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JAL was wonderful (my best airline experience ever) but when I go back next summer, I will fly one airline (either United or Northwest) the whole way, since JAL doesn't serve St. 🙁 And in the future, I will avoid AA whenever possible!
When I got there, the JAL personnel could not have been more gracious, and were appalled that AA had had me jump through hoops to get the bike to them.
Found it was very easy to take a fully loaded rig onto the Downeaster.
The conducter just rolled the bike into the baggage car, secured it into the slots for the front wheel, and set it up so it wouldnt sway.
The LAB offer is good on Northwest, TWA, USAir, Continental, America West and Western Pacific.
I don't know about international trips, but other than the disclaimer "some restrictions may apply", no such limitations are mentioned in the material I have.
If the other people had more luggage, we might not have been able to fit, but I sure didn't need the van to myself.