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#1 avb1983

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    Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:09 AM

    I know there are several threads that apply to this but they seem a little old and US Airways Baggage Policy and prices/ bag will change by July 1 so be sure to check out their website! Here is the email I received back when I asked them how to travel to Jamaica with my wedding dress:

    Thank you for visiting usairways.com.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate the hanging of your
    wedding dress.

    It is best to take the garment bag that the dress came with, put it
    inside of a standard luggage garment bag, fold the garment bag in half
    and place it in the overhead bin. This causes the least amount of
    wrinkling especially through the bodice and the bottom where steaming is
    usually most needed. Any minor wrinkles that folding may cause will
    usually "press themselves out" if you hang it up as soon as you reach
    your destination. The maximum size of a garment bag that will fit in the
    overhead bin is 45 inches. I would suggest transporting your dress this

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reply
    or call our Internet Support Desk at (800) 327-7810. We know that you
    have many choices and we thank you for choosing US Airways.


    Paula Miller
    US Airways
    Internet Support Desk

    #2 jennie

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      Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:51 AM

      Thanks Amber!
      We're flying US Airways in August. I was also told that you can prepay for check in luggage. Its $15 per bag now if you pre pay on the airline site or $20 after
      July 9th and $25 at the airport.
      Some girls have said to also do this and that it really depends on the flight attendants if they would hang your garment bag up for you. When we went to the Dominican Republic, they accomidated the in flight brides. Guess it probably depends on their moods. huh
      I'll have to purchase a garment bag of that size. The only one i have is the one from David's Bridal with the dress.

      #3 Married_In_Maui

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        Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:52 AM

        To be honest, I think every airline is programmed to give you the same response: "we do not have a closet to accomodate your dress; you will have to place it in the overhead bin." We flew United & were told the same thing, however, once aboard the plane the flight attendants quickly took the dress & the suit bag & hung it in the first class closet. I think it's all up to the flight attendants & 9 times out of 10, you will get a helpful attendant that is more than willing to help out a bride with her dress. Good luck!!!

        #4 drbrainfreeze

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          Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:57 PM

          I agree with kstinson. We flew US Air and I was totally prepared to put my dress overhead, but the flight attendant was so exicted to have a bride on the plane, it seemed, that she practially ripped my dress and DH's suit out of our hands and then put them right in the closet.

          Also, not sure if this is normal, but we did not have to pay to check any luggage on the way home from JA. Not sure if its just going and not coming, or if they were just behind.

          #5 purrfected

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            Posted 20 June 2009 - 02:45 PM

            Does anyone know if they are more accomodating in first class?

            #6 Positanobride10

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              Posted 20 June 2009 - 03:11 PM

              Its nice to see flight attendants being so awesome to brides. It seems from reading posts and articles on destination weddings, tell everyone your getting married or on your honeymoon and see what deals or upgrades you can get.

              Regarding checking the dress...I would never check the dress...there are so many stories of garment bags coming without the wedding dress in them. It seems US Airways is trying to make it so you can bring it on the plane vice checking it. When we fly to Italy next year, that dress is coming on board with me.

              #7 TerpsOfTheCaribbean

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                Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:44 AM

                United also added the $5 fee for paying for your bags at check-in instead of online.

                #8 avb1983

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                  Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:52 AM

                  okay so are most of you using your dress bag as a carry on? Or are you folding your dress in the garmet bag and putting into luggage and carrying it on? Still a little confused....

                  #9 Kristy!


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                    Posted 23 June 2009 - 02:38 PM

                    Be careful with the dress bag the bridal shops give you. They're usually pretty cheap. My dress was my carry on (I agree with Robin...Do NOT check your dress, carry it on with you) and it slipped off the hanger while I was walking through the airport with it before boarding the plane. When I plopped it done on a seat to fix it, I pulled on the zipper and it came off. This was 6 days before my wedding, 4 days before I would be at the villa where I would be getting dressed. I couldn't open that bag until I got to the villa because I would risk getting it dirty during transport. So basically, my dress sat in a clump at the bottom of that bag for 4 days.

                    Here are my points:

                    1. You may want to invest in a higher quality bag.
                    2. My dress didn't need to be steamed or anything. That Caribbean humidity took care of those wrinkles in no time at all.

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