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Checking boot bag on direct flight?

KWlovessnow

Angel Diva
Do you Divas do that, or do you carry on regardless? I've done both but am trying to decide what to do tomorrow when I fly with my family to Steamboat. We are flying direct to Denver. Thanks!
 

NewEnglandSkier

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I would carry on---I've had luggage go astray on nonstop flights (non necessarily for ski trips) before. Check it on the way back when it's less critical.
 

santacruz skier

Angel Diva
I have rolling boot bag (carry on size) and no longer check my boots in. Maybe on my return flight I might be tempted...
 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I carry mine, always. I know it's a pain in the butt, but I feel better if I do. I mean, once they get in the luggage system, who knows where they could end up?
This. Boots feel like one of the few things that aren't easily replaceable.
 

snoWYmonkey

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Carry on. Then I also need them for work so even a delay could prove catastrophic.
 

santacruz skier

Angel Diva
I left my boot bag on a train once in Switzerland and had rental boots for the entire week until I finally met up with my boots (had another 4 days of skiing)...
They were Atomic Hawx and fit better than my boots with custom insoles lol
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
I always keep my boots with me as a carry-on for the flight that starts a ski trip. Also have basic stuff so that I could ski for a day or two if the checked luggage is delayed for whatever reason.

On the way back, have started checking the boot suitcase because it's the heavier one. My other suitcase fits in an overhead bin and has 4 wheels. I almost always have to change planes flying in/out of RDU.

The one time I boarded too late to fit the boot bag in an overhead, I was antsy. Didn't have a problem with it having been gate checked. But after that I am more likely to pay for the Southwest Early Bird check in for the flight heading out west in order to not get a C boarding slot.
 

santacruz skier

Angel Diva
Yes, I've been now paying for early bird as well ( I never thought about it until you mentioned it).... It's so worth it. Even did it for direct flight tomorrow SJC to SLC.......

BF and I both got A boarding slots.
 

Ermit

Certified Ski Diva
I just flew BOS>ORD>SLC today, checking 2 ski bags and 3 boot bags on American. Two of the boot bags (one of them mine) decided to take BOS>PHX>SLC. I knew right away that they somehow went to Phoenix when I landed at O'Hare because I could track them on the app. They arrived in SLC about 1.5 hours after we did, and are being delivered to our hotel (fingers crossed) later tonight. So, even if it were a direct flight, it looks like they wouldn't have made it. I'll note that I have platinum status on American which says that the bags get priority status and have orange tags on them.

I'm strangely not phased, probably because I trusted that they weren't lost, just on a different path. I certainly don't want to lose my boots or all of my favorite base layers, gloves, toiletries, etc. that were packed away with the boots. I planned this day as just a travel day, and we're staying in SLC before heading to Solitude early tomorrow, so that helps for sure.
 

KWlovessnow

Angel Diva
Thanks everyone! My instinct was to carry them on and save some anxiety, but sometimes I feel like I'm being overly cautious. Seems like I'm not. Carrying on it is.
 

Iwannaski

Angel Diva
I left my boot bag on a train once in Switzerland and had rental boots for the entire week until I finally met up with my boots (had another 4 days of skiing)...
They were Atomic Hawx and fit better than my boots with custom insoles lol
So, check your boots if you’re going somewhere with FANCY/prime rentals?
 

santacruz skier

Angel Diva
So, check your boots if you’re going somewhere with FANCY/prime rentals?
Well it was St Moritz but the reason my boots were on the train without me is I was starting to load my stuff on the train at Zurich and stepped off the train to grab my other bags and the door shut….. Those timely Swiss trains… it took off!!!
 

Pequenita

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
My luggage (skis) have flown on a later non-stop flight than me before. To Denver, actually. They got there on the next flight, but if you've got other transportation lined up, or are with a group, it can be a PITA, so my boots stay with me.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
I just flew BOS>ORD>SLC today, checking 2 ski bags and 3 boot bags on American. Two of the boot bags (one of them mine) decided to take BOS>PHX>SLC. . . .
What's up with skis leaving Boston? For the Jan. 29 Taos Ski Week, @DebbieSue didn't have skis when she arrived at ABQ on a Southwest flight on a Saturday morning. I had a reason to be in ABQ that evening and picked them up for her. As I remember they also ended up going to PHX, along with another airport (or two?) that weren't the same itinerary as she flew.

That's the second time Southwest at ABQ made it easy for someone else in our travel group to pick up delayed ski gear. Worked out in Feb 2022 too.
 

santacruz skier

Angel Diva
Don’t the airlines deliver? That’s what I had done in the past when luggage doesn’t follow me.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
Don’t the airlines deliver? That’s what I had done in the past when luggage doesn’t follow me.
Yes, but not on the same day. Had I not picked up the skis on Saturday evening, Debbie would've had to rent on Sunday for sure and perhaps on Monday too.

There was a group of a dozen people who missed the start of the Jan. 29 Ski Week because they flew into ABQ and didn't have find their skis at baggage claim. Probably a ski club. They didn't get their skis until late Sunday. Only reason I know is that we had friends in an intermediate Ski Week who were told that there would be more people after the Monday ski-off because of the delayed skis.

When Jason's suitcase didn't make it to SLC with him a while back, Southwest shipped it to Jackson FedEx after it finally made it to SLC. We drove to Jackson with Bill the day he and I flew to SLC. Needless to say, Jason was missing stuff for a couple days and it was a relatively short trip for him. In that case, he has his boots as carry-on and his ski bag made it. So he had what he needed for skiing.
 

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