Bike Bag Fees & Mike’s Travel Hack:
Pay for baggage fees using points
This is written for Canada, but applies pretty much everywhere. You just have to figure out which points and cards can be used for your airlines.
If you’re travelling with your bike, you WILL get charged for baggage fees. It’s only a question of HOW MUCH. On Air Canada you will pay $50.00 for the bike box, and depending on who is at the counter +$5p.00 as a second piece of luggage, and sometimes they try to ding you for +$75.00 if the weight is over 50lbs. And this applies both ways. (Even both ways, It’s still cheaper than renting a high-end bike for a week)
If you have a whack of Aeroplan, American Express, TD Travel or RBC Travel Points, you can use them to buy Air Canada Gift cards. And then you can use the gift card to pay your luggage fees. The charges still apply, but your not using cash money.
RBC : 35k = $350.00
Aeroplan: 33.75k = $250.00
Also, when you travel using Aeroplan points and you have a suitable credit card like TD Aeroplan Infinite, your first bag is free. (-$30.00 first bag fee. You also get advance boarding and get 1 free pas per year to the Maple Leaf Lounge where they have free snacks and booze.)
I’m currently using an Amex Gold and TD Aeroplan Visa (because not everywhere takes Amex). These generate aeroplane miles. (I convert the Amex points to Aeroplan as needed) The RBC card is an old one with no Aeroplan but you can buy AC gift cards with it.
The Amex gold card and TD both have Aeroplan Sign-Up bonuses. Amex also has a friend referral here where both people get 5k in bonus miles.
Amex Referral Link:
Compare Travel Cards Here:
Amex For Business Canada