What are the best airlines for bikes?
American Airlines Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: According to the American Airlines bicycle policy, a bike is considered as one piece of checked luggage as long as they are less than 62 inches long (157 cm) and under 50 lbs (22kg). For bikes over these measurements, American Airlines customers flying with bikes will be charged $150 (£115).
Requirements: The American Airlines bike policy requires bikes to be transported in a hard-sided bicycle box, bike bag or similar purpose-built box. The handlebars should be fixed sideways with the pedals either removed or wrapped in plastic foam or similar. If the bike is not in a hard-sided case it will be treated as a fragile item.
Frontier Airlines Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: The Frontier Airlines policy allows customers to check bikes onto their flight at a cost of $75 (£58).
Requirements: The Frontier Airlines bike policy requires that passengers flying with bikes ensure the handlebars are fixed sideways and the pedals removed and encased in a protective, durable case or hard-sided bicycle box. Pedals do not need to be removed if wrapped in plastic foam or similar material. Items which exceed 99.9 pounds (45kg) or 109 linear inches (209cm) will not be accepted. Please allow an extra 30 minutes for check-in.
Spirit Airlines Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: Spirit Airlines charges its customers $75 (£58) to check bikes into the hold.
Requirements: Spirit Airlines requires passengers flying with a bike to deflate their bicycle tyres in order to prevent them from being damaged during the flight. For their protection, bicycles must be encased in cardboard or a hard-sided bicycle box for travel.
Avianca Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: Avianca bike fees vary according to the destination being flown to, but are usually around $100 (£77)
Requirements: Avianca allows passengers to fly with a bike as long as the handlebars are folded and the pedals are loose. The maximum weight is 32kg (70 lbs) and the bike’s total dimensions should not exceed 230cm in length (90 inches).
Lufthansa Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: Lufthansa charges customers 50€ ($70) per bicycle or 100€ ($150) per bicycle for intercontinental flights.
Requirements: Lufthansa permits passengers to fly regular road bikes, however, motorised or electric bikes are not included in the Lufthansa bicycle policy.
Norweigian Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: Norwegian charges customers up to £45 ($58) online or up to £70 ($91) at the airport to check bikes onto short-haul flights. For international, long-haul flights customers will be charged £60 ($78) online and £70 ($91) at the airport.
Requirements: Bikes over 25kg will not be accepted. According to the Norwegian bike policy, passengers should arrive early at the airport in order to make sure there is space on the aircraft for their cycle. They also recommend using hard-sided boxes designed specifically for transporting bikes. For bikes not packed in purpose-built hard cases, the handles must be turned around, pedals taken off, tires deflated and other additional parts removed or covered. Flights departing from Los Angeles (LAX) and Bangkok (BKK) refuse soft bags and require that all bikes are packed in hard-sided bicycle boxes.
easyJet Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bikeBicycles can be checked onto your EasyJet flight for an additional cost. Easyjet charges a £42 ($55) fee when booking “large sports equipment.” (including bicycles). The fee increases to £52 ($68) when paying at the airport.
Requirements: According to EasyJet's bicycle policy, all bicycles must be packaged in a bicycle box or bicycle bag (one per bag). No other items are permitted in the same bag (i.e. clothing). The handlebars must be in line with the frame and the pedals removed. EasyJet will also accept bicycles with hydraulic suspensions or brake systems.
JetBlue Bike Policy
Cost of flying with a bike: The cost of checking a bike onto a JetBlue flight is normally $100 (£80)
Requirements: JetBlue accepts bikes in hard-sided bicycle boxes as well as in padded cases designed for bicycles. JetBlue will also accept bikes will also be accepted in alternative packaging if the handlebars are secured sideways and the pedals removed. The bicycle must also be packaged in plastic foam, a cardboard box, or similar material to prevent damage.
Please note: Prices are correct according to each airline's bicycle policy as of 2022 and are subject to change