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Surfboard Airline Fees 2020 | Get The Facts About Surfboard Fees

Airline Boardbag Fee Guide 2020

"I'm preparing to get bent over by luggage fees but no way I'm surfing on strange boards." ~ Steven W from Soda Springs on his way to Mexico.

 **Last updated January 2020

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Paying surfboard baggage fees sucks!

Welcome to the 2020 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers.

Every year we contact all the airlines and find out how much they are going to charge us for taking along our sleds to far-away destinations.

I got sick of getting burned by the airlines and wanted to do something about it so the team and I created this list of baggage fees from different airlines. If you help us out in keeping it up to date, that would be awesome. (together we are stronger).

We do this as a service to you, the traveling surfer. 

Here is a quick list of what you will find in this article:


Here are the featured airlines in this article. Be sure to keep this article bookmarked for future reference.

Things Get Real With Slater Onboard

Slater and Hurley Executive took on Hawaiian Airlines in the fight and we moved them down to Kook status. Kelly Slater, so bluntly stated, is "a ridiculous and default profit racket" to describe Hawaiian Airline's fee structure. 

A few other pro surfers joined in on the discussion:

Freddy Patacchia Jr: Over the past 15 years I've tried my best to NOT fly Hawaiian Air due to their board fees. A good alternative for me has been American Air, $150per board bag (multiple boards) as long as it's under the weight limit.

Sebastian Zietz: @hawaiianairlines bring the aloha back! No other airline has this regulation #kooks

Zeke Lau: @hawaiianairlines is blown!!!! No other Airline makes you limit the number of boards in a board bag. I do everything I can to avoid traveling on @hawaiianairlines for this very reason. Something needs to change!

Granger Larsen: It is so true. I don't even take @hawaiianairlines anywhere because of their surfboard policy. What we have to deal with spending all this money all year just for tickets then to spend almost just the same amount for our surfboards to get on is ridiculous.

Peter King: Truth Power! Make this right ... They only will allow you two boards total on the plane! Ridiculous!!! @hawaiianairlines ... #SurfersBoardsMatter

"Hawaiian Air Is Blownnnnnnnn" from STAB on Vimeo.

Surfer Friendly Bro Airline - FREE

Most of the following airlines include a surfboard as part of your regular bag allowance and they allow that sled fly for FREE.

These are our preferred 'surfer friendly bro' airlines and we highly recommend that you travel with them.

You might have to pay a little more to book your ticket but it's better than paying an extra $400 to $600 to take your quiver both ways. 

  • KLM
  • Virgin (Europe)
  • Interjet (Mexico)
  • Qantas (Australia)
  • South Africa (duh)
  • Air New Zealand
  • Singapore

There are a few airlines that charge a nominal fee for your boardbag. I don't mind paying that . . . free is better but nominal is almost as good.

I have been flying Alaska to Cabo and Sinaloa (see our surf travel guides for Cabo and Sinaloa for awesome surfing travel tips) for the last few years and they charge between $50-$75 boardbag, slowly inching up the price.

You Kinda Suck Airline - Over $100

The following is the list of 'you kinda suck' airlines and they charge over $100 each way, which in this day and age doesn't seem that bad but still kinda sucks cause all those golf dudes usually get their clubs on for free.

**In January, I flew American to Kauai and they charged me $125 each way for one surfboard.

  • Alaska (the last 2 years they got more strick)
  • American 
  • Continental

Kook Airlines - Over $150

The following is the list of 'kook' airlines who charge over $150 each way—nobody likes a kook in the water and especially one that is taking money from your pocket.
  • Avianca (TACA)
  • Delta
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Japan Air
  • Lufthansa
  • US Air (reader Jim says they unzipped and counted his board and charged him $150 each)
  • Northwest

Daddy Warbucks Money - Over $200

The following is the list for surfers that have 'Daddy Warbucks Money'. Unfortunately, I've been caught by both Swiss Air and Thai Air personally. On Thai Air, I had three boards in my bag coming back from Bali ($150 x 3) and they charged me some ridiculous tax on top of the $450.

Can you imagine?

I will NEVER fly Thai Air again and I hope that this list will prevent you from getting caught with your pants down.

  • Alitalia - $260
  • Emirates - $300
  • Swiss Air - $250
  • Thai Air - $150 Per Board (yes, they open the bag and count)
  • United - $200
  • All Nippon - $300

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Bend You Over Airline

We have a new category called the 'bend you over airline'. If you are a surfer traveling with your boards on this plane, you better have lots of cash, a rich mama, or a jar of KY with you.

  • Qatar Airways ($1750)

We'd be stoked if you added a Wave Tribe travel gear to your trip—we make awesome travel boardbags with the most padding in the industry made from hemp (no you can't smoke the bags). Go out there and see the world and surf some epic waves.

 

~Derek, Wave Tribe Founder & Your Boardbag Bitch

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P.S. Sign this rad petition for Surfers Against Discriminatory Airline Surfboard Fees. Let's put an end to this ridiculous nonsense.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

2020 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers

Airline: Aer Lingus

Surfboard Fee: €40 or €50

Website: www.aerlingus.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 (516)-622-4222
  • Ireland: +353 1890-800600
  • UK: +44 0333-004-5000
  • France: +33 18-69-95-728

Specifications & Fees

  • €40 ($45) payable online prior to departure.
  • €50 ($56) payable at the airport on the day of departure.
  • This fee is charged each-way on outbound and return journeys.

Notes

  • Please contact the Reservations Department in order to book your bags in advance.
  • Please note that surfboards must not exceed 9'0 ft (277 cm) in length and must be packed in cushioning material such as bubble wrapping so as to protect them against damage. On regional flights, surfboards must not exceed 6'7 ft (205 cm).
  • There is no charge for surfboards for passengers traveling in Business class.
  • Surfboards are considered as part of the standard baggage allowance on flights operating to/from North America. Regular rates will apply if it exceeds your baggage limit.
  • There is a limit in allotted space for sports equipment on regional flights so be sure to check in before your flight to see if there's enough space for your board.

Links

  • Sports Equipment Guidelines
  • For sports equipment reservations and for groups traveling with sports equipment, be sure to check in with the airline to make sure that there's enough space for all your equipment. You can do that here.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Aeroflot

Surfboard Fee: Free - $200

Website: http://www.aeroflot.ru/cms/en

Telephone:

  • US: +1 (868)-879-7647 (free for US)
  • Russia: +7 (495) 223-55-55
  • UK: +44 080-0026-0033 (free for UK)

Specifications & Fees

  • One additional baggage piece for carrying equipment under 23 kg in weight is assigned for free, provided there is technical capacity on the aircraft. If it exceeds 23 kg, you need to pay the excess baggage fees
  • They allow up to 2 boards and up to 3 sets of fins.

Notes:

  • The additional piece of free checked baggage to carry surfing or diving equipment is assigned when checking in for the flight. It is not counted when calculating fares for the carriage of excess baggage and is not designated in the ticket.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas

Surfboard Fee: 100 USD/EURO

Website: http://www.aerolineas.com.ar

Contact Details:

Specifications & Fees

  • South America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) to internations destinations (Mexico, Dominican Republic, US, Europe, Oceania, Africa, Asia) and vice versa - 100 USD/EURO per route
  • Only 1 bag is allowed and surfboard must not exceed 300cm in length. Surfboards exceeding that maximum length requirement may only be shipped through Aerolineas Cargo. They will not be allowed on your flight.

Notes:

  • Surfboards are not included in the free baggage allowance

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Aero Mexico

Surfboard Fee: $75 or $150

Website: www.aeromexico.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1 800-237-6639
  • Mexico: +52 51-33-40-00
  • UK: +44 0-800-977-5533
  • France: +33 0800-916-754

Specifications & Fees

  • Flights within Mexico - $75
  • International flights - $150
  • Maximum allowed weight per piece is 70 lbs / 32 kgs
  • Maximum allowed length per piece is 80 inches / 204 centimeters (including the case) for narrow cabins
  • Maximum allowed length per piece is 115 inches / 294 centimeters (including case) for wide cabins
  • Fees applied will be per case with each case containing a maximum of 3 surfboards

Notes

  • Fees will increase during high travel season. This applies to all routes except those from Mexico to the United States and from Mexico to Brazil.

Links

PS you might want to check out our surfing guide for Cabo, Sinaloa, and Northern Baja. We update these whenever we can so keep them bookmarked for future reference!

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: AirAsia

Surfboard Fee: Varies depending on departure date and port of origin

Website: http://www.airasia.com

Contact Channels: You can contact them 24/7 via their Twitter or Facebook pages

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboard (with bag included) should not exceed 277cm or 109 inches in height.
  • Must be packed in a recognized surfboard bag and must not exceed 32 kgs. 
  • You can carry one (1) surfboard weighing 15kg for free if you are flying to and from Australia. This includes all point-to-point and Fly-thru bookings. Additional weight will be charged as excess baggage. Surfboard weighing more will not be accepted.

Notes:

  • You can prebook checked in sports equipment at a discounted rate if you book it online. You can select from various Sports Equipment weight tiers: 20kg, 25kg, 30kg and 40kg. Do it through the manage booking option.
  • Standard rates apply when you check in your equipment at the airport. It will also be more expensive and limited to 15kg.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Canada

Surfboard Fee: $100 - $118 CA/USD

Website: www.aircanada.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1 888-247-2262
  • UK: 00 800 669 92222 (Toll-free number to North America. Please ensure that you dial the number exactly as shown (including the 00 prefix) and that international dialing is enabled on your landline or mobile telephone.)
  • France: +33 0825-880-881

Specifications & Fees

  • The handling fee is $100 - $118 plus applicable taxes. The fee applies to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flight.
  • Two handling fees apply for two (2) surfboards packed in the same container.
  • Boards must not exceed 115 inches / 292 cm in length
  • Must not exceed 24 inches / 60 cm in width

Notes:

  • Surfboards are accepted on a space available basis only. You need to register your sports equipment at least 24 hours before your flight because they only allow limited space for special items. Registering does not guarantee a slot for your equipment either but it's better to try than to be left surprised at check-in, right?
  • Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.
  • Surfboards must be packed in hardshell containers or in soft-sided containers. Otherwise, Air Canada will provide a plastic transport bag. Fins must be removed from the board.

Links

*Check out our surf guide for Tofino, Canada in Vancouver Island. It's full of surf tips on what to do, who to hook up with, and where to stay while you're there.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air China

Surfboard Fee: Cost is calculated by weight

Website: http://www.airchina.com

Telephone (US & Canada): +1 800-882-8122

Specifications & Fees

  • Weighs 2kg - 23kg: $400 per piece
  • Weighs 23kg - 32 kg: $600 per piece
  • Weighs 32kg - 45kg: $800 per piece

Notes:

  • Costs are calculated by weight only. Excess baggage charges are charged according to actual weight.

Links

  • Surfboard Baggage Fees can be viewed here
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Europa

Surfboard Fee: €150 + 75. Price is subject to possible surcharges for taxes in certain countries.

Website: http://www.aireuropa.com

Telephone: (+34) 911-401-501

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfing equipment is not included in the baggage allowance.
  • Baggage dimensions must be a maximum of 250cm (height x length x depth).
  • For each equipment that's checked-in, a charge of €150 will be applied per one way.
  • An additional 75 is applied to surfboards.

Notes:

  • Only a limited number of surfboards are allowed between different Canary Island flights and is subject to the request made by the customer service department

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air France

Surfboard Fee: $75 to $150

Website: www.airfrance.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-237-2747 (Monday to Sunday from 8-11 PM EST)
  • France: +33 (0)9 69-39-36-54 (Everyday from 6:30am to 10pm)
  • UK: +44 0207-660-0337 (Monday to Friday 8am - 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6:30pm)

Specifications & Fees

Flights to and from the United States, Canada or Mexico, or for corresponding flights via one of these countries:
  • If surfboard is less than 107 cm / 42 inches in length and less than 23 kg / 50 lb in weight, there is no extra charge in your baggage allowance if it is the only baggage that you want to check in (or one out of the 2 baggage items allowed for the Business and La Première cabins.)
  • If surfboard is between 107 and 300 cm in length with a maximum weight of 23 kg / 50 lb, including the container, transporting equipment is not included in your baggage allowance. At the airport, you need to pay an additional charge that varies based on the geographical zones (zones 1 - 5):
    • Zone 2 - €65 ($75) on flights departing from a country outside Europe
    • Zone 4 - €125 on departures from a country within the European zone (175 CAD on departures from Canada, 150 USD on departures from all other countries)
    • Zone 5: €100 on departures from a country within the European zone (120 CAD on departures from Canada, 100 USD on departures from all other countries)
  • If your baggage exceeds the maximum weight limit, you need to pay for an additional baggage

Notes

  • Surfboards and longboards need prior approval from their customer service department. You must submit a request at least 48 hours before your flight's departure.

Links

We have an awesome surf guide on Southern France that's full of tips on how to make your surf trip more memorable and exciting. Check it out here.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air India

Surfboard Fee: Free if within fre baggage allowance

Website: http://www.airindia.com/index.htm

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1 888-634-1407 (Toll free)
  • UK: +44 8000 489 254 (Toll free)
  • France: +33 331-874-06644
  • Germany: +49 6925511337
  • Singapore: 800 101 4016 (Toll free)
  • India: 1860 233 1407 / 0124-2641407 / 020-26231407

Specifications & Fees

  • For US/Canada, surfboard equipments will be charged 50% of the excess baggage charge. Such kit can be pooled in the Free Baggage Allowance but only 1 per passenger. Excess weight due to additional kit shall be charged as an extra piece. For excess baggage, you can see the prices here.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Air New Zealand Surfboard Bag FeeAirline: Air New Zealand

Surfboard Fee: Free (but only if you meet their requirements)

Website: www.airnewzealand.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 800-262-1234
  • US Baggage Services: +1 866-767-2247 press 8
  • New Zealand: +64 0800-737-000
  • UK: +44 0800-028-4149
  • France: +33 0800-90-77-12

Specifications & Fees

  • Free as part of your baggage limit but if it exceeds that, the charge is $180 for one extra bag, $400 for two extra bags, $660 for three extra bags, $180 for those over 23 kg but under 32 kg or oversize for flights originating from the USA.
  • Sports bags can contain more than one piece of related equipment. They're assessed on their overall weight and length.

Notes:

  • Please note there is a maximum weight restriction of 32kg (70lbs) per item and 2.5 meters (8'2 ft) long. Please contact the airline prior to the trip for more information.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Pacific (Fiji Airways)

Surfboard Fee: $120 - $200

Website: www.fijiairways.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 800-227-4446
  • Fiji: +679 672-0888 or +679 330 4388
  • Australia: +61 1-800-230-150
  • New Zealand: +64 0800-800-178

Email address: reservations@fijiairways.com

Specifications & Fees

  • USA to all FJ destinations: $120
  • USA to all Pacific island destinations: $150 during regular season; $200 during peak season

Notes:

  • These charges apply to surfboards exceeding 158cm (5'1 ft) but not exceeding 277cm (9'0 ft) in total dimension, at a maximum weight of 23kg (50lbs).
  • Peak season is May 15 to July 15 and November 15 to December 31.
  • If your surfboard exceeds the allowed weight and length limit, it may only be transported via freight
  • Acceptance of excess baggage is subject to any applicable weight and/or aircraft payload restrictions and cannot be guaranteed.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Air Tahiti Nui Board Bags Free to TahitiAirline: Air Tahiti Nui

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: www.airtahitinui.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 877-824-4846
  • UK: +44 (0) 844 482 1675
  • France: +33 08-2502-4202

Specifications & Fees

  • In addition to baggage allowance, you may check-in one surfboard or longboard free of charge provided that it does not exceed 50 lbs (23kg) maximum weight and 8'2 ft (250cm) maximum length.
  • Must be packaged in a specific hard case or suitable bag. The weight limit already includes the weight of the sports equipment packaging.

Notes:

  • If sports equipment exceeds your baggage allowance in number, weight or size, excess baggage charges will apply.
  • Sports equipment exceeding 32kg or over the length of 250cm must be transported by Air Tahiti Nui Cargo.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Transat

Surfboard Fee: CA $100 per item, per flight segment

Website: http://www.airtransat.com/

Telephone: +1-877-872-6728 or +1-514-636-3630 

Customer Service: Air Transat Customer Service

Specifications & Fees

  • Dimensions: Maximum 3.65 m (12 feet) long and weight is maximum 32 kg (70 lb.

Notes

  • Arrive at the airport early so that there will be sufficient time in handling your equipment

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Alaska Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $30-$100

Website: www.alaskaair.com

Telephone: +1 800-252-7522

Specifications & Fees

  • One item (two boards per case) may be included as a checked bag Airline Boardbag Fees. Standard checked baggage fees applies, but there are no additional oversize or overweight fees that will be charged for surfboards.
    • First bag: $30
    • Second bag: $40
    • Third + additional bags: $100 each but during peak travel periods, they may limit the number of bags that can be checked per passenger. Seasonal baggage limits can be checked here.
  • On Alaska Airlines flights operated with 737 or Airbus aircraft, the equipment may measure a maximum 115" (9 ft., 7 in.) in length alone. On Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 and 3330-3499, the maximum combined dimensions may not exceed 115" (linear).

Notes:

  • I have always had a great experience flying with Alaska. One of the most friendly surfer airlines I have flown. We are allowed to fly with two surfboards inside one board bag.
  • Surfboards must be properly packed in a soft- or hard-sided case designed specifically for the equipment.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Alitalia

Surfboard Fee: $75 to $200 (depending on destination)

Website: http://www.alitalia.com/ 

Customer Center: Click here 

Telephone:

  • US: +1 800-223-5730
  • Italy: +39 06-65640
  • France: +33 (0)1-77-48-53-30

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards measuring 6'5 to 9'8 ft (200-300 cm) and more than 50 lbs (23 kg)
  • From USA and Mexico to the rest of the world: $150
  • From the rest of the world to USA and Mexico: $125
  • For other countries, refer to the Alitalia Baggage Excess Fee for Surf, Windsurf, and Tandem Bikes link below

Notes:

Depending on the size of the aircraft, surf and windsurf boards may not be accepted onboard. Because of the variety of sizes of this type of surfboards, please contact Alitalia before booking/checking in. Please note that for the check-in and shipping of a surfboard you must:

  • Declare this item when you book your flight and, should you take a connecting flight on another carrier, get approval from this carrier; otherwise it will only be accepted on the Alitalia flight.
  • Check in for your flight at least an hour before departure.
  • Make sure the surfboard is properly packaged in containers or wrapped to protect it during loading and unloading.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: All Nippon Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free if within free baggage allowance

Website: http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/wws/us/e/

Telephone (US & Canada): +1 800-235-9262

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards can be counted as your free baggage as long as the number of items and the weight do not exceed the free baggage allowance stipulated for your travel class. If the baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance, it will be subject to the applicable excess baggage charge:
  • More than 23 kg up to 32 kg: $60
  • More than 32 kg up to 45 kg: $200
  • More than 158 cm to 292 cm: $200

Notes:

  • Baggage with total linear dimensions (length, width, height) which exceed 292 cm or weight over 45 kg per piece will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: American Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $30-$150

Website: www.aa.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 800-433-7300
  • UK: +44 0207-660-2300
  • France: +33 0821-980-999

Specifications & Fees

  • For any sports equipment, the maximum linear size (length + width + height) is 126 in / 320 cm, and the maximum weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs, subject to the airplane size and available cargo space.
  • Standard checked bag fees of your destination apply up to 50lbs/23kgs and 126in/320cm (length + width + height)
  • $150 fee applies from 51lbs/23kgs to 70lbs/32kgs
  • 1 bag or case can contain multiple boards and will count as 1 checked item. Keels, kedges, and/or fins must be removed or properly protected to prevent damage to other bags.

Notes:

  • For travel to, through or from Brazil, for tickets issued on or before May 20, 2019, the fee will be $42.50 for 1st board bag/case and $85 for 2+ board bags/cases.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Asiana Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free - $400 (depending on destination)

Website: http://us.flyasiana.com/

Telephone (US): +1 800-227-4262

Specifications & Fees

  • Free if surfboard bag does not exceed the free baggage allowance.
  • If surfboard bag exceeds the free baggage allowance, you will be charged the excess baggage fee or the excess weight fee. Excess baggage fees by route (US and Non-US routes) can be found here.
  • If baggage exceeds both the quantity limit and weight/specifications limit, excess baggage charges will apply for both.

Notes:

  • Surfboard equipment should be packed securely in a surfboard bag.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Austrian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free - EUR 400 (depends on type of board and destination)

Website: http://www.austrian.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 800-843-0002
  • Austria: +43 5 1766 1000

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards can be included in free baggage allowance as long as baggage allowance is not exceeded either in terms of the number of items or weight
  • Only pre-registered sports equipment weighing 32kgs and with a length not exceeding 3.15 meters will be accepted
  • Defined baggage that has been pre-registered and is already in excess of the permitted baggage allowance will incur the following fees:
    • For small boards (up to 2m in length):
      • Domestic - EUR 70
      • Europe - EUR 80
      • Short Intercontinental - EUR 100
      • Medium Intercontinental - EUR 200
      • Long Intercontinental - EUR 250
    • For large boards (1 board up to 3.15m, 1 bag containing surf accessories):
      • Domestic - EUR 110
      • Europe - EUR 130
      • Short Intercontinental - EUR 175
      • Medium Intercontinental - EUR 320
      • Long Intercontinental - EUR 400

Notes:

  • Additional excess baggage service will be levied and it will depend on the departure airport and will cost between EUR 10 to EUR 20
  • Due to infrastructure restraints, the London Heathrow Airport has imposed a ban on large sports equipment items beginning in August 2018. 
  • Contact the airline to pre-register your sports equipment (REMEMBER: THIS IS A MUST!) through their contact form or give them a call through the Austrian hotline
  • Try the beer.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Avianca (TACA)

Surfboard Fee: Price varies from $25 - $150 depending on destination

Website: http://www.avianca.com/

Telephone (US): +1 800-284-2622

Specifications & Fees

  • Can check one bag with up to three boards and the cost may vary depending on the destinations
  • Allows a maximum weight of 32 kgs and a maximum length of 3.7 meters

Notes:

  • Make sure to pack your boards safely in a recommended bag otherwise they will not be accepted
  • Space for sports equipment is subject to space availability
  • For flights to and from Europe, pieces weighing more than or equal to 33 kilograms (71 lbs) or the sum of their outside dimensions (height + length + width) greater than 230 cm (90.5 inches) will not be accepted and should be directed to cargo services
  • From Wave Tribe bro, "Dinged and damaged surfboards. No acknowledgment whatsoever from the airline. Please make sure to pack and protect surfboards thoroughly."

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Bahamas Air

Surfboard Fee: Free - $150

Website: www.bahamasair.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 (800)-222-4262
  • Bahamas: +1 (242)-702-4140

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards are treated as checked bag. Each checked bag must not exceed 62" in dimensions (length + breadth + height) & 50 lbs in weight
    • First bag: Free
    • Second Bag: $45
    • Third Bag: $75
    • Fourth Bag (and more each): $125
  • Only one surfboard measuring up to 6 feet in length per bag is allowed
  • Excess baggage rates for international flights (bags greater than 62" and 50 lbs):
    • 51 - 70 lbs: $75
    • 71 - 99 lbs: $125
    • Greater than 62" in length and weighing more than 70 lbs: $150
  • Excess baggage rates for domestic, Turks, & Caicos flights:
    • Passengers are allowed 2 bags with a combined weight of not more than 44lbs and no longer than 62"
    • Allowable bag longer than 62": $65
    • Allowable bag greater than 44 lbs: $65
    • Third bag or more under 44 lbs: $50

Notes:

  • Bags weighing more than 100 lbs will not be accepted
  • They recommend that surfboards travel in a hard-sided (rather than soft-sided) case to prevent damage
  • Passengers traveling to South Bahamas are limited to  (1) pcs checked-in luggage with a maximum weight of 50 lbs and (1) hand-carried luggage that weighs no more than 18 lbs. The hand-carry restriction does not include a handbag.
  • PS enjoy the warm water.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Blue Panorama Airlines

Surfboard Fee: €100

Website: https://www.blue-panorama.com/main

Telephone:

  • Calling outside Italy: +39 06-65-50-83-13 or +39 06-99-50-31-11
  • Calling within Italy: 895-898-8985  

Customer Support: https://www.blue-panorama.com/booking-and-assistance

Specifications & Fees

  • €100 per flight for each surf equipment on flights with Blue Panorama Airlines
  • If traveling under any of the blu-express flight (low-cost flights), there will be a charge of €10 per kg per flight for the transportation of any sports equipment

Notes:

  • Enjoy the pizza.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: British Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free to $100*

Website: www.britishairways.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-247-9297
  • UK: +44 0844-493-0787
  • France: +33 (0) 825-825-400

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards are accepted as part of the checked baggage provided they do not exceed the maximum weight restrictions for checked baggage and must packed in a recognized bag or case to safeguard against damage
    • The bag containing the board can be up to a maximum size of 6'2 ft (190cm).
    • Bags weighing more than 51 lb (23 kg) may incur a heavy bag charge of $100.
    • Extra baggage fee will also apply if you exceed baggage piece limit
  • Larger surfboards, kayaks, canoes and paddles need to be sent as cargo to their partner IAS Cargo

Notes:

  • Make sure to order extra baggage online through the manage booking option, otherwise, you'll pay a pretty penny at the airport for your extra bag.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Cathay Pacific

Surfboard Fee: Free - 4 times the standard extra baggage charge per piece

Website: www.cathaypacific.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-233-2742
  • UK: +44 0800-917-8260 

Specifications & Fees

Travelling to, from, or via the Americas:
  • One piece of surfboard measuring 158 cm / 62 in can be carried as part of your free checked baggage allowance
  • If the length exceeds 158 cm / 62 in, but the total dimensions are within 203 cm / 80 in, oversized baggage charges will be USD 150 per piece or equivalent currency
  • If the length exceeds 158 cm / 62 in and the total dimensions exceed 203 cm / 80 in, charges will be 4 times the standard extra baggage charge per piece

Notes:

  • Surfboards are subject to the applicable standard excess baggage charges if in excess of your standard free baggage allowance. The baggage allowance for economy passengers is 66lbs.
  • Acceptance of any bag over 70 lbs (32kg) or over 6'0 ft (203cm) is subject to prior approval and notification upon booking/reservation. Please contact the reservation office at least 3 working days before you fly and they will investigate if they can accommodate your bag.
  • Best to pre-purchase your excess baggage online so that you can save up to 20% versus airport excess baggage fees

Additional Notes

  • 9/2015 - Wave Tribe Bro Heb said, "Hi, Just got back from Australia flying with Cathay Pacific. Looked into getting a 9ft board back to the UK as extra baggage. They wanted 60 US Dollars per kilo! Say conservatively the total weight would be 10kg that's 600 US dollars on top of the price of the board. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. Great site."
  • 2/2016 - Wave Tribe bro Brian said  "After a few back and forth emails where I asked in detail on prices of surfboard bag based on length and the qty of boards in the bag, the last email I received explained how board bags were free as part of the two check-in bag allotment and that I would only be charged if the bags were over 50 pounds. I then called the 800 number of Cathay Pacific and spoke to an agent. After telling her I needed info on surfboard bag policy she asked me for the length, width, thickness, the weight of the bag. She determined my bag would be $600 each way. I told her about the email from the baggage service. She said if I presented that at the check-in counter it would be up to the person at the counter whether or not it would be honored. She also said if any layover was over 24 hours you would have to recheck the bag and pay a board fee again for the next leg of your trip. Long story short they will charge you $600 each way for any regular board bag over 5'5" per the policy but it could be free if you present proof if they are in a good mood. too risky"

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: China Eastern Airlines or Shanghai Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $140 - $570

Website: http://us.ceair.com/

Telephone:

  • Los Angeles: +1-310-646-1849, +1-626-583-1500
  • New York: +1-212-685-8685
  • Paris: +33 144 86 03 00
  • London: +44 333 900 0778
  • London: Shanghai: +86 021-95530

Specifications & Fees

  • Oversized Baggage Charge (By Piece)
    • Equal or less than 203cm
      • US: 1000 RMB (Around $143)
      • Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea: 2000 RMB (Around $286)
      • Hong Kong, Macau , Taiwan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East: 1000 RMB (Around $143)
    • Over 203cm, required MU (flight code) consent prior to Check-In
      • US: 3500 RMB (Around $500)
      • Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea: 4000 RMB (Around $573)
      • Hong Kong, Macau , Taiwan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East: 3000 RMB (Around $430)
  • Oversized Baggage Charge (By Piece)
    • If the length is less than 277 cm, charged by 5 kg/per piece
    • If the length is over 277 cm, charged by 8 kg/per piece

Notes:

  • All items cannot exceed 32 kg, and cannot exceed 45kg for United States Flight
  • Multiple oversized items will be charged mutiple times according to their policy

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: China Southern

Surfboard Fee: Price varies

Website: http://www.csair.com

Telephone:

  • New York: +1-212-332-8888
  • Los Angeles: +1-888-338-8988
  • San Francisco: +1-888-338-8988/011-86-40086-95539
  • Chicago: 001-773-6018800

Specifications & Fees

  • Domestic flights: Charges for surfboards with perimeters of no more than 227cm (109 inches) are calculated based on the fees for 5kg of excess baggage. Charges for surfboards with perimeters exceeding 227cm (109 inches) are calculated based on the fees for 8kg of excess baggage.
  • International flights: Charges for surfboards with perimeters of no more than 300cm (118 inches) should be calculated in accordance with the excess baggage fees (i.e., the charges for general overweight baggage).

Notes

  • Charges above will apply to a single passenger with only one surfboard. In excess of that, an overweight charge shall be applied subject to the general charge standards for excess baggage.
  • When transporting surfboards (or windsurfing boards) and equipment, the carrier undertakes liability for transportation in accordance with the applicable regulations for general luggage.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Condor

Surfboard Fee: Starts at € 49.99 BUT airport price is at € 120.00

Website: http://www.condor.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-866-960-7915
  • From all other countires: +49 (0) 6171-6988920

Email: condorkb@condor.com

Specifications & Fees

  • Zone 1 (Balearics, Balkans, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, & Portugal Mainland): Regular price starts from € 49.99 but airport price is at € 120
  • Zone 2 (Iceland, Canary Islands, Cape Verde & Madeira, Cyprus, Malta, Greece & Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Gambia & United Arab Emirates): Regular price starts from € 59.99 but airport price is at € 120
  • Zone 3 (East Africa, Asia, Mexico, Caribbean, Central & South America), Zone 4 (Namibia, South Africa & Indian Ocean), and Zone 5 (USA, Canada & Puerto Rico): Regular price starts from € 79.99 but airport price is at € 135
  • Maximum Weight: Up to 30 kg (66 lbs). Above that will be charged as excess baggage.
  • Maximum Dimensions: 200 cm length x 40 cm width x 100 cm height or 300 cm length x 40 cm width x 60 cm height. Above these measurements will be charged as excess baggage.

Notes:

  • Comprising 1 board + 1 mast + 1 sail
  • Subject to mandatory registration. The dimensions must be reported to verify that the item can be transported.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: COPA

Surfboard Fee: $150

Website: www.copaair.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-359-2672
  • Panama: +507 217-2672

Specifications & Fees

  • For both international and domestic flights, there's a flat fee of $150, regardless of whether it is part of your luggage allowance
  • Two surfboards per passenger, packed in a single case, are accepted
  • Acceptance of surfboards is subject to space availability, which varies by type of aircraft:
    • Boeing 737 MAX 9, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800: 4 board bags or cases
    • Embraer 190: 3 board bags or cases
  • Maximum weight allowed is 100 pounds (45 kilograms), and the maximum size allowed is 115 linear inches (294 linear centimeters)
  • Must remove the skeg or fin from the board and package it appropriately to prevent scratches

Notes:

  • Surfboards will not be subject to overweight or oversize luggage fees
  • If you are travelling with a surfboard, you must make a reservation for the board when purchasing your ticket or 48 hours prior to the departure of your flight by calling the Reservation Center
  • Copa Airlines will not be liable for damage to surfboards

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Corsairfly

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.corsairfly.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-990-9228
  • Canada: +1-800-985-4997
  • France: +33 1-7039-2210

Email:

  • US: corsair@apg-ga.us
  • Canada: corsair.res@apg-ga.ca

Specifications & Fees

  • Allowed but subject to aircraft space availability. Kindly contact the airline for more information.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Delta Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free if surfboard weighs less than 50 lbs

Website: http://www.delta.com/

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-221-1212
  • UK: +44 (0)207-660-0767
  • Brazil: +55 0800-761-0035

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards weighing less than 50 lbs are included in the standard baggage allowance. If it weighs over 50 lbs, you will be charged the applicable excess weight fee based on cabin and travel region.
  • Outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) must NOT exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), else the item will not be accepted
  • Items in excess of baggage allowance will be subject to additional or overweight baggage fees
  • Surfboards are allowed up to two (2) boards per bag

Notes:

  • Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Surfboards over 72 inches in length are not allowed on Delta Connection carrier flights. Contact their Reservations department for more information

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Easyjet

Surfboard Fee: £45 - £55

Website: http://www.easyjet.com/

Telephone:

  • UK: +44 0330-365-5000
  • France: +33 0806-141-141
  • Rest of the world: +44 330-365-5454

Customer Care: https://www.easyjet.com/en/help/contact

Specifications & Fees

  • EasyJet categorizes surfboards as large sports equipment and must not exceed 32kgs
  • Cost per item, per flight:
    • Booked online: £45
    • Paid at the airport: £55

Notes:

  • You can pool the total weight allowances for your sports equipment and hold luggage, as long as no single item weighs more than 32kg.
  • Once you’ve booked sports equipment, EasyJet is unable to offer you a refund should you change your mind.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: El Al

Surfboard Fee: Free - $150

Website: http://www.elal.co.il/elal/english/states/general/

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-223-6700 or +1-877-995-0677
  • UK: +44 0203-204-0300

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards can be considered as part of your baggage allowance, as long as the inclusive weight of your baggage does not exceed the dimensions allowed:
    • Economy class/Premium Class: One sports equipment weighing 30 kilos (66 pounds)
    • Business Class/First Class: One sports equipment weighing 32 kilos (70 pounds)
    • Surfboard that is packed within baggage as detailed above, causing the case to exceed the permitted weight and/or dimensions will be charged as excess or exceptional baggage. Fees can be found here.
  • If you want to transport sports equipment in addition to the baggage allowance, it entails these payments:
    • Short flights (up to 5.5 hours) - $70
    • Long flights (over 5.5 hours) - $150
    • Surfboards must not exceed 32 kilos (70 pounds) and 277 cm (110 inches). If it exceeds, it will be handled by their Cargo Division (Tel. +972-03-9771177).

Notes:

  • Payment for sports equipment is made at the airport and cannot be made in advance
  • If your sports equipment is breakable and/or valuable, it is recommended to take designated insurance coverage

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: EgyptAir

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined

Website: http://www.egyptair.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-212-581-5600
  • UK: +44 0844-822-1110
  • France: +33 1-4494-8500

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards measuring less than 2m and weighing a maximum of 32kg:
    • Not included in the free baggage allowance but can be carried as checked baggage
    • Keels or kedges must be removed or crated in such a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage and the customer must sign a limited release bag tag
    • Must be suitably packed in rigid or soft shell container specially designed for shipping
    • If overweight, you need to pay excess baggage charge. Charge shall be equal to 50% of the applicable excess baggage charge.
  • Surfboards measuring more than 2m and over 32kg:
    • Accepted only as cargo

Notes:

  • Contact airline for more information about the fees
  • Check out the temples

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Emirates

Surfboard Fee: Free - Accepted as checked baggage and part of standard baggage allowance

Website: www.emirates.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-777-3999
  • UK +44 844-800-2777
  • France: +33 (0)1-5732-4999

Specifications & Fees

  • Emirates will accept surfboards, as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance, provided they are less than 10'0 ft (300cm) in length. For surfboards, the following precautions must be taken:
    • Fins should always be removed, or, if they cannot be removed, should be firmly packed with polystyrene foam.
    • Both nose and tail should have bubble-wrap or neoprene foam attached for protection.
    • The rails (sides of the board) should have cardboard down the sides to absorb shock.
  • The board should be packed in a properly padded surf-bag.
  • Surfboards with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage and must be sent as cargo or freight.
  • Should sports equipment exceed the complimentary free baggage allowance, excess baggage rates will apply. Fees can be found here.

Notes:

  • *Wave Tribe bro Joao comments: I already traveled a few times with Emirates and also on Singapore, and they are fully free and recommendable. About the Board sizes, never had any problem with Singapore or Emirates.
  • *08/15 Wave Tribe bro Yen reports that on his trip from Europe to Indo "emirates up to 30kg surfboards free."
  • *1/19 Update: WT bro Andy said: "Emirates is free too up to 30kg and 3 meters from the UK."

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Etihad Airways Board Bags Free to TahitiAirline: Etihad Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: http://www.etihadairways.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-877-690-0767
  • UK: +44 (0)345-608-1225

Specifications & Fees

  • Etihad Airways state that a surfboard would be free of charge as long as:
    • The surfboard is no longer than 3 meters (9'8 ft)
    • Weight of total baggage does not exceed 32 kg (70 pounds)
  • Fins should always be removed or packed with polystyrene foam
  • The nose and tail should have bubble-wrap or neoprene foam attached for protection
  • The rails should have cardboard down the sides to absorb shock
  • The board should be packed in a properly padded surf-bag

Notes:

  • *1/20 - Wave Tribe bro Milan said: "Thieves Etihad Airways should be free according to their website, but they make up different rules and extra charges mid-flight. On my way to Bali they took my surfboard for free like their website states. I had a stopover in Abu Dhabi and only on the way back they suddenly charged me extra for the last flight back home because Khalid at the counter figured this board was “different”. He had never seen such a short board (5’8")… Really difficult to get your money back afterwards. For some weird reason they keep trying to twist their own rules so they don’t have to give me back my money!?"

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: EVA Air

Surfboard Fee: Free if it doesn't exceed the free baggage allowance

Website: http://www.evaair.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-800-695-1188
  • UK: +44 20-7380-8300
  • France: +33 1-4143-9111
  • Taiwan: +886-2-25011999

Specifications & Fees

  • Pre-advise EVA Air at the time of booking.
  • Surfboards are allowed up to two (2) boards per bag.
  • Surfboards are handled as normal baggage. If the baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance, you need to pay excess baggage fee. Shall be collected excess baggage charge by the length of each bag if it’s oversize than 158 cm under piece concept. If the oversize bag is also involved extra piece or/and overweight, each charge should be collected.

Notes:

  • Please be very cautious when traveling with your surfboard with Eva Air. They might give you confusing information and charge you more than the established fees. On the phone they will give you an amount to pay and at the airport another one on top of that.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Finnair

Surfboard Fee: Free to $200

Website: http://www.finnair.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-877-757-7143
  • UK: +44 0330-808-1188
  • Finland:: +358 9818-0800

Customer Care: Customer Care and Contact Information

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards with a maximum length of 190 cm (6'2 ft) and a maximum weight of 32 kg (70 lbs) are considered standard baggage.
  • If the baggage allowance does not exceed, no extra charge applies.
  • If a surfboard exceeds the maximum measurements of 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm (6'2ft x 29" x 25"), a charge of €150 or $200 USD/CAD is applied to all flights.
  • The charge can be paid at the airport or in advance by filling in this form or by contacting Finnair.

Notes:

Surfing in Finland?

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Frontier Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $34 - $85. Fee depends on route. To be sure, use the airline's online bag checker here.

Website: http://www.frontierairlines.com/

Telephone (US): +1-801-401-9000

Specifications & Fees

  • Checked bag fees apply for surfboards. Overweight and oversize fees will be charged if applicable.
  • One item includes one surfboard. The skeg fin must be encased in protective material./li>
  • Items which exceed 99.9 lbs will not be accepted.
  • Items which exceed 15 feet will not be accepted.
  • Please allow an extra 30 minutes for check-in

Notes

  • Except where required under the Montreal Convention, Frontier is not liable for the mentioned items if you pack them and they are damaged unless packaged in a hard-sided case.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Garuda Indonesia

Surfboard Fee: Free within the limits of free baggage policy.

Website: http://www.garuda-indonesia.com/

Telephone: +62 21-2351-9999 (available 24/7)

Specifications & Fees

  • All sporting types of equipment, including but not limited to golfing, surfboard, bicycle, and skiing equipment may be included in applicable passengers Free Baggage Allowance/FBA according to their actual fare paid. It's important to notify the airline 24 hours before you take off.

Notes:

  • Maximum weight permitted 33lbs (15 kilos).

Links:

PS Check out our Bali surf trip article to get awesome tips on surfing in Bali, Indonesia.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: GOL

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: https://www.voegol.com.br/en

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-855-862-9190
  • Other countries: +55 11-5504-4410

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards, bodyboards, skateboards, skis, bowling balls, and other equipment must be transported inside cases designed for their transportation or in their original packaging. Balls must be deflated. If the equipment is not appropriately packaged according to the stipulations listed above, airline employees are authorized to refuse to transport the items.

Note:

  • Baggage whose linear measurements exceed 158 cm (5.2 ft) or weigh more than 32 kg (70 lbs.) per item will not be accepted, not even as excess baggage.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Gulf Air

Surfboard Fee: NA

Website: http://www.gulfair.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-888-359-4853
  • UK: +44 084-4493-1717/li>
  • France: +33 4952-4141
  • Bahrain: +973 1737-3737

Specifications & Fees

  • Gulf Air is delighted to accept surfboards as long as each piece does not exceed 32 kg and is within the dimensions set for extraordinary baggage 190 cm (6'2 ft) x 75 cm (20”) x 65 cm (25”). We would not be able to accept larger dimensions as checked baggage. Gulf Air would be happy to carry them as cargo in these circumstances.

Notes:

  • Please contact the airline for more info.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Hainan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Each charging standard unit is $110.

Website: https://www.hainanairlines.com/CN/GB/Welcome 

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-888-688-8813
  • Europe: 00-800-8768-9999

Email:

  • US: usaservice@hnair.com or usahelpdesk@hnair.com
  • Europe: europe@hnair.com

Specifications & Fees

  • Hainan Airlines allows surfing gear to be transported as checked baggage. The total size (length+ width +height) of each piece of surfing set should be less than 277 cm (9 ft). Hainan Airlines does not allow surfing gear to be included in the free baggage allowance. Only one set of surfing equipment for each passenger can be applied to special charging policies, namely being charged a fee of 50% of a standard charging unit. [Annotation: Each charging standard unit is 110 UD dollars. If RMB is used for payment, the exchange rate on the date the overweight check is completed shall be applied.] Other surfing gear shall be charged according to ordinary charging standards of over-limit baggage.

Notes:

  • Some checked items, such as surfboards and bicycles, will be charged a fixed handling fee because of size, fragility, or other handling requirements while others may be checked in lieu of one of your checked bags.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Hawaiian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $35 to $150.

Website: www.hawaiianairlines.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-367-5320
  • UK: +44 0207-644-8848
  • Australia: 1-300-661-339

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards will not be included in determining the free baggage allowance and will be subject to the following charges each:
    • Domestic flights, to neighbor island $35;
    • Between North America and Hawaii $100;
    • Between Contine
    • ntal USA $100.
  • International flights:
    • $150, between Hawaii/North America and Japan, Korea, Taiwan or China;
    • $150, between Hawaii/North America and Australia;
    • $150, for any other international travel.
  • Exception: For travel between USA and Australia or New Zealand, boards will be included in the free baggage allowance when travel is non-stop, direct and/or connecting Service. Boards in excess of the free baggage allowance and/or when en route stopover exceeding 24 hours occurs, will always be subject to the applicable baggage charges. Maximum weight for Surfboards is 23 kgs. or 50 lbs. Maximum length 9'5 ft.

Notes:

  • Fin must be removed or well padded. The entire board must be protected by a suitable container. Limit of two boards per container. The charge will be assessed per container.
  • Wave Tribe bro David comments: "Just FYI… Hawaiian allows one free board bag on flights between the USA and Australia/New Zealand. Though if you are flying on one of these flights it’s helpful to screenshot this page from their website as many agents do not know this: http://help.hawaiianairlines.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/90 "

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Airline: Iberia

Surfboard Fee: €150

Website: www.iberia.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-772-4642
  • Spain: +34 902-400-500
  • UK: +44 (020) 36 843 774
  • France: +33 825-800-965

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will always be treated as excess baggage with a fixed charge of €150 per leg, payable exclusively at the airport. When the trip originates in America, Nigeria or Israel, the charge will be $150.
  • For flights coming in and out of Brazil, Surf equipment is not included under the baggage allowance and involves a charge of $60
  • Additional equipment will be charged $120/per unit.
  • Surfboard should not exceed 2.5m in length.

Notes:

  • Its carriage will be subject to the availability of space on the flight. Surfboards should be properly positioned and packed, fastened to prevent breakage or cause problems or injury during boarding and carriage.

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Interjet Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Interjet

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: interjet.com.mx

Telephone:

  • US: +1-866-285-9525 or +1-866-285-8307
  • Canada: +1-844-874-4053 or +1-844-819-2462
  • Mexico: +52 1102-5511 or +52 1102-5555

Customer Support: https://www.interjet.com/en-us/interjet-experience/customer-support/contact-us

Specifications & Fees

  • Max weight is 52 lbs for domestic flights and 110 lbs per passenger for international flights. Max size permitted, 8'9 ft. Any excess baggage will have a fee of $50.00 pesos (approx $5) plus tax for each additional pound.

Notes:

Add a corona.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Iran Air

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.iranair.com/

Telephone (London): (+ 44 20) 7409-7040

Customer Care: http://iranair.com/Portal/home/?15996/Contact-Us

Note: No surf in Iran bro.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Japan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $150

Website: www.jal.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-800-525-3663
  • Japan: +81 0570-025-121
  • UK: +44 0344-8-569-778
  • France: +33 0810-747-700

Specifications & Fees

Charges for each carry bag will be assessed according to the route.
  • Japan, Asia, India, Oceania Hawaii, North/Central/South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa: Per carry bag is 15,000yen ($150)
  • Between Japan and Asia, Guam, Oceania: Per carry bag is 10,000yen ($100)
  • Japan Domestic flights: Per carry bag is 5,000yen ($50)

Notes:

  • Maximum of 2 surfboards per each carry bag. If your surfboard exceeds 47" or 120cm (30" or 100cm if the aircraft is 737) in length (Crazy!). Please consult with the airline or your travel agency in advance.

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Airline: JetBlue

Surfboard Fee: $50

Website: www.jetblue.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-538-2583
  • All other countries: +1-801-449-2525

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are accepted on domestic flights for a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as one of your checked bags. International flights, customers will be charged a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as part of the checked baggage allowance.
  • Surfboards are accepted to all destinations EXCEPT to/from Bermuda, Santo Domingo and Santiago.
  • Surfboards ARE accepted on flights to/from Puerto Plata, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Notes:

  • One surfboard per case. Items weighing more than one hundred pounds (100 lbs) will not be accepted as checked baggage. We recommend that surfboards travel in a hard-sided (rather than soft-sided) case to prevent damage.
  • Wave Tribe bro Jake comments: They literally charged me TO THE PENNY when returning to NY from Puerto Rico. Said they wouldn’t put my bag on the plane. They charged per board and luckily only saw 2, I had 3.
  • *2/16 Update: Wave Tribe FB friend Jon said: "JetBlue isn't $50 as they hide an extra $25 charged additionally as "first bag fee", so plan on $75 per board each way"
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: JetStar

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.jetstar.com/

Telephone:

  • US: +1-866-397-8170
  • Australia: 131 538
  • Other countries: +613 9645-5999

Specifications & Fees

  • Weight and size must not exceed 50 lbs (32 kg) and 6'2 ft (domestic flights & short-haul international) and 9'0 ft (international long-haul); or else excess baggage will be applied.

Notes:

  • Please contact the airline for more details. Checked baggage fees are usually applied anyways and might vary.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: KLM

Surfboard Fee: $55 to $150 (depending on destination)

Website: www.klm.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1 800-618-0104
  • Canada: +1 866-434-0321
  • UK: +44 20-7660-0293
  • France: +33 (0)9-6936-8605
  • Germany: +49 69 29993770

Specifications & Fees

You can bring a surfboard of max. 42" (107cm) instead of a suitcase or instead of an extra suitcase bought in advance. Larger surf equipment can only be taken at a special fee. Fees for surfboards between 42" to 9'8 ft ( 107 and 300 cm) in length, max. 50 lbs (23 kg):
  • Within the Netherlands, $55.
  • Within Europe. Within Europe and North Africa, Israel, and other parts of Middle East, $55.
  • Within Europe and United States/Canada, rest of Middle East, India, $100. (When departing from United States, $150)
  • The rest of the world, $100.

Notes:

  • Please contact KLM telephone reservations prior to trip. You always need to reserve for any type of surf equipment.
  • Wave Tribe bro comments: "KLM high prices and for not taking any responsibility in case the boards get damaged. The damage may occur, once the equipment is inspected and not left the way it was packed.
  • *9/2015: Wave Tribe bro SurfKaravaan reports ~ "Surfboards free of charge." Check their dedicated website.
  • *11/2015: Wave Tribe bro Roy reports ~ "KLM does not charge anymore , you can bring your surfboard instead of a suitcase, or as an extra bag..."

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Korean Air

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.koreanair.com/

Telephone:

  • US & Canada: +1-800-438-5000
  • UK: +44 0800-413-000

Specifications & Fees

  • Maximum weight & length allowed, 70lb (32kg) and 9'0 ft (277cm). Take precautions when packing surfboards. Fins should be detached and thereafter boards safely enclosed in suitable bags. The surfboard will be charged per bag (or container). Korean Air assumes no liability for damage to sports equipment that is not contained in a hard-sided case designed for shipping with protective internal material.

Notes:

  • Up to $200 if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination.
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: LAN Chile

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.lan.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-866-435-9526
  • Chile: +562 2579-8990
  • France: +33 185-148-725
  • UK: +44 800-026-0728

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards may be considered part of the free checked baggage allowance provided that it does not exceed the permitted allowance (according to the route and flight cabin). Maximum length & weight permitted for surfboards 9'8 ft (300 cm) and 50 lbs (23 kg). If exceeded, you must pay the excess baggage fee. *($30 to $90, depending on destination flights)

Notes:

Beautiful flight attendants.

Links

PS Be sure to check out our surf guide on Punta de Lobo, Chile. Read it here.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: LATAM Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free to $75

Website: https://www.latam.com/

Telephone:

  • US: +1-888-235-9826
  • UK: +44 800-026-0728
  • France: +33 1851-48725

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboard with a maximum length of 8'9 ft (274 cm) and 50 lbs (32 kg); can be included in Passenger’s Luggage allowance. The number of boards shall not exceed 3 (notwithstanding the number of cases). When applied, an excess-luggage fee of US$75.00 will be charged, and the correct packing of these items will be the total responsibility of the passenger.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Lufthansa

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150

Website: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/homepage

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-645-3880
  • Germany: +49 (0)69-86-799-799
  • UK: +44 371-945-9747

Specifications & Fees

Must be less than 70 lbs (32 kg) and/or 6'5" (2 meters).
  • Within Europe: $70 (€50).
  • Europe to intercontinental: $150 (€100).
  • If it's over 6'7" (2 m), the fees are doubled. You need to register sports baggage 24 hours before the flight.

Notes:

  • Safest airline with good service.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Malaysia Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Varies

Website: www.malaysiaairlines.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-552-9264
  • UK: +44 (0) 33-0365-0080

Specifications & Fees

  • One surfboard to a maximum length of 8'1 ft (2.5 meters) . Items over 8'1 ft in length shall not be accepted as checked baggage. Weight system:
    • A maximum weight of 33 lbs (15kg) will be carried free of charge.
    • If over the FBA + 33 lbs, normal excess baggage applies.
    • Piece system: 100% or single charge of the applicable excess baggage rate regardless of the dimension and size. Additional surfboards at the applicable excess baggage charge.
  • Additional surfboard restrictions and exceptions:
    • If not presented in a protective case, the item will only be accepted upon completion of a Limited Release tag.

Notes:

  • Hot chicks.
  • *10/15 Update: Wave Tribe friend Izzy said: "You could add Malaysian to the bro list I flew a couple of times with them to Bali and it was free to bring boards. They damaged one of my boards once though but they paid for the damage without complaining."

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Mesa Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $35

Website: http://www.mesa-air.com/

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-335-2247 or +1-800-223-5436
  • Other Locations: +1-281-821-3256

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards and paddleboards with lengths 6 feet and less on a limited basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate these items. A fee of $35 ($30 for tickets purchased on or prior to Oct. 31, 2013) will be charged for the transportation of these items. 
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Oman Air Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Oman Air

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: http://www.omanair.com/en

Telephone:

  • US: +1-201-205-2115
  • UK: +44 011-3396-8888

Specifications & Fees

  • Sporting Equipment as listed below may be accepted for carriage as checked-in baggage and as part of passenger’s standard baggage allowance. If the free baggage allowance (FBA) is exceeded, normal excess baggage charges apply.
    • Wind Surf Boards
    • Surf Boards
    • Kite Surfing Equipment
    • Body Boards
    • Pole Vault
    • Kayaks
  • Items are less than 300 cm (10 feet) in length, any sails are detachable and collapsible and the equipment is appropriately packed in a hard shell packing case, if not limited release tag will be required.

Notes:

  • Items up to 400 cm (13 feet) in length may be accepted in exceptional cases, provided detailed information is forwarded to us.
  • *Update 10/15: Wave Tribe Bro Scott said "Oman changed their policy on surfboards. No Longer Free. Must Pay a lot."

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Pakistan International Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.piac.com.pk

Telephone (Pakistan or International): +(92-21)-111-786-786

Email: info@piac.aero

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Philippine Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150

Website: www.philippineairlines.com

Telephone:

  • USA and Canada: +1-800-435-9725
  • UK: +44 808- 164-9888
  • Australia: 1-300-888-725

Specifications & Fees

  • $150 within a size of 9ft, if it exceeds that, the cost would be $300. Surfboards are not included in the free baggage allowance, and thus shall be considered as automatic excess baggage.

Notes:

  • Exception: For travel between Australia and Philippines, surfboards shall only be accepted if enclosed in a surfboard bag that must not exceed 70lbs in weight and 9ft in length. Board can be included in the free baggage allowance. The number of surfboards can be more than one, but must not exceed 70lbs. When the combined weight of the board exceeds the free baggage allowance, normal excess baggage rates shall apply.
  • **Our Wave Tribe bro Tim, comments: Flew with Philippine Airlines from Bali to Shanghai via Manila. They charged me 33USD/Kilo. He had 13kgs! Their surfboard policy only stands for some destination, make sure you don’t get screwed like he did.
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Oman Air Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Qantas

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.qantas.com.au

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-227-4500
  • Australia: +61 13 13 13
  • UK: +44 0800-964-432
  • France: +33 1-5732-9283

Specifications & Fees

To carry a surfboard as baggage, fins must be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment or taped to the board. Qantas Check-in will attach a Fragile tag to the bag and you must complete and sign the limited release portion of the baggage tag. Australian and International routes:
  • Surfboard accepted enclosed in a board bag, should not exceed 70 lb (32kg) in weight and 9'0 ft (277cm) in length.
  • Any additional bags will each be assessed at the Airport Excess Baggage rates.
  • You can pre-purchase Additional Baggage Allowance at lower rates than Airport Excess Baggage rates.

Notes:

  • $150, if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination.

Links

PS Check out our article on surfing Bells Beach, Australia. Read it here.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Qatar Airline Boardbag FeesAirline: Qatar Airways - Up to $1750 WTF

Website:http://www.qatarairways.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-877)-777-2827 or +1-954-745-0380 or +1-312-392-3679
  • UK: +44 0330-024-0125
  • France: +33 1 86995684

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboard Fee: On Qatar Airlines right now it is not free, and it will cost 1250$ for a board bag up to 300cm if you travel to Denpasar from Europe so please change what it write on your site and check on the Qatar site.
  • The board needs to be less than 9'8 ft (3 meters) and 50 lbs (23kg). If this is exceeded, a fee will be applied and boy it is a doozy.

Notes: 

  • *7/17 Update: WT FB bro Rob said: "I flew Qatar the last two years and they did not charge for boards."
  • *1/19 Update: WT bro Andy said: "I've been flying with Qatar from the UK to Bali for the past 8-9 years in a row and they don’t charge a penny, are very lenient if you’re over the weight limit and up till 4-5 years ago they even gave a free 10kg just for sports equipment on top of the regular allowance." 

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Royal Air Maroc

Surfboard Fee: 80 euros

Website: http://www.royalairmaroc.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-344-6726
  • UK: +44 020-730-75800

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboard allowed, 80 euros each way for a minimum weight of 66lbs (30 kgs), 6'6 ft (2 meters).

Notes:

Royal with cheese

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Ryanair

Surfboard Fee: €50 to €60 (depending on advanced purchase or at airport)

Website: http://www.ryanair.com/en

Telephone:

  • UK: +44 0871-246-0000
  • France: +33 0892-562-150
  • Rest of the world: +44 871-500-5050

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards, among other sporting equipment, are inherently unsuitable for carriage by airlines operating fast turnarounds such as Ryanair. However, these items may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) per item upon payment of a discounted online fee of £50/€50 per item, per one way flight. If the item is purchased at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre a higher fee of £60/€60 per item/per one way flight will apply). Any sporting and musical item weighing over the 44 lbs (20 kg) allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo.

Notes:

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: S7 Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.s7.ru/en/

Telephone:

  • Russia: +7 495-783–0707, +7 495-777–9999
  • Germany: +49 0800–081–6022

Notes:

  • Please contact airline*

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Saudi Arabian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150-$300*

Website: https://www.saudia.com/

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-472-8342
  • Canada: +1-855-588-0999
  • UK: +44 0371-200-4433

Specifications & Fees

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines accept Sporting equipment and musical instruments as checked baggage if it is properly packed or inserted in special bags and its weight shall be counted as a part of free checked baggage allowance, in case the weight is more than the free baggage allowance excess baggage charge shall be collected as Saudi policy. Most likely surfboards will fly as excess baggage. Please read the dimensions and weight allowed.

Notes:

  • The standard dimensions for all bags from/to USA and Canada should not exceed 5'10 ft or 70 lbs. The standard dimensions for all bags to other destinations, except USA and Canada, should not exceed 6'7 ft or 70 lbs.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Scandinavian Airlines

Surfboard Fee:

  • Domestic: €120/$175 ($160)
  • Europe & Scandinavia: €180/$260 ($240)
  • Between Europe and Asia/USA: €250/$325 (***$345)

Website: http://www.flysas.com

Telephone:

  • US: +1-800-221-2350/li>
  • UK: +44 871-226-770
  • France: +33 0825-325-335

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards are only be accepted on certain aircraft types and specific dimensions apply per aircraft type. Please contact your travel agent for details. The board must be checked in no later than 2 hours before departure and you must notify SAS in advance. If the board exceeds the limits for the specific aircraft type, it must be sent as cargo.
  • Notes:

    • For surfboards/kiteboards, the maximum length allowed is 6.5 ft.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Shenzhen Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

    Website: http://global.shenzhenair.com/

    Telephone: +86 755-8881-4023

    Email: wm@shenzhenair.com

    Notes:

    • Please email airline for more info.
    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Singapore Airlines Free Board bag Fee

    Airline: Singapore Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Free*

    Website: www.singaporeair.com

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-800-742-3333
    • UK: +44 020-8961-6993
    • France: +33 0-821-230-38.
    • Singapore: +65 6223-8888

    Customer Service: Click here

    Specifications & Fees

    • As part of your two bag limit. After two boards it's $109 each way going from US to Singapore (other destinations may vary). Excess baggage charges will apply if your sporting equipment and your other check-in baggage exceed the free baggage allowance.

    Notes:

    • For travel to/from US/Brazil, most sporting equipment is treated as one piece of baggage. Canoes (per unit) are treated as two pieces of baggage.
    • Our Wave Tribe bro Joao comments: I already traveled a few times with Singapore, and they are fully free and recommendable. About board sizes, never had any problem with Singapore.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: SkyWest Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $20

    Website: http://www.skywest.com/

    Telephone:

    • US or Canada: +1-800-335-2247
    • Other Locations: +1-281-821-3256

    Specifications & Fees

    • Transportation of surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, skis, snowboards, archery equipment, and fishing equipment is charged at a flat rate of $20 per item. No more than two surfboards may be included in any one pack. Each pack must not weigh more than 70lbs (32kg).

    Notes:

    • Carriage of surfboards is subject to space availability. Confirmed on calling.
    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    South African Airlines Free Board bag FeeAirline: South African Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Free

    Website: www.flysaa.com

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-800-722-9675
    • South Africa: +27 11-978-1111
    • UK: +44 0844-375-9680
    • France: +33 1534-35317

    Specifications & Fees

    • South African Airlines will allow a surfboard as an additional piece, not exceeding 50 lbs (23 kg) and 6'5 ft (200 cm), free of charge per passenger.

    Notes: 

    • A surfboard bigger than 6'5 ft (200 cm), to be accepted strictly as cargo.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Southwest Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $75

    Website: www.southwest.com

    Telephone (US & Rest of the World): +1-800-435-979

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge

    Notes:

    • Overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 5'1 ft but not more than 6'6 ft (e.g.; surfboards) will be accepted for overweight and oversize baggage fee of $75 per item.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Spirit Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $100

    Website: www.spirit.com

    Telephone (US/Canada): +1-801-401-2200

    Specifications & Fees

    • Maximum two surfboards in one bag, $100 each way.

    Notes:

    • You can bring your surfboard as checked baggage on your next trip for an extra charge ($100 each way). Please make sure to remove or protect your surfboard keels and/or kedges to prevent damage to it and other checked baggage. To save you more, you can put up to 2 similar items in a case together for the same price. Don’t worry - overweight and oversize fees do not apply to surf equipment. To add surf equipment to your reservation, please contact the airline's reservation centers or visit a Customer Service Agent at the airport. *A limited liability release will need to be signed when traveling with surf equipment.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

    Airline: SriLankan Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Free*

    Website: www.srilankan.lk

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-877-915-2652 or +1-732-205-0017
    • UK: +44 3308-080-800
    • France: +33 9751-81999

    Specifications & Fees

    • You can bring one surfboard for free, allowed as checked baggage. Any excess weight (exceeding 50 lbs) will be assessed at the normal excess baggage rate. Please contact airline.
    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Swiss Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150 (€50 to €100)

    Website: http://www.swiss.com

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-877-359-7947
    • UK: +44 345-601-0956
    • France: +33 157-324-652

    Specifications & Fees

    • One surfboard (up to 6'5 ft) goes under category 'normal' baggage:
      • For flights within EU: $70 (€50)
      • For intercontinental flights: $150 (€100)
    • *Swiss does not accept sports equipment of more than 70lbs (32kgs).

    Notes:

    • For smooth execution please check-in your sports equipment no later than 1 hour before counter closing. In Switzerland and Germany you can also take advantage checking in the night before your flight.
    • *Swiss Air might charge more at airport. Please print page with fees to show airline staff, and make sure they don't charge more than necessary.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: TAP Portugal

    Surfboard Fee: €55 to €150 (depending on type of surfboard and destination)

    Website: www.flytap.com

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-800-221-7370
    • UK: +44 (0) 345-601-0932
    • Portugal: +351 707-205-700
    • France: +33 0820-319-320
    0820 319 320
    +44 (0) 845 601 0932
    +44 (0) 845 601 0932

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards (up to 200cm):
      • Domestic, Europe, and Morocco flights: €55
      • Intercontinental flights: €110
    • Longboards (over 200cm)
      • Domestic, Europe, and Morocco flights: €110
      • Intercontinental flights: €150

    Notes:

    • Maximum weight advised per set 70 lbs (32kg). Surfboards must always be carried in a suitable bag and packed appropriately. Passengers must always fill in the respective Transport Declaration form. In the absence of this document, inadequately packed equipment will not be accepted at check-in and may consequently be refused transportation. TAP Portugal does not accept liability for possible damage to inadequately packed boards during travel and recommends that an insurance policy be taken out.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Thai Airways

    Surfboard Fee: $60 to $119

    Website: www.thaiairways.com

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-800-767-3598
    • UK: +44 0330-400-4022
    • France: +33 1-5568-8070

    Specifications & Fees

    Surfboards will not be included in the free baggage allowance.
    • One board not exceeding 9'0 ft (277 cm) at 50% of excess baggage charge: $60
    • Any surfboards exceeding 9'0 ft (277 cm) will be charged the full excess baggage fee: $119
    • A second surfboard shall be charged at the full excess baggage rate: $119

    Notes:

    • Please Contact Thai directly for more specific information.
    • Thai Airlines might charge more at the airport. Please print page with fees to show airline staff, and make sure they don't charge more than necessary.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Turkish Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

    Website: http://www.turkishairlines.com

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-800-874-8875
    • France: +33 825-800-902

    Specifications & Fees

    • For sports equipment that are in excess of the 70lbs (32 kg) weight limit, a fee will be charged. Please contact airline for more info.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Transavia Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: 40 euros per flight.

    Website: http://www.transavia.com

    Telephone:

    • France: +33 0892-058-888
    • Other countries: +352 2700-2728

    Specifications & Fees

    • Confirm before 72 hours.

    Notes:

    • *Our buddy Bill shared this info with us: It's €40 per board per single journey. The most annoying part I recon is the sentence: "if the surfboard/waveboard, etc. is packed in a bag, you are now allowed to add clothes and/or any other items to this." The word "now" was confusing for me because at the hang glider it says: " if your hang-glider is packed in a bag, you may not add clothes and/or any other items to this." So I called them and they told me that its a mistake on the website, it must be "not" instead of "now". Imagine standing there with your board bag stuffed... Meaning that you need to pay €80 just to bring your board, but what if you are a windsurfer (add boom+mast is a separate €40 each way) or kitesurfer? You need to bring it separately and the prices for check-in luggage is excluded from the ticket price: KG price 15 kg € 15 20 kg € 20 25 kg € 25 30 kg € 35 40 kg € 45 50 kg € 75
    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: TUI Airways

    Surfboard Fee:

    • For Surfboards Short haul: £13 or €17 per kilogram
    • Mid haul: £15 or €19 per kilogram/li>
    • Long haul: £18 or $27 per kilogram

    Website: https://www.tui.co.uk/

    Telephone (UK): +44 0203-636-1931 or +44 0203-451-2695

    Specifications & Fees

    • If you’re taking sports equipment with you, you’ll need to call the TUI Airways at least 2 months before you travel on +44 0203-451-2695 to pre-book it onto your flight. If you don’t pre-book, they may refuse to carry your equipment when you get to the airport.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: TUIfly

    Surfboard Fee: $40*

    Website: http://www.tuifly.com/en/

    Telephone:

    • UK: +44 020-7048-0143
    • Germany +49 0180-6000-120

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards up to a maximum weight of 66 lbs (30 kilo), can be carried for an administration fee (per item, per flight segment) of USD $40 / €25 / £20, on international flights.

    Notes:

    • *Our Wave Tribe bro Stift comments: One Kitepack, also above 140 cm (55") will be charged with 65 Euro. I can´t post a source, because you need to have a flightnumber to get the price. From 01/05/2014 you get only one piece of luggage with 15 kg (33 lbs) for free.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: United Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $100 to $200.

    Website: www.united.com

    Telephone:

    • US & Canada: +1-800-864-8331
    • UK: +44 0845-607-6760
    • France: +33 01-71-23-03-35

    Specifications & Fees

    • United Airlines will accept one surfboard or one surfboard bag containing up to four boards per customer as checked baggage, weighing 50 pounds or less for a service charge fee of $100 (each way) for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 (each way) for all other travel. This service charge is in addition to any excess and overweight baggage charges that may apply.

    Notes:

    • Boards and board bags combined weighing more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage. The fin must be removed or well-padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. United is not liable for damages. An excess valuation cannot be purchased for a surfboard.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

    Airline: Virgin Atlantic

    Surfboard Fee: Free

    Website: www.virginatlantic.com

    Telephone:

    • US & Canada: +1-800-862-8621
    • UK: +44 (0)344-874-7747

    Specifications & Fees

    • Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 9'0 ft (277 cm) and must not exceed 50 lbs (23 kg) in weight.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Virgin Australia

    Surfboard Fee: $40 - $60. *Free as part of checked baggage. Check the dimensions and weight allowance below.

    Website: http://www.virginaustralia.com/

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-855-253-8021
    • UK: +44 0800-051-1281
    • Rest of the world: +617 3295-2296

    Specifications & Fees

    • Sporting equipment can be accepted as checked baggage. The maximum dimensions for sporting equipment are as follows:
      • Weight: 70 lbs
      • Height: 38 inches
      • Length: 9 ft
      • Width: 32 inches
    • Each piece of sporting equipment will count towards your piece allowance, with each item classified as one piece.

    Notes:

    • *Our Wave Tribe bro Tom comments: I know Virgin America charges $75 and so does SouthWest.
    • *Update 11/2015 - Wave Tribe FB bro John says: "Virgin Australia is free" 
    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: WestJet

    Surfboard Fee: $20 to $50

    Website: http://www.westjet.com/

    Telephone:

    • US: +1-888-937-8538
    • UK: +44 0800-279-7072
    • France: +33 800-5381-5696

    Specifications & Fees

    • Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Surfboards and windsurfers will be accepted in checked baggage when under 9.8 feet (3 metres) long. All boards must have the fin removed, be padded, and packed properly to prevent damage to the board, sail and other baggage.

    Notes:

    • $20 dollars as it counts as second item. $50 dollars, as a third item.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Xiamen Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

    Website: www.xiamenair.com

    Telephone:

    • US/Canada: +1-844-629-5557
    • China: +86 592-2226666

    Notes:

    • Please email the airline for more information.
    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    BOARD BAG GUIDE FOR TRAVELERS

    If there is one thing that sucks more than anything it’s arriving on your surf trip, opening your board bag and finding your sticks snapped in two.

    Most airlines have improved their treatment of extra gear, and board bags are better than ever, but there are still a few tips that will help you protect your quiver.

    One thing at the airport, if the board doesn’t go down the oversized belt but goes into one of those trolleys, make sure you see it being wheeled away.

    They can occasionally disappear.

    1. Put your biggest board on the bottom, or the board with the least rocker. Try and align the rockers, kinda like building a big surfboard sandwich.

    2. Most board bags have internally padded separators—but I like to put my boards in day bags and then in the travel bag. This way you got a day bag with you while schlepping your surfboards around the jungle.

    3. You can use foam pipe to add extra protection along the rails from the nose and tail, or you can grab some Bast rail guards.

    For the nose and use any other boardies, T-shirts, clothes you have. If you a worried about them getting damp, put them in a plastic bag first. However, the Wave Tribe bags come with nose and tail inserts for these areas.

    4. Wax, wax combs and the like I put in a string bag and place in the internal bag pockets or tuck in the bottom corners of the bag. Don't forget to take an extra leash or two and leash rope.

    5. If you have fixed fins get some polystyrene blocks. Cut to the same size as your tail and put slits where the fins are. Furniture foam makes great fin blocks.

    6. Be careful with leashes and other miscellaneous gear in the bag. Don’t let them run free. You’d be amazed at the pressure ding you can get if a leash or wax comb gets lodged between your surfboards.

    Have a great trip!

    100 Responses

    Milan van der Wel

    Milan van der Wel

    January 31, 2020

    Thieves Etihad Airways should be free according to their website, but they make up different rules and extra charges mid-flight. On my way to Bali they took my surfboard for free like their website states. I had a stopover in Abu Dhabi and only on the way back they suddenly charged me extra for the last flight back home because Khalid at the counter figured this board was “different”. He had never seen such a short board (5’8")… Really difficult to get your money back afterwards. For some weird reason they keep trying to twist their own rules so they don’t have to give me back my money!?

    David

    David

    January 31, 2020

    United airlines has an embargo from June 1 through August holidays or just peak time or anytime they want. No surfboards

    elana vollen

    elana vollen

    December 21, 2018

    I have been enjoying Alaska’s board fees of 25$ each way per board bag during 2018 but was just informed last week when I flew back from Cabo that rates have gone up with any bookings after November 4, 2018 to $100 per board bag each way!!! Devastated to hear one of the last bastions of surfer-friendly flying has drunk the kool-aid! They said it is now standardized and $100 is the lowest you will fine, only going up from there with other airlines. Baggage fees have also gone up. :-(

    Richard Bolton

    Richard Bolton

    December 07, 2018

    Hi guys, thanks for this. I got excited when I read your comment that Virgin Atlantic allowed a 9foot board. Unfortunately their website says the following which is only about 6’4". Your board musn’t exceed our standard dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75″ × 30″ × 26″) and 23kg in weight.

    Damien

    Damien

    November 30, 2018

    Latam or Lan now charge for boards. They tried to charge me 100 usd per leg of my journey from Australia to Peru. I argued and ended up paying just the 100usd. For future info if you book with Qantas (code share) boards are free for the moment until they fix that loophole

    Damien

    Damien

    November 30, 2018

    Lan or Latam is no longer free. I was charged usd 100 to go from Australia to Peru, but they code share with Qantas. So if you book with Qantas it’s free. They tried to charge 100 usd per leg too. I.e. Australia to Chile then Chile to Lima. If you need to fly Lan use Qantas to book

    J

    J

    November 16, 2018

    Just to let y’all know, SWISS air consider a board bag (mine had 2) up to 23kg to be free if it’s your only checked bag.

    Okinawa Joe

    Okinawa Joe

    October 19, 2018

    Another tip for saving nose and rails – lay the board down on a yoga mat, and wrap the nose / tail and rails and tape to center. Arrive with boards and spirit in tact 🤙🏽

    Okinawa Joe

    Okinawa Joe

    October 19, 2018

    Mahalo for keeping the airline industry accountable!

    By the way, Hong Kong Air doesn’t charge for boards on any of their flights around Asia. It just counts as a checked bag, and they allow two boards per bag. Just gotta watch weight limits (25Kg). Huge for surfers going from Japan to Bali via Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, etc.

    Stoked to stroke into some Uluwatu next week! CHEEEHOOOO!!!!

    Jack

    Jack

    October 12, 2018

    I’m flying first class to Mexico from LAX. I had 3 surfboards in a boardbag and they opened the bag to count how many boards were in the bag and I had 3. They charged $75 for 1 extra board. Just so you guys know. They have a 2 boards per bag policy and they opened my bag to check. I had only checked in 1 other bag. 10/9/18

    jansen

    jansen

    June 29, 2018

    I share your Stoke for Alaskan Airlines. They recently dropped their board bag fee to $25 if you have their card and I was traveling with a 9-6 longboard bag. Hope your catchin’ waves…

    Adam Swope

    Adam Swope

    May 11, 2018

    Air China is now charging $400USD for a board.

    Matt Borax

    Matt Borax

    April 03, 2018

    I checked Air Canada’s website https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/plan/baggage/special-items.html today, and they say the surfboard handling fee is actually $100CAD per board. All other stipulations are the same, ie. per board regardless if more than one per bag. I did notice that you can get a waiver worth a single board if you’re military. Not sure if that extends to Veterans as well. Cheers!

    Simon Tomlinson

    Simon Tomlinson

    February 22, 2018

    As of 17th January 2018 Latam Airlines Brazil are now charging to carry surfboards. I travelled from Milan to Sao Paulo and they charged me 80€ one way for a short board.

    Ian Perdikomatis

    Ian Perdikomatis

    November 22, 2017

    Hey Guys just an update My Buddy and I flew to Troncones Mex in October with AreoMexico when we booked our ticket the board bag ( 1 bag, 3 boards) charge was $50 (we booked in April) when we got to the gate they wanted to charge us $150 ???? Long story short we were nice they were nicer and gave us the $50 price both ways … So kinda good, glad we got the deal we paid for..

    Thanks
    Ian

    Andrew Burton

    Andrew Burton

    February 13, 2017

    Thanks for the great specification of all airlines.

    Philip

    Philip

    November 09, 2016

    We just flew United Airlines from east coast to Hawaii and a year ago from east coast to India. Both times $150 board bag fee each way. I have a wheeled long board bag with 3 surfboards in it. Not light by any stretch.

    Roland

    Roland

    August 21, 2016

    If anyone is traveling to California, there is a shop called Quivers where you can rent premium boards for $39 a day or $99 for the month. They let you swap and demo any board as often as you want. http://surfboardquivers.com

    Michelle

    Michelle

    April 29, 2016

    I see South African airlines is listed as free if your board is 6’5 or shorter anything longer is cargo (mine is 7’). Does anyone about flying your board cargo? My route is Johannesburg to Tana, Madagascar. I’m getting the runaround from the US Call Center so my next step is calling Joburg directly. Anyone have experience with them?

    John

    John

    February 28, 2016

    The board bag fee for travel from US to Puerto Rico on United is $150, not $100 as listed above.

    Jeremy

    Jeremy

    February 26, 2016

    Korean Air is no longer free, but it seems to depends on who you deal with at the counter. I was charged 960 RMB-about 150 USD- from China to Bali via Seoul. However, on the way way back from Bali I checked in an extra half an hour early, and the nice lady at the counter didn’t charge me a single rupiah for my pregnant bag. Another friend of mine was charged both ways. Go figure.

    Whatever happened to that online petition to the airlines?

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks for the info bro . . . I hope some day the airlines will wake up to our lifestyles and stop stealing money from us.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    kAi

    kAi

    February 15, 2016

    Hey guys I just had a surfer’s nightmare with Korean air. They wanted to charge me 330 US one way from Japan to New Zealand. They changed there regulation. Now you have to pay 200 US for oversize and 130 if you are traveling with more than 23 Kg including your language.

    So beware! I left my board and bought one in NZ instead of getting overcharged!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Marcus, we had a similar experience with United too . . . we are adding them to the ‘out of control’ list for sure.

    Marcus

    Marcus

    February 15, 2016

    RE: Surfboard Carrier Costs … You can add United to the ‘out of control list’- $200 One way fee! from Oz to South America Via USA ….
    Which includes … having your surfstick lost in transit … then found and returned 4 days later … Trashed! … Stay Stocked lol

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    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Will, the number for Aero Mexico is 800-237-6639. We recommend that you give them a call and ask them directly.

    Have an awesome trip.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Will

    Will

    February 15, 2016

    “Maximum linear surface of each piece of baggage (length+width+height): 1.58 m/62 inches "
    Aero Mexico

    Got a 7ft long board bag lol.. what the charges going to be?

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    I think you are good with the regular board fee (and size). Lots of people flying to Bali on Singapore.

    There contact info is in the list, I’d give them a call to make sure.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    jackie

    jackie

    February 15, 2016

    I am flying Singapore to Bali soon and see on many forums that it is free however on their website it states that the dimension (length + width + height) must be under 62 inches, so about 5’2". That is a lot smaller than a traditional surfboard of 6 ft +, not including width and thickness of boards and the bag. How does it end up being free? Do they just charge a small fee for the overage in size? Has anybody checked in their board for free with them?

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Always their call bro, did they charge you for the padded sock?

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    lewis

    lewis

    February 15, 2016

    Hey traveling on a jetstar flight in 2 days with a long board thats exactly 277cm long. I have it bubble wrapped and in a surfboard sock because if I put a bag on it then it goes over the size limit. I realize its not ideal to travel with it in just a sock but its all I can do, will the sock be recognized as a bag? Im happy enough with how its packed but is it my.call or theirs? Cheers

    Andy

    Andy

    February 15, 2016

    Airline: Qatar Airways
    Surfboard Fee: Free

    Will

    Will

    February 15, 2016

    Live in the UK… phone call will cost as much as the fees lol

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    Jeff

    Jeff

    February 15, 2016

    Let’s work on trying to change this!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Jeff, totally agree bro. I can’t believe how we are treated by most airlines. I have paid my unfair dues over the years which is why I put together this article to help inform surfers. we put tons of hours into updating this resource for surfers every year. I and stoked to call out the airline kooks and to praise the ones that treat us with respect and honor.

    Derek, Wave Tribe Freak

    Jeff

    Jeff

    February 15, 2016

    We need to unite as a community and do a loud boycott.

    Step one is to ask for a universal price for all airlines.

    Step two … Send 5000 email a week to any airline who rips off surfers. Make it so they can’t handle the volume of complaints

    Step three get everyone’s families and companies to boycott…

    Step 4 get the press involved

    Paying more to fly your boards than it cost to fly a person is wrong !

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Nice, thank bro—-we’ll add it to the list.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks bro, that is great info . . . KLM bastards.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    TIjer

    TIjer

    February 15, 2016

    Don’t forget to include KLM. I recently paid 2×100 euros (return ticket) to carry 2 boards (doesn’t mater destination). I have high priority to “use” European carriers, but not at these prices and for not taking any responsibility in case the boards get damaged. The damage may occur, once the equipment is inspected and not left the way it was packed!
    www.klm.com/travel/nl_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/excess/baggage_piececoncept.htm#p4

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    jim mincher

    jim mincher

    February 15, 2016

    US AIr charges PER board !!! 150-200 dollars each!! They unzip your bag and count the boards! Be careful !!

    rm

    rm

    February 15, 2016

    Flying from Miami to Nicaragua on American= $150.00 each way!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Grant, thanks for the update bro, everyone that posts here makes us all better understand who to fly with and who not too.

    Grant Kennedy

    Grant Kennedy

    February 15, 2016

    Air New Zealand charged me $200 on a flight from Auckland to Toronto, Canada. I was not happy as Air New Zealand never use to charge. I complained but they say this is something new. Board bag was a standard 2m or 6’6 length.

    rle

    rle

    February 15, 2016

    I was surprised to see LAN on the list as charging for bags as I’ve used them before and they didn’t charge me. So I double checked:

    “Oversized sporting or musical equipment may be considered part of the free checked baggage allowance provided that it does not exceed the permitted allowance (according to the route and flight cabin). If it exceeds it, an excess baggage fee will be charged in accordance with the current policy regarding regular baggage.

    The volume of the item packed can not exceed 203 linear cm except for surfboards, which can have a maximum volume of 300 linear cm."

    This was taken from their website. 300 cm is about 9’-10"

    I’ve had a friend take my 6’-6" board to Peru from Miami on LAN Peru and they didn’t charge for it because it was part of the free checked baggage.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Jake.

    Awesome comment bro, I know how you feel and I am stoked that you are telling us about JB.
    I stay away from all low cost carriers when I travel with my boards and hopefully our rad list here will help all of us choose the right airlines that treat us with respect and honor.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Jake

    Jake

    February 15, 2016

    Wanted to share as I know its a popular destination and this goes for the company as a whole. Jet Blue has seriously deteriorated as going from somewhat reasonable to full on scum bags. They literally charged me TO THE PENNY when returning to NY from Puerto Rico. Said they wouldn’t put my bag on the plane. They did it per board and luckily only saw 2, I had 3. On top of that during a more recent trip they did not even have a plane for a booked flight! They had an entire full plane waiting at JFK for nearly 10 hours before they finally found a plane and a crew that had to volunteer to go! Further investigation through friends who have family or work at airports or the airlines told me Jet Blues fleet is all outdated planes that are constantly breaking down and causing the company problems. They are in a process of attaining some new planes but the planes are being put into service way too early, not fully outfitted. The assholes couldn’t even give us a damn free meal!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Damn, Thanks rm.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Jim . . . unzipping is never cool, unless she it hot :)

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Great advice Joao, we’ll update the list.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    David

    David

    February 15, 2016

    Just FYI… Hawaiian allows one free board bag on flights between the USA and Australia/New Zealand. Though if you are flying on one of these flights it’s helpful to screenshot this page from their website as many agents do not know this:

    http://help.hawaiianairlines.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/90

    EXCEPTION: For travel between USA and Australia or New Zealand, boards will be included in the free baggage allowance when travel is non-stop, direct and/or connecting service. Boards in excess of the free baggage allowance and/or when en route stopover exceeding 24 hours occurs, will always be subject to the applicable baggage charges.

    Joao

    Joao

    February 15, 2016

    They forgot Emirates, which like Singapore is for free too.
    I already travelled a few times with them and also on Singapore, and they are fully free and recomendable.
    About the Board sizes, never had any problem with Singapore or Emirates…

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for your comment, for noticing & clarifying that!
    We originally had written ‘Free to $90 (if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination)’
    We’ll definitely fix the phrasing so it’s less confusing :)
    Stoked, Lan’s not so bad after all, eh!
    Alé, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Nice Dave, great update for Hawaiian.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks bro, longboarders are people too!

    Derek, Wave Tribe

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    Maurice

    Maurice

    February 15, 2016

    Hi,you forgot to mention the size.What abt us longboarders.The worst is BA,they wont allow longboards,piss.
    cheers

    Tom O'Brien

    Tom O'Brien

    February 15, 2016

    I know Virgin America charges $75 and so does SouthWest. But does anyone know do they count boards?

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    I never had Virgin open my bags.

    ~ Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Zoya Ali,
    Yup, we’ve put a lot of effort into it. You guys out there (The ‘Tribe’) are our motivation!
    It makes our day to know that we helped you out.

    Thanks for being awesome :)
    Alé, Wave Tribe Team.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks for that, Stift, we’ll add this info you’ve shared. We had a hard time finding details and sources on Tuifly. You rock :)
    Alé, Wave Tribe Team

    zoya ali

    zoya ali

    February 15, 2016

    Hi thank you for all the details you have mentioned about the Surfboard fee. I have to admit that this one of the most useful blog that I have read on the topic. It actually helped me a lot because I was planning to book srilankan airlines.

    stift

    stift

    February 15, 2016

    Information about Tuifly. One Kitepack, also above 140 cm will be charged with 65 Euro. I can´t post a source, because you need to have a flightnumber to get the price. From 01.05.2014 you get only one piece of luggage with 15 kg for free.

    Tom O'Brien

    Tom O'Brien

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks!

    jet longboards

    jet longboards

    February 15, 2016

    Great information, I love all the posts, I really enjoyed, I would like more information about this, Because it is very nice, Thanks for sharing. I like the site best.

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    February 15, 2016

    We will cheer with beer to remove the tiredness and rest
    overnight. If you too will be flying through Suvarnabhumi Airport and don’t
    want to have to carry heavy bags around Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand,
    the easiest way to deal with them is to check them
    in at the Left Luggage counter and let them store them for you.
    Many reviewers claim to have owned Kipling products for years.

    Richard

    Richard

    February 15, 2016

    Hi guys,

    check out Shurfing’s (Sharing Surfing) www.shurfing.com or the movie on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shurfing/129053840637926 ) to save airline costs by renting from locals.
    Béta version is up and final version to be launched any time soon!

    Have fun!

    Richard

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    John that’s great feedback.

    Would love to know what they actually happens (if they do what they tell you on the phone) once you take those flights.

    Derek, WT

    Johan Israelsson

    Johan Israelsson

    February 15, 2016

    Great information, im traveling from Arlanda (Sweden) to Denpasar (Bali) during this summer and have been checking surfboard fees for some days and for specific companies. I found out that when you fly with Thai Airways to denpasar you can bring one surfboard for free as long as you call ahead and inform them about the mesuresments of your surfboard and which flight you are taking.
    I also called Singapore airlines and they said that you can bring a surfboard with you instead of your checked in luggage aslong as it is below 2 meters and doesn’t exceed 30 kilos, if over 30 kilos you pay 60 usd per extra kilo.
    After checking with Lufthansa they told me that I can bring a surfboard instead of checked in luggage if it is below 2 meters and under a weight of 23 kilos, if the weight is exceeded you will be charged the regular surfboard fee.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks, we sure appreciate that!

    Alé, Wave Tribe Team

    Tim

    Tim

    February 15, 2016

    Flew with Philippine Airlines from Bali to Shanghai via Manila.

    They charged me 33USD/Kilo. I had 13kgs…………..

    Theire surfboard policy only stands for some destination, make sure you don’t get screwed like i did…

    molina

    molina

    February 15, 2016

    I’m travelling with Thai airways from Paris to Denpasar in August, and they told me the same : you can bring your surf luggage instead of normal luggage, if you respect the same weight conditions (20kg max for economy class). But no precision about what is a “surf luggage”: only one board ? my complet travel surfbag ?
    Now I have to check out if they are enough stupid to open the bag and count how many boards I bring, since it doesn’t change anything as long as the total weight is < 20 kg !!!
    I tell you soon if any good / bad surprise …

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    Ben

    Ben

    February 15, 2016

    Hi
    Travelling with Garuda airlines from UK to Lombok, your site needs updating, see the bit below from a press report,very surfer friendly Baggage to 30kg plus surfboard to 23kg 300cm

    AsiaOne
    Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
    SINGAPORE – Garuda Indonesia will be joining two other Asian airlines in offering passengers additional baggage weight allowances when they travel on international flights.

    From November onwards, Indonesia’s national airline will allow all adult and child passengers an extra 10kg increase in baggage allowance throughout the different travel classes.

    Economy weight allowance has increased from 20kg to 30kg, while Executive and First Class passengers received an increase from 30k and 40kg to 40kg and 50kg respectively.

    With the new baggage guidelines, passengers travelling across Garuda Indonesia’s global network will be able to take along any equipment such as bicycles, surfboards, golf clubs or diving gear at no extra charge.

    This year, Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines have also announced additional baggage allowance.

    Mr Nicodemus Lampe, Vice President, Area Asia, Garuda Indonesia said the company is tailoring their offerings to meet the changing needs of their passengers.

    “We’re seeing more passengers travelling further with us and for a longer period of time and we’ve enhanced our baggage allowance to provide them with ample space for any journey whether business or pleasure,” said Mr Lampe.

    Scott

    Scott

    February 15, 2016

    Just got this email from Oman Air. Free Surfboards :-)

    Sporting Equipments as listed below may be accepted for carriage as checked in baggage and as part of passenger’s standard baggage allowance. If the free baggage allowance (FBA) is exceeded, normal excess baggage charges apply.

    Wind Surf Boards
    Surf Boards
    Kite Surfing Equipment
    Body Boards
    Pole Vault
    Kayaks

    Following need to be taken into account.
    Items are less than 300 cm (10 feet) in length, any sails are detachable and collapsible and the equipment is appropriately packed in a hard shell packing case, if not limited release tag will be required.

    Items up to 400 cm (13 feet) in length may be accepted in exceptional cases, provided detailed information is forwarded to us.

    Scott

    Scott

    February 15, 2016

    No listing for Flydubai or Oman-air. I think Oman will allow 3meter surfboards.

    I have been using Emirates for my 3meter longboard with two shortboards in the same bag, and free on Emirates. :-)

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Tim.

    Man! Sorry to hear that…
    Thanks for letting us know, buddy, we’ll make sure we update our info.
    Live and learn, I guess?
    You rock : )

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Evan, we knocked them down the list . . . appreciate the update.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Evan

    Evan

    February 15, 2016

    I just checked and Singapore now charges for boards. They list sufboards under special baggage but still charge substantial fees if the bags dimensions exceed 62" and weight exceeds 50 lbs. Under 62" is impossible.

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    February 15, 2016

    Hey Scott, thanks a lot for that info bro. We’ll add it to the list for sure.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Brandon.

    You never know if they will open the bag or not, it all depends on the agent you get.

    I’d say it’s likely they won’t open . . . try to turn on the charm at checkin :)

    Derek

    Brandon

    Brandon

    February 15, 2016

    Just booked a trip through Hawaiian Airlines, they say 2 boards per bag max! Does anyone have any experience with them? What are the chances of them opening up my bag and counting? I really want to bring 3!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks bro, stoked you found it helpful.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    trevor

    trevor

    February 15, 2016

    This is such a well researched and informative article! Bookmarked! Thanks! I am sharing this with all the surfers I know.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks, Lanze! That’s awesome. Good to know : )
    We’ll add this new info to our article.
    You rock.

    Alé
    Wave Tribe Team

    Lanze

    Lanze

    February 15, 2016

    Spoke to Etihad Airways on the phone before booking a flight with them. They said a surfboard would be free of charge as long as:

    1. The surfboard is no longer than 3 meters
    2. Weight of total baggage does not exceed 30 kg

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hi Bert,
    Thanks for your comment. Your concerns definitely have helped us find more (much needed) answers. We called Alaska Air, & had a nice talk with the supervisor, he took his time to personally check on baggage fees & charges.
    He assured us we are allowed to fly with two surfboards inside one board bag, 118" in length (9’8 ft), and pay oversize baggage fee of $75. (he corrected to 118" instead of 115")
    He also mentioned the 115" linear measurements apply for other sporting equipment, not for surfboards; and that we should mention this to Alaska Air staff at the airport.
    We hope this info helps you.
    Please let us know how it goes.

    :)
    Alé
    Wave Tribe Crew.

    Bert Rivera

    Bert Rivera

    February 15, 2016

    Your info on Alaska Airlines is not correct, at least according to Alaska Airlines own website on Oversize Baggae / Sporting Equipment pages. I copied and pasted here: Each checked piece of sporting equipment listed below is subject to our standard checked baggage service charge, overweight (51-100 pounds) fee or oversize (62" – 115" linear inches: length + height + width) fee. Refer to our Checked Baggage page for checked piece, overweight and oversize charges.

    So when I called Alaska and specifically got a guy in Seattle, a supervisor who then called LAX to get clarification, he said no ifs ands or buts or pleading with the check in clerks, they have a measuring tape there and if the board bag/case exceeds 115" IN TOTAL! (length plus width plus height/depth), they will NOT accept the board. This is so odd, as I have seen longboards get on the plane! Can you help clarify?

    Lars

    Lars

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks for the recommendations Derek…off to Mex from NZ soon so will report on the various rorts we encounter.
    Had a very bad experience coming back from UK on Cathay Pacific. 610 UK pounds…that’s about $1000usd for two boards in one case. Would recommend NEVER flying with those fascists. Golf clubs seemingly no worries. Sportism at its most odious.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Tape them together bro or buy a new boardbag that fir all your boards. They will likely charge you for the extra bag if it isn’t all one unit.

    Derek, WT

    Clint

    Clint

    February 15, 2016

    Hi,

    I am flying from SA to Sydney on Monday, with Qantas. I have 2 boards, a longboard 9.0ft, in its own bag packed for travel, and a short board 6.2 in its own bag. Should I leave them as seperate bags, 2 board bags and check in each one. Or should I strap both bags together and check the in as 1 item? Should still be under 23kg.

    Sherryl

    Sherryl

    February 15, 2016

    Great information. Lucky me I ran across your website by accident
    (stumbleupon). I have saved as a favorite for later!

    David

    David

    February 15, 2016

    Hi,

    a friend of mine asked me if I could bring a board along on my next flight from Australia to Germany with Qantas.
    I asked Qantas and they told me that a board weighing 8kgs would cost $560 Australian Dollars. WTF?

    Is that true? I only made it to their regular hotline and I don’t know if they just wanted to give me a fast answer or not.
    I’m entitled to 30kgs of luggage and I won’t go over those 30kgs.

    Any recent experiences?

    Thanks.

    Diana

    Diana

    February 15, 2016

    Air China charges 150$ for oversize -common luggage should be less 158cm. On international flights you are allowed to have two bags so one can be a backpack and second a board, however if you take more they will charge you extra 70$ for one more space.

    China southern charges 1000uah(about 170$) for oversize they allow to spaces for baggage for int flights.

    chord overstreet

    chord overstreet

    February 15, 2016

    Hi there, its fastidious paragraph on the topic of media print, we all understand media is a wonderful source of data.

    ori

    ori

    February 15, 2016

    Turkish airlines fee is 90 EUR. Limit of 32 kg 2m in lentgh

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