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Shot against the bow of the sacred Southwest's "Bags Fly Free" mantra, who charges $75 for bicycles, surf boards, other oversized / overweight sporting goods https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-...

https://blog.alaskaair.com/alaska-airlines/sports-equipment-upda...Sporting equipment allowed on Alaska Airlines for $25 includes:

  • Archery
  • Bicycles
  • Boogie boards
  • Bowling
  • Golf Clubs
  • Skis/Snowboard
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Hockey/Lacrosse Equipment
  • Pole Vaults
  • Scuba Equipment
  • Skateboards
  • Surfboards/Paddleboards
  • Windsurfing Equipment

Additionally, as an added benefit for our MVP Gold 75K, MVP Gold, MVP, First Class, and Club 49 guests—sporting equipment that was previously charged as oversized/overweight now counts towards their free checked baggage allowance. The same applies for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card free checked bag.  

Overweight fees will still apply if the packed sporting goods cases contain other items that make a case too heavy.

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shank said:   Shot against the bow of the sacred Southwest's "Bags Fly Free" mantra...
It's a "shot across the bow..."

I don't see the big difference.  The only items on Alaska's list that Southwest charges for are bicycles, surf boards, vaulting poles, and windsurfing boards.  Everything else on that list flies for free.  Seems like a wash.

  

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Bicycles? Now that's going to be an interesting drop off at the curbside.

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forbin4040 said:   Bicycles? Now that's going to be an interesting drop off at the curbside.
  Don't they need to be in a case?

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bobley said:   
forbin4040 said:   Bicycles? Now that's going to be an interesting drop off at the curbside.
  Don't they need to be in a case?

I took a couple of bikes on a flight years ago.  Stopped at a bicycle shop and ask for a couple of empty boxes.  Take the handle bars, wheels and pedals off, and everything fits in the box.  Back then, the airlines didn't even charge for such a thing.  And yes, you can also get a soft or hard travel case as well.   

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