Complete Guide to Flying with your Road bike in 2020 | US Airline Policies and Changes

Flying with your bicycle | The best US Airlines to fly with a bike in 2020

How to fly with your bike

For more details on how to prep and fly with your bike check out our guide to flying with your bike to Japan. Alternatively, read about the pros and cons of alternatives such as shipping, renting, or even buying on your next cycling trip to Japan and beyond in our guide to traveling with a bike to Japan.

Bicycle policies for each airline broken down

US Based Airlines 2020 Policies

Alaska Airlines | standard baggage fees

In short Alaska Airlines has a no excess fee policy for bringing your bike, awesome! See the link below for all the details.

Alaska Airlines Bicycle Policy Page 2020

Allegiant Air | Under 40 lbs & 80 in standard baggage fees

Allegiant has recently changed their bicycle policy to make it a bit friendlier with a now 80 combine inches dimension limit many bike bags will fit within their policy. Watch out for their 40lb maximum weight limit though!

Allegiant Air Bicycle Policy Page 2020

American Airlines | Under 50 lbs & 126 in standard baggage fees

American Airlines also recently moved to a more bike friendly baggage fee system with a whopping maximum 126 inches combined dimensions and industry standard 50 lbs limit before additional fees. Not bad coming from those who used to charge $150 per way!

American Airlines Baggage Policy Page 2020

Delta Air Lines | Good luck not getting charged extra fees

Delta is one of the less flexible airlines coming into 2020 for the traveling cyclist. With rules requiring you to fit their standard baggage allowances of 62 inches and 50 lbs. Most non-folding or coupling bike cases will be charged additional fees.

Delta Air Lines Baggage Policy Page 2020

Frontier Airlines | Under 100 lbs & 109 in $75 flat fee each way

Frontier Airlines took a flat fee approach to bikes, at $75 per direction. It’s a middle ground approach for the current flying climate for cyclists in 2020.

Frontier Airlines Baggage Policy Page 2020

Hawaiian Airlines | Under 50 lbs & 115 in $35, $100, $150 each way

Hawaiian at one point was one of the hardest airlines to fly with a bicycle. In 2020 that reputation will continue with their high fees for any flight not inter-island ($35) as domestic ($100) and international ($150) are still at industry high prices. They have however relaxed their previous “no soft case” policy to now allow hard and soft cases as well as cardboard boxes. Our recommendation from previous experience is to stay away if you can until things look better.

Hawaiian Airlines Baggage Policy Page 2020

JetBlue | Good luck not getting charged extra fees

Jet Blue is one of the less flexible airlines coming into 2020 for the traveling cyclist. With rules requiring you to fit their standard baggage allowances of 62 inches and 50 lbs and a maximum of 80 inches. Most non-folding or coupling bike cases will be charged additional fees of $100 each way! Stay away if you can.

Jet Blue Baggage Policy Page 2020

Southwest Airlines | $75 flat fee each way

Though Southwest Airlines is known for their free two bags policy with each ticket they are less kind to the traveling cyclist holding still industry standard baggage allowances of 62 inches and 50 lbs. Anything beyond that will cost you an additional $75 each way.

Southwest Airlines Baggage Policy Page 2020

United Airlines | Good luck not getting charged extra fees

United is notorious for high fees for cyclists and in 2020 they seem to be holding true to their song with fees at $150-$200 each way still being the norm for any case over the dimensions of 62 inches and 50lbs. Best to stay away if you can!

United Airlines Baggage Policy Page 2020

FAQ

What is the best airline to fly to Japan with a bike from the US?

Though your departure and arrival airports will largely dictate this, we prefer to fly with