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Flying with a Bike on Air Canada

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Flying with a Bike on Air Canada

The Bottom Line on Taking a Bike on Air Canada:

Our team of highly specialized bicycle travel scientists give Air Canada a Bicycle Flight Grade (BFG) of A-. Standard baggage allowance and checked bag fees are in line with other major airlines. A carry-on bag is included, which is always nice. The bicycle handling fee of $50-59 is actually pretty reasonable, especially since it exempts you from the standard size and weight requirements.

Air Canada Baggage and Bicycle Policies at a Glance:

Please note that this information is subject to change and may not reflect the most recent information available on Air Canada's website. (Updated 3/27/18) 

Specifications

 

 

 

Dimensions

62 Linear Inches (157cm)

Oversize Fee

$100

Weight Limit

50lbs (23kg)

Overweight Fee

$100

General Baggage Fees

 

 

1st Checked Bag

$25*

2nd Checked Bag

$35*

 

Carry-on

Included

 

 

Bicycle Baggage Fee

$50-591

 

 

*Each way, for Economy Class tickets. Included for Premium Economy service and above. 

1Each way, size/weight limits become 115in (292cm) / 70lbs (32kg)  

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A few general notes on flying with a bicycle: 

A few things to keep in mind when flying with a bike on Air Canada actually apply to all airlines. It’s important to come to the airport prepared with a knowledge of airline policies and procedures. Screenshots or printouts of relevant information can come in handy to help clarify these policies for less well-versed airline employees. It’s also prudent to take baggage policies into account when planning a trip and buying tickets. Why take the budget airline if they are sticklers at the baggage counter and will likely charge you double or triple to fly with your bike? 

Lastly, a true Airport Ninja knows that airline employees don’t always play by the book, and this can both help us and hurt us as customers. Many gate agents will never look twice as your bags, while others are vigilantes who play fast and loose with the tape measure. Checking in early, approaching a well-rested-looking ticketing agent and being very polite, or using curbside check-in and offering a small tip are all strategies that can all help turn the odds in your favor. For more advice on how to be an Airport Ninja, see our blog Ninja Tutelage Lesson 1 - What's in the Bag?

As always, your best chance to avoid paying fees is to pack your bike in the smallest possible bike case, especially one with no obvious markings that indicate that it is a bike. This is where the Orucase Airport Ninja comes to the rescue. Designed and tested by professional cyclists to minimize or even eliminate excess baggage fees. Become an Airport Ninja Today. 

"I bought mine about 2 years ago and since then I've more than made my money back on fees avoided. To date I have not been charged a bike fee by any airport and I'd estimate I've used it on close to 20 round trip flights. It's definitely made my work/life balance a lot more balanced being able to bring a bike with me when I travel."  -- Rob K., Airport Ninja (56cm Specialized Tarmac)
"I'm 2-3 for #worstretirementever so far, but 5-0 on not paying oversize charges on planes. Thanks, @paynobikefees!" -- Phil Gaimon, former World Tour cyclist, Airport Ninja (58cm Cannondale Supersix)

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