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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 (Netherlands)
  • Virgin (Europe)
  • 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 strict)
  • American 
  • Continental
  • LATAM
  • Spirit

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.
  • Air Pacific (Fiji Airways)
  • Alitalia
  • Avianca (TACA)
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • 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.

  • Royal Air Maroc - $300
  • Swiss Air - $250
  • Thai Air - $150 Per Board (yes, they open the bag and count)
  • United - $200

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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

Aeroflot Board Bags Free

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, Northern Baja, Pascuales, Jalisco, and Nayarit. 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

Air India Board Bags Free

Airline: Air India

Surfboard Fee: Free if within free 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

PS Have you been wondering where you can surf in India? Find all the best surfing spots in our guide here.

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

All Nippon Airways Board Bags Free

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

Asiana Airlines Board Bags Free

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

Austrian Airlines Board Bags Free

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

PS If you want to go surfing in Colombia, check out our surf guide here.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Bahamas Air Board Bags Free

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

British Airways Board Bags Free

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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Cathay Pacific Board Bags Free

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: Cayman Airways

Surfboard Fee: $95 per board

Website: www.caymanairways.com

Telephone:

  • USA: +1-800-422-9626
  • Jamaica: +876 866-759-1372
  • Honduras: +504 800-2791-9422
  • Panama: +507 800-0195
  • Brazil: +55 0800 031 3360

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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: 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: 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: 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

Links

PS If you want to surf in Panama, check out this surf guide for all the things you need to know.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Corsairfly Board Bags Free

Airline: Corsairfly

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: http://www.corsairfly.com

Telephone:

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

Email:

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards will be transported free of charge in a container separate from your baggage allowance (this additional baggage is included in your hold allowance)

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Delta Airlines Board Bags Free

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: 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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EL AL Board Bags Free

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: 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

Emirates Board Bags Free

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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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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EVA Air Board Bags Free

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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Finnair Board Bags Free

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.
  • 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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Garuda Indonesia Board Bags Free

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

  • Each passenger can get additional free 1 pc sport equipment
    • Except for CRJ 1000 and ATR, all other aircrafts require a surfboard to weigh less than or equal to 23 kg (50 lbs) and measure less than or equal to 300 cm (9'8 ft)
    • For CRJ 1000, surfboard must weigh less than or equal to 23 kg (50 lbs) and measure less than or equal to 230 cm (7'5 ft)
    • For ATR, surfboard must weigh less than or equal to 23 kg (50 lbs) and measure less than or equal to 160 cm (5'2 ft)
  • If surfboard weighs greater than 32 kg (70 lbs) and measures more than 300 cm (9'8 ft), it must be shipped as cargo
  • If you bring more than 1 pc, then the second (next) sport equipment will be calculated into the Free Baggage Allowance
  • All Sporting Equipments may be included into applicable passengers Free Baggage Allowance/FBA according to their actual fare paid

Notes:

  • For passengers who have connecting flight with different aircraft type, baggage rules based on the narrowest aircraft type will be applied

Links:

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

GOL Board Bags Free

Airline: GOL

Surfboard Fee: Free, but you need to pay $15 per extra kg if it exceeds allowed weight allowance

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

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards count as your baggage allowance and must weigh no more than 23 kg (51 lbs). If it's more than 23 kg (51 lbs), you will be charged na excess baggage fee of USD 15 per extra kg for domestic and international flights.
  • Surfboards must be in appropriate bags

Notes:

  • Bringing sports equipment require prior approval from GOL
  • Bags may not exceed 45 kg (99 lbs) on domestic flights and 32 kg (71 lbs) on international flights
  • Purchase baggage fare before your flight for a lower price. It'll be expensive at the airport.

Links

PS Check out our Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Garopaba, Brazil surf guides. They are full of information on the best surf spots and other important things that can make your surf trip an epic one.

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Gulf Air Board Bags Free

Airline: Gulf Air

Surfboard Fee: Free if within baggage allowance

Website: http://www.gulfair.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Sports equipment is part of your free baggage allowance. Normal excess baggage charges will apply if you exceed your free allowance.
  • Each surfboard must not exceed 32 kg and are within the dimensions set for extraordinary baggage 190 cm (75”) x 75 cm (20.5”) x 65 cm (25.5”).
  • Gulf Air is not able to accept larger dimensions of items as checked baggage. They need to be carried as cargo.

Notes:

  • Excess bagggage rates depends on where you purchased it, your destination, and type of flight. Rates can be found here. We advised you to book online as it is less expensive.

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Hainan Airlines Board Bags Free

Airline: Hainan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free if within free baggage allowance

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

Telephone:

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

Email:

Specifications & Fees

  • Fee standard under weight concept:
    • The weight of the baggage and the surfing boards are calculated together. If the total weight exceeds the free baggage allowance, an excess baggage charge will be charged as follows:
      • Exceeding the limit by 0 kg - 3 kg, charged on the basis of its actual weight
      • Exceeding the limit by 3 kg - 15 kg, charged as 3 kg
      • Exceeding the limit by more than 15 kg, the first 15 kg of excess weight is charged as 3 kg, the remaining excess weight is charged according to standard overweight baggage fees
  • Fee standard under the piece concept:
    • Hainan Airlines can accept a surfing board bag with one surfing board or at most two inside provided that the length of surfing board does not exceed 43 inches (107 cm )
    • Surfing boards not exceeding the free baggage allowance are free of charge; If surfing boards exceed the limits for free baggage, special charging policies are applicable to only one set of surfing board equipment for each passenger, namely charging a fee of 50% of a standard charging unit. For fee standards of each route, visit here
    • Other surfing board equipment shall be charged in the same manner as normal excess baggage

Notes:

  • Hainan Airlines is liable for the damage to surfing board bags which have not been properly packaged into hard sided boxes. Excess value cannot be claimed for surfing boards.

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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

  • One board bag up to 50 pounds (23 kg) and 115 inches (292 cm) in length
    • Neighbor Island flights - $35 each way
    • North America flights - $100 each way
    • International flights - $150 each way
    • Exception: For Australia and New Zealand flights, no fee will be charged if the item is used as one of your two complimentary checked bags (maximum connection time: 24 hours)
  • For travel on ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, the maximum length allowed is 72 inches (183 cm)
  • Board bags heavier than 50 pounds (23 kg) or longer than 115 inches (292 cm) are not accepted on any flight
  • No limit to how many boards are inside one bag as long as it does exceed the size or weight limits above

Notes:

  • Boards should be adequately packed before you arrive at the airport. Hawaiin Airlines does not provide packing materials. Boards without adequate protection are not accepted.
    • Use a padded surfboard bag designed for air travel. Hawaiian Airline recommend using a bag that is a few inches longer than your board. Surfboard socks do not provide adequate protection and will not be accepted.
    • Use soft items as extra padding, especially on the rails, nose, and tail.
    • Fins should be removed or well-padded.
  • You cannot pack additional items in your board bag. It should only contain your boards and a reasonable amount of acceptable padding material.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Iberia

Surfboard Fee: $55 for short-haul and medium-haul flights; included in passenger's baggage allowance on long-haul flights

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

  • One board not exceeding 3.5 m in length and weighing a maximum of 23 kg
    • Long-haul (America, Asia and South Africa) flights: Considered an item that can be carried within the passenger's allowance. If you add other items, exceeding the permitted number of free items, it will be considered excess baggage.
    • Short-haul and medium-haul flights: Single fee of $55 in each direction applies, regardless of the luggage allowance.
  • There is an oerweight fee for weights of up to 32 kg. The fee must be paid at the airport.

Notes:

  • Passenger must allow enough time to check in, transfer and load the gear onto the aircraft.
  • 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.
  • It is up to the Company’s personnel to decide whether to use a system that facilitates the carriage of this equipment from the check-in area to the aircraft. Any expenses that might arise for this concept will be on the passenger’s account.

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Airline: Interjet

Surfboard Fee: $30 USD / $36 CAD / $550 MXN

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: Contact Us Page

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards must have a maximum length of 137 in (3.5 m) and a maximum weight of 30 kg (66 lb)

Notes:

Add a corona.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Iran Air

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined

Website: http://www.iranair.fr/en/

Telephone:

  • Paris: +33 1-4225-9950
  • Cargo / Freight: +33 (0) 1-7425-0861

Customer Care: You can contact them here

Note:

  • No surf in Iran, bro.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Japan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $200

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 and Hawaii, North/Central/South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa: Per carry bag is 20,000yen ($200)
  • 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.
  • Japan Airlines may be unable to check items due to cargo hold space limitations. Please consult with the airline or your travel agency in advance.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: JetBlue

Surfboard Fee: $100 each way + any checked bag fee associated with the fare purchased

Website: www.jetblue.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards are subject to a fee of $100 per item each way
  • Surfboards are NOT ACCEPTED on flights to/from Bermuda, Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Surfboards ARE ACCEPTED on flights to/from Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Notes:

  • One surfboard per case only. 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.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: JetStar

Surfboard Fee: Depends on type of Jetstar flight

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

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • You need to pay an oversized handling fee for surfboards. If bag or item has a single side longer than one metre (1000mm, 39in), including wheels, handles, and packaging, it is considered an oversized item. You will need to pay the handling fee per oversized item per flight. Here are the oversized handling fee charges:
    • Domestic and International flights with Jetstar Airways (JQ): AUD / NZD $25
    • Domestic and International flights with Jetstar Japan (GK): JPY ¥2,000 / HKD $140 / TWD $550 / PHP ₱900 / CNY ¥120
    • International flights with Jetstar Asia (3K): SGD $25
    • Domestic flights in Vietnam with Jetstar Pacific (BL): VND 200,000₫ / USD $9
    • International flights with Jetstar Pacific (BL): VND 400,000₫ / USD $18
  • Surfboard bag must not weigh more than 32kg, even if your checked baggage allowance is 35kg or 40kg
  • Maximum length of any oversized item depends on the type of aircraft:
    • Jetstar Airways (JQ): Maximum length is 2.77m
    • Jetstar Airways (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) and Jetstar Japan (GK): Maximum length is 2.3m
    • Jetstar Pacific (BL): Maximum length is 2m

Notes:

  • Oversized item handling fee is paid in addition to any checked baggage allowance, it does not increase your baggage allowance so make sure you purchase enough checked baggage.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

KLM Board Bags Free

Airline: KLM

Surfboard Fee: Free

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 may bring a surfboard (length between 107 and 300 centimeters and max. 23 kilograms) instead of a piece of check-in baggage free of charge. This is applicable to all flights operated by KLM and Air France, with the exception of flights departing, arriving or transiting in Canada, Mexico and/or the United States
  • Travelers coming to or from Canada, United States or Mexico can always bring a suitcase for free but are required to pay an extra fee for taking their surf gear on board.

Notes:

  • Because of limited space on the aircraft, you need to reserve for the transportation of surfing equipment as early as possible – no later than 48 hours before departure. You also need to reserve for transportation of surf equipment if it is larger than 107 cm (42 inch). Your surf equipment (including bag) of max. 300 cm (118 inch) may weigh max. 23 kg (50,5 lbs) in Economy Class, and max. 32 kg (70,5 lbs) in Business Class.

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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

  • Each surfboard can be transported only when its total linear size is less than 292cm/115in, and it will not incur an oversize fee. Maximum weight is 32kg/70lb.
  • When travelling with domestic flights, surfboards over over 158cm (62inch) will incur an oversize fee.
  • Each surfboard will be charged per bag (or container).
  • Detach fins before packing the surfboard in a suitable shipping bag or container.

Notes:

  • Up to $400 if total linear size is exceeded. Can cost less on other destinations.
  • Sports equipment not in a hard case (or an exclusive packing container) is not compensable, when it is damaged.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: LATAM Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $22 - $100 (depending on destination)

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

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Single fixed fees:
    • Within Ecuador: $22
    • Within Peru: $25
    • International routes, except between countries in South America, between South America and the Caribbean, and between countries in Europe: $100
    • Between countries in South America and between South America and the Caribbean: $50
    • Between countries in Europe: EUR 50
  • Comprising one bag not exceeding 300 linear cm (9'8 ft) and can contain a maximum of three surf boards. In xceptional cases, a length of 320 cm is permitted, regardless of the width and height. Must weigh up to the maximum of 32 or 45 kg, depending on the route.

Links:

PS Be sure to check out our surf guide on Punta de Lobo, Chile. Read it here. If you're interested in surfing Santiago, Chile, you can find our surf guide here.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Lufthansa

Surfboard Fee: $80 - $460 (depending on type of board and destination)

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

  • Surfboards measuring up to 2m (200cm) in length:
    • Domestic routes: $80
    • Routes within Europe: $92
    • North Africa, Central Asia, and countries on the Eastern Mediterranean Coast: $115
    • Short intercontinental routes: $172
    • Medium intercontinental routes: $230
    • Long intercontinental routes: $287
    • Routes to/from Japan: $150
  • Surfboards measuring up to 2m (200cm) - 3.15m (315cm) in length:
    • Domestic routes: $126
    • Routes within Europe: $149
    • North Africa, Central Asia, and countries on the Eastern Mediterranean Coast: $201
    • Short intercontinental routes: $287
    • Medium intercontinental routes: $368/li>
    • Long intercontinental routes: $460
    • Routes to/from Japan: $300
  • Sports baggage weighing more than 32 kg and are longer than 315 cm will not be accepted as travel baggage. They can be sent as air freight

Notes:

  • Lufthansa's allocation for sports equipment is limited. Make sure to to make a reservation for your desired item(s) of sports equipment 24h prior to departure or as soon as possible at your travel agency or through their service center.
  • Very expensive.
  • Safest airline with good service.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Malaysia Airlines Board Bags Free

Airline: Malaysia Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: www.malaysiaairlines.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards are carried as as part of the free checked baggage allowance and will be subject to excess baggage charges, if overweight.
    • Piece concept: Each checked baggage must not exceed 32kg (70 lb.) for Business Suite/Business Class and 23 kg (50 lb.) for Economy Class
    • Weight concept: Each checked baggage must not exceed 32 kg (70 lb.) for Business Suite/Business Class and Economy Class
  • One surfboard must have a maximum length of 2.5 meters (250 cm or 98 inches or 8'2 feet). Items over 8'2 feet in length shall not be accepted as checked baggage.
  • Must be properly packaged in protective baggage or wrap.

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."

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Oman Air

Surfboard Fee: Varies

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

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards are not included in the free baggage allowance
  • Any sports equipment above 20 kg (44 lbs) or 158 cm (5'1 ft) is considered Specialist Baggage and will charged accordingly

Notes:

  • Surfing equipment will be considered as large equipment and will charged accordingly. Please contact the airline for more information on the fees.
  • *Update 10/15: Wave Tribe Bro Scott said "Oman changed their policy on surfboards. No Longer Free. Must Pay a lot."

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Philippine Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Varies

Website: www.philippineairlines.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Piece System Charges:
    • Surfboards/wakeboards will automatically be considered as an excess baggage
    • If the dimension does not exceed 109 in. (277 cm) in length: 100% of the Excess Baggage Charge shall apply
    • If the dimension exceeds 109 in. (277 cm) in length: 200% of the Excess Baggage Charge shall apply
  • Weight System Charges:
    • Surfboards/wakeboards will be included in determining the free baggage allowance
    • In excess of the Free Baggage Allowance, the Excess Baggage Charge shall apply
  • Excess Baggage Rates can be found here

Notes:

  • The outer container must be strong enough as protection against dents and untoward scratches.
  • **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.

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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

  • Australian and International routes:
    • Surfboard is only accepted if it is 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. Rates depend on route. You can check them here.
    • You can pre-purchase Additional Baggage Allowance at lower rates than Airport Excess Baggage rates.
  • 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.

Notes:

  • Due to size restrictions, your equipment may not travel on the same aircraft as you
  • Surfboards exceeding 9'0 ft in length must be sent as freight and freight charges will apply
  • Maximum Surfboard or Surf Ski bag dimensions must not exceed 240cm in length for customers travelling on QantasLink Dash 8 (Q200/300) aircraft

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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

Surfboard fee: Free - $1,750

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

  • Surfboards are accepted as checked baggage as part of the passenger's free checked baggage allowance mentioned in the ticket.
  • Surfboards which exceed the free baggage allowance (weight and piece concept) with maximum dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of 300 cm (on weight concept flights) and 158 cm (on piece concept flights) will be charged in accordance with the excess baggage rates for sports equipment.
    • Weighing up to 15 kg (33 lbs) and measuring up to 175 cm (5'7 ft): $100 - $400 depending on route
    • Weighing up to 25 kg (55 lbs) and measuring up to 217 cm (7'1 ft): $200 - $1,050 depending on route
    • Weighing up to 32 kg (70 lbs) and measuring up to 300 cm (9'8 ft): $300 - $1,750 depending on route
  • Exceptions to the above rule apply for customers travelling to/from Sao Paulo to/from Bali, Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur with surfboards exceeding 158cms (L+W+H).

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: $150 - $300

Website: http://www.royalairmaroc.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Boards measuring up to 23 kg/158 cm:
    • Domestic: 500 MAD
    • To/from Europe/Maghreb: 550 MAD / 55 €
    • To/from Africa/America/Brazil//Egypt/Saudi Arabia/Lebanon/Qatar: 1500 MAD / 150 € / 150 USD / 150 CAD
  • Boards measuring up to 32 kg/203 cm:
    • Domestic: 700 MAD
    • To/from Europe/Maghreb: 1000 MAD / 100 €
    • To/from Africa/America/Brazil//Egypt/Saudi Arabia/Lebanon/Qatar: 2000 MAD / 200 € / 200 USD / 200 CAD
  • Boards measuring up to 32 kg/300 cm (contact the cargo Department at cargo@royalairmaroc.com):
    • Domestic: 1000 MAD
    • To/from Europe/Maghreb: 1500 MAD / 150 €
    • To/from Africa/America/Brazil//Egypt/Saudi Arabia/Lebanon/Qatar: 3000 MAD / 300 € / 300 USD / 300 CAD

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  • Special Baggage Information
  • Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Ryanair

    Surfboard Fee: €55 - €65 (depending if advanced purchase or at paid at the 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

    • Fee at the time of booking: €55/£55 per item for each one-way flight
    • Fee after you have made the booking or Airport/call centre booking: €65/£65 per item for each one-way flight
    • Surfboards may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 20 kilos (44 lbs) per item
    • Any sporting item weighing over the 20 kilos (44 lbs) allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo

    Notes:

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    S7 Airlines Board Bags Free

    Airline: S7 Airlines

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

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

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards may be carried free of charge if the equipment and the rest of your baggage combined do not exceed the baggage allowance for your fare class. If you want to carry both sports equipment and a suitcase, you may need to pay for extra baggage.
    • Sports equipment must not exceed 203 cm (6'6 ft) as the sum of the three dimensions (length, width, height) and must weigh no more than 23 kg (50 lbs) for Economy Flexible and 32 kg (32 lbs) for Business Basic and Business Flexible.
    • If surfboard weighs more than 23 kg and/or the sum of the three dimensions (length, width, height) exceeds 203 cm (6'6 ft), it will incur a oversized baggage fee. You also need to notify the airline in advance.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Saudia Airlines Board Bags Free

    Airline: Saudia Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Free - $480 (depending on route)

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

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards are accepted 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. For international flights:
      • Guest class passengers are allowed to carry 2 pieces not exceeding 23 kg or 50 lbs ($60 charge will be added if baggage weight exceeds 23 kg up to maximum 32 kg)
      • First and Business classe passengers are allowed to carry 2 pieces not exceeding 32 kg or 70 lbs for all sectors
      • The standard dimensions for all bags from/to USA should not exceed 62 inch³ or 157 cm3 (Width x Height x Depth)
      • The standard dimensions for all bags to other destinations except USA should not exceed 81 inch³ or 205 cm3 (Width x Height x Depth)
    • In case the weight and/or the dimensions are more than the standard free baggage allowance, excess baggage charge shall be collected as Saudia policy. Excess baggage charges can be found here.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Scandinavian Airlines Board Bags Free

    Airline: Scandinavian Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Free - $109 (depends on route)

    Website: http://www.flysas.com

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards must be packed properly and is considered one piece of checked baggage of the baggage included in your ticket. If it fits within the baggage allowance, you don’t need to pay anything extra. If it doesn’t, you need to buy extra baggage. These are the rates:
      • Domestic flights: $40 (online), $65 (at the airport)
      • Scandinavian flights: $40 (online), $80 (at the airport)
      • European flights: $40 (online 8 days or more before departure), $44 (online 7 days - 22h before departure), $80 (at the airport)
      • Flights to/from Asia: $89 (online), $109 (at the airport)
      • Flights to/from the US: $60-89 (online and dpending on ticket type), $109 (at the airport)
      • Flights to/from Canada: $109 (at the airport)
    • Surfboards longer than 200 cm are classified as windsurfing boards and must be registered in advance here. Surfboards under 200 cm don't need registration.

    Notes:

    • Sport equipment allocation is limited. Make sure to make a reservation as soon as possible, and no later than 24 hours before departure. The earlier, the better.
    • Surfboards are not permitted onboard smaller aircraft types AR8/AT7/CRK/CR9/DH4

    Links:

    PS Read our Surfing in Norway surf guide.

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Shenzhen Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $400 - $800

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

    Telephone: +86 755-8881-4023

    Email: wm@shenzhenair.com

    Specifications & Fees

    One piece of surboard per person
    • Surfboards measuring less than 23 kg: $400
    • Surfboards measuring 23 kg but not exceeding 32 kg: $600
    • Surfboards measuring 32 kg but not exceeding 45 kg: $800

    Links

    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

    • Surfboards count towards your free baggage allowance. If you exceed this allowance, the usual additional baggage charges will apply.
    • Sports equipment above 32kg will not be accepted as checked baggage. They must be sent as cargo.

    Notes:

    • If travelling from/to the USA, most sporting equipment is treated as one piece of baggage.
    • If travelling from/to the Canada, sporting equipment will be charged according to the baggage allowance that applies to your journey.
    • 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

    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

    • For tickets issued on/after 15 November 2019, sporting equipment is part of the free baggage allowance. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, the standard additional baggage charges will apply.
    • For tickets purchased prior to 15 November 2019, surfboards can travel free of charge is it weighs no more than 23 kg (50 lbs) and smaller than 200 cm (6'5 ft).

    Notes: 

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

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Southwest Airlines Board Bags Free

    Airline: Southwest Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: Free - $75

    Website: www.southwest.com

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • When traveling on flights between the islands of Hawaii, surfboards can be substituted for one checked bag at no charge on a one-item-for-one-bag basis. If surfboard exceeds 50 lbs, it will be accepted for an overweight baggage fee of $75 per item each way. Length and width restrictions do not apply.
    • For any flights other than flights between the islands of Hawaii or that exceeds the weight allowance for flights between the islands of Hawaii, surfboards will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge.

    Notes:

    • >Keels and fins must be removed and placed in carryon or checked baggage

    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
    • Make sure to remove or protect your surfboard keels and/or kedges to prevent damage to it and other checked baggage

    Notes:

    • Overweight and oversize fees do not apply to surfboards due to the special charge
    • Additional items packed inside a surfboard case are not considered part of the surfing equipment and additional charges apply
    • A limited liability release will need to be signed

    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.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Swiss Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: $80 - $460

    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 domestic flights: $80
      • For flights within EU: $92
      • For intercontinental flights: $172 (short flight), $230 (medium flight), $287 (long flight)
    • One surfboard (up to 10'3 ft) goes under category 'large' baggage:
      • For domestic flights: $126
      • For flights within EU: $149
      • For intercontinental flights: $287 (short flight), $368 (medium flight), $460 (long flight)
    • If more than one item is transported in the sports baggage, you have to pay the normal rates for excess baggage
    • Swiss does not accept sports equipment of more than 70 lbs (32kgs)

    Notes:

    • For smooth execution please check-in your sports equipment no later than 1 hour before counter closed. In Switzerland and Germany you can also take advantage checking in the night before your flight.
    • Make sure that you pack your sports equipment carefully to ensure that it is not damaged during transportation.
    • London Heathrow Airport (LHR) imposed a ban on the transport of large items of sports baggage. It will no longer be possible to book longboards from/via or to London Heathrow Airport.
    • *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: $150 - $300

    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 for flights to/from USA and Canada.
      • One board up to 2m (6'5 ft) in length: $150
      • One board exceeding 2m (6'5 ft) in length: $300
    • If traveling to / from Australia / New Zealand, only one surfboard is able to include in the baggage allowance. If it exceeds the allowance, the fees above are applied.
    • If the ticket is purchased from TG Japan (Points of sales in Japan/TG document only), one surfboard is free of charge only when it is transported to/from Denpasar Bali (DPS). In case you make a stopover in BKK, you are still entitled for this privilege.

    Notes:

    • Please contact the airline's local reservation offices to insert the details of your sport equipment or special baggage in your booking at least 48 hours prior to flight departure.
    • 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: €30 - €60

    Website: http://www.turkishairlines.com

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Maximum length is 292 cm (115 inches) and width is 60 cm (24 inches)
      • Domestic flights: 59 TRY per piece
      • International flights from/to Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus:
        • North America, South America, South Africa, Commonwealth of Independent States, Far East, Interline - €60
        • Europe, North Africa, Middle East - €30
        • Africa, Asia - €50
    • Board must be packed with its nose and tail covered with bubble wrap or foam plus the sides supported to soften blows in a way to prevent damage and carried in its special bag.
    • Making a reservation entry is REQUIRED.

    Notes:

    • On flights departing from Sao Paulo (SAO) to Singapore (SIN), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Jakarta (CGK), Bangkok (BKK) and Male (MLE), instead of two pieces of baggage weighing 23 kg, you can carry a single piece of baggage weighing 23 kg and up to three surf boards. To use you baggage allowance as such, your surf boards must not exceed 3 m in length and must not weigh more than 23 kg in total. Special fees will be applicable for every additional surf board if more than three boards are carried.
    • Until August 31, 2020, you can carry 1 piece of surfing equipment for free on your trips from Marseilles (MRS) to the Male (MLE) and on the return routes of these trips. Special charges apply if you have more than one piece of surfing equipment or if your trip involves more than a 24-hour stopover at any flight destination.
    • Until May 1, 2020, you can carry 1 set of surfing equipment for free on all flights departing from Bordeaux (BOD) to Colombo (CMB), Mauritius (MRU) or the Male (MLE), and on return flights from these destinations. Special fees will be applicable for the second or more sets of surfing equipment or in case the transit time at Turkey exceeds 24 hours.
    • Until December 31, 2020:
      • You can bring 1 set of surfing equipment with a maximum length of 200 cm for free on all flights departing from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Colombo (CMB) or Male (MLE), and on return flights from these destinations. Special fees will be applicable if the length of your surfboard exceeds 200 cm or for the second or more sets of diving equipment and surfboards, or in case the transit time at Turkey exceeds 24 hours.
      • You can carry your surfing equipment free of charge for all your travels to Denpasar-Bali (DPS) and on the return routes of these trips. In case your have more than 1 surfing equiptment or more than 24 hours stopover in Turkey, special fees apply.
      • You can bring 1 set of surfing equipment for free on all flights departing from Lizbon (LIS), Porto (OPO) to Colombo (CMB), Mauritius (MRU), Male (MLE) Tel Aviv (TLV) and on return flights from these destinations. Special fees will be applicable for the second or more sets of surfing equipment or in case the transit time at Turkey exceeds 24 hours.
    • Sports equipment which exceeds 32 kg must be split across two pieces of baggage, and each piece will be charged separately.
    • On journeys with a stopover, such as Maldives-Colombo or Kilimanjaro-Mombasa, a fee of €30 will be charged

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Transavia Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: €49 per flight

    Website: http://www.transavia.com

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Maximum weight should not exceed 32 kg (70 lbs) and must not be longer than 3.60 metres (11'8 ft)
    • You cannot put any other items, such as clothing, in the bag

    Notes:

    • You need to inform the airline or your travel agency about your special luggage before your flight

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: TUI Airways

    Surfboard Fee: £27 - £32

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

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

    Specifications & Fees

    Price per one way flight:
    • Mainland Spain, Balearics, Portugal, Italy, France, Finland, Switzerland, Iceland, Austria - £27
    • Canary Islands, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Eqypt, Morocco, Malta, Montenegro, Tunisia - £30
    • Long Haul (7+hours) - £32

    Notes:

    • You need to call the airline at least 2 months before you travel on 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: €65 per piece, per route

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

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Board must have a maximum weight of 30 kg
    • If you exceed the quantity or weight limit, you need to pay an excess baggage costs of additional €10 per kg, per route

    Notes:

    • Make sure to register your surfboard through the the airline or call center. If you do not register your board beforehand, it may be refused at check-in or be subject to additional fee of €25.

    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

    • Surfboards must not weigh more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kilograms) and must be packed in appropriate board bags
      • Bags weighing up to 70 lbs (32 kg) are charged up to $100 per bag or item depending on the destination
      • Bags weighing more than 70 lbs (32 kg) but less than 100 lbs (45 kg) are charged up to $200 per bag, depending on the destination
    • For customers traveling to and from California, United will waive oversized bag charges for surfboards. Travelers with a connection through California aren’t eligible.
    • Fin must be removed or well-padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. We’re not liable for damages.

    Notes:

    • Boards and board bags combined weighing more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
    • On United flights, surfboards measuring more than 115 linear inches (292 centimeters) won't be accepted while on United Express flights surfboards measuring more than 80 linear inches (203 centimeters) won't be accepted. These items are also subject to the aircraft's load capacities. When there’s an embargo on excess bags, we won’t accept surfboards, wakeboards and paddleboards, with the exception of surfboards on flights to Costa Rica.
    • You still need to pay service charge at the airport for your sports equipment.
    • *01/20 - Our Wave Tribe bro David comments: "United Airlines has an embargo from June 1 through August holidays or just peak time or anytime they want. No surfboards." We suggest to make sure to double check with the airline.

    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

    • Boards must not larger than 190 cm (6'2 ft) and must not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs) in weight

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Virgin Australia Board Bags Free

    Airline: Virgin Australia

    Surfboard Fee: Free as part of checked baggage

    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

    • If your sporting equipment item exceeds 23 kg (50 lbs), an overweight baggage fee will apply.
    • Sporting equipment must not exceed 32 kg (70 lbs) or maximum dimensions (varies between aircraft types), or they will need to be shipped as freight.
    • Surfboards may only be accepted onboard if packaged in a protective covering, with padded protection around the fin area. Fins be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment.

    Links

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: WestJet

    Surfboard Fee: $100 - $118 + $50 handling fee

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

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards are accepted in checked baggage when less than 9.8 feet (3 metres) long.
    • An oversized baggage fee will apply for each board exceeding 62 inches (5'1 ft). Overweight and oversized bags for all fares cost $100-$118. All applicable oversized, overweight, and extra piece fees will apply.

    Notes:

    • Fins must be removed, be padded, and packed properly to prevent damage to the board.

    Links:

    Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

    Airline: Xiamen Airlines

    Surfboard Fee: 500 CNY - 1000 CNY per piece

    Website: www.xiamenair.com

    Telephone:

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

    Specifications & Fees

    • Surfboards are not included in the free baggage allowance. Charges are calculated based on the actual number and weight of items and the rates specified in Xiamen Airlines Excess Baggage Charges on International and Regional Flights.
      • Extra Piece: 500 CNY - 1,200 CNY for the first piece; 1,500 CNY - 2,400 CNY for the 2nd and each additioanl piece
      • Overweight: 1,000 CNY per piece if between 23kg (50 lbs) - 32kg (70 lbs); 3,000 CNY if between 32kg (70 lbs) - 45kg (99 lbs)
      • Oversized: 1000 CNY per piece if it measures 159cm (5'2 ft) - 300cm (9'8 ft)
    • For routes excluding a US leg, weight must not exceed 32 kg (70 lbs)
    • For routes including a US leg, weight must not exceed 45 kg (99 lbs)

    Notes:

    • The transportation of a single piece of checked baggage with weight exceeding 32 kg but less than 45 kg, or oversized baggage with dimensions exceeding 203 cm but less than 300 cm, requires prior approval from the Xiamen Airlines’ sales department in advance of the scheduled flight by filling out an application form, and such baggage can only be checked with prior approval from Xiamen Airlines

    Links

    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!

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