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Bikes on Planes : Qantas Airlines

Flying with a bike and gear seems to be getting harder and harder these days with all the weight and baggage restrictions, and finding up-to-date information is even harder. Here is my personal experience with Qantas

My Qantas Experience

Flight: Seoul, South Korea -> Christchurch, New Zealand
Date : November 2009
Weight Limit: 1 piece, 23kg + 7kg carry on

23kg plus a carry on did not cut it for my bike, panniers and all the gear associated with a long cycle tour.

Like most airlines these days Qantas will allow you to check your bike as part of your “Free Bag Allowance” as long as it is boxed/packaged correctly. The new weight-based baggage allowances for any excess baggage however will cost you a small fortune.

Had I not mailed home about 10-15 kgs of gear by economy mail in South Korea, which cost under $50 USD, I would have had to fork out an additional $367.50 AUD (price for 15kg as of Sept 2011)

(See Qantas Additional Baggage Allowance Charges)

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Other Online Bikes by Plane Resources
http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/travel/bagregs.htm
http://www.bikeaccess.net/bikeaccess/BikeBoxs_DB.cfm

Excellent Bike Packing Instructions using CDC bag
http://travellingtwo.com/resources/flying-with-a-bicycle-in-a-plastic-ctc-bag
http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/planes.shtml

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