Hmm, so from some research it looks like Air New Zealand doesn’t charge anything extra for shipping a bicycle (flying from the US). You can check 2 items, with a combined weight less than 100 lbs.
This is pretty awesome news. The problem then comes in when you try to fly from a destination to a city where Air NZ takes off from. So, flying a connecting flight to LA or San Fran would cost 175 dollars or something ridiculous for flying a “bicycle” or oversized item.
Either way, I wanted to share the somewhat good news. I would want to travel with my geared 36 and my touring bicycle, and I don’t think Air NZ would charge anything extra to check both of those items and have a small carry on item.
Maybe I’ll road trip it across the States and forget connecting flights to avoid the ridiculous prices for checking a bicycle or oversized item.
Hah, nah, I am used to riding with an extra 50 pounds of gear on my geared 36. I am training for unicon by riding my geared 36 with 50 lbs dragging behind me while riding with 89mm cranks in high gear.