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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can of course be tight but an extra 50 for business class lounge access at each end, with free food and drink is surely worth it rather than being in the main area with all the oicks ? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

moonmonkey02 wrote:
no i did check and it was different for each flight - unless i cocked up when booking!


Yes it would be, but if you fly club LHR-FRA, and economy FRA-LHR, then you still get the full 2*23kg bag allowance on FRA-LHR even though you're in economy. So for 50 quid you get the bags, rather than 30 quid each way, ie saving you 10 quid, and the chance to shower and fill up on bacon sarnies before you leave (assuming the BA lounges at LHR haven't ditched the bacon sarnies, my status ended years ago, and the flights back to the UK from holiday destinations are all way cheaper to upgrade.)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:
moonmonkey02 wrote:
no i did check and it was different for each flight - unless i cocked up when booking!


Yes it would be, but if you fly club LHR-FRA, and economy FRA-LHR, then you still get the full 2*23kg bag allowance on FRA-LHR even though you're in economy. So for 50 quid you get the bags, rather than 30 quid each way, ie saving you 10 quid, and the chance to shower and fill up on bacon sarnies before you leave (assuming the BA lounges at LHR haven't ditched the bacon sarnies, my status ended years ago, and the flights back to the UK from holiday destinations are all way cheaper to upgrade.)


thanks, i'll remember this for next time.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The issue isn't so much BA as getting your bike out of the UK via LHR or LGW is pretty simple.....its getting it back into the country that can be problematic even if still on BA. I flew to Chennai in India several times with my bike in a Thule Bike Box. No issues.... came to fly home and BA wouldn't check it in because they said it was too large. I'd discovered before travelling that there are two sets of dimensions that the airlines work too.....1 general set that they all use and then BA have their own on their website which rather than be measurements are a short series of requirements, this is on their website under travelling with sports equipment.....

You can take non-motorised bicycles of up to 190cm (75in) in length as part of your checked baggage, provided they are packed in a recognised bicycle bag. Please ensure that you:

pack the bike in a protective case or bag
remove the pedals or fix them inwards
fix the handlebars sideways
deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage


All nice and simple....you'd think, however when it pleases them I discovered BA switch from the statements above to the less friendly common to all airline dimensions.....advice I found online said to printout the BA sports equipment rules for bikes and print it in such a way that that the date is current or certainly before your date of travel.....AND TAKE IT WITH YOU......On more than one occasion I produced my copy of the BA rules at their counter when the duty manager was trying to show me the common amongst all dimensions (which my bike box fails miserably) and it becomes an easy argument to win.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheCelt67 wrote:
Thanks Wisk

From previous trips IIRC even with some other kit in the box it weighed around 21.5kg.

The problem I've got is around dimensions, BA max dimensions quoted on website is 190 x 75 x 65cm whereas Bikeboxalan is 113 x 92 x 32cm

The height at the back end is the issue. They say it has to go cargo otherwise . Which is weird.
If Ryanair , Aer Lingus and Easyjet can transport the bike boxes no questions, why BA saying they can't!?


yup, they are the dimensions I refer to in my reply.....BA does give you a way round them, unwittingly.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheCelt67 wrote:
Thanks Wisk

From previous trips IIRC even with some other kit in the box it weighed around 21.5kg.

The problem I've got is around dimensions, BA max dimensions quoted on website is 190 x 75 x 65cm whereas Bikeboxalan is 113 x 92 x 32cm

The height at the back end is the issue. They say it has to go cargo otherwise . Which is weird.
If Ryanair , Aer Lingus and Easyjet can transport the bike boxes no questions, why BA saying they can't!?


yup, they are the dimensions I refer to in my reply.....BA does give you a way round them, unwittingly.
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