Depending on the time of year, some airline’s won’t even take your surfboard, for any excess baggage charge. See the list below the table, and ask any airline, especially if you’re booking during peak travel times. Actually, it’s a good idea to call the airline no matter what time of year; this list is a guideline and fees can change, depending on the weather and the ticket agent’s disposition. Oh, yeah: remember to smile and be nice to the ticket agent.
The good folks at LUEX Travel have done the exhausting leg work of researching the 2015 airline fees for surfboards in the table below.
The list includes name of airline followed by a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ as to whether they take surfboards and followed by the cost of board transport. Prices are in the local currency of where that airline is based.
Air Asia: Yes, Varies Score a 50% discount and the option to add 15-40kg extra weight by booking online. Max Board length 274cm. Paying at the airport costs more and limits you to 20kg extra weight.
Air Canada: Yes, $50 USD/CAD Boards under the maximum linear dimensions can be counted as your free baggage allowance, but you will be charged a handling fee per board in each direction. Boards must be less than 203cm long, and under 277cm total linear dimensions (lenght + width + height)
Air France: Yes, €55-100 Boards 107-300cm long can be carried, though you’ll be charged €55-€100 each way, depending on route. You must notify the customer service department at least 24 hours before flying, but you can only pay at the airport.
Air New Zealand: Yes, Free Boardbags up to 2 metres long can be taken as part of your free checked baggage allowance, plus multiple boards are allowed in one bag. 200cm is the normal maximum length allowed, but occasionally items up to 250cm long can be taken (by prior arrangement).
Air Tahiti Nui: Yes, Free Boards up to 250cm and 23kg fly free (in addition to your normal checked baggage allowance)
Alitalia: Depends on route €75 – $260 USD boards up to 300cm can normally be carried for a fee, though the amount and currency charged varies by route. Not all planes have room for boards, so you must check with the airline when booking.
American Airlines: Yes, $42.50 – 150 USD. You can take boards up to 320cm total linear dimensions for a fee of $150 USD, other than flights to/from/through Brazil. When travelling to/from/through Brazil, the first board is charged at $42.50 USD, and $85 USD for any extra boards.
Bahamas Air: Yes, $65 USD You can take a boardbag up to 203cm, subject to a fee of $65 USD. You must to pack the board in an official boardbag.
British Airways: Yes, Free One boardbag (up to a 190cm x 75cm x 65cm and 23kg) can be carried as your free checked allowance. Board must be packed in a recognisable surfboard bag.
China Airlines: Yes, Varies Normally boards cannot be carried as part of the free baggage allowance. Boards up to 277cms total dimensions will be charged at 100% of the applicable excess baggage, while larger boards will be charged at 150% of the fee, which applies per board. On flights to/from/within the SW Pacific boards can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance. If they exceed the free allowance, a board up to 277cm total dimensions will be charged at the applicable rate for 5kg of excess baggage, or 8kgs if longer.
Delta: Yes, $100-150 USD/CAD or €105 Two boards can be taken in one bag for $100 USD when travelling to/from Brazil, or for $150 USD/CAD (or €105) on all other routes.
Emirates: Yes, Varies Board bags up to 300cm total dimensions can be taken for the applicable oversize baggage fee for the route. No items exceeding 300cm total dimensions can be carried, with no exceptions.
Etihad: Yes, Free Boards up to 300cm can be taken for free.
Garuda Indonesia: Yes, Free You can take a board for free, if within the checked baggage allowance applicable to your ticket. Call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking.
German Wings: Yes, 50 You can take your board for a €50 fee. Boards must be pre-booked with the customer service department.
Hawaiian Airlines: Yes, Free – $150 USD two boards( up to 292cm) can be carried in one bag. Fees vary by route, ranging from free (to Australia and New Zealand) to $150 USD. Some planes have limited cargo capacity, so call the airline to reserve space when booking.
Japan Airlines: Yes, $50-150 USD. Price varies massively between routes, but you can take up to two boards per boardbag. Call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Jetstar: Yes, Free A board can be taken free as part of your checked baggage allowance. Surfboards (including the bag) must not exceed 1.9 metres for Jetstar flights operated by an A320, A321 or B737 aircraft, and 2.77 metres for Jetstar flights operated by an A330 or 787** aircraft.
KLM: Yes, €55-100. Fee varies by route, but you have to pre-book any boards 107-300cm long. Normally you have to take the boardbag as your sole piece of checked luggage.
Lion Air (Indonesia): Yes, 200,000 IDR. You should call the airline to confirm fees and board carriage when when booking.
Lufthansa: Yes, €50-100. Boards up to 2m long can be taken on continental flights for a fee of €50, and on intercontinental flights for €100. You must call the airline to register your sports baggage before flying.
Malaysia Airlines: Yes, Free one board up to 2.5m can be taken free of charge, if within your free checked baggage limits.
Philippine Airlines: Yes, 1120 PHP. You have to call to book your board, but the fee entitles you to an extra 15kg weight allowance.
Qantas: Yes, Free boards up to 277cm and 32kg can travel free as part of your checked baggage allowance.
Qatar Airways: Yes, Free 1 boardbag up to 32kg can be carried free as part of your checked baggage alowance.
Singapore Air: Yes, Varies Surfboards can be taken for free if within size limits, which vary by route. Call the customer service department to confirm max dimensions and fees when booking your flight.
South African Airways: Yes, Varies On most routes boards under 200cms fly free, if within the free baggage allowance. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Sriwijaya Air (Indonesia): Maybe Varies Surfboards should fly for free if under 20kg. There is some ambiguity, so confirm with the airline when booking.
TAP Portugal: Yes, €35-75 Boards fly for a small fee, but you MUST pre-book them.
Thai Airways: Yes, Varies by route can be included in checked baggage allowance for free if flying to/from Australia/New Zealand, otherwise fees vary by route. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Tiger Airways: Yes, Varies You can take boards under 190cm and 10kg as your free checked baggage allowance.
US Airways: Yes, $150 USD. You can take boards for $150 – PER BOARD. You must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.
Virgin America: Yes, Normally $50USD. You can normally take your board for $50, but oversize weight fees (which vary by route) can apply. You should call the airline to check fees on your route when booking.
Virgin Atlantic: Yes, Free You can take boards under 23kg and 277cm for free, IN ADDITION to your standard checked baggage allowance.
Viva Aerobus: Yes, 400-550 MXN. You can normally take a board, but the charge will depend on route and how/where you pay it. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.
Virgin Australia: Yes, Varies Boards can be take as part of your free checked baggage allowance, but maximum permissable dimensions vary by route and plane. You must call to confirm board carriage before your flight, as not all planes are large enough to accomodate them in the hold.
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