Travel with a bicycle on Swiss, Lufthansa or Brussels

Old May 12, 09, 8:08 pm
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Bicycle and baggage regulations [was: Cost to bring bike on SFO-CPH]

I was wondering what LH charges for a bike and its policy is for checking a bike (in a case of course) on my next months flight from SFO to CPH. Both segments are LH metal. I'm a *G.

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Old May 12, 09, 10:53 pm
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If it is below 50 pounds, it is just another piece of luggage. I transport my bicycle on planes and never paid any extra luggage charge. Im using soft shell bag, as they are lighter.
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Old May 13, 09, 5:37 am
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If it is below 50 pounds, it is just another piece of luggage. I transport my bicycle on planes and never paid any extra luggage charge. Im using soft shell bag, as they are lighter.
What about the size limitation?
By the way, can you give some product info on the bag?
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Old May 13, 09, 12:57 pm
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What about the size limitation?
If you check it in as a normal bag with piece concept the max. dimension is 158cm (h x w x l). At least from my experience they are not too strict about the dimensions.

Details can be found in the complete baggage regulation thread. Just search for 'bike'!

BTW: volta where do you derive the 50lb from? If the OP flies C or F it's 70lb.
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Originally Posted by totti View Post
If you check it in as a normal bag with piece concept the max. dimension is 158cm (h x w x l). At least from my experience they are not too strict about the dimensions.

Details can be found in the complete baggage regulation thread. Just search for 'bike'!

BTW: volta where do you derive the 50lb from? If the OP flies C or F it's 70lb.
from lh.com: (http://www.lufthansa.com/online/port...8002#ancN65836)

Medium
15-32 kg and/or 1.41 - 2 m
Excluding free baggage allowance
Europe-Intercontinental
EUR 150 USD/CAD 200 USD/CAD 250
Bicycles, tandems
Diving equipment with tank
Pole vaulting poles
Surf boards

How much baggage am I allowed to take free of charge?

Lufthansa transports a certain amount of checked in baggage (free baggage allowance) and hand baggage free of charge. These amounts may vary depending on the route, booking class, Miles & More status etc. You will find more back-ground information on our Free baggage allowance and Carry-on baggage pages.

What happens with excess baggage or special baggage?
If you exceed the free baggage allowance or if you take along particularly bulky or damageable baggage (bicycles, surf and snowboards, skis, large musical instruments, wardrobe trunks etc.) you may have to pay an additional fee and register your baggage with us prior to your departure. Please check on our page Excess and special baggage.
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Old May 13, 09, 3:38 pm
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BTW: volta where do you derive the 50lb from? If the OP flies C or F it's 70lb.[/QUOTE]

As I usually fly Y , this is where it comes from, but never had problems with checking in my bike
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Old May 14, 09, 4:50 am
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Originally Posted by totti View Post
If you check it in as a normal bag with piece concept the max. dimension is 158cm (h x w x l). At least from my experience they are not too strict about the dimensions.

Details can be found in the complete baggage regulation thread. Just search for 'bike'!
I did find the details on LH site earlier, but wasn't sure about the flexibility at checking about the dimension. Also, I was looking for some bike cases and only ones I found were larger then the 158 cm total.
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I never had any issues (I'm SEN) with size of the bike bag (45"x11"x34"). Worked on piece concept fine.

N.B. All my flights never started in Germany.

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Old May 15, 09, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by silversurfer View Post
Medium
15-32 kg and/or 1.41 - 2 m
Excluding free baggage allowance
Europe-Intercontinental
EUR 150 USD/CAD 200 USD/CAD 250
Bicycles, tandems
Diving equipment with tank
Pole vaulting poles
Surf boards
This is the paragraph I was referring to. If you are able to check the bike as normal luggage which is definitely possible than there is no need to pay any fee.

Originally Posted by volta View Post
I never had any issues (I'm SEN) with size of the bike bag (45"x11"x34"). Worked on piece concept fine.

N.B. All my flights never started in Germany.
A friend of mine starts his trips in FRA and never had an issue with his bike (in a hard-case). He is SEN as well.
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Old Jun 28, 09, 8:40 pm
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Bike as part of free Baggage?

Can a bike be checked for free LAX-FRA so long as it does not exceed the weight limit?
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Old Jun 28, 09, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by UAX_Brasilia View Post
Can a bike be checked for free LAX-FRA so long as it does not exceed the weight limit?
Have a look here:

http://www.lufthansa.com/online/port...l=en&cid=18002

According to the PDF only small bags are free. Bikes do not fall under this category normally unless your bike is very light and small.
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Old Jun 28, 09, 9:07 pm
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Yes! As long as you don't exceed the number of bags limit and the weight limit per bag.
And it is in a propper bike case - though the case usually exceeds the standard sizing - they might try to charge you - 50 dollar.

But I never had an issue
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Old Jun 28, 09, 9:10 pm
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And it is in a propper bike case - though the case usually exceeds the standard sizing - they might try to charge you - 50 dollar.

But I never had an issue
Yes, I noted this and corrected my post. I didn't see the word "small" in the PDF.
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Old Jun 29, 09, 1:56 am
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I had tried to transport my bike from MUC to HAM and they want to charge me 70 EUR. I haven't done it. Instead I rent a bike.
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Old Jan 17, 10, 12:52 pm
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I also looking for 2010 information on checking a bicycle USA-Europe (most likely IAD-FRA-CPH). From the info on the LH site, it looks like this will be counted as excess baggage with $200 fee each direction.

My questions:
--Do C or F pax pay this fee?
--Does Star Gold status help?

Thanks for any assistance.
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