lbs. (23kg.) for normal bag, 70 lb. (32 kg) for bikes $100
Air France $150 bike fee (must be preapproved) Included First bag included w Economy $300 62 linear inches (158 cm) 50 lbs. (23kg) $100
Air New Zealand If under 2m in length and 23kg, no fee. $40+, otherwise Included First bag included, others subject to fees. $40 USD+, depending on location Max. allowance: 2.5m in length. 50 lbs (23kg) $40 USD+, depending on location
Alaska Airlines No additional bike fee Included First bag: $30 N/A for bikes N/A for bikes 50 lbs. (23kg) $100.00
Allegiant Air Standard bag fee if under 80 linear inches and 40lbs. Personal item included, Carry on: $10+, vary greatly depending on time of purchase First bag: $25+, fees vary greatly depending on time of purchase and location $75 80 linear inches (203 cm) 40 lbs (18kg) 40-70lbs: $50; 70-100 lbs: $75
American Airlines No additional bike fee Included First bag: $30 N/A for bikes Max. allowance: 172" 50 lbs. (23kg) $150.00
British Airways No additional bike fee Included First bag: $30 N/A 35.5x29.5x16" or 81 linear inches 50 lbs. (23kg) $100.00
Delta No additional bike fee Included First bag: $30 $200 62 linear inches for standard bags, 115 linear inches for bicycles 50 lbs. (23kg) $100.00
Emirites Airways Included up to 118 linear inches Included First bag included, up to 23kg depending on fare type $75 for flights to/from US, $95 for flights to/from CAN Max. allowance: 59 inches for standard luggage; 118" for bikes 50 lbs (23kg) $75 for flights to/from US, $95 for flights to/from CAN
Frontier Airlines Standard $75 bike fee Not included; $30+, vary greatly depending on time of purchase First bag: $25+, fees vary greatly depending on time of purchase $75 62 linear inches (158 cm) 50 lbs. (23kg) $75
Hawaiian Airlines $100 bike fee ($35 inter-island travel) Included First bag: $25 $35 within HI. islands, $100+ otherwise 62 linear inches (158 cm) 50lbs. within HI. islands, 70lbs otherwise $150 within HI. islands, $250+ otherwise
Japan Airlines Subject to fee, varies by location Included First two pieces checked for free, up to 23kg/50lbs $200 if baggage exceeds 80 linear inches Max. allowance for standard bag: 203cm; up to 190 cm in length for bikes 23 kg / 50 lbs 23kg-32kg: $100 USD; 32kg-45kg: $600 USD
jetBlue No fee if under 62", $100 + Standard baggage fee otherwise Included First bag: $30 $150 62 linear inch oversize limit; Items over 80" are not accepted at all. 50 lbs. (23kg) $150
Lufthansa $80 within Germany, up to $287 otherwise Included Included with Economy, up to $60 for Economy Light $150 within Europe, $300 Intercontinental 62 linear inches (158 cm) 50 lbs. (23kg) $70 within Europe, $150 intercontinental
Norwegian Air 35 EUR online, 60 EUR at airport Included, up to 10kg Dependent on fare type, subject to fees Items larger than max. dimension will not be accepted Max. circumference: 300cm; max dims: 250 x 79 x 112 cm. 32 kg for single bag, 74 kg for all checked bags 15 EUR per kg over limit
Qatar Airways Varies by size, and flight. Minimum $300 USD Included, up to 7-15kg Two bags included, up to 23 kg. Varies by size: Min. $250 USD Max. dimensions: 158cm / 62 linear in. 25 kg / 55 lbs for base fare type Minimum $30 USD per 5kg over limit
RyanAir €60/£60 - online; €75/£75 - at counter Included for Priority Boarding; €6/£6* at booking €25/£25 - online; €40/£40 - at counter N/A Max. allowance: 81 x 119 x 119 cm, or 125" 20kg. (44lbs) €11/£11 per kilogram (up to 32kg)
Southwest Airlines $75 bike fee Included First 2 bags free $75 62 linear inches (158 cm) 50 lbs (23kg) $75
Spirit Airlines $75 bike fee Not included; $35+, vary greatly depending on time of purchase First bag: $25+, fees vary greatly depending on time of purchase $100-150 62 linear inches (158 cm) 40 lbs (18kg) $59 if 40-50lbs, $99 if 50+ lbs
United No oversized/excess fee for bicycles. Standard checked baggage fees as well as overweight service charges still apply. Not included with United Economy bookings, all others included First bag: $25 for domestic, varies internationally No oversized bag fee for checked bicycles. Doesn't apply for bikes. 50 lbs (23kg) $100+, varies by location
Virgin Atlantic No fee if under 81" and 50 lbs. Included First bag included, unless flying Economy Light £200 (or $300) Max. dimensions: 90x75x43cm; or 81 linear inches 50 lbs (23kg) £65 (or $100)
Virgin Australia Min. $45, varies by flight Included, up to 7kg. Dependent on fare type, included with most fares Varies by location, minimum $50 Max. linear dimension: 140 cm / 55 in; 3m in length for bikes 50 lbs (23kg) Varies by location, minimum $50
WestJet $50 CAD standard handling fee for bikes Included First bag: CAD $30+ CAD $110-118 Max. allowance: 115" 50 lbs. (23kg), 100 lbs for bike CAD $110-118



Kyle joined the Orucase team in 2019, and has spent a couple thousand hours behind the sewing machine making countless products in our shop over the years. These days, he manages our distribution network and hopes to share the joy that bike riding brings with all. Once an aspiring professional road racer, Kyle has taken 100+ flights around the globe with his Airport Ninja while chasing the dream. Now, you're more likely to find him ripping his mountain bike on local trails or training for weeknight racing at the San Diego Velodrome with the sole intention of beating Orucase founders Colin and Isaac.