Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    83

    First time flying United

    Heading to Bozeman on United tomorrow and I see conflicting info on the website regarding ski/boot bag fees. Do they charge the standard checked bag rate or is there an over sized bag fee? Their website says both so just trying to figure out so there’s no surprises at the gate.
    Thks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Philly, PA
    Posts
    691
    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Campbell View Post
    Heading to Bozeman on United tomorrow and I see conflicting info on the website regarding ski/boot bag fees. Do they charge the standard checked bag rate or is there an over sized bag fee? Their website says both so just trying to figure out so there’s no surprises at the gate.
    Thks
    I've flown United a ton of times from PHL or EWR to most ski destinations as a catalog to for you , I have never been charged a fee beyond nornal checked bags for a double ski bag loaded up to the 50lb limit. I do not check a boot bag , so can't tell you how the policy of one ski+boot bag = 1 checked bag is enforced, but I would guess the total combined weight limit would be 50lbs. I get my ski bag free as a credit card holder as well , so they are considering it normal luggage.

    If checking in online and prepaying , do not pick oversized item, it confuses the issue. Just pick one bag. Also word of advice, Curbside check in with a $10 or $20 in hand(depending on how overweight) can prevent a lot of overweight issues. This is the only way I check at PHL since the curbside guys work for tips and are incentivized to help you, while the desk agents are not.

    Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    No longer Alexandria, VA
    Posts
    802
    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Campbell View Post
    Heading to Bozeman on United tomorrow and I see conflicting info on the website regarding ski/boot bag fees. Do they charge the standard checked bag rate or is there an over sized bag fee? Their website says both so just trying to figure out so there’s no surprises at the gate.
    Thks
    Ski bag + boot bag = 1 regular bag as long as both are under 50 lbs

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    83
    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Ski bag + boot bag = 1 regular bag as long as both are under 50 lbs
    This is what I was thinking but the “ oversized bag” thing on their site is confusing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    91
    Ignore the “oversized bag” thing, it counts as standard bag up to 50lbs. Check the weight at home and aim for a bit less than 50, the airport scales can be off a bit and repacking a ski bag at the airport sucks.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    83
    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Carpet View Post
    Ignore the “oversized bag” thing, it counts as standard bag up to 50lbs. Check the weight at home and aim for a bit less than 50, the airport scales can be off a bit and repacking a ski bag at the airport sucks.
    This is typically what I do. We usually fly southwest so just wanted to make sure it was the same.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Missoula DMV
    Posts
    426
    So I flew United with my ski bag as recently as December. Oversized both ways, and was definitely overweight on the way home. Never charged for the oversized baggage fee.

    In both cases the people at the counter didn't give much of a damn about the size/weight of the bag. The key was being kind and courteous to them. Lotta people are shitty to airline employees, and it goes a long way if you are one of the easier people they'll deal with that morning.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Missoula DMV
    Posts
    426
    Oh, and telling them that I packed my boots inside my ski bag would perk them up. Then they would only have to print one bag tag instead of two, and they'll happily oblige any convenience like that when on the clock at 6am.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    Gallatin County
    Posts
    300
    Quote Originally Posted by Duffman View Post
    Also word of advice, Curbside check in with a $10 or $20 in hand(depending on how overweight) can prevent a lot of overweight issues. This is the only way I check at PHL since the curbside guys work for tips and are incentivized to help you, while the desk agents are not.
    +2. Skycaps are your friends if you have a few Jacksons ready. Flying international (Skycaps can't check those bags) I tipped the curbside guy to see if he could get me to the front of a huge line for the counters. "Of course! Follow me." He loaded a cart with skis etc and went to a gate agent to start the process.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    348
    Just as others said above $25 for ski +boot bag. But, caution, some agents try to push skis and boots only. So packing clothes into them will incur 2x$25 fees (at that point they argued two different bags). To get around this, I pack all of my clothes around my skis and carry my boots onto the plane.

    I didn't get that pushback everywhere, but in enough places that I no longer try 2 bags

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    91

    First time flying United

    Many flights with ski bag, only once ever asked what was in the bag but never actually checked.

    One United agent wouldn’t accept 50.4lbs despite my best efforts at diplomacy.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    northern BC
    Posts
    16,535
    Dunno about United but I personaly would never trust ANY airline with my boots

    they go in my 40L pack as a carry-on
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Spokane/Schweitzer
    Posts
    4,912
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    Dunno about United but I personaly would never trust ANY airline with my boots

    they go in my 40L pack as a carry-on
    ^^ This. Never check your boots, always take them as carry-on. If for whatever reason your skis don't make it or are delayed, you can always demo but you don't want to try and rent boots if yours don't make it.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western MT
    Posts
    874
    Depending on where you fly out of you may want to take a copy of the ski bag policy. I flew out of Little Rock a few years ago and had to battle with the ticket counter even after I showed them the policy. Finally resolved after she check with a higher up. But I dont imagine they see much ski gear in LR. Flying back out of Portland was easy peasy though.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    truckee
    Posts
    9,347
    To make it clear--the 50# limit is ski bag and boot bag combined, not for each. Although like the other guys I never check boots. My boots and enough clothes to ski for a day go in a standard carryon suitcase, my electronics, pills,etc in a small backpack, and everything else in the ski bag. I would have a hard time keeping ski bag plus boot bag under 50#. I love taking ski trips with my AF son, he gets something like 5 free bags--whether he's deploying or going skiing. He also churns credit cards, so he gets me into first class lounges once in a while.

    I've seen signs at airports with weight limits for carryone bags, can't remember the weights. I've never had mine weighted. Anyone?

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    2,220

    First time flying United

    If you have curbsyde check in available and tip them well, I wouldn’t be worried about ski setup being overweight IME, ymmv

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Lake Wallenpaupack, PA
    Posts
    470

    First time flying United

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Carpet View Post
    Many flights with ski bag, only once ever asked what was in the bag but never actually checked.

    One United agent wouldn’t accept 50.4lbs despite my best efforts at diplomacy.
    Coming back from Jackson my ski bag was 51 pounds and she made me take out 1 lb. of stuff......I just laughed....lol...she was at least smiling when she said she was going to charge me for my bag being overweight......I apologized and took out a pair of ski socks and stuffed em in my backpack.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    northern BC
    Posts
    16,535
    it sounds like they break shit

    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    4,224
    Quote Originally Posted by BC. View Post
    Coming back from Jackson my ski bag was 51 pounds and she made me take out 1 lb. of stuff......I just laughed....lol...she was at least smiling when she said she was going to charge me for my bag being overweight......I apologized and took out a pair of ski socks and stuffed em in my backpack.
    Your ski socks weight a pound?.

    What size feet do you have?
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Spokane/Schweitzer
    Posts
    4,912
    He was coming back from Jackson so the socks probably hadn't been washed in a week.....saturated weighs more.

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Lake Wallenpaupack, PA
    Posts
    470

    First time flying United

    Quote Originally Posted by reckless toboggan View Post
    Your ski socks weight a pound?.

    What size feet do you have?
    That was the ridiculousness of her making me open my ski bag up to take stuff out...I reached in, grabbed a pair of socks, and the scale went down to 50 lbs..... The scale was probably off...that’s why we were laughing at her/situation.

    We all knew being over by 1 pound and being charged 100 bucks was a little extreme. (rules are rules, I get it)
    Last edited by BC.; 02-12-2019 at 08:02 AM.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    pdx
    Posts
    10,459

    First time flying United

    Quote Originally Posted by Self Jupiter View Post
    If you have curbsyde check in available and tip them well, I wouldn’t be worried about ski setup being overweight IME, ymmv
    How different is this than paying for an extra
    bag or overweight fee?

    Ski flyer JONGs wanna know

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    228
    I’ve had varying experiences with how closely they hold to the 50 lb limit, but you best shot is definitely curbside, cheerful demeanor , and obvious tip in hand

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    1,532
    Had a 53 lbs snowboard bag on the way to Japan. They made me pull out 3 lbs.

    Same on the way back. Was over and they watched me pull shit out.

    United is militant on 50 lbs.

    That 50 lbs rate is too low for my giant Dakine board bag. It sucks.

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Auburn, Al
    Posts
    166
    Never check my boots anymore, flying back from PDX to ATL they were caught in a belt and chewed up to hell along with ripping my boot bag. I would've argued they owed me but it was 2 am and I was on pain med for a torn sternoclavicular ligament and still needed to drive 2 hours. Still too cheap to buy a new boot bag, just velcro the power straps together and toss them around my neck.

    Never been charged extra for my skis. Same as above, be polite, tip if they seem grumpy; they don't make money off the fee so they generally don't care. I usually take a moment to suss out which curbside or desk agent to go to depending on who looks like they do or don't have an axe to grind.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •