Flying with a bike and airline luggage requirements

Choosing to fly with your bike takes some extra planning. Dependant on the length of your holiday it can also save you a lot of money compared to the cost of bike rental. Each airline has a different policy regarding flying a bike. Some will include your bike as part of your overall luggage. Others will charge an extra fee to fly with your bike. A little research prior to booking your flights can save you a lot of money. This is especially the case if your trip involves multiple flights. If this is the case, be sure to research each individual airline for their rules.

The table below outlines the luggage requirements of the major airlines including their rules as regards to bikes. But first a little explanation of what is in the table.

Airline name – click on the link to be taken to the airline website page that includes the bike rules.

Bike allowed free if with luggage allowances – this column identifies whether an airline charges a separate fee for bikes. Remember that for the bike (or any luggage) to be considered free it must be within the allowed weight and dimensions. If it is outside of these then normal excess baggage fees will apply.

Fee (per leg) – this is the fee that will be charged for your bike. You need to consider that this fee is charged “per leg” so the fee will be doubled for a return flight.

Maximum dimension allowed for bike bag – this is designated as either linear or length. In the case of linear you need to add together the length, height and width of the bag/box and ensure it is less than the amount set. Where the limited is based on length you need to make sure the longest side of the bag/box does not exceed the limit.

Maximum weight allowed for bike – airlines set a maximum weight allowance for bikes which is set out in this column. The maximum weight for any single piece of luggage is 70lbs and anything over this weight will not be accepted even if your total luggage allowance is above this. Some airlines set a maximum limit for bikes at 50lbs even though an economy fare will allow you 65lbs which is something to keep in mind.

Pre-booking required – there are quite a number of airlines that require you to advise them if you are planning on bringing a bike. Some require this at the time of booking while others stipulate it must be completed within a certain period of time prior to travel. If you do not do this your bike wont be allowed on board.

By clicking on the + button next to the airline name you can see the luggage allowances based on the fare type. Where an airline charges a fee for all luggage the columns are blank.


Disclaimer: this table is correct at 1 June 2020. Please ensure you check with the airline directly before you book your travel to confirm that the rules have not changed.

Web addressBike allowed free if within luggage allowancesFee (per leg)Maximum dimension allowed for bike bag cmMaximum weight allowed for bike(kg)Pre booking requiredLuggage allowance Saver/Basic faresLuggage allowance Economy faresLuggage allowance Premium economy faresLuggage allowance Business class faresLuggage allowance First class faresComments
https://www.aerlingus.com/travel-information/baggage-information/sports-equipment/Yes for flights to the USA, No for all other flights€50 Not specified50lbsYesNil50lbsN/A3 x 50lbsN/ABikes included as part of your baggage allowance on flights to the USA but paid for on all other routesAer Lingus
https://www.aeroflot.ru/xx-en/information/preparation/luggage?_ga=2.20073211.2145211503.1591452810-1171865440.1591285367YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 70lbsYesNil1 x 50lbs bag or 2 x 50lbs1 x 50lbs bag or 2 x 50lbs1 x 70lbs bag or 2 x 70lbsN/AEach fare class has 2 ticket options which dictates the number of bags allowed.Aeroflot
https://www.aerolineas.com.ar/es-ar/equipaje/especialNoUS$20 - US$100Not specified50lbs within Argentina or 70lbs other routesNot specifiedNil1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags3 x 50lbsN/AAerolineas Argentinas
https://aeromexico.com/en-eu/travel-information/baggageNoUS$75 - US$15081In length within Mexico or 118In length for internationalBased on ticket type and route to 70lbsNot specifiedNil1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsN/AThe luggage allowances here apply to international routes. Other allowances apply for domestic and flights to the USA.Aeromexico
https://support.airasia.com/s/article/How-do-I-pack-sports-equipment-en?language=en_GBNo127In linear70lbsPurchase of sports equipment luggage allowance requiredAmount of weight needs to be purchased as part of ticketing process. Fee depends on route travelled. Luggage purchased can be 43lbs, 54lbs, 65lbs or 87lbs. Note the maximum weight of any one item is 70lbs.Air Asia (X)
https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/plan/baggage/special-items.htmlYes but fees still apply for some faresCA$50118In linear70lbsYes0 bags free1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsN/ABikes both count towards your luggage allowance and are charged a fee. The fee is waived if you purchase a Latitude, Premium Economy or Business Class fare for travel within Canada or to the US. All bags are paid for on domestic flights.Air Canada
https://www.airchina.co.uk/go/2020.5-10/Baggage/Page2_EN.pdfYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsN/AAir China
https://www.aircorsica.com/flights/baggage/special-baggage.htmlNo€40 within France, €75 within rest of EuropeNot specified50lbsYesN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bagsN/AN/ABikes must be pre-booked at least 48hrs before your flight.Air Corsica
https://www.airfrance.co.uk/GB/en/common/guidevoyageur/pratique/bagage_equipement_sport_airfrance.htmNo€40-€125120In linear50lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbsAir France
https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/oversized-itemsYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply80In length50lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags3 x 50lbs bagsN/AAir New Zealand
https://www.airtransat.com/en-GB/Travel-information-from-England/Baggage/Weight-and-size-what-you-can-bringNoCA$70Not specified70lbsYes0 bags free1 x 50lbs bag1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bagsN/AAir Transat
https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/special-baggage/traveling-with-sporting-equipmentNo free baggageUS$30114In linearBased on purchased weight to 70lbsNot specifiedAll luggage is purchased and bikes are allowed as part of this normal purchase with no additional fees as long as they are not outisde the weight or dimension restrictionsAlaska Airlines
https://www.alitalia.com/en_gb/fly-alitalia/baggage/special-baggage.htmlNo€50 within Europe, €100 internationally120in linear50lbsNot specifiedNilAlitalia
https://www.ana.co.jp/en/eur/international/prepare/baggage/checked-in/bicycle.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply118In linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsYes if linear dimensions exceed 81InN/A2 x 50lbs bags2 x 50lbs bags3 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsAll Nippon Airways (ANA)
https://www.americanairlines.ie/i18n/travel-info/baggage/specialty-and-sports.jspYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply128In linear50lbsNot specified0 bags free1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsAmerican Airlines
https://flyasiana.com/C/GB/EN/contents/special-baggageYes if your bike bag is less than 63In linear, otherwise fees applyUS$160 - US$400118In linear50lbsYes if linear dimensions exceed 81InBikes are free if within the weight and size dimensions. Most people will have to payAsiana
https://www.austrian.com/Info/Flying/sportbaggage.aspx?sc_lang=en&cc=UKYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply112In linear70lbsYesNil1 x 50lbs bag1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bagsN/AAustrian
https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/sporting-goods-and-musical-instrumentsYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply76In x 38In x 14InBased on ticket type to 70lbsYesN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbsBritish Airways
https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_IE/baggage/sports-equipment.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 70lbsYesN/A65lbs or 50lbs (New Zealand)76lbs or 2 x 70lbs (New Zealand)87lbs or 3 x 50lbs (New Zealand)108lbs (N/A for New Zealand)Cathay Pacific
https://www.china-airlines.com/us/en/fly/prepare-for-the-fly/baggage/sporting-equipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNo limits applyBased on ticket type to 70lbsYes50lbs or 1 x 50lbs (piece)65lbs or 2 x 50lbs (piece)76lbs or 2 x 70lbs (piece)87lbs or 3 x 70lbs (piece)N/AFlights to the Americas use the piece concept and all others use the weight conceptChina Airlines
https://us.ceair.com/newCMS/us/en/content/en_Header/headerBottom/service/baggage/baggageDetail/202001/t20200108_13623.htmlIf within 50lbs and 63In linearCNY1,00081In lengthBased on ticket typeYes if length greater than 81In lengthN/A2 x 50lbs bags2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsChina Eastern
https://www.csair.com/en/tourguide/luggage_service/special_baggage/sports_equipments/If within 50lbs and 63In linearCNY1,00081In linearNot specifiedN/A50lbs70lbs2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsThe information on the website suggest that anything over 81In linear dimensions cannot be carried. There is only 1 brand of bike bags on the market that would fit these dimensions.China Southern
https://www.corsair.fr/flight/services/corsairs-services/Luggages/special-luggageIf within 50lbs and 63In linear€100 - €300 depending on route120in linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsN/ACorsair
https://www.delta.com/us/en/baggage/special-items/sporting-equipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply118In linear50lbsNot specified0 bags free1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsDelta
https://www.easyjet.com/en/help/baggage/sports-equipmentNo£45Not specified70lbsYesAll luggage must be purchased and bikes are their own category and must be selected when booking or prior to travel.easyJet
https://www.emirates.com/ie/english/before-you-fly/baggage/unusual-baggage-and-special-allowances/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply120in linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsYes54lbs65lbs76lbs87lbs108lbsEmirates
https://www.etihad.com/en-ie/fly-etihad/baggage/golf-and-sportsYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply120in linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specified65lbs or 2 x 50lbs bags65lbs or 2 x 50lbs bags76lbs x 50lbs bags87lbs or 2 x 70lbs bags108lbs or 2 x 70lbs bagsEtihad
https://www.evaair.com/en-gb/managing-your-trip/other-information/excess-baggage-other-optional-fees/excess-baggage/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 70lbsYes43lbs or 1 x 50lbs bag65lbs or 2 x 50lbs (piece)76lbs or 2 x 60lbs (piece)87lbs or 2 x 70lbs (piece)N/AEva Air
https://www.finnair.com/gb-en/baggage-on-finnair-flights/special-baggageYes if your bike bag is less than 63In linear, otherwise fees apply€55 within Europe, €75 internationally190In x 30In x 26In50lbsYesNil1 x 50lbs bagN/A2 x 70lbs bagsN/AFinnair
https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/other-countries/en/garuda-indonesia-experience/on-ground/baggage/indexIn addition to your free allowanceN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply70In x 9In x 40In65lbsNot specifiedN/A65lbsN/A87lbs108lbsGaruda is the only airline that gives you an additonal allowance for your bike.Garuda Indonesia
https://www.gulfair.com/baggage/special-baggageYes if your bike bag is less than 63In linear, otherwise fees applyN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply63In linear32lbsNot specifiedGulf Air
https://hawaiianair.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60/session/L3RpbWUvMTU5MTQ1NjMxNy9zaWQvQXlrZ1BMS28%3DNoUS$35 - US$150118In linear50lbsNot specifiedAll international flights include 2 x 50lbs bags free, flights within Hawaii 1st bag US$25 2nd bag US$35, flights to USA 1st bag US$30, 2nd bag US$40Hawaiian Airlines
https://www.iberia.com/gb/luggage/special/Yes - long haul flights, No - short and medium haul flights€45 (short and medium haul)Not specified50lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 50lbs bagsN/AIberia
https://www.iberia.com/gb/luggage/special/No€77 - €10888In x 22In x 40In70lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bagsIceland Air
https://www.jal.co.jp/en/dom/baggage/checked/YesUS$200 if over 81In linear81In linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A2 x 50lbs bags2 x 50lbs bags3 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsJapan Airlines
https://www.jetblue.com/help/sports-gearNoUS$10080In linear100lbsNot specifiedGiven the dimension limitations only 1 bike bag brand would qualify for travelJet Blue
https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/flights/baggage?pid=menu:baggageNoAU$25 + weight purchase81In length70lbsNot specifiedThe AU$25 fee is levied on top of the weight you purchase.Jet Star
https://www.klm.com/travel/ie_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/exceptional_baggage/index.htm#p4No€40-€12570In x 9In x 40In50lbsYesN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bagsN/AKLM
https://www.koreanair.com/content/koreanair/global/en/traveling/baggage-services.html#cta-medium=/global/en/traveling/baggage-services/allowed-to-bring-unrestricted/bicycles.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply118In linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bagN/A2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsKorean Air
https://www.latam.com/en_un/travel-information/baggage/special-items/NoUS$25 to US$100120in linear70lbsNot specifiedLATAM
https://www.lufthansa.com/ie/en/sports-baggageNo€70-€250112In linear70lbsYesN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsLufthansa
https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq/en/plan-your-trip/baggage/special-baggage.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply81In linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specified54lbs65lbs76lbs87lbs108lbsGiven the dimension limitations only 1 bike bag brand would qualify for travelMalaysia Airlines
https://www.norwegian.com/ie/travel-info/baggage/sports-equipment/No€40 - €65100In x 31In x 44In54lbsYesNorwegian Airlines
https://www.philippineairlines.com/TravelInformation/BeforeYouFly/BaggageInformation/SpecialBaggage/SportsEquipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNo limits applyBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specified43lbs - 65lbs43lbs - 65lbs or 2 x 50lbs bags54lbs to 65lbs or 2 x 54lbs65lbs to 87lbs or 2 x 70lbsN/ABaggage allowances depend on the route you are travelling and can either be a weight or piece based systemPhilippine Airlines
https://www.qantas.com/ie/en/travel-info/baggage/sporting-equipment.html?int_cam=ie%3Abaggage%3Aarticle%3Asporting-equipment%3Aen%3Ann#bicyclesYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply56In x 12In x 36InBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A65lbs87lbs87lbs108lbsQantas
https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/baggage/special-items.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply120in linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A65lbsN/A87lbs108lbsQatar
https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/useful-info/baggage/20-kg-check-in-bagNo€60 127In linear65lbsNot specifiedRyanair
https://www.flysas.com/en/travel-info/baggage/sports-equipment/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specified50lbsYes1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsN/ARegardless of your actual allowance bikes can only weigh a maximum of 50lbs in total otherwise excess fees will be charged. Prior approval for a bike is required before travel.SAS
https://www.flyscoot.com/en/fly-scoot/before-you-fly/baggageYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specified70lbsNot specifiedBaggage is purchased when you book and a bike is inlcuded in the weight purchased to a maximum of 70lbs.Scoot
https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/ie/travel-info/baggage/non-standard-baggage/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply80In x 30In x 32InBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specified65lbs65lbs76lbs87lbs108lbsSingapore Airlines
https://www.flysaa.com/manage-fly/baggage/checked-baggage/special-baggageYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply80In x 40In x 30In50lbsFor specific eventsN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bagsN/ASouth African Airways
https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-luggage-pol.html#baggage_special_luggage_pol_tab_list_tab_16Yes, with restrictionsUS$75 where applicable62In linear50lbsNot specifiedBikes are free if within the weight and size dimensions. Most people will have to paySouthwest Airlines
https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/prepare/baggage/sport-equipmentYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply112In linearBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A1 x 50lbs bag2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsSWISS
https://www.thaiairways.com/en_IE/plan/travel_information/baggage.page?YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specifiedBased on ticket type to 70lbsNot specifiedN/A65lbs87lbs87lbs108lbsThai Airways
https://tigerair.com.au/prepare-to-fly/baggage/sporting-equipmentNoAU$85 - AU$10076In x 24In x 32In43lbsNot specifiedAll luggage must be purchasedtigerair Australia
https://www.tuifly.be/en/legal/conditions_de_transportNo€55 Not specified70lbsYesAll luggage must be purchasedTui Fly
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-ie/any-questions/sports-equipment/bicycle/No€30 - €60Not specified70lbsYesTurkish Airlines
https://www.united.com/ual/en/GB/fly/travel/baggage/sports-equipment.htmlIf within 50lbs and 63InUS$200118In linear98lbsNot specified0 bags free1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bags3 x 70lbs bagsUnited Airlines
https://www.vietnamairlines.com/vn/en/travel-information/baggage/special-baggageYes, with restrictionsUS$150 - US$30081In linear70lbsYesN/A1 x 50lbs bag or 2 x 50lbs (certain routes only)1 x 50lbs bag or 2 x 50lbs (certain routes only)2 x 70lbs bagsN/AGiven the dimension limitations only 1 bike bag brand would qualify for free travelVietnam Airways
https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/prepare-to-fly/baggage/sports-equipment.htmlYesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges applyNot specified50lbsNot specified1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsVirgin Atlantic
https://www.virginaustralia.com/eu/en/plan/baggage/oversized-fragile-items/YesN/A if within limits otherwise excess baggage charges apply72In length70lbsNot specified1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 70lbs bagsVirgin Australia
https://www.vueling.com/en/vueling-services/prepare-your-trip/luggage/special-luggageNo€45 to €55108In linear70lbsNot specifiedVueling
https://www.westjet.com/en-ie/travel-info/baggage/sportsYesCA$50118In linear98lbsNot specified0 bags free1 x 50lbs bag2 x 50lbs bags2 x 50lbs bagsN/AWestjet

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