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Sunwing $100 charge for sports gear

It appears that Sunwing are now charging a $100 fee for sports equipment. sigh. Aw well.

Air Transat is still showing it free for sports equipment as well as free bikes and laptops. It is also showing 10kg check bag limit. The downside is HORRIBLE flight times.

Sunwing has been charging for sports equipment for some time now.

Freedom Ryder 8-)…

LOL at “cargo vest” . They did not charge this in April but I suppose it had to happen at some point.

Hopefully Sunwing will soon change their policy to allow free sports equipment again…oil has fallen below $50 a barrel this afternoon !!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7739352.stm

We just paid $100.00 to Sunwing, for the sports bag to Jibacoa.
Didn’t even open the bag the whole week.
Red flag days every day.
no diving , no snorkelling…
:frowning:
Karen

“… oil has fallen below $50 a barrel this afternoon !!..”

And I’m still paying almost $300 in fuel surcharges to South America… bloody Air Canada… >:(

[quote=@kharmar]We just paid $100.00 to Sunwing, for the sports bag to Jibacoa.
Didn’t even open the bag the whole week.
Red flag days every day.
no diving , no snorkelling…
:frowning:
Karen[/quote]

That’s a nightmare…it must of driven you nuts !!

This $100 charge is a significant portion of the price of a last minute deal if you plan to scuba dive.

Sunwing will not likely be an option for us as long as they continue to charge this fee for scuba gear.
I’m sure they won’t really like this negative publicity either.

I’m really not so sure what’s so negative about having to pay for the sports gear. When you think about it, you’re restricted with your checked luggage before you pay more (20 kg for most airlines), so why should sports equipment be exempted? Instead of exempting sports gear, make it equal for everyone and give a larger luggage allowance per person, and if you’re over that weight, you pay more. If you exempt the people with sports equipment, they are technically allowed more weight for their luggage than those who do not have sports equipment. That’s just my opinion, as I don’t partake in golf or scuba diving. I know many may not agree with me, and that’s ok. :slight_smile:

Wossa, it was disappointing, because we have heard about the great snorkelling at Jibacoa…
If we hadn’t had two days in Havana, it would have not been the best vacation. ( except that we were in Cuba after all, and not at work!)
Karen

canlabman, you make an excellent point and I agree with you even though we do take a sports equipment bag. :slight_smile:
kharmer, how sad your much anticipated snorkeling was a bust. Unfortunately, that’s the major downside of 1 week vacations…there’s no leeway to make up for bad (windy) weather. I empathize with your disappoint as I can’t wait to get back in the water at BJ with snorkel gear…my fingers are crossed :smiley:
steffiej

I also agree with canlabman. If I am over in my luggage weight I have to pay. With a person with free sports equipment they expect to get extra weight allowance for free. For some reason that doesn’t add up to me. Why not just weigh it with the luggage and pay the difference. That only makes sense to me then it would be equal to all passengers on the plane.

This year we booked with sunwing and paid for our extra sports gear ( mostly helpful items for our visit ) thats another issue. Last few years we did have free bag for gear with skyservice. That was great. Having said that Things change and I agree it should be fair across the board . How ever we get there with our stuff lets enjoy.

What we’re talking about here is checked luggage, and last time I checked, scuba gear and sport equipment are checked luggage. I also agree with the other poster in that let’s enjoy. That’s why we’re going to where we’re going, to get away and enjoy. Sadly the days of airlines offering free this and free that are long gone. It wasn’t that long ago when checked luggage limits were higher than the 20 kg that is what is most often allowed now. Once those extra fees are there, they rarely disappear. Heck, that’s why I paid for the Elite Plus service from Sunwing, so I have an extra 10 kg luggage allowance (and the extra legroom, too). No matter how much I paid, I can’t wait to hit that sandy beach and relax with a smile on my face and a rum in my hand. :smiley:

Some interesting comments regarding the surcharge for sports gear. Have mine packed, and so lookforward some warm water diving.

I have removed off topic posts referencing passenger weight. Please start another thread if you want to discuss this topic. (as noted under forum rules)

Thanks
steffiej

I think the majority of people that do like to enjoy Sports whilst on vacation really don’t mind paying a little extra for the airline to carry specialist or self owned equipment.

Free allowance for sports gear was one of life’s rare genuine ‘free’ things in life and you do inevitably feel a little sad when you have to pay a hundred dollars to take what was once upon a time free of charge…all good things do eventually come to an end and maybe this is one of those good things thats ended with Sunwing !

Wossa… ;D

[quote=@wossa]I think the majority of people that do like to enjoy Sports whilst on vacation really don’t mind paying a little extra for the airline to carry specialist or self owned equipment.

Free allowance for sports gear was one of life’s rare genuine ‘free’ things in life and you do inevitably feel a little sad when you have to pay a hundred dollars to take what was once upon a time free of charge…all good things do eventually come to an end and maybe this is one of those good things thats ended with Sunwing !

Wossa… ;D

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I agree. Sadly, this is one of those good things that ended with Sunwing, although I think that one of the contributing factors was the steep increase in fuel prices. I’m sure many airlines hedged on the higher prices, not seeing that oil prices would plummet in a matter of months. It’s that fine line of pricing yourself out of the market with fares and trying to find ways to increase revenue without chasing away a large amount of your customers due to fares being too high. It might a good marketing idea to attract customers that hesitated because of the extra sports equipment fee. Instead of a “No Fuel Surcharge” promotion, offer a “Sports Equipment Fly For Free” promotion. It works out to about the same savings as when Sunwing offered their “No Fuel Surcharge” special. Not sure how practical that kind of promotion would be, but an interesting idea nonetheless.

At least with the “No fuel Surcharge” it goes for all on a equal basis who fly and does not just help out people that have sorts equipment.