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Surfboard Airline Fees 2020 | Get The Facts About Surfboard Fees

Airline Boardbag Fee Guide 2020

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

 **Last updated January 2020

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Paying surfboard baggage fees sucks!

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

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

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

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

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


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

Things Get Real With Slater Onboard

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

A few other pro surfers joined in on the discussion:

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

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

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

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

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

"Hawaiian Air Is Blownnnnnnnn" from STAB on Vimeo.

Surfer Friendly Bro Airline - FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Kinda Suck Airline - Over $100

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

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

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

Kook Airlines - Over $150

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

Daddy Warbucks Money - Over $200

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

Can you imagine?

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

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

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Bend You Over Airline

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

  • Qatar Airways ($1750)

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

 

~Derek, Wave Tribe Founder & Your Boardbag Bitch

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

2020 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers

Airline: Aer Lingus

Surfboard Fee: €40 or €50

Website: www.aerlingus.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes

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

Links

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Aeroflot

Surfboard Fee: Free - $150.

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

  • $100 (€50) for 50lbs - 70lbs (23 kg - 32 kg)
  • $150 (€100) for 70lbs - 99lbs (32 kg - 45 kg)
  • $100 (€100) for 5'5ft - 6'6ft (158 cm to 203 cm)
  • $150 or €150 more than 6'6ft (203 cm)
  • $50 or €50 Extra Piece (Second piece)
  • $150 or €150 Third and any additional piece

Notes:

  • Surfboards up to 5'5 ft (168cm) will be considered as one regular baggage piece for any service class, provided that the total weight of the items does not exceed 50 lbs (23kg). Otherwise, you'll be charged with standard excess baggage fees.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas

Surfboard Fee: 100 USD/EURO

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

Telephone: U.S. 1(800)-333-0276 / 1(800)-688-0008.

Email: reserve@us.aerolineas.aero

Europe (Germany tel.) +49 69-2999-2678.

Email: aerolineas@arcor.de

Specifications & Fees

  • South America to the US and vice versa - 100 USD/EURO
  • Only one bag is allowed and surfboard must not exceed 300cm in length

Notes:

  • Surfboards exceeding the maximum length requirement may only be shipped through Aerolineas Cargo. They will not be allowed on your flight.
  • 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 is 45kg(100lbs)
  • Maximum allowed length is 80 inches (including the case) for narrow cabins
  • Maximum allowed length is 115 inches (including case) for wide cabins
  • Fees applied will be per case with each case containing a maximum of 3 surfboards

Notes

  • We recommend that you call Aero Mexico to confirm surfboard fees, and make sure to get the name of the person you're speaking to. Why? Some of our bros have been charged $65 by airline staff at airport check-in, and after they mention phone conversation and employee's name, they change it to $50 (original fee). They'll often try to trick you!
  • *5/2018 Update: Wave Tribe bro Christopher W. said- "Just a heads up that the Aeromexico Board Bag fee is actually $150 in both directions for international flights."
  • *8/2016 Update: Wave Tribe FB friend Valerie A. said- "We flew on AeroMexico to La Saladita. We really liked them! 50.00 per surfboard bag. And they take awesome care of you during the flight. Free Beer!"

Links

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: AirAsia

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

Website: http://www.airasia.com

Telephone: Malaysia +60 085-9999.

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboard (with bag included) should not exceed 109inches in length.
  • Must be packed in a recognized surfboard bag and must not exceed 32 kgs. 

Notes:

  • You can prebook checked in sports equipment at a discounted rate if you book it online. Do it through the manage booking option.
  • Standard rates apply when you check in your equipment at the airport.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Canada

Surfboard Fee: $100

Website: www.aircanada.com

Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

  • The handling fee is $100 plus applicable taxes
  • Must not exceed 115 inches in length
  • Must not exceed 24 inches in width
  • Two handling fees apply for two (2) surfboards packed in the same container.

Notes:

  • 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.

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: 1.5% of your fare. A typical fight to China is around $1000, so you'd be paying over $150.

Website: http://www.airchina.com

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

Specifications & Fees

  • Maximum weight allowed is 50 pounds beyond which the normal flight charge for extra baggage is applicable—if you ride a board smaller than 5' then it goes free. Everything else is calculated based on your ticket price of 1.5% surcharge.

Notes:

  • 08/15- Wave Tribe FB friend Mary reports: "China Air LAX to Bali $150 per board and they open the bag and feel the rails. 4'10 grom board- the same price"

Links

  • Air China baggage allowance info can be checked out in detail here
  • Special Baggage Fees can be downloaded here
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Europa

Surfboard Fee: €150 + 75 + applicable tax

Website: http://www.aireuropa.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-238-7672
  • Spain +34 902-401-501

Specifications & Fees

  • SURFING EQUIPMENT (windsurf, surfboard and kit surf) - surf equipment may consist of a surfboard, mast, sail or a surfboard or kite or parachute, a bar, and a board.
  • Surfing equipment is not included in the baggage allowance.
  • 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: $55 to $150

Website: www.airfrance.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-992-3932
  • France +33 (0)9 69-39-0215
  • UK +44 0871-66-33-777

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard airport, determined according to your trip:
  • €55 ($75)on flights departing from a country outside the Europe,zone 1.
  • €55 ($55)on flights departing from a country outside the Europe, zone 2.
  • €100 ($150)on flights departing from a country within the Europe, zone 3.
  • €100 ($100)on flights departing from a country within the Europe, zone 4.
  • Check out zones.
Notes: Surfboards and long-boards can be transported in the hold with prior authorization by phone from our sales department.

Links

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air India

Surfboard Fee: $200

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

Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-223-7776. Email: eCommerce@airindia.in

Specifications & Fees

The 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. More than 23 kgs up to 32 kgs (51-70 lbs) - USD 100.00 per piece. 3rd and each additional piece upto 50 lbs - USD 200.00 between India and US.

Notes:

Golfing Kit/Surf Boarding equipment – The 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.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Air New Zealand Surfboard Bag FeeAirline: Air New Zealand

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

Website: www.airnewzealand.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-262-1234
  • Baggage Services 1(866)-767-2247
  • 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 its exceeds that the charge is $150 (first bag) or $200 (second bag) for flights originating from USA. Two surfboards can be taken in a single bag.

Notes: Please note there is a maximum weight restriction of 32kg (70lbs) per item and 2 meters (6'5 ft) long. Please contact airline prior to trip for more information. Wave Tribe bro Grant comments: "Air New Zealand charged me $200 on a flight from Auckland to Toronto, Canada. I was not happy as Air New Zealand never used to charge. I complained but they say this is something new. Board bag was a standard 2m or 6’6 length. Wave Tribe FB bro comments: "Just did this to and from NZ. What a nightmare, despite flying with surfboard-friendly NZ air...Board length. I had an 8'5" that would have had to go through cargo for $700 as it was over their 285cm(?) max by a few cm, but I whined my way through. Since it was international and still "oversized", it was $250, then I overpacked it with wetsuits and it pushed the weight limit. They're an awesome airline and I was just appreciative to get the kiwi custom made board home." 

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Pacific (Fiji Airlines)

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $100

Website: www.airpacific.com

Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

  • $50, flights to all destinations (except US/Canada, to and from Australia).
  • $100, flights to US/Canada, to and from Australia

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).

Links:

http://www.fijiairways.com/flight-information/excess-oversized-baggage/
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) 870-0660-2050
  • France +33 08-2502-4202.

Specifications & Fees

Must be under 50 lbs and 98 inches. One board bag allowed free of charge. If it does not exceed 50 lbs (23kg) maximum weight and 8'2 ft (250cm) maximum length. Notes: In all cases, the second piece and/or adding another item of sporting equipment, are subject to published Excess Baggage Charges (Extra Piece/Oversize and/or overweight as applicable)

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: AirTran Airways

Surfboard Fee: $50

Website: http://www.airtran.com

Telephone: US 1(800)-247-8726 or 1(866)-247-2428.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will be accepted for a fee of $50 per item each way when packed in a case designed to prevent damage to surfboards and only upon completion of a Limited Release Tag. Notes: none.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Air Transat

Surfboard Fee: CA $100 per flight segment

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

Telephone: 1(866)-255-4871 

Customer Service: https://www.airtransat.com/en-CA/Travel-information/Customer-service/Contact-us

Specifications & Fees

Dimensions: Maximum 3.65 m (12 feet) long, Weight: Maximum 32 kg (70 lb.)

Notes: none.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Alaska Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $40-$75

Website: www.alaskaair.com

Telephone:

  • US/Canada 1(800)-252-7522
  • UK +44 800-2527-5200
  • France +33 800-2527-5200.

Specifications & Fees

Airline Boardbag Fees One item (two boards per case) may be included as a checked bag

I have always had a great experience flying with Alaska, several times stuffing 3-4 boards in one bag and they never hassled me. One of the most friendly surfer airlines I have flown. We are allowed to fly with two surfboards inside one board bag, 118″ in length (9’8 ft) and pay oversize baggage fee of $75. The 115″ linear measurement, as stated at website, applies for other sporting equipment, not for surfboards. Please mention this to Alaska Air staff at the airport. Notes: Alaska Airlines will accept surfboards as checked baggage provided each piece is properly packed in a soft or hard sided case designed specifically for it.

*Update 8/17: WT FB bro Vinnie P. says "Prices recently dropped on Alaska, check website. Big savings."

*Update 3/16- Wave Tribe FB bro Diego says "It sucks so bad. Alaska only charges $25 US if your board is 7'6 or less."

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Alitalia

Surfboard Fee: $75 to $260 (dependingAll Nippon Airways on destination)

Website: http://www.alitalia.com/ 

Customer Center: https://www.alitalia.com/en_us/support/contact-assistance/customer-center.html 

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-223-5730
  • Italy +39 06-65640
  • France +33 (0) 1-44-94-44 05.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard must be 6'5 to 9'8 ft (200-300 cm) and less than 50 lbs (32 kg).

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

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

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: All Nippon Airways

Surfboard Fee: $150 or $300

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

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

Specifications & Fees

Within 50 pounds the price is $150 or $300 depending on the size:

  • between 50-70 pounds-additional $30;
  • between 70-110 pounds-additional $150;
  • over 110 pounds, $300.
Notes: >Limit length permitted: 9.5 ft

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: American Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150

Website: www.aa.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-433-7300
  • UK +44 (0)844-499-7300
  • France +33 0826-460-950.

Specifications & Fees

No bags greater than 126 inches allowed. For travel to, through or from Brazil the boards must be under 108 inches and your first board is $42.50—additional surfboards are $85. Surfboard fee, $150 regardless of the number of checked bags. Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs. will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Maximum weight and size: 70 lbs and 10'5 ft. Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load factors.

Notes: For travel through, to, and from Brazil, surfboard charge for first board checked is $37.50; any additional surfboards are charged $75.. *Update 9/2015- Wave Tribe's FB friend Cindy said "American Airlines charged my husband $200 one way for his surfboard and it was a Harbour Pope bisect (a board that comes in two pieces). It was within the size limits of a regular bag and just because it was a "surfboard" they charged him. We won't make that mistake again. Not surfer friendly!" *Update 11/2015- Wave Tribe FB bro Eddie said "American Airlines actually charges you $150 each way for a board bag under 70 lbs. Pretty lame."

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: American Eagle

Surfboard Fee: $150

Website: http://www.aa.com/

Telephone: 1-800-535-5225

Specifications & Fees

$150 regardless of the number of checked bags. Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs. will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Through and from Brazil: Surfboard charge for first board checked is $37.50; any additional surfboards are charged $75.00.

Notes: Maximum weight and size: 70lbs and 10.5 ft long.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Asiana Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Complicated

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

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

Specifications & Fees

Depends on the route you are traveling and the departure city. No cost if this is within the limits of the free baggage policy. Bag should not exceed 6'6 ft and 70 lbs. Notes: Talk about complicated policy.

  • Americas Routes
    • 1. Tickets issued from July 1, 2012
      • When the total weight of baggage including the equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance, no extra charges are applied.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, the excess baggage charge per piece is applied.
      • No fee will be charged for baggage that exceeds the size limit.
      • But baggage that exceeds the weight limit of 23 kg will be charged an excess weight fee.
    • 2. Tickets issued before July 1, 2012
      • Transportation is free of charge when the baggage including golf equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, 33% of the applicable excess baggage charge is applied.
  • Non-Americas Routes
    • 1. If you plan to board before March 1, 2015
      • When the total weight of baggage including the equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance, no extra charges are applied.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, the lower amount between the excess baggage charge for 3kg and the regular excess baggage charge for the weight exceeding the free baggage allowance is applied.
    • 2. If you plan to board after March 1, 2015
      • You will have no extra baggage transportation fee to pay when the total weight of your baggage, including ski equipment, does not exceed the free baggage allowance.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, you will be charged either the excess baggage charge calculated according to the following Extra Charge System, or the regular excess baggage charge applied to the weight exceeding the free baggage allowance, whichever is lower.
      • Extra Charge System
        • For ski equipment weighing 12kg or less, the regular excess baggage charge for 3kg over is applied.
        • For ski equipment over 12kg, the weight up to 12kg is calculated as 3kg over, and the weight over 12kg is added to the 3kg to calculate the total excess baggage charge.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Atlantic Southeast - ExpressJet

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.flyasa.com/

Telephone:

  • US 1(404)-856-1000
  • Please try Customer Relations (404)-856-1433

Specifications & Fees

Information is not available on the website and no one taking the call.

Notes: You can follow their partners’ baggage policies. Delta, United, and American Airlines.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Austrian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150

Website: http://www.austrian.com

Telephone: US 1(800)-843-0002. Austria +43 (0)5 1766 1000.

Specifications & Fees

  • Up to 2 meters in length (6.5 ft).
  • Flights within Europe and 3rd countries: €50 or $70 (USD/CAD)
  • Intercontinental flights: €100 or $150 (USD/CAD)

Notes: Try the beer.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Avianca (TACA)

Surfboard Fee: $100-$150

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

Telephone: 1 (800)-284-2622

Contact: 

https://www.avianca.com/us/en/can-we-help-you/

Specifications & Fees

  • They can allow only three boards and it will cost $100 (Cost may vary depending on the destinations)
  • The maximum height they can allow is 12 feet and should be under 70 pounds"

Notes: From Wave Tribe bro, "Dinged and damaged surfboards. No acknowledgment whatsoever from the airline. Please make sure to pack and protect surfboards thoroughly."

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Bahamas Air

Surfboard Fee: $65

Website: www.bahamasair.com

Telephone: US 1 (800)-222-4262. Bahamas 1(242)-702-4140.

Specifications & Fees

Treated as a checked bag, the first bag is free. One board per bag. For international flights:

  • if it's over 50 lbs and under 70, or if it's over 6.2
  • it's $75.If it's over 70 lbs but under 100
  • it's $125. If it's over 62" and 70 lbs, it's $150.
  • For domestic flights & Turks and Caicos, if it's over 62" but under 44 lbs, it's $65.

Can't exceed 100 lbs.

Notes: enjoy the warm water.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Blue Panorama Airlines

Surfboard Fee: € 100

Website: http://www.blue-panorama.it/en/index.html

Telephone: Calling outside of Italy +39 06-98-95-66-77. Italy 06-98-95-66-66. 

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

Specifications & Fees

100 Euros per flight for each surf equipment and snowboard on international flights of the Carrier’s towards Africa, the East, the Caribbean and the Americas, plus, in general, for all intercontinental flights.

Notes: enjoy the pizza.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: British Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free to $60*

Website: www.britishairways.com

Telephone:

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

Specifications & Fees

B.A. will accept surfboards as checked baggage providing they do not exceed the maximum weight restrictions for checked baggage and are 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 ($60).

Notes:  Our Wave Tribe bro, Maurice, comments: The worst is, BA won't allow longboards.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Cathay Pacific

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined*

Website: www.cathaypacific.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-233-2742
  • Hong Kong +852 2747-1888
  • UK +440-20-8834-8888.

Specifications & Fees

Free of charge unless it exceeds weight and length, then fees are applied per kilogram.

Notes: Surfboards are subject to the applicable standard excess baggage charges if in excess of your standard free baggage allowance. 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 airline prior to purchasing ticket, for more information.

Links:

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"

 

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: China Eastern Airlines or Shanghai Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

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

Telephone:

  • U.S. Los Angeles 1(310)-744-8999, 1-626-583-1500. New York 1(212)-685-8685.
  • Paris +33 144860300
  • London +44 207 935 2676
  • China, Shanghai 95530 021-95530

Specifications & Fees

Notes:

Please contact the airline for more info.

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: China Southern

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.csair.com

Telephone: U.S. 1(888)-338-8988, direct call 1(323)-653-8088

Specifications & Fees

NA. Please contact airline

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Condor

Surfboard Fee: $65 to $98

Website: http://www.condor.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(866)-960-7915
  • Rest of the world & Germany +49 (0) 6171-6988920.
  • Email: condorkb@condor.com

Specifications & Fees

  • $65 one-way-short/medium haul flights.
  • $98 one-way/long haul flights.
Notes: Up to 66 lbs (30 kg). Max. dimensions: 13 ft (400cm) length x 27" (70 cm) width x 21" (55 cm) height*.
  • Comprising 1 surfboard (+ 1 mast + 1 sail or 1 board + 1 kite.)
  • Dimension details must be indicated to establish whether and how the item can be carried.
  • The charge does not apply to bodyboards/boogie boards.

Link:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: COPA

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $75

Website: www.copaair.com

Telephone: US 1(800)-359-2672. Panama +507 304-2672.

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards or surfboard bags measuring more than 9'5 ft (292 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage on Copa Airlines flights.
  • Bags containing surfboards weighing more than 70 lb (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked bags.
  • $75 per trip, per bag (two boards per board bag allowed).
  • ($50 to and from Costa Rica and Brazil)

Notes: Copa Airlines will transport a maximum of two surfboards, packed in the same bag, per passenger. Any additional boards must be checked as cargo. Please contact the airline for more information, prior to purchasing a ticket to reserve space for luggage.

*8/2016 Update: Wave Tribe FB bro Mike F. said- "It's worth noting that I just flew Copa from Costa Rica to Panama, then Panama to LAX. They told me it would be $75 for the bag, but then I didn't get charged at all because it was under the weight limit. Possible bro status?"

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Corsairfly

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.corsairfly.com

Telephone:

  • U.S. 1(800)-677-0720
  • France +33 1 7039-2210.

Specifications & Fees

  • NA. Please contact the airline.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Delta Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $100 to $150.

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

Telephone:

  • US 1(404)-209-3434
  • UK +44 871-221-1222
  • Brazil +55 0800-761-7070
  • Spain +34 902-810-872.

Specifications & Fees

$150 (€105) traveling to all regions (excluding Brazil). $100 traveling to/from Brazil. Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Please contact the airline for more information.
  • Surfboards are allowed up to two boards per bag.
  • Bags over 70 lbs. will be charged the excess weight fee ($125 - $200).
  • Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.
  • Surfboards over 9'5 ft are not allowed.

Notes: Please be advised, between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.

*12/2015 Update: Wave Tribe bro Robert says "It looks like Delta Airlines changed their size restriction from a max length of 9’5″ to linear dimensions: Linear dimension (length + width + height) cannot exceed 115 inches (292 cm). We recently had a customer that was refused when she tried to check in a 9’2 board on Delta from Honolulu to France. This was possible before for $150. Now you can only take shortboards, even a small longboard or SUP will be too big for this linear dimension measurement."  

*2/2016 Update: Wave Tribe Facebook bro Jacob said ... "Florida to Puerto Rico on Delta boards were $200. The ticket was free, but I could have taken JetBlue for that price."

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Easyjet

Surfboard Fee: $20-$50

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

Telephone: UK +44 0843-104-5000.France +33 0820-420-315. Rest of the world +44 843 104 5454. 

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

Specifications & Fees

Easyjet people say "Buying weight allowance for sporting goods gives you a 12kg extra weight allowance. You must be traveling with sports equipment (as listed in the booking process), although the exact weight distribution between items doesn’t matter. For example, one passenger traveling buys a bag and an additional sporting allowance. This gives an allowance of 2 items (which must include 1 sporting item), at a total weight of 5o lbs (32kg). However, if the sporting item is 40 lbs (18kg) and the bag is 30 lbs (14kg) then that’s fine with us! Two passengers are traveling with one hold bag and two pieces of sports equipment. This gives an allowance of 3 items (which must include 2 sporting items), at a total weight of 97 lbs (44kg). The exact distribution of weight between baggage items doesn’t matter, subject to the maximum weights detailed above for health and safety reasons."

Notes: You can usually add a surfboard to your ticket for a reasonable price.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: El Al

Surfboard Fee: $70

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

Telephone: U.S. 1(800)-223-6700. 

Contact: https://app.elal.co.il/ElalServiceContactUs?lang=en

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards can be flown as part of your baggage allowance.
  • Up t0 33 lbs, 4.6ft: $70.
  • Between 35-70 lbs, 4.6 to 6.6ft: ($70 Europe. $210 rest of the world.)
  • Between 71-110 lbs, 6.6 to 9ft: $210.

Notes: where you going?

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: EgyptAir

Surfboard Fee: Surfboards not allowed. They need to go as cargo.

Website: http://www.egyptair.com

Telephone: US 1(212)-581-5600. UK +44 0844-822-1110. France +33 1-4494-8500.

Specifications & Fees

If you are carrying special sporting items, EGYPTAIR applies special excess baggage rates to these items. The following special baggage will be checked as cargo and should not be packed in sporting travel cases: Bike-Tandem, Bulk baggage, Hang Gliders,Kayaks, Surfboard :(

Notes: check out the temples

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Emirates

Surfboard Fee: Emirates the policy in 2015. It is now a maximum of 300cm on the L + W + H. If you are more than that, your board bag will have to go directly on fret.

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. 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."

Links: http://www.emirates.com/au/english/plan_book/essential_information/baggages/extra_checked_baggage_allowances.aspx

*1/19 Update: WT bro Andy said: "Emirates is free too up to 30kg and 3 meters from the UK."

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Etihad Airways Board Bags Free to TahitiAirline: Etihad Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: http://www.etihadairways.com

Telephone: US 1(877)- 690-0767. UK +44 845-6081225

Specifications & Fees

Eithad 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 30 kg (66 pounds)

Notes: Please contact airline before flight.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: EVA Air

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.evaair.com

Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-695-1188. UK +44 20-7380-8300. France +33 1-4143-9111. Taiwan +886 3-3510022.

Specifications & Fees

The baggage allowance depends on the airport and destination. Two allowance systems are in use. Different regulations and charges apply to special baggage, e.g. golf clubs, surfboards, windsurfing equipment, etc. Please contact EVA AIR reservations 24 hours prior to your departure. Notes: Please be very cautious when traveling with your surfboard with Eva Air. They might give you confusing information and charge you more than the established fees. On the phone they will give you an amount to pay and at the airport another one on top of that.

 

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: ExpressJet

Surfboard Fee: $150 (Approx.)

Website: http://www.expressjet.com/

Telephone: US 1(404)-856-1000. Customer Relations 1(404)-856-1433.

Specifications & Fees

Express jet operates on behalf of continental airlines and United Airlines, so the baggage rules applies by Continental and United. Surfboards are allowed but for certain costs.

Notes: none.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Finnair

Surfboard Fee: $0 to $200

Website: http://www.finnair.com

Telephone: US 1(800)-950-5000. Finland & Europe+358 600-140-140. 

Customer Care: https://www.finnair.com/pt-en/customer-care-and-contact-information

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards with a maximum length of 190 cm (6'2 ft) and a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs) are considered standard baggage.
  • If the baggage allowance does not exceed, no extra charge applies.
  • If a surfboard exceeds the maximum measurements 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm (6'2ft x 29" x 25"), a charge of €150 or $200 USD/CAD is collected at the airport.
  • For carrying windsurfing boards, canoes, and kayaks, an extra charge of €150 or $200 USD/CAD is always collected at the airport.
Notes: surfing in Finland?

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: First Choice Airways

Surfboard Fee: £35 to £60

Website: http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/

Telephone: UK +44 0871-200-7799 or +44 0871-231-4691 

Support: https://www.firstchoice.co.uk/holiday/info/customer-welfare/

Specifications & Fees

For Surfboards/Windsurfers/Kitesurfers/Paragliders/Canoes.
  • Short-haul - £35 return
  • Mid haul - £45 return
  • Long haul - £60 return

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Frontier Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $20-$75

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

Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-432-1359.

Specifications & Fees

$20 up to 11 feet and 50 lbs overweight charges $75. It cannot exceed 99lbs. Some checked items, such as surfboards will be charged a fixed handling fee because of size, fragility, or other handling requirements while others may be checked in lieu of one of your checked bags. If you plan to travel with a surfboard, please contact Frontier Airlines directly to confirm packing regulations and fees. The following limits for length apply based on aircraft type:
  • Airbus 319/320: 15 ft
  • Airbus 318: 11 ft
  • Embraer 190: 8 ft
  • Limited liability, unless packaged in a hard-sided case.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Garuda Indonesia

Free within the limits of free baggage policy.

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

Telephone: US 1(800)-342-7832. Call Center at +62 80-4180-7807 (Within Indonesia region only) or +62 21-2351-9999. Email: lax@garudana.com

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: Maximum weight permitted 33lbs (15 kilos).

Links:

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: GOL

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.voegol.com

Telephone: US & Canada 1(855)-862-9190. Other countries +598 2403-8007 (24 hrs, Uruguay tel.)

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards, bodyboards, skateboards, skis, bowling balls, and other equipment must be transported inside cases designed for their transportation or in their original packaging. Balls must be deflated. If the equipment is not appropriately packaged according to the stipulations listed above, airline employees are authorized to refuse to transport the items. Note: Baggage whose linear measurements exceed 158 cm (5.2 ft) or weigh more than 32 kg (70 lbs.) per item will not be accepted, not even as excess baggage.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Gulf Air

Surfboard Fee: NA

Website: http://www.gulfair.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(888)-359-4853
  • Bahrain +973 1737-3737
  • UK+44 08-44-493-1717
  • France +33 4952-4141

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: Please contact the airline for more info.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Hainan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Each charging standard unit is $110.

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

Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

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

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

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Hawaiian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $35 to $150.

Website: www.hawaiianairlines.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-367-5320
  • UK +44 0-4208-133-0718
  • Australia +61 1800-188-371

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will not be included in determining the free baggage allowance and will be subject to the following charges each:
  • Domestic flights, to neighbor island $35;
  • Between North America and Hawaii $100;
  • Between Contine
  • ntal USA $100.
International flights:
  • $150, between Hawaii/North America and Japan, Korea, Taiwan or China;
  • $150, between Hawaii/North America and Australia;
  • $150, for any other international travel.

Exception: For travel between USA and Australia or New Zealand, boards will be included in the free baggage allowance when travel is non-stop, direct and/or connecting Service. Boards in excess of the free baggage allowance and/or when en route stopover exceeding 24 hours occurs, will always be subject to the applicable baggage charges. Maximum weight for Surfboards is 23 kgs. or 50 lbs. Maximum length 9'5 ft.

Notes: Fin must be removed or well padded. The entire board must be protected by a suitable container. Limit of two boards per container. The charge will be assessed per container.

Wave Tribe bro David comments: "Just FYI… Hawaiian allows one free board bag on flights between the USA and Australia/New Zealand. Though if you are flying on one of these flights it’s helpful to screenshot this page from their website as many agents do not know this: http://help.hawaiianairlines.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/90 "

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Iberia

Surfboard Fee: €150

Website: www.iberia.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-772-4642
  • Spain +34 902-400-500
  • UK +44 0-870-609-0500
  • France +33 0-825-800-965

Specifications & Fees

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

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

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Indian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.airindia.in 

Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(800)-180-1407
  • USA toll free 1(800)-223-7776
  • UK +44 207-760-3290.

Customer Care: http://www.airindia.in/contact-details.htm

Specifications & Fees

Notes: go to Sri Lanka bro, good waves there.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Interjet Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Interjet

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: interjet.com.mx

Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: add a corona.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Iran Air

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

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

Telephone: London +44 020 8741 8000. Iran +98 (21)4662-4255.

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

Specifications & Fees

Notes: no surf in Iran bro.

Links:

  • http://www.iranair.com/
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Japan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $150

Website: www.jal.com

Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(800)-525-3663 or1(310)-643-1596.
  • Japan +81 0570-025-121
  • UK +44 0844-8-569-700
  • France +33 0810-747-700.

Specifications & Fees

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

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

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Jet Airways

Surfboard Fee: $50 if its exceeds the weight of the free check-in baggage.

Website: http://www.jetairways.com/

Telephone: 1(877)-835-9538

Specifications & Fees

The maximum size of a surfboard allowed is 5'2 ft, 50 lbs. 

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Jet Blue

Surfboard Fee: $50
Website: www.jetblue.com
Telephone:
  • US 1(800)-538-2583
  • All other countries 1(801)-449-2525.

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: One surfboard per case. Items weighing more than one hundred pounds (100 lbs) will not be accepted as checked baggage. We recommend that surfboards travel in a hard-sided (rather than soft-sided) case to prevent damage. Wave Tribe bro Jake comments: They literally charged me TO THE PENNY when returning to NY from Puerto Rico. Said they wouldn’t put my bag on the plane. They charged per board and luckily only saw 2, I had 3.

 *2/16 Update: Wave Tribe FB friend Jon said: "JetBlue isn't $50 as they hide an extra $25 charged additionally as "first bag fee",' so plan on $75 per board each way

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: JetStar

Surfboard Fee: Free*
Telephone:
  • US 1(866)-397-8170
  • Australia & other countries +61 (613)-9645-5999.

Specifications & Fees

Weight and size must not exceed 50 lbs (32 kg) and 6'2 ft (domestic flights & short-haul international) and 9'0 ft (international long-haul); or else excess baggage will be applied.
Notes: Please contact the airline for more details. Checked baggage fees are usually applied anyways and might vary.

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Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: KLM

Surfboard Fee: $55 to $150 (depending on destination)
Website: www.klm.com Telephone:
  • US & Canada 1(866)-434-0320 or 1(800)-618-0104
  • UK +44 (0) 871-231-0000. France +33 (0)9-6936-8605
  • Germany +49 01806-254-750.

Specifications & Fees

You can bring a surfboard of max. 42" (107cm) instead of a suitcase or instead of an extra suitcase bought in advance. Larger surf equipment can only be taken at a special fee. Fees for surfboards between 42" to 9'8 ft ( 107 and 300 cm) in length, max. 50 lbs (23 kg):
  • Within the Netherlands, $55.
  • Within Europe. Within Europe and North Africa, Israel, and other parts of Middle East, $55.
  • Within Europe and United States/Canada, rest of Middle East, India, $100. (When departing from United States, $150)
  • The rest of the world, $100.
Notes: Please contact KLM telephone reservations prior to trip. You always need to reserve for any type of surf equipment. Wave Tribe bro comments: "KLM high prices and for not taking any responsibility in case the boards get damaged. The damage may occur, once the equipment is inspected and not left the way it was packed.
*9/2015~ Wave Tribe bro SurfKaravaan reports~ "Surfboards free of charge." Check their dedicated website: https://surf.klm.com/#!/destinations
*11/2015~ Wave Tribe bro Roy reports~ "KLM does not charge anymore , you can bring your surfboard instead of a suitcase, or as an extra bag..."

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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 1(800)-438-5000. UK +44 0-800-413-00.

Specifications & Fees

Maximum weight & length allowed, 70lb (32kg) and 9'0 ft (277cm). Take precautions when packing surfboards. Fins should be detached and thereafter boards safely enclosed in suitable bags. The surfboard will be charged per bag (or container). Korean Air assumes no liability for damage to sports equipment that is not contained in a hard-sided case designed for shipping with protective internal material. Notes: Up to $200 if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: LAN Chile

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.lan.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(866)-435-9526
  • Chile +56 600-526-2000
  • France +33 082-123-1554.
  • UK +44 845-098-0140.

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: beautiful flight attendants.

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Lufthansa

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150

Website: www.lufthansa-usa.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-645-3880.
  • Germany +49 69-86-799-799
  • UK +44 871-945-9747
  • France +33 892-231-690

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: safest airline with good service.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Malaysian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Varies

Website: www.malaysiaairlines.com

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-552-9264
  • UK +44 (0) 20-7341-2022
  • France +33 0892-35-0810.

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: hot chicks.

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

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Mesa Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $35

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

Telephone: 1(602)-685-4000

Email: customercare@iflygo.com

Specifications & Fees

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

Airline: Mexicana

Surfboard Fee: $75

Website: www.mexicana.com

Telephone: US 1(888)-882-9994, 1(877)-801-2010.

Specifications & Fees

One-way per bag, Max 8'3 ft. Notes: Please call Mexicana Airlines, for more information.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Monarch Airlines

Surfboard Fee: £35 / €44 per item, per sector.

Website: http://www.monarch.co.uk/

Telephone: Calling from inside & outside the UK +44 8719-40-50-40.

Contact form: http://www.monarch.co.uk/contact-us/flights

Specifications & Fees

These fees can only be booked at the airport.

Notes: butterfly.

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Northwest Airlines (Delta)

Surfboard Fee: $100 to $150.

Website: www.nwa.com

Telephone: US 1(404)-209-3434. UK +44 871-221-1222. Brazil +55 0800-761-7070. Spain +34 902-810-872.

Specifications & Fees

$150 (€105) traveling to all regions (excluding Brazil). $100 traveling to/from Brazil.
  • Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Please contact the airline for more information.
  • If the surfboard is not in a protective case, you must fill out a liability form before the surfboard will be accepted. (Click on the link below)
  • Surfboards are allowed up to two boards per bag.
  • Bags over 70 lbs. will be charged the excess weight fee ($125 - $200).
  • Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.
  • Surfboards over 9'5 ft are not allowed.
Notes:
  • Please be advised, between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Oman Air Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Oman Air

Surfboard Fee: Free

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

Telephone: US 1(201)-205-2115.

Specifications & Fees

Sporting Equipment as listed below may be accepted for carriage as checked-in baggage and as part of passenger’s standard baggage allowance. If the free baggage allowance (FBA) is exceeded, normal excess baggage charges apply.Specifications & Fees
  • Wind Surf Boards
  • Surf Boards
  • Kite Surfing Equipment
  • Body Boards
  • Pole Vault
  • Kayaks

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

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

Links:

http://www.omanair.com/en/travel-info/baggage-services
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Pakistan International Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

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

Telephone: 24 hr contact number +92 111-786-786.

Email: info@piac.aero

Specifications & Fees

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Philippine Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150.00

Website: www.philippineairlines.com/

Telephone:

  • USA and Canada 1(800)-435-9725
  • Australia 1-300-888-725.

Specifications & Fees

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

Notes: Exception: For travel between Australia and Philippines, surfboards shall only be accepted if enclosed in a surfboard bag that must not exceed 70lbs in weight and 9ft in length. Board can be included in the free baggage allowance. The number of surfboards can be more than one, but must not exceed 70lbs. When the combined weight of the board exceeds the free baggage allowance, normal excess baggage rates shall apply.

**Our Wave Tribe bro Tim, comments: Flew with Philippine Airlines from Bali to Shanghai via Manila. They charged me 33USD/Kilo. He had 13kgs! Their surfboard policy only stands for some destination, make sure you don’t get screwed like he did

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Oman Air Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Qantas

Surfboard Fee: Free*

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

Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-227-4500
  • Australia +61 13 13 13
  • UK +44 208-600-4300.
  • France +33 01-5732-9283

Specifications & Fees

To carry a surfboard as baggage, fins must be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment or taped to the board. Qantas Check-in will attach a Fragile tag to the bag and you must complete and sign the limited release portion of the baggage tag. Australian and International routes:
  • Surfboard accepted enclosed in a board bag, should not exceed 70 lb (32kg) in weight and 9'0 ft (277cm) in length.
  • Any additional bags will each be assessed at the Airport Excess Baggage rates.
  • You can pre-purchase Additional Baggage Allowance at lower rates than Airport Excess Baggage rates.
Notes: $150, if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination.

Links:

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

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

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

Website: http://www.qatarairways.com Telephone:
  • US 1(877)-777-2827 or 1(954)-745-0380
  • UK +44 (0)33-3320-2454
  • France +33 1-70-95-05-80.
The board needs to be less than 9'8 ft (3 meters) and 50 lbs (23kg). If this is exceeded, a fee will be applied and boy it is a doozy.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard Fee: On Qatar Airlines right now it is not free, and it will cost 1250$ for a board bag up to 300cm if you travel to Denpasar from Europe so please change what it write on your site and check on the Qatar site.
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." 
Telephone: US 1(800)-344-67 26

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard allowed, 80 euros each way for a minimum weight of 66lbs (30 kgs), 6'6 ft (2 meters).
Notes: royal with cheese
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Ryanair

Surfboard Fee: €50 to €60 (depending on advanced purchase or at airport)
Telephone: UK +44 0-871-246-0000. France +33 0892-562-150. Rest of the world+44 871-246-0002.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards, among other sporting equipment, are inherently unsuitable for carriage by airlines operating fast turnarounds such as Ryanair. However, these items may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) per item upon payment of a discounted online fee of £50/€50 per item, per one way flight. If the item is purchased at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre a higher fee of £60/€60 per item/per one way flight will apply). Any sporting and musical item weighing over the 44 lbs (20 kg) allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo.
Notes: *Useful surfers' tips who have flown with Ryanair: http://community.magicseaweed.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=35970

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: S7 Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.
Telephone: Russia +7 (495) 777-9999.

Specifications & Fees

Notes: Please contact airline*

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Saudi Arabian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150-$300*
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-472-8342, 1(571)-722-1800.

Specifications & Fees

Saudi Arabian Airlines accept Sporting equipment and musical instruments as checked baggage if it is properly packed or inserted in special bags and its weight shall be counted as a part of free checked baggage allowance, in case the weight is more than the free baggage allowance excess baggage charge shall be collected as Saudi policy. Most likely surfboards will fly as excess baggage. Please read the dimensions and weight allowed.
Notes: The standard dimensions for all bags from/to USA and Canada should not exceed 5'10 ft or 70 lbs. The standard dimensions for all bags to other destinations, except USA and Canada, should not exceed 6'7 ft or 70 lbs

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Scandinavian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Domestic:€120/$175 ($160), Europe & Scandinavia: €180/$260 ($240), Between Europe and Asia/USA: €250/$325 (***$345)
Telephone:
  • U.S. Customer contact 1(800)-221-2350
  • International 1-201-896-3600

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are only be accepted on certain aircraft types and specific dimensions apply per aircraft type. Please contact your travel agent for details. The board must be checked in no later than 2 hours before departure and you must notify SAS in advance. If the board exceeds the limits for the specific aircraft type, it must be sent as cargo.
Notes: Surfboards/kiteboards The maximum length allowed is 6.5 ft

Links:

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Shenzhen Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.
Telephone: 400-88-95080
Email: wm@shenzhenair.com

Specifications & Fees

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

Singapore Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Singapore Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free*
Telephone:
  • US 1(800)-742-3333
  • UK +44 020-8961-6993
  • France +33 0-821-230-380.
  • Singapore +65 6223-8888.
Customer Service: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/contact-us/

Specifications & Fees

As part of your two bag limit. After two boards it's $109 each way going from US to Singapore (other destinations may vary). Excess baggage charges will apply if your sporting equipment and your other check-in baggage exceed the free baggage allowance.
Notes: For travel to/from US/Brazil, most sporting equipment is treated as one piece of baggage. Canoes (per unit) are treated as two pieces of baggage. Our Wave Tribe bro Joao comments: I already traveled a few times with Singapore, and they are fully free and recommendable. About board sizes, never had any problem with Singapore.
Links: http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/travel-information/baggage-outsize/
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: SkyWest Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $20
Telephone:
  • US or Canada 1(800)-335-2247
  • Other Locations +1 (281)-821-3256.

Specifications & Fees

Transportation of surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, skis, snowboards, archery equipment, and fishing equipment is charged at a flat rate of $20 per item. No more than two surfboards may be included in any one pack. Each pack must not weigh more than 70lbs (32kg). Please note: Carriage of surfboards is subject to space availability. - Confirmed on calling.
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

South African Airlines Free Board bag FeeAirline: South African Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free
Website: www.flysaa.com
Telephone:
  • US 1(800)-722-9675
  • South Africa +27 86-135-9722
  • Rest of the world +27 11-978-5313.
  • UK +44 0844-375-9680
  • France +33 0825-800969.

Specifications & Fees

South African Airlines will allow a surfboard as an additional piece, not exceeding 50 lbs (23 kg) and 6'5 ft (200 cm), free of charge per passenger.
Notes:  A surfboard bigger than 6'5 ft (200 cm), to be accepted strictly as cargo.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Southwest Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $75
Telephone: US & rest of the world 1(800)-435-9792.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge. Notes: Overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 5'1 ft but not more than 6'6 ft (e.g.; surfboards) will be accepted for overweight and oversize baggage fee of $75 per item.

Links

Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Spanair

Surfboard Fee: $50
Telephone: U.S. 1(888)-545-5757. Spain +34 97-191-6036 and +34 90-213-1435.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard allowed (if ticket purchased in the airport or the call center) Notes: Please contact the airline for more info.
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Spirit Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $100
Website: www.spirit.com
Telephone: US/Canada 1(801)-401-2200.

Specifications & Fees

Maximum two surfboards in one bag, $100 each way. Notes: You can bring your surfboard as checked baggage on your next trip for an extra charge ($100 each way). Please make sure to remove or protect your surfboard keels and/or kedges to prevent damage to it and other checked baggage. To save you more, you can put up to 2 similar items in a case together for the same price. Don’t worry - overweight and oversize fees do not apply to surf equipment. To add surf equipment to your reservation, please contact one of our reservation centers or visit a Customer Service Agent at the airport. *A limited liability release will need to be signed when traveling with surf equipment.
Links: http://www.spirit.com/OptionalFees.aspx#baggage-fees
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: SriLankan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free*
Telephone: US 1(732)- 205-0017. UK +44 0330-808-0800. France +33 9751-81999
Customer Support: https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/flying-with-us/contact-us

Specifications & Fees

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

Airline: Swiss Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150 (€50 to €100)
Telephone: US 1(877)-359-7947. UK +44 845-601-0956. France +33 (0)892-232-501.

Specifications & Fees

One surfboard (up to 6'5 ft) goes under category 'normal baggage: For flights within EU: $70 (€50) For intercontinental flights: $150 (€100) *Swiss does not accept sports equipment of more than 70lbs (32kgs). Notes: For smooth execution please check-in your sports equipment no later than 1 hour before counter closing. In Switzerland and Germany you can also take advantage checking in the night before your flight. *Swiss Air might charge more at airport. Please print page with fees to show airline staff, and make sure they don't charge more than necessary.
Links: https://www.swiss.com/ch/EN/prepare/baggage
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: TAM Linhas Aereas

Surfboard Fee: Free to $75
Telephone: US 1(888)- 235-9826. UK +44 (0)20-8741-2005. France +33 (0)1535-3800. Rest of the world 786-972-3060

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard with a maximum length of 8'9 ft (274 cm) and 50 lbs (32 kg); can be included in Passenger’s Luggage allowance. The number of boards shall not exceed 3 (notwithstanding the number of cases). When applied, an excess-luggage fee of US$75.00 will be charged, and the correct packing of these items will be the total responsibility of the passenger.
Links:
Website: www.flytap.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-221-7370. UK +44 (0) 845-601-0932. 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

Fee per one way trip:  Domestic flights, €35. - Europe, Morocco & Algeria flights, €50. - Intercontinental flights (to Sal, Praia, Sao Vicente, Dakar, Bamako, Accra, Bissau and Sao Tome) €75 - Other intercontinental flights, €90. 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.
*Update 1/2016~ Wave Tribe bro Matt said: The info for TAP Portugal needs an update: Boards (up to 200 cm): Domestics, Europe, Morocco and Algeria: EUR 50; Intercontinental Flights: EUR 100 
Links: https://www.flytap.com/en-pt/baggage 
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Thai Airways

Surfboard Fee: $60 to $119
Telephone: US 1(800)-426-5204. UK 0844-561-0911. France +33 1-5568-8070.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will not be included in the free baggage allowance. One board not exceeding 9'0 ft (277 cm) at 50% of excess baggage charge: $60 Any surfboards exceeding 9'0 ft (277 cm) will be charged the full excess baggage fee: $119 A second surfboard shall be charged at the full excess baggage rate: $119
Notes: Please Contact Thai directly for more specific information. *Thai 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: Thomas Cook (UK)

Surfboard Fee: £40 short haul/short haul plus, £60 long haul
Telephone: US 1(800)-432-1359. Denmark +45 3247 7200. UK +44 0871-895-0038.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are charged at £40 short haul/short haul plus and £60 long haul for the return trip. 
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Thomsonfly

Surfboard Fee: "For Surfboards Short haul - £35 return. Mid haul - £45 return. Long haul - £60 return
Telephone: UK +44 0844-871-1603

Specifications & Fees

You can take sports equipment on your flight with us, providing you contact us two months before on 0871 231 4787 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) and pre-book the carriage of these items. Space in our aircraft is limited, so if you do not pre-book carriage
Links:
Telephone: US 1(800)-875-8875. France +33 825-800-902

Specifications & Fees

For sports equipment that are in excess of the 70lbs (32 kg) weight limit, a fee will be charged. Please contact airline.
Notes: Please contact airline for more info.
Telephone: US 1(877)-747-1191. Russia +7 (495) 788 8080

Specifications & Fees

*70 pounds of weight allowed but if exceeded $50 is charged. Surfing equipment weighing up to 44 lbs, with dimensions of 6.2 ft x 2.4 ft x 2.1, for one passenger in addition to the free baggage allowance:
  • Surfboard
  • Fixations
  • Wet suit
  • Pair of boots
  • Other accessories.
Links: http://transaero.ru/en/info-and-services/baggage/Sportsoutfit
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Transavia Airlines

Surfboard Fee: 40 euros per flight.
Telephone: UK +44 0906-6800065. France +33 0892-058888. Rest of the world +35 2-270-027-28.

Specifications & Fees

Confirm before 72 hours. Notes: *Our buddy Bill shared this info with us: It's €40 per board per single journey. The most annoying part I recon is the sentence: "if the surfboard/waveboard, etc. is packed in a bag, you are now allowed to add clothes and/or any other items to this." The word "now" was confusing for me because at the hang glider it says: " if your hang-glider is packed in a bag, you may not add clothes and/or any other items to this." So I called them and they told me that its a mistake on the website, it must be "not" instead of "now". Imagine standing there with your board bag stuffed... Meaning that you need to pay €80 just to bring your board, but what if you are a windsurfer (add boom+mast is a separate €40 each way) or kitesurfer? You need to bring it separately and the prices for check-in luggage is excluded from the ticket price: KG price 15 kg € 15 20 kg € 20 25 kg € 25 30 kg € 35 40 kg € 45 50 kg € 75 Links:
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: TUIfly

Surfboard Fee: $40*
Telephone: Germany +49 0180-6000-120.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards up to a maximum weight of 66 lbs (30 kilo), can be carried for an administration fee (per item, per flight segment) of USD $40 / €25 / £20, on international flights. Notes: *Our Wave Tribe bro Stift comments: One Kitepack, also above 140 cm (55") will be charged with 65 Euro. I can´t post a source, because you need to have a flightnumber to get the price. From 01/05/2014 you get only one piece of luggage with 15 kg (33 lbs) for free.
Links:
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: United Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $100 to $200.
Website: www.united.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-864-8331. UK +44 0845-607-6760. France +33 01-71-23-03-3.

Specifications & Fees

United Airlines will accept one surfboard or one surfboard bag containing up to four boards per customer as checked baggage, weighing 50 pounds or less for a service charge fee of $100 (each way) for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 (each way) for all other travel. This service charge is in addition to any excess and overweight baggage charges that may apply.
Notes: Boards and board bags combined weighing more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage. The fin must be removed or well-padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. United is not liable for damages. An excess valuation cannot be purchased for a surfboard.
Links: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/sports.aspx
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: US Airways (American) 

Surfboard Fee: $200
Telephone: US & rest of the world 1(800)-428-4322. Travel agent help desk 1(800)-231-3131.

Specifications & Fees

"Surfboards will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per direction. One item of surfing equipment consists of 1 surfboard. When packaging a surfboard, keels and/or kedges must be removed or crated in such a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage. Surfboards will be accepted on US Airways Express flights. However, their acceptance may be restricted by length on some aircraft. A US Airways Reservation agent can provide additional information."
Links:
Telephone: 1(800)-468 2744

Specifications & Fees

Under 109", $42.50 per board each way, Over 109", $85 per board each way.  Links: http://www.surfline.com/travel/story_assets/2005_11_03_boardbag/bamp.cfm
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Virgin Atlantic

Surfboard Fee: Free
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-862-8621. UK headquarters +44 0844-209-7777.

Specifications & Fees

Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 9'0 ft (277 cm) and must not exceed 50 lbs (23 kg) in weight.
Links: http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/us/en/travel-information/baggage/sports-equipment.html
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Virgin Blue

Surfboard Fee: $40 - $60. *Free as part of checked baggage. Check the dimensions and weight allowance below.
Telephone: US 1(855)- 253-8021. UK +44 0800-051-1281. Rest of the world +61 7-3295-2296.

Specifications & Fees

Sporting equipment can be accepted as checked baggage. The maximum dimensions for sporting equipment are as follows. Weight: 70 lbs Height: 38 inches Length: 9 ft Width: 32 inches Each piece of sporting equipment will count towards your piece allowance, with each item classified as one piece.
Notes:
*Our Wave Tribe bro Tom comments: I know Virgin America charges $75 and so does SouthWest.
*Update 11/2015- Wave Tribe FB bro John says: "Virgin Australia is free" 
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: WestJet

Surfboard Fee: $20 to $50
Telephone: 1(888)-937-8538.

Specifications & Fees

Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Surfboards and windsurfers will be accepted in checked baggage when under 9.8 feet (3 metres) long. All boards must have the fin removed, be padded, and packed properly to prevent damage to the board, sail and other baggage.
Notes: $20 dollars as it counts as second item. $50 dollars, as a third item.
Links: http://www.westjet.com/guest/en/travel/basics/baggage/sport-equipment.shtml
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

Airline: Xiamen Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.
Telephone: China +86 592-2226666
Customer Care: https://www.xiamenair.com/en-cn/Abouts/Contact_Us.html

Specifications & Fees

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

Airline: XL Airways UK

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.
Telephone: U.S. 1(877)-496-9889. France +33 (0)9 69 32 09 12. Rest of the world +33 3 22 19 25 04.
Email: info@xl.com

Specifications & Fees

Notes: surfboards need pre-approval from Prepa Voyage department mandatory 
Airline Surfboard Baggage Fee Guide

BOARD BAG GUIDE FOR TRAVELERS

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

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

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

They can occasionally disappear.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great trip!

    100 Responses

    elana vollen

    elana vollen

    December 21, 2018

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

    Richard Bolton

    Richard Bolton

    December 07, 2018

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

    Damien

    Damien

    November 30, 2018

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

    Damien

    Damien

    November 30, 2018

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

    J

    J

    November 16, 2018

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

    Okinawa Joe

    Okinawa Joe

    October 19, 2018

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

    Okinawa Joe

    Okinawa Joe

    October 19, 2018

    Mahalo for keeping the airline industry accountable!

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

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

    Jack

    Jack

    October 12, 2018

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

    jansen

    jansen

    June 29, 2018

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

    Adam Swope

    Adam Swope

    May 11, 2018

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

    Matt Borax

    Matt Borax

    April 03, 2018

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

    Simon Tomlinson

    Simon Tomlinson

    February 22, 2018

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

    Ian Perdikomatis

    Ian Perdikomatis

    November 22, 2017

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

    Thanks
    Ian

    Andrew Burton

    Andrew Burton

    February 13, 2017

    Thanks for the great specification of all airlines.

    Philip

    Philip

    November 09, 2016

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

    Roland

    Roland

    August 21, 2016

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

    Michelle

    Michelle

    April 29, 2016

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

    John

    John

    February 28, 2016

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

    Jeremy

    Jeremy

    February 26, 2016

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

    Whatever happened to that online petition to the airlines?

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    kAi

    kAi

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Marcus

    Marcus

    February 15, 2016

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

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    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Have an awesome trip.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Will

    Will

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    jackie

    jackie

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    lewis

    lewis

    February 15, 2016

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

    Andy

    Andy

    February 15, 2016

    Airline: Qatar Airways
    Surfboard Fee: Free

    Will

    Will

    February 15, 2016

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

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    Jeff

    Jeff

    February 15, 2016

    Let’s work on trying to change this!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe Freak

    Jeff

    Jeff

    February 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

    Step 4 get the press involved

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    TIjer

    TIjer

    February 15, 2016

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

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    jim mincher

    jim mincher

    February 15, 2016

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

    rm

    rm

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Grant Kennedy

    Grant Kennedy

    February 15, 2016

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

    rle

    rle

    February 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Jake.

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Jake

    Jake

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Damn, Thanks rm.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Great advice Joao, we’ll update the list.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    David

    David

    February 15, 2016

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

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

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

    Joao

    Joao

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Nice Dave, great update for Hawaiian.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks bro, longboarders are people too!

    Derek, Wave Tribe

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    Maurice

    Maurice

    February 15, 2016

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

    Tom O'Brien

    Tom O'Brien

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    I never had Virgin open my bags.

    ~ Derek, Wave Tribe

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    zoya ali

    zoya ali

    February 15, 2016

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

    stift

    stift

    February 15, 2016

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

    Tom O'Brien

    Tom O'Brien

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks!

    jet longboards

    jet longboards

    February 15, 2016

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

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    February 15, 2016

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

    Richard

    Richard

    February 15, 2016

    Hi guys,

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

    Have fun!

    Richard

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    John that’s great feedback.

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

    Derek, WT

    Johan Israelsson

    Johan Israelsson

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks, we sure appreciate that!

    Alé, Wave Tribe Team

    Tim

    Tim

    February 15, 2016

    Flew with Philippine Airlines from Bali to Shanghai via Manila.

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

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

    molina

    molina

    February 15, 2016

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

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    Ben

    February 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Scott

    Scott

    February 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

    Scott

    Scott

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Tim.

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Evan

    Evan

    February 15, 2016

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

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    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Brandon.

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

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

    Derek

    Brandon

    Brandon

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks bro, stoked you found it helpful.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    trevor

    trevor

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Alé
    Wave Tribe Team

    Lanze

    Lanze

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    :)
    Alé
    Wave Tribe Crew.

    Bert Rivera

    Bert Rivera

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    Lars

    Lars

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

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

    Derek, WT

    Clint

    Clint

    February 15, 2016

    Hi,

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

    Sherryl

    Sherryl

    February 15, 2016

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

    David

    David

    February 15, 2016

    Hi,

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

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

    Any recent experiences?

    Thanks.

    Diana

    Diana

    February 15, 2016

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

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

    chord overstreet

    chord overstreet

    February 15, 2016

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    ori

    ori

    February 15, 2016

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

    Al

    Al

    February 15, 2016

    I recently booked Emirates for my flight from Europe to Bali. Because of the incidents with Malaysia Airlines they have a new codeshare partner which operates all flights from Singapore to Denpasar. unfortunately the new partner is JetStar and they have a really bad length restriction (6.2 ft.) on that connection.

    So the customer friendly conditions from Emirates are no longer a penny worth, because you have to accept the restrictions from Jetstar. I talked over 30min with the customer service and they tried really to find a solucion to take a longer board (7.2 ft.), but no chance. They recomended me to send it by Emirates Cargo!!!

    So check twice whren travelling with Emirates if you have a flight operated by a codeshare partner. Maybe at the end you pay a lot more more for a called “surfers friendly airline” which isn´t so friendly at the end.

    Robert

    Robert

    February 15, 2016

    Here is a little tip that has saved me some $ and hassles:
    I have had good luck checking boards in at the curbside check in. The porters work for you (tips), not the airlines, and have more flexibility. I have checked in overstuffed, oversized and overweight board bags at the minimum charge with a $20 tip and no questions asked. If they can’t help you, you can still wait in line and take your chances with a grumpy clerk at the counter.

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