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Question Baggage charges for ski equipment Qantas vs Emirates

Discussion in 'Flights' started by Peanut, May 19, 2019.

  1. Peanut

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    Hi all,

    I've been a bit lax about booking flights for our annual NZ ski trip this year due to a slowdown on work until recently.

    Our plan for this year is a bit different to previous years in that after spending 8 days in Queenstown, we're going to drive up to Christchurch and spend a couple of days there before flying back to Sydney. I've already booked a Sydney - Queenstown flight with Jetstar. Even with having to pay extra for oversized baggage for the ski bags, they still came in nearly $1K cheaper than any other airline for a family of four. I'm not expecting anything fancy, but I figure we don't need it for a 3 hour flight.

    My question is for the return trip. At the moment, I am looking at a Qantas/Emirates codeshare flight, as the price is reasonable, and it leaves at 6pm local time, giving us a good chunk of that day to spend in Christchurch. I found the info for travelling with sporting equipment on both airline's websites to be a tad confusing, especially on the Emirates website. There also didn't seem to be an option to pre pay an oversized baggage surcharge, and I don't really want to get stung with an excessive fee at the airport. Has anyone flown with ski equipment on either of these airlines and know what the policy is from experience? For info, my ski bag is 160cm long, and hubby's is 190cm long because he is a giant and needs stupidly long skis.
     
  2. skinavy

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    QF and Emirates are both full service airlines. You should be fine. I've flown to Europe with Emirates on a QF codeshare (Emirates aircraft, QF flightnumber). Had 2 pairs of race skis (including 205cm Super G skis) and no problems.
     
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    It just counts as part of your luggage on a Qantas and Emirates. So as long as your aren’r over weight limit you are fine. I regularly travel with 190cm bag weighing 30kg and all good.
     
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  4. Heinz

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    I flown both Qantas and Emirates with skis - no issues at all. Both have a 30kg allowance and skis are included in that. Jetstar would more likely be the problem in that regard.
     
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  5. Peanut

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    Thanks for your reply. I’ll go ahead and book it then. :)
     
  6. Peanut

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    Yeah, I’ve heard that Jetstar are more likely to be the problem, which is why I was very careful to make sure I included everything I wanted (e.g. meals, baggage, etc) when I booked it. The last couple of times we’ve been to NZ we’ve flown with Air New Zealand, but with having left it so late to book flights, and flying out from a different airport to our arrival point, I’m just going with whatever is the best deal at this point.
     
  7. Jacko4650

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    Just remember that Ski and snowboard bags are Oversized Luggage, which means you may have to check them through a special oversized baggage counter. If you only have carry on bags thereafter it can be a crowd-avoiding bonus as I've never experienced a waiting line on either check-in or pick up of ski bags; rather civilised actually.
     
  8. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    You haven't? I'd say that if you've traveled a bit, you've been extremely lucky then.
     
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    I haven't flown much for the last two seasons, but a lot more prior to that. Happy to call it luck. Main "lucky" airports were Munich, Vienna, Venice, Prague ex Brisbane, so not sure if its as good in Japow, USA, Canada etc.
     
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    Landing in Sydney/Melbourne I can't recall not having a long wait for oversize baggage. On occasion it doesn't show up at all and you get it delivered a day or two later.
     
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    Not so many people flying in to those locations with skis at any one time. Europeans if flying will fly to an airport closer to a resort or else go by rail/road.

    I did have a fair wait for my skis in Munich this March (from Dubai). Mine were the only skis on board, but it appears as though they were the every last item unloaded.

    Go somewhere there are a large number of skiers on a flight eg. into Queenstown or Chitose or Sydney coming back from Queenstown and it is quite a different story. I recall Sydney last year had one guy bring out the gear and wouldn't let anyone into the area until he had unloaded all of them. There were some unhappy punters.
     
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  12. Peanut

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    I flew with a ski bag last year and only had one person in front of me at the oversized baggage drop off at Sydney, and my bag was waiting for me at Queenstown when I got to the collection point. It was even easier coming back. This year we will have two ski bags and two other checked bags between four of us. All non-ski clothing and helmets go in our carry-on.
     
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  13. Peanut

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    Possibly depends on the time of day. We flew into Sydney in the late afternoon last year and didn’t have a wait.