Bike on Jetstar

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Bike on Jetstar

Postby robsta » Mon May 04, 2009 7:28 am

Hello All
Just some feedback about a recent O/S trip.
Flew from Gold Coast to Tokyo with Jetstar. I took my Giant Upland and packed it in a Torpedo Bike Bag. Followed the standard instructions for packing a bike ( did not let the tyres down though).
Got to the check-in counter, all luggage weighed and my bike taken to oversize area.
Arrived Narita, bike waiting.
Got to M-in-L's house, next day put it all together. No problems.
Return, similar procedure.
We had total of 4 bags to check-in. Weight was 55kg on way out, back 61kg but not charged for being 1kg over.
I am pretty sure we would have been charged if more than a few kgs over.
I fly to Hawaii in a couple of months and would love to take the bike but we spend most of the time on The Big Island which requires a transfer in a baby plane. I doubt they would be happy with the bike bag. Will look into it.
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Re: Bike on Jetstar

Postby Tale » Mon May 04, 2009 8:05 am

robsta wrote:... Jetstar ...
I am pretty sure we would have been charged if more than a few kgs over.

Yes, Jetstar is the only airline ever to have charged me extra to take a bike. In fact, they had a queue of people lining up to pay excess baggage charges. Very strict due to the budget airfares.
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Re: Bike on Jetstar

Postby sogood » Mon May 04, 2009 8:48 am

Flights b/n Honolulu and the Big Island are typically on 737s or similar, so a bike box would be no problem. But be warned that US luggage handlers are typically a lot rougher than Japanese and Australian handlers and it would be wise to pad your bike out a little better than your last trip.
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Re: Bike on Jetstar

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:16 pm

Is it still this easy with bikes, or has the whole thing tightened up?
If the R-1 rule is broken, what happens to N+1?
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