We’ve talked a bit about biking to work in Washington DC, but what if you’re traveling for work? How do you bike to work then? The NYTimes does a nice write up of travelers and their options on the road: packing a bicycle, folding bicycle, or renting one from a hotel.
I understand the desire to keep biking on the road. When I don’t ride to work, I’m a big crank. During a stressful day, there’s nothing better than getting in the saddle and rolling home.
Also, when I’m traveling for work, I mostly experience the airport, a couple of highways that slice through town, and the room service menu. Biking would be a great way to see more of the city and get a better feel for the place, so I’m all for it.
Airline fees for bicycles vary. Check the airline’s website before hand to avoid being surprised with fees and make sure the bike fits the required dimensions.
Here’s a quick list of major airlines and their fees I just checked.
- American – $100 plus applicable checked baggage fee.
- Delta – $175
- Jet Blue – $50
- Northwest – $100
- Souhtwest – Substitute for one checked bag if it’s fits the 62-inch sizing limit (H + L+ W) and weighs 50 lbs or less. Otherwise, $50.
- United – $175
- US Airways – $175
- Virgin – Nothing extra if it fits the size! Next time I got to San Francisco, I’m flying Virgin.