Best Bike-Friendly US-Based Airlines in 2017

We've compiled for you a list of bike-friendly airlines for flying within the US. Most airlines accept bicycles as checked baggage, although size and weight limits apply, and you are usually required to pay an additional special luggage fee.

When flying with your bike, note that some airlines will charge both a special handling fee for the bike, in addition to an excess baggage fee, if you are taking a bike in addition to your regular checked baggage allowance.

Keep in mind that some airlines claim that bikes will fly "Free" if within the baggage size and weight limits. However, that limits you to the size of 62 linear inches, which is enough for a kids bike, but your bike box will exceed this size.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, often the low-cost/budget airlines are actually more bike-friendly than legacy carriers, which charge up to $150-$200 per bike, each way.

You can also view a full list of Bikes Baggage Policies for over 300 airlines on the Flying with Bikes page.

1. JetBlue - $50

JetBlue will happily take your bike as checked baggage, for a nominal fee of $50. It will count as one of your checked bags, so you will be charged for an extra piece as well if you are taking it in addition to a standard suitcase.

Flying with Bikes on JetBlue

Bicycles will be accepted in a hard-sided, padded case designed for bicycles. If not in a hard-sided case, bikes will be accepted with the handle bars secured sideways and pedals removed. The bicycle must also be encased in plastic foam, a cardboard box (domestic flights only), or similar material to prevent damage.

Bicycles will be accepted on domestic and certain international flights* for a fee of $50 per bicycle each way and will count as a checked bag. Excess baggage fees may apply.

Please note: overweight baggage fees will not be assessed for bicycles. However, the maximum allotment of 99 pounds per bag still applies. Bicycle cases should contain bicycles only; cases containing additional items may be subject to excess baggage fees. The maximum size for a bicycle case is 80 inches in overall dimension (length + width + height).

Also note: if bicycle and container are less than 62 dimensional inches and under 50 pounds, the $50 bike fee will not be assessed.

*Bicycles

View Regular JetBlue Baggage Allowance Information

View JetBlue Bikes Policies

2. Spirit Airlines - $75

Spirit Airlines will take your bike for a flat fee of $75 each way.

Flying with Bikes on Spirit Airlines

You can bring one non-motorized bicycle with a single seat on your trip as checked baggage for an additional charge ($75 each way). Make sure you deflate your bicycle tires for the flight to prevent damage. For their protection, bicycles must be encased in cardboard or a hard-sided bike container for travel.

To add a bicycle to your reservation, please contact one of our reservation centers or visit a Customer Service Agent at the airport. A limited liability release will need to be signed when traveling with a bicycle.

View Regular Spirit Airlines Baggage Allowance Information

View Spirit Airlines Bikes Policies

3. Frontier Airlines - $75

Frontier Airlines will check your bike box for a $75 fee. You will not be charged additional overweight or oversize fees, as long as it is below 100lbs total.

Flying with Bikes on Frontier Airlines

Non-motorized touring or racing bicycles with single seats. Bicycles must have the handlebars fixed sideways and the pedals removed and encased in a protective, durable case or box. Pedals do not need to be removed if wrapped in plastic foam or similar material.

Items which exceed 99.9 lbs or 109 linear inches will not be accepted.

Allow an extra 30 minutes for check-in.

A checked bike fee of $75 per direction applies regardless of the Fare Option purchased. Overweight and oversize charges do not apply.

View Regular Frontier Airlines Baggage Allowance Information

View Frontier Airlines Bikes Policies

4. Southwest - $75

Southwest will accept your bicycle in place of a regular piece of free baggage if within the 62"/50lbs limits. Otherwise, a $75 flat fee will be charged.

Flying with Bikes on Southwest

Bicycles (defined as nonmotorized and having a single seat) properly packed in a hard-sided bicycle box, will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge.

Pedals and handlebars must be removed and packaged in protective materials so as not to be damaged by or cause damage to other Baggage. Bicycles packaged in cardboard or soft-sided cases will be transported as subject to limited release.

View Regular Southwest Baggage Allowance Information

View Southwest Bikes Policies

5. Virgin America - $50

Virgin America charges a flat fee of $50 for bicycles, in lieu of the regular checked baggage fee. However, you are limited to 23kg/50lbs, and will be charged overweight fees if exceeding this amount.

Flying with Bikes on Virgin America

The following equipment is subject to a charge of $50.00 as checked baggage regardless of class of service, in lieu of the appropriate checked bag fee. Additional overweight charges apply if the item exceeds 50 pounds.

Bicycles
One item of bicycling equipment is: one non-motorized bicycle. Bicycles will be accepted in a hard-sided or padded bicycle case. Bicycles may also be accepted if the handlebars are secured sideways, the pedals removed and the bicycle encased in a plastic foam or similar material to prevent damage. Bicycles secured in this manner may also be packaged in a cardboard box.

Virgin America will not accept responsibility for bicycles packaged in cardboard boxes or bicycles with foam packaging. Bicycles not in a hard-sided case will require a limited release tag. Virgin America does not supply bicycle boxes.

View Regular Virgin America Baggage Allowance Information

View Virgin America Bikes Policies

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