My rod is a 4 piece, fits in its own bag with the reel and tackle, I then put it into my check in bag. Fished in Jamaica with it. did the same to bring it home.
I would suggest to get a 4 piece rod that fits in the luggage, alot of people dont care about the job they do anymore.
A wise fellow once told me "Stop playing with it so much, or it might fall off!"
I still lose bait that way.
UPS will fondle your animals!!