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Discussion: Cost to check bat bag?

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Aug. 30, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2582 posts
Cost to check bat bag?
I'm getting ready to fly Vegas and was wondering what I need to do in order to pay a minimum fee to check my bat bag.
I'm flying AirTran and from their website I see that Baseball/Softball Equipment, 1 bag containing up to 4 bats, 1 helmet, 1 pair of cleats, 1 uniform, 1 glove and 1 pair of batting gloves would incure a standard fee with standard overweight fees. I'm assuming 50lbs or less would be standard, 51-70lbs would be $49,
So, if I understand their policy, first checked bag is $20, second is $25 (bat bag if under 50lbs).
If I carry on my cloths and only check my bat bag, my cost will be $20 if under 50lbs.
Does this sound correct?
Aug. 30, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
I don't know about Air Tran, I always fly Southwest and they don't charge for my bat bag,and they have great air fares.
Aug. 30, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2582 posts
I checked their rates and they weren't that good. Plus, I'd have to drive to B'ham, a 2 hr drive.
Aug. 30, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
I don't about you Bruce..........but they have always had a really good fare for me..maybe I just book it earlier than you.
Aug. 30, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2582 posts
I checked all airlines, AirTran was the least expensive. I made the reservations on July 25.
Aug. 30, 2010
Dbax
Men's 60
1223 posts
I figured it out on a couple of trips, and Southwest seems to make up for the no charge on bags in their fare.
Aug. 30, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
Dbax,
I am going to Vegas for the Winter World in November........ air fare for two, non stop, $500.00 total for the both of us..........let me know if you can beat that............I am always looking to save some money.
Thanks.
Aug. 30, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
Bruce, I think your understanding of the checked bag rate is correct. If it's $20 for the first bag, that's better than Continental who I usually fly. I'm flying Southwest non-stop to Phoenix and I got a rate of $330 round trip which I don't think is bad considering I can check 2 bags for no additional charge. The same 2 bags checked on Continental cost $60 each way ($25 for bag 1; $35 for bag 2).
Aug. 30, 2010
The real deal
Men's 60
62 posts
Those greedy bastards...
Aug. 30, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2582 posts
I'm carrying on a CPAP machine and a bag that is almost the max size of 61 inches (width + length + height). I plan to check my batbag. I'm trying to keep the batbag under 50lbs.
I'll post later this week about what the final cost for my baggage is.
Aug. 31, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
The real deal, Don't get me started on the airlines and their constant gouging! That's why I fly Southwest when I can - no baggage check fees, no extra fees for "express boarding" or exit row seats. Since I'm 6'4", I usually look for an exit row seat on SW. I'm tired of fees for blankets/pillows, additional leg room, getting on early to have better access to overhead storage bins, etc.
Aug. 31, 2010
sjuhoops
123 posts
Hey Larry Don't forget to tip your friendly skycap(haha)

Hank
Aug. 31, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1933 posts
Might be cheaper to pack early and send your bags to a location by UPS or Fedex or postal system. I haven't checked this yet-has anybody? Out here in Albuquerque, Southwest usually beats everybody hands down.
Aug. 31, 2010
JBTexas
Men's 60
248 posts
To bad you guys can't find one guy wants to drive, let him that the bags, you pay for the gas for him and I bet it still comes out cheaper.
Aug. 31, 2010
JBTexas
Men's 60
248 posts
sorry should say (take) not (that)
Aug. 31, 2010
BCass
Men's 55
4 posts
Bruce, give me a call at my store and I will let you know what it will cost to ship your bat bag via UPS. Phone number is 7-439-3006
Aug. 31, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
Hey, Hank, I ALWAYS tip my friendly skycaps - the unfriendly ones get nada (LOL). See you in Vegas in a couple of days!
Aug. 31, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
yep bruce the airlines are really getting us now a days,its the reason i usually drive when pssible,and i don't charge myself extra,LOL.
i'm going to st George for huntsman games and will be driving,1300 miles 1 way,no prol.....LOL
Sept. 1, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1933 posts
DoubleL10-I am very careful about stiffing skycaps because your bags could end up in Berlin. Not totally tongue in cheek. I drive a lot of tourneys-maybe i could charge my teammates half of what the airlines charge and make a buck :-) Just kidding, guys!
Sept. 1, 2010
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
HEY GUYS...I WORK FOR AN AIRLINE...FIRST OFF! RATES FOR FLTS ARE A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER TODAY THAN THEY HAVE EVER BEEN!!!....FILL YOUR BAT BAG WITH MOST OF YOUR STUFF AND BRING A CARRY-ON BAG FOR YOUR ESSENTIALS...THEN YOU ONLY HAVE TO CHECK YOUR BAT BAG!!! AND YES DON'T STIFF A SKYCAP!!! BUT IF YOU CARRY THE BAG INSIDE YOU DON'T EVEN DEAL WITH A SKYCAP....BY THE WAY BOOK YOUR FLT EARLY AND IT IS QUITE CHEAP!!! ON MOST AIRLINES YOU GET TO PICK YOUR SEAT...NOT ON SOUTHWEST UNLESS YOU CHECK-IN VERY EARLY....BY THE WAY MY BAT BAG USUALLY ONLY WEIGHS AROUND 35 LBS AND THAT IS WITH ALL POCKETS FULL AND 3-4 BATS....JUST SOME INFO...DOKER
Sept. 1, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2582 posts
Good advice Doker! I packed my bat bag this morning, 2 bats, cleats, batting gloves, uniforms, toiletries and a few misc things plus much of my casual clothes. The total weight was about 25lbs.
I plan to carry on my glove and a few essential casual clothes.
I believe AirTran will charge me $20 to check it.
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