Sunwing – Bikes to Cuba – $100! | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

Heads up to all of you who plan on travelling with a bicycle this year. I was speaking with my TA yesterday afternoon and Sunwing has told her that they will be charging $100. per bicycle this year. Each way!I guess I won’t be taking one with me this year.
Thanks for the heads up! I’m just waiting for the other charter airlines to follow suit. Shouldn’t be long before they all charge extra for golf clubs and scuba gear too. With the price of fuel and such a thin profit margin on charter airlines, every extra pound counts!

Now, about those oversized passengers….oops, better not go there.

wossa Guest The $100 applies to golf clubs and scuba gear also. It’s a round trip fee.

$100 for Scuba gear… :'(….it would be worth wearing it out there to save a hundred bucks….lol!

The $100 applies to golf clubs and scuba gear also. It’s a round trip fee. What if you don’t plan on bringing the bike home?

Personally, I think it only fair that folks packing along heavy sports gear should face some kind of charge. The majority of travellers who don’t take sports gear have to struggle to stay at or under the baggage allowances permitted while others were getting this allowance plus extra free weight for sports gear. I would have preferred a higher weight allowance for luggage and a charge for sports gear. We have checked a separate dive/snorkel bag on all our trips and I know it freed up a hefty amount of weight allowance for us! I’m not surprised that charges are starting to be implemented by the airlines.

Hope they don’t start charging for strollers. But when you think about it, a child under 2 does not pay for airfare, gets carryone allowance, plus a stroller, all for free. It would be a sad day when they clue into that one.
What if you don’t plan on bringing the bike home? Hey BigjohnI just talked to a Sunwing Rep (Jennifer) and was told if the bike is only going one way then the charge would only be $50.00.Apparently these new charges for bikes, scuba gear, etc… came into effect July 26th.

Freedom Ryder 8-)…………………

BEAT THE $100 BIKE CHARGE:Send it to DCF; they’ll take it down for free.One way only. ;DIf you’re near Dubois Charitable Foundation’s operations, or if you’re near BigJohn, Iriemon, Rumrunner, grannieannie, eloisegirl, eeeefarm, Freedom Ryder, Slew, ocanada, Canuks, rainbow, and others (to whom I apologize for the omission), then contact them: they’ll help.Harold Hossein (a media type in GTA) also runs a program called Recycle Your Bike, and this could be another alternative.Save $100, help a Cuban.

Irie

Good point, Irie. Thanks for the reminder.The point of my e-mail wasn’t necessarily to complain about Sunwing’s decision to charge $ for bicycles (although as I re-read it, it certainly does sound like a whine). My point was to give this year’s travellers a heads up that the free ride for sports equipment of all kinds is over.I might have speculated in apost about a year or two ago that this would eventually happen.

I will get over it.

Hope it doesn’t become a movement!

Hey IriemonI also hope it does not become a movement!.

Prior to booking any Scuba Diving trips, I will be checking to see which airline either gives free Scuba gear allowance or try to find the airline that charges the least for the gear.

The more I have to pay for the Scuba Gear to get to my vacation destination, the less I will have now to give to the locals in the way of HA or money.

If I have to, I will try to fit all of my gear in my case and use the weight allowance for clothes for my gear. I will then have to use my carry on weight limit for my clothes. I guess I will be doing a lot of hand washing of clothes on vacation.

Freedom Ryder 8-)……………..

Hope they don’t start charging for strollers. But when you think about it, a child under 2 does not pay for airfare, gets carryone allowance, plus a stroller, all for free. It would be a sad day when they clue into that one. Depends on the airline. Canjet offered zero allowance for my 9-month old… no carry-on, no checked baggage. Only the stroller was carried for free – and it doesn’t weigh much. Playpens and car seats, which some airlines transport for free, weigh much more, and personally, I would be willing to pay a small supplement if I wanted to bring a playpen. Strollers and car seats are more necessary and hopefully will never be the object of additional fees.

I strongly suggest to anyone travelling with a child to double-check the airline’s policy!

martian Guest "… I would have preferred a higher weight allowance for luggage and a charge for sports gear…"

Bingo.

Personally, I think it only fair that folks packing along heavy sports gear should face some kind of charge. The majority of travellers who don’t take sports gear have to struggle to stay at or under the baggage allowances permitted while others were getting this allowance plus extra free weight for sports gear. I would have preferred a higher weight allowance for luggage and a charge for sports gear. We have checked a separate dive/snorkel bag on all our trips and I know it freed up a hefty amount of weight allowance for us! I’m not surprised that charges are starting to be implemented by the airlines. Couldn’t agree more!

We’ve been ‘allowed’ to take "FREE" golf clubs on many trips, however this past spring we were charged for the clubs when we travelled to Europe. We weren’t surprised

Although we enjoyed the ‘luxury’ of taking "sports equipment" ‘FREE’, in the past, we never considered it ‘FAIR’. So guess life and the price of gas have finally caught up with us
[glow=red,2,300]Happy Cuba Dreaming… :-*[/glow]

I for one am sad I didn’t take a bike for my pal and his little one sooner. I will still be glad to do it. I wish I could take everthing I find at garages sale {and all are good and handy} with me. Someday I wish to retire and buy a bus and transport free of charge all travelers in Cuba. {aka }Former school bus driver.Nothing would please me more. Anyway I guess we all have to put up with the price of travelling.
Cheers Betty

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