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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!

    54 Responses

    will Melbourne

    will Melbourne

    February 15, 2016

    Weestjet charged me 100 today . 25 for second bag and then on top 75 for oversize and my board is only six foot. They said official oversize is five foot two so most people could get stung. I have other times with west jet when they have charged me just the second bag so it seems random whether they bring in the over size rule!!

    Amber

    Amber

    February 15, 2016

    I just flew China Airlines one way Denpasar to Honolulu on 31/12/14. I had one suitcase weighing 20 kilos and one 7 foot board bag (2 boards) weighing 12 kilos. The airline rep opened my board bag to check and then charged me for the 2 boards. It was $256 for one way because I had 2 boards. Absolute rip off and they wanted me to sign a full damage liability waiver as well. I ripped up the waiver in the rep’s face and refused to sign after they took payment and checked in my boards.

    We need to boycott airlines that charge excessive fees for boards! I have limited choices for Hawaii-Asia airlines but have blacklisted China Air and Japan Air now. If I only had one board the charge would have been $128 but the board bag would have still had the same dimensions and only about 3 kilos less weight. If it had been a 12 kilo suitcase, they would have charged approximately $50 for overweight fees. They are unfairly targeting sports equipment.

    I’m sure in places like Indo the staff get a small bonus for charging as much as possible for extra weight and “special baggage” items. Be sure to pay the baggage fees with a credit card so at least they can’t put any cash in their pockets straight away. And reps might find it harder to get their bonuses if charges are on credit cards. I don’t care that reps make crap money, that’s the airline’s fault, not mine.

    Dave

    Dave

    February 15, 2016

    Update on Virgin now that they code share with Delta.
    If you book through Virgin, but are on a Delta operated flight then you will be charged the Delta fees for carrying your surfboard. (That was from Virgin customer services)
    Virgin is still very surfer friendly, bag up to 9’2 and 23kg’s. Never had any problems or damage to boards.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks for the input bro.

    JurjenSurf

    JurjenSurf

    February 15, 2016

    We updated the list for European surfers. Check the infographic at the Dutch site http://surf-vakanties.nl/surfboard-meenemen-in-het-vliegtuig-wat-kost-dat/
    What I’ve learned: always check with the airline. And if you bring more than one board, buy a big bag and put your boards in that bag. Don’t pay twice.

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    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Nice tip Robert, thanks for the advice.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Awesome information JC, we just updated the listing and knocked those two off our BRO list.

    Jean Christophe from Turquoise Surf Travel

    Jean Christophe from Turquoise Surf Travel

    February 15, 2016

    Dear Web Tribe company ,

    I’m JC and I’m taking care of a Surf travel agency

    I have to partners who changed their policy regarding the surfboard transportation

    Please , change the policy for surfboard of these 2 airlines

    I’m working actually with Qatar Airways to change their policy regarding the surfboard transport

    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
    http://www.qatarairways.com/iwov-resources/temp-docs/baggage/excess-baggage-sports-equipment.pdf

    On Emirates the policy has changed too
    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

    Well that’s all for today
    Cheers
    JC

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Kari, nice update—we moved them up to Bro Status. We appreciate the feedback.

    Karl

    Karl

    February 15, 2016

    Guys you have it wrong about Singapore Airlines. Boards go totally free. IMO they are best airline on the planet!

    K

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Stefan.

    linder

    linder

    February 15, 2016

    Hey! I saw on several places that 6’6 and 203cm is writen as the same?
    And more disturbing at Cathay Pacific 6’ / 203cm, thats almost 20cm off …

    Any info on why it is like this?

    On Cathay Pacifics website I found “Any bag exceeding the total dimensions of 203cm (80in) (width + height + length) will not be carried as accompanied baggage unless prior notification is made with us upon booking/ reservation and approval is granted by us.”

    203cm is almost 6’8 so with that in mind I would be able to get my 6’6 firewire board with me in a slim case for free :D

    Anna

    Anna

    February 15, 2016

    anyone ever had experiences with Fly Dubai?
    Can´t find any information on their website and nobody is replying to my e-mails…. .
    thanks!

    Stefan

    Stefan

    February 15, 2016

    Hi,

    Your comment about Qatar airways is not completely true, as it is only charged when above the baggage allowance, which is huge with 32KG for most of the countries. Here is there comment before leading to the rate and you are showing:
    “Sporting equipment
    Qatar Airways accepts any sporting equipment as checked baggage as part of the passenger’s free checked baggage allowance mentioned on the ticket.
    Any sporting equipment which exceeds the free allowance will be subject to the specific excess baggage rates for sporting equipment.
    Click here to view the excess baggage rates for sporting equipment …”

    I have traveled with them a lot to Bali from Europe never had any issues with my boards.

    Best

    Stefan

    Alan

    Alan

    February 15, 2016

    I was just looking into flying with United, and it appears that their fees have gone up
    $150 (each way) for travel in the Americas
    $200 (each way) for all other travel

    http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/sports.aspx

    What a bummer
    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Ashley—that is a great question and it really depends on where you are traveling and with whom. As SUPs get shorter and shorter I think we’ll see more of them at airports and at far away travel destinations.

    Have a great trip wherever you go.

    Derek

    Thomas Berggren

    Thomas Berggren

    February 15, 2016

    Hi
    Just checked with SAS (scandinavian Airline Systems)
    They take boards as part of regular luggage – thus you may check in a board bag instead of a regular bag. Preebooking might be necessary though.
    Max lengths depending on air craft luggage hold.
    BR
    Thomas

    Ashley

    Ashley

    February 15, 2016

    WOW awesome page to stumble upon through google. Looking to invest some serious dough on a SUP and was curious if it is worth investing and to travel with. I don’t want to own a sick board but then pay rental fees everywhere I travel to. Seems to be a fine line and a lot of serious planning.
    Thanks for all this information!!!

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Yea Alan—United is the unfriendly skies for surfers :(

    Mikael

    Mikael

    February 15, 2016

    I want to stand up for Emirates, as I believe they should be a bro airline.

    The reason for that is I just flew all the way from Bali to Norway with a surfboard and a pair of really heavy skis (combined weight of 18kg) and didn’t pay a thing. They let each passenger have 30kg of luggage. I had 22 + 18, and my girlfriend had 20. They merged our limits and allowed us to share, and that was NO hassle whatsoever. I don’t know about you guys, but I think that’s pretty awesome.

    Don’t ask why I traveled with skis from Bali… That’s a long story.

    Antoine

    Antoine

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Chief,

    Like your post but I care to disagree with you on your summary of Emirates.

    I flew 3 times with them board in for free. So I don’t understand why you say it 250 usd?

    Cheers

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Awesome information!

    Jaanos

    Jaanos

    February 15, 2016

    Just called cathay pacific regarding flying from Vancouver canada to indonesia – cost for a 2m board bag is 600 USD each way which is 1200 USD return! Definitely need to be added to kook list especially when their website is misleading as their sporting goods page below: https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_CA/travel-information/baggage/check-in-baggage/sporting-equipment.html

    Only refers to flights within Hong Kong! All other flights consider surfboards as not sporting equipment and full excess baggage policies apply. I was on the phone for 30 minutes to get this info.

    yan

    yan

    February 15, 2016

    europe-indonesia

    emirates up to 30Kg surfboards free

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Awesome! Thanks for the info Kristoffer!! :)

    Kristoffer Linder

    Kristoffer Linder

    February 15, 2016

    you should check Air Berlin out if you want a European Carrier :)

    Check my comment below or http://magicseaweed.com/news/airline-baggage-charges-the-comprehensive-list/7316/

    Kristoffer Linder

    Kristoffer Linder

    February 15, 2016

    Booked with Air Berlin and changed my free bag for a free surfbag , entered 240 × 70 × 20cm & 23kg . That was no problem and free and I guess its the same rules with air berlin as eithad 3m is okay as they are partners!

    “Sports and special baggage

    In place of your suitcase, airberlin allows you to hand in sports baggage as part of your free baggage allowance. If the sports equipment you hand in exceeds your fare’s free baggage allowance"

    http://www.etihad.com/en-us/before-you-fly/baggage-information/baggage-allowances/

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Heb! Thanks for the info! That’s messed up. I’ll update the page. Stay Stoked! :)

    Heb

    Heb

    February 15, 2016

    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 thats 600 US dollars on top of the price of the board. Needless to say it didn’t happen.
    Great site.

    Will

    Will

    February 15, 2016

    Did I miss it, was Fiji Air on the list? On the same flight, a buddy had no fees but I paid $100 going there out of LAX. Both were free on the way back.

    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Yan for the info, we’ll update the listing—hope you had a great trip.

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    tutusfromrussia.com

    February 15, 2016

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    James thomas

    James thomas

    February 15, 2016

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    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks SurfKaravaan! I’ll update the page :)

    SurfKaravaan Holland

    SurfKaravaan Holland

    February 15, 2016

    Check the new KLM policy:

    surfboards free of charge. Check their dedicated website: https://surf.klm.com/#!/destinations

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thank you Scott for the info! I’ll update the blog right now. Stay Stoked :)

    Scott

    Scott

    February 15, 2016

    Oman changed there policy on surfboards. No Longer Free Must Pay a lot.

    Thank you for your below e-mail, please be advise that Surf board will not be included in the free baggage allowance , it will be charge as excess baggage

    We thank you for your patronage and hope to welcoming you on board Oman Air again

    Regards

    Zahra

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Izzy! I’ll update the blog with your info :)

    Izzy

    Izzy

    February 15, 2016

    Hey there,

    I flew with Quatar from Bangkok to Frankfurt in march this year and didn’t have any issues at all. They didn’t try to bend me over with a ridiculous amount 1200$. It was free when I flew with 2 boards. Maybe they changed it since then…

    Also 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.

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Wow thank you @tutusfromrussia.com!! I’m glad you stumbled upon our site as well :) Have an awesome day!!

    Willy

    Willy

    February 15, 2016

    I flew with qatar in may and it was free. Maybe it changed ?
    I would definitely put Jetblue on top of my blacklist ! Haha ! Look at John John’s surfboard with jetblue.

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    Derek Dodds

    Derek Dodds

    February 15, 2016

    Hey Cole—sorry to hear that bro, we’ll update the listing with your input. Hope you have better luck next time.

    Derek, Wave Tribe

    Cole

    Cole

    February 15, 2016

    US air counted all my boards and charged me for every one and put a whole in two boards so bad I ended up not even using them on the trip because I didnt have enough time to fix them.

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thank you Willy for the info I’ll update the blog right now :) Have an awesome day!

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks for the info Robert! I’ll update the blog right now. Hope your holidays are awesome! :)

    Robert Stehlik

    Robert Stehlik

    February 15, 2016

    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 has 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.

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Thanks Matt for the info! I’ll update it right now :) Stay Stoked.

    Matt

    Matt

    February 15, 2016

    The info for TAP Portugal needs an update:
    Boards (up to 200 cm):
    Domestics, Europe, Morocco and Algeria: EUR 50; Intercontinental Flights: EUR 100
    See: http://www.flytap.com/USA/enus/PlanBook/PrepareforTravel/baggage/SportsEquipment

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Awesome Tim! Thanks for the info :) Happy New Year!

    Tim Schalke

    Tim Schalke

    February 15, 2016

    Willy told it before but its true that you dont pay anything for Qatar. I dont know the fuss about Qatar Airways but I always fly Qatar and I pay ZERO (nothing) for my 2 boards. I fly from Amsterdam To bali with Qatar and as long I don’t exceed the 30 KG rule I can bring as many boards as I want.

    Laura

    Laura

    February 15, 2016

    Awesome! Thank you Besnault! :)

    Besnault-Cimier Mickael

    Besnault-Cimier Mickael

    February 15, 2016

    Hi

    I traveled with malaysia airlines from jakarta to Paris : i got 1 board , it was free if it doesnt exceed the weight limit for 1 person.

    This website rocks

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