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Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:12:50 PM »
Going to Mexico on Southwest airlines and was wondering if anyone has brought a series 2 or 3 sports tube on them. I want to know if you get charged the 75 dollar oversize fee? The rep on the phone said I probably would but she wasn't positive.
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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2018, 07:47:16 PM »
Just borrow a plane from work and take a bunch of us with you. 


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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2018, 08:00:38 PM »
Just borrow a plane from work and take a bunch of us with you. 


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Haha, I'll ask the Chief Pilot.  I can guarantee the baggage fees will be will still apply though.
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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 10:00:39 PM »
I brought a series 3 on southwest and did not pay. However my flight was domestic, not sure what the rules are for international.

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2018, 10:44:51 PM »
I brought a series 3 on southwest and did not pay. However my flight was domestic, not sure what the rules are for international.
Did they give you any trouble either direction? Did you have to keep it under 50lbs?
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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2018, 01:36:20 AM »
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+1  ;D

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2018, 09:44:37 AM »
I brought a series 3 on southwest and did not pay. However my flight was domestic, not sure what the rules are for international.
Did they give you any trouble either direction? Did you have to keep it under 50lbs?

No trouble at all, just needed to be under 50. They might ask what it is, I always say 'fishing gear'

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2018, 11:14:51 AM »
I brought a series 3 on southwest and did not pay. However my flight was domestic, not sure what the rules are for international.
Did they give you any trouble either direction? Did you have to keep it under 50lbs?

No trouble at all, just needed to be under 50. They might ask what it is, I always say 'fishing gear'
Perfect, thanks Jake!
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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2018, 09:57:25 PM »
I'd double check with your airline. They are constantly changing their rules of what you can bring and what you will be charged for. Usually the airline website has a luggage regulation link you can click on if you can find it. In the past if you claim it as sports gear they allowed slightly larger bags to be checked in as regular bags without the added fee.

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2018, 03:18:16 AM »
I'd double check with your airline. They are constantly changing their rules of what you can bring and what you will be charged for. Usually the airline website has a luggage regulation link you can click on if you can find it. In the past if you claim it as sports gear they allowed slightly larger bags to be checked in as regular bags without the added fee.
I checked on line and called. I got a maybe maybe not. So I'll be ready to to pay.
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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2018, 04:28:58 AM »
It all depends on the weight and size restrictions.  If you're under 50 lbs and 62in in greatest length, you should be in the clear.  51lbs+ and anything between 62-80" and I believe you'll get hit with the Oversized charge.
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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2018, 07:00:03 AM »
Hi Joe

You might want to do curb-side check-in, if available.  They tend to be less restrictive with baggage charge rules.

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2018, 08:32:48 AM »
Hi Joe

You might want to do curb-side check-in, if available.  They tend to be less restrictive with baggage charge rules.

+1 on curbside checkin...

What I do is have some money for a tip folded up in my hand and visible when checking in with them...

Even when a bag has weighed over 50 they have not charged me... ;)

Worth a shot at least.

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2018, 10:57:15 AM »
All the airlines I have used calculate oversized baggage fees based on dimensional weight if the bag is under 50lbs. Calculate dimensional weight the same way you calculate area, LxHxW. Even the fully closed size of Yanez sport tube II exceeds The dimensional weight of all airlines I have used. However, some airlines have exceptions for golf bags or fishing gear. I would definitely tell them that it is fishing gear rather than spearfishing gear.

Anyway, all of this information is available to you online under baggage policies on the airlines website. The reason you probably won’t get a straight answer is because whenever your baggage falls into that grey area, it’s going to depend on the person checking your bag. The best thing you can do is read the policy and find your loophole, and be ready to pay. And definitely use the curb check in if available.

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Re: Sports Tube Series 2 and 3
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2018, 01:15:24 PM »
Thanks for all the great advise everyone. It is definitely a gray area for SWA. Unfortunately its an international flight so I can't use curb side check in. Sounds like most people get away with the charge. I'll keep my fingers crossed but definitely be ready to pay. Working for an airline and dealing with them everyday I know how flexible policies can be for good or bad.
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