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PostSubject: Travelling with sports gear   Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:34 pm

so going away Saturday want to take my kites . I am flying with Air France, like most airlines they allow golf kit travel for free Evil or Very Mad if you sign up and become a Flying Blue golf member you get to take the golf clubs for free as well as your normal baggage just have to print off the voucher and hand it over at check in ... I have the mystic golf bag.. how realistic are my chances of getting it through check in with out getting caught out??!
the cost to get it there and back is 200 euros. affraid

The other option is putting kites in a suitcase and having that as hold luggage and leaving the board behind and hiring a board instead. hand luggage is 12kg anyway so clothes weight isn't a problem.

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PostSubject: Re: Travelling with sports gear   Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:56 pm

Stick one golf club in the bag, they cant argue then!
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PostSubject: Re: Travelling with sports gear   Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:42 am

yep i did that a few years ago with that same bag, they never questioned it
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PostSubject: Re: Travelling with sports gear   Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:37 am

there was a big campaign in France about AF
Here is the last news I heard

I don’t know if you remember but almost a month ago now, I got word from Alex Caizergues that Air France had changed its luggage policy for sports equipment, specifically surf/windsurf/kitesurf equipment and started charging an extra $200 per flight, meaning an extra $400 for a typical round trip! whereas a golfer is totally exempt of any surcharge… This was pure scandal, especially for kitesurfers who often travel light, thus the fake gold bag…, and with most kite bags that do not exceed the surf limit dimensions. Anyway, I suggested to Alex that we should organize an online petition, remembering that a similar petition forced British Airways a couple years ago to back off similar plan.

And so the petition was created, called SAY NO TO NEW AIR FRANCE / KLM LUGGAGE RULE! and quickly gathered more than 1000 signatures in a matter of days. We are now at 1787 signatures and counting.

And today, guess what, Alex received a nice official letter in French from Air France, which was a pleasure to translate (I usually do this for all other F-One stuff but with definitely less enthusiasm) and here it is:

Sir,

I have read your letter (i.e our petition) concerning the rules for transporting sports equipment and we thank you for it.

It is well known that large size luggage require expensive handling processes, hence the current policy.

However, in order to better attract sporting customers, the Air France-KLM group is preparing to change the rules governing the treatment of sports equipment.

In a few weeks, all sports equipment should be considered a classic checked baggage and will be exempted from surcharge.

On the number of free baggage according to booking class and weight, you will find details on the site http://www.airfrance.us.

Be sure that we make every effort to make life easier for our clients and athletes I hope that you’ll pass on this information, as you suggest in your letter.

Please accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration

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PostSubject: Re: Travelling with sports gear   Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:53 pm

Golf bag and golf bag vouchers worked a treat at check in. Didn't even ask... Kites and board currently on route to Mauritius! Wonder if this will be the first time for Epic to Mauritius !! sunshine and SE trades forecast.. lets hope I don't have a wind curse once there! bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Travelling with sports gear   Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:41 pm

Photos please!!
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