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Flying with a Bike on British Airways (A+ Rated)

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Flying with a Bike on British Airways (A+ Rated)

The Bottom Line on Taking a Bike on British Airways:

Our team of highly specialized bicycle travel scientists give British Airways a Bicycle Flight Grade (BFG) of A+. Standard allowance and checked bag fees are in line with other major airlines. A carry-on bag and a personal item are included for all fare classes.

Two factors set British Airways apart from the rest. Most importantly, the standard allowable dimensions are 35.5x29.5x16". A total of 81 linear inches, this is significantly better than the standard North American airline limit of 62 linear inches.

Secondly, and also important, is that there is no additional bike fee. We were somewhat confused by BA's requirements for bicycle luggage, as they list the maximum dimensions at 75 linear inches. This is six inches less than what they quote for standard baggage, so we're still waiting to hear whether this is just an oversight on their part. But don't fret, even an XL 29er full-suspension mountain bike in an Airport Ninja is well within this requirement. 

British Airways' 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 British Airways' website. (Updated 3/29/18) 

Specifications

 

 

 

Dimensions

35.5x29.5x16"

Oversize Fee

 

Weight Limit

50lbs (23kg)

Overweight Fee

$100

General Baggage Fees

 

 

 

1st Checked Bag

$30 / Included*

 

 

2nd Checked Bag

$90 / $55*

 

 

Carry-on

Included

 

 

Bicycle Baggage Fee

No Additional Fee

 

 

* 'Basic' fares include hand baggage only. All higher fare classes include at least one checked bag. Prices quoted here are for Basic Economy / Economy, respectively. Fees may vary depending on origin and destination. 

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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 British Airways 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?

From getting to the airport to packing the rental car at your destination, the most convenient way to travel with a bike is with the smallest and lightest bicycle travel case on the market. 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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