According to recent research by a price comparison site, the cost of flying with sports equipment is soaring.Two weeks on holiday with the family is a daunting prospect, so who can blame the Dad who wants to take is golf clubs and bicycle with him for a spot of me time! Well the cost of taking this type of sports equipment on a plane will now cost them 35% more than they paid last year.
Easy Jet has increased the cost of travelling with sporting equipment from £18.50 to £25, Jet2 has increased its fees by £5, from £20 to £25 for golf clubs and from £25 to £30 for bicycles, Bmibaby has raised its charge for flying with a bicycle from £17.99 to £24.99, and Flybe has increased its fee from £28 to £30.
It might now be cheaper to hire the equipment for your sports activity at your holiday destination, although it will mean you would have to do without your lucky putter.
If you are planning any sporting activities whilst on holiday you must check that your travel insurance policy will actually cover you if you injure yourself taking part. Some of the cheapest travel insurance policies you find on the internet will only offer the very basic cover and may exclude all cover for any sporting activity. Always check the wording of your travel insurance policy and make sure it suits your needs, if you have any special requirements such as an existing medical condition you will require a medical conditions travel insurance policy.
The surprising part of this story is that Ryanair have not put up their prices for flying with sports equipment, however they already charge a hefty £40 for travelling with sports equipment, which is still higher than budget rivals.