Boardbag charges

March 29, 2013  |  By Prolite International

boardbag Charges, Sorted By Airline

Airline Price Notes
Aer Lingus
www.aerlingus.com
516-622-4226
Free Free if it's within your checked baggage allowance on flights between Ireland and North America. No charge if you're in Business class. Surfboards are subject to a fee of €30 ($40) each way, if paid online or a fee of €40 ($55) each way if paid at the airport. Can't be larger than 110 in.
Aero Mexico
www.aeromexico.com
800-237-6639
$76 One-way per board, maximum length 9ft packed. Sorry guys, you can't include this as your free carry-on. If you purchase over the phone, it's $70.
Air Canada
www.aircanada.com
888-247-2262
$50 Per board, one-way. Must pre-register when booking. Each board counts as one piece of checked baggage. If you exceed the checked baggage allowance you'll have to pay extra on top of the $50. Max linear dimensions (length + width + height): 109 in. Max length: 80 in. No paddleboards.
Air Emirates
www.emirates.com
800-777-3999
Free Included in your checked baggage. Remove fins and wrap tail and nose in bubble wrap. Must be less than 10 feet. Items up to 13 feet may be accepted in exceptional cases. Contact them for more info.
Air France
www.airfrance.com
800-237-2747
$55-$150 If it's less than 42 in, it can be included in your baggage allowance. If the length is between 107 and 300 cm (23 kg max. per board), you must pay an extra fee ($55-$150) determined according to your trip. You need to call ahead for approval.
Air New Zealand
www.airnewzealand.com
800-262-1234
Free One surfboard can be considered as one standard piece of baggage (they have a limited checked bag allowance though). Max of 70 lbs and 8.2'. There's a chart online showing fees for excess baggage based on destination.
Air Pacific
www.airpacific.com
800-227-4446
$50 Each way per surfboard bag. Must be less than 50 lbs & 115 in. Bulky items are subject to additional excess weight fees beyond each passenger's allowance ($5-$7 per kg).
Air Tahiti Nui
www.airtahitinui.com
877-824-4846
Free Must be under 50 lbs. One board, one bag. Each additional board is $150 each.
Alaska
www.alaskaair.com
800-252-7522
$50 - $75 5'2" to 6'8" is $50, 6'8" to 9'7" is $75.
American Airlines
www.aa.com
800-433-7300
$150 One-way. One bag per person. Multiple light weight boards will be considered one item as long as the bag weighs less than 70lbs and is shorter than 126".
Bahamas Air
www.bahamasair.com
800-222-4262
$125 One-way per board. Remove your fins.
British Airways
www.britishairways.com
800-247-9297
Free As part of your checked baggage. Otherwise it's $43 under 51 lbs. and $60 between 51-70 lbs. Boards must be smaller than 75in x 29.5in x 25.5 in (6'6'').
Cathay Pacific
www.cathaypacific.com
800-233-2742
$100 Any board bag totaling 80 inches or more in total dimensions (l+w+h) gets charged, which means every surfboard.
China Air
www.china-airlines.com
800-227-5118
$150+ $150 per board if it's under 9'. Over 9' is $225.
COPA
www.copaair.com
800-359-2672
$75 One-way per bag, 2 boards per bag/passenger. Only $50 to São Paulo and San Jose. Must be under 115 ins and 70 lbs. Remove fins. Can't be more than 115 inches or 70 lbs.
Delta*
www.delta.com
800-221-1212
$150 Limit 2 boards per bag. Must be under 70 lbs. or pay additional fees ($125). Surfboards over 115 linear inches will not be accepted. To/from Brazil is $100. Between Honolulu and Maui, it's $20.
EasyJet
www.easyjet.com
+44 843 104 5454
Varies Per item, per flight. Boards can be added while booking online, which is the easiest and cheapest way to do it. Total max weight of 72 lbs.
Hawaiian Air
www.hawaiianair.com
800-367-5320
$100 One-way, per bag. Allowed two boards per bag. Max height 115 linear inches (9'6"), max weight 50 lbs. Price drops to $35 between islands. Goes up to $150 for travel to most Asian countries.
Iberia
www.iberia.com
800-772-4642
$150 One way. One board per passenger. Max size: 8'2". MUST make request 24 hours before flight via phone. Keep in mind: "Various charges, taxes or duties may be applied, in accordance with the legislation of each country."
Interjet (Mexico)
interjet.com.mx
866-285-9525
Free Max weight per passenger is 55 lbs domestic and 110 lbs international. Anything over that will have a fee of $50 per kg (2.2 lbs).
Japan Airlines
www.jal.com
800-525-3663
$150 Price is per bag. Two boards allowed per bag. Must call in advance.
Jet Blue
www.jetblue.com
800-538-2583
$50 One-way. One board per bag. No surfboards allowed on flights to Santo Domingo or Santiago. Can't be over 100 lbs. Counts as your checked bag.
Korean Air
www.koreanair.com
800-438-5000
$200 One way, per board. Must be under 70lbs and/or 109 total linear inches (L+W+H). Varies based on destination - outside the US is more.
Lan
www.lan.com
866-435-9526
Free Free, kind of. But it cannot exceed 300 linear cm (9'10" total linear dimensions) or 50 lbs. Excess baggage fees range completely by destination.
Lufthansa
www.lufthansa-usa.com
800-645-3880
$100-$200 Must be less than 70 lbs and/or 6'7". Within Europe: $100, Europe to intercontinental: $200. If it's over 6'7", the fees are doubled. You need to register sports baggage 24 hours before the flight.
Malaysian
www.malaysiaairlines.com
800-552-9264
Free Can be included as your checked bag if it's under 9'10". If larger, excess baggage fees range from around $110-$150.
Qantas
www.qantas.com.au
800-227-4500
Free Free as part of your checked baggage. Must be in a bag and may not exceed 70 lbs and 9 ft. If it's bigger, excess fees range from $22-$150 depending on destination.
Singapore
www.singaporeair.com
800-742-3333
Free/$60+ As part of your 44 lb two bag limit. After that prices range from $60 to $550 depending on destination.
South African Airlines
www.flysaa.com
800-722-9675
Free As part of your two bag limit, not exceeding 6'6'' or 44 lbs. Larger boards must go as cargo.
Southwest
www.southwest.com
800-435-9792
$50 One-way per bag. Fins must be removed.
SriLankan Airlines
www.srilankan.lk
661-250-8287
Free You can bring one surfboard for free as part of your checked bags. Can't exceed 70 lbs.
TACA
www.taca.com
800-400-8222
$125 One-way. Up to 3 surfboards in one bag per passenger. Up to 70lb and 12 feet in length. Fins must be removed. Prices vary based on takeoff location/destination. From Brazil it's $50.
TAP Portugal
www.flytap.com
800-221-7370
$50 Each way per surfboard bag up to 10 kgs. Domestic, Europe, Morocco & Algeria is apx $50 (EUR35). Intercontinental are apx $100-$140 (EUR75-100).
Thai
www.thaiairways.com
800-426-5204
$60 - $119 One board under 9' is $60, two is $119, or one board over 9' is $119. If travel to/from Australia/New Zealand, the surfboard can be included in the baggage allowance. We've heard that this rule might apply en route from LAX to Bali. Contact Thai directly for more specific information.
United*
www.united.com
800-864-8331
$100-$200 North America, national: $100 each way between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 each way for all other travel. Max of 50 lbs. & 109 in.
US Airways
www.usairways.com
800-428-4322
$200 One-way per board. Remove your fins.
Virgin Atlantic
www.virgin-atlantic.com
800-862-8621
Free Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 9 feet and must not exceed 50 lbs.

Surfboard Embargoes


According to wavehunters.com, the following embargoes are in effect:

SEASONAL SURFBOARD EMBARGOS

Depending on the time of year, some airlines won't even take your surfboard - for any excess baggage charge. See the list below, and ask any airline, especially if you're booking during peak travel times.

DELTA

Excess baggage is NOT accepted from June 3 through August 31 to the following cities: Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE), Quito, Ecuador (UIO), San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL), Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL), Leon, Mexico (BJX), Zacatecas, Mexico (ZCL). Also, no bag over 50 lbs or 62 linear inches.

See bottom of this page for more restrictions.

UNITED

Surfboards and Wakeboards will not be accepted during an excess baggage embargo when no excess baggage is allowed (0 pieces). Exception: Surfboards and Wakeboards will be accepted to Costa Rica during an embargo period. Continental does not accept excess baggage in the following YEAR ROUND embargoed markets: Lima, Peru (LIM) Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

Continental Seasonal Embargos by City

View this list

ALTERNATIVES WITHOUT EMBARGOS (BUT SOME RESTRICTIONS): UNITED, AMERICAN, TACA, LAN, AEROMEXICO



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