Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fees July 26 2011

If your planning a surf trip take into consideration the below chart - spending a little more on the ticket could mean free bags could save you money!!  

Aer Lingus
www.aerlingus.com
516-622-4222

Free

Free for flights between Ireland and North America. There's also no charge for passengers traveling in Business class. Surfboards are subject to a fee of €30 ($40) payable online prior to departure or a fee of €40 ($55) payable at the airport. Boards can't be larger than 110 in.
Aero Mexico
www.aeromexico.com
800-237-6639

$60

One-way per board, maximum length 9ft - packed. Sorry guys, you can't include this as your free carry-on.
Air Canada
www.aircanada.com
888-247-2262

$50

Space available basis. Pre-registered when booking. Each board counts as one piece of checked baggage. Max linear dimensions (length + width + height): 109 in. Max length: 80 in. No paddleboards.
Air Emirates
www.emirates.com
800-777-3999

Free

Included in your checked baggage. Remove fins and wrap tail and nose in bubble wrap.
Air France
www.airfrance.com
800-237-2747

$55-$200

If it's less than 200 cm, it's treated as normal baggage, but costs $55. Beyond the allowance (up to a max of 70 lb per item and 115"), it's $200. And €200 (273 USD) for longboards.
Air New Zealand
www.airnewzealand.com
800-262-1234

$25

In addition to checked baggage allowance, one sporting item can be carried as a checked in piece of luggage at 50% of extra bag cost for all international flights. This translates to NZ$7.50 when flying out of NZ and US$25 when flying out of USA.
Air Pacific
www.airpacific.com
800-227-4446

$50+

Each way per surfboard bag. Variable Excess Baggage Charge + $50 "Bulky Item" charge. Must be less than 50 lbs & 115 in.
Air Tahiti Nui
www.airtahitinui.com
877-824-4846

Free

Must be under 50 lbs. One board, one bag. Each additional board is $150 each.
Alaska
www.alaskaair.com
800-252-7522

$20-$50

The board can be included as a standard checked bag, but checked baggage fees apply (starting at $20). Max length is 9 feet, max weight is 50 lbs.
American Airlines
www.aa.com
800-433-7300

$150

One-way. One board per person. Max weight and size: 70 lbs, 126 inches.
Bahamas Air
www2.bahamasair.com
800-222-4262

$50

Must be less than 6 ft. One-way per board. Remove your fins.
British Airways
www.britishairways.com
800-AIRWAYS

Free-$60

As part of your checked baggage. Otherwise it's $60. Boards must be smaller than 75ins x 29.5ins x 25.5 ins.
Cathay Pacific
www.cathaypacific.com
800-233-2742

$75

Per board. If traveling with a few boards, it's best to keep 'em in one bag because there's a triple charge for additional bags. The good news: no size restrictions.
China Air
www.china-airlines.com
800-227-5118

Varies

First board is a 50% charge, second board 100% charge depending on destination. Per board, not bag. Must be under 109". Going from US to Indo would be $109 if you already have two bags.
Continental*
www.continental.com
800-523-3273

$100-$200

North America, national: $100 each way per surfboard, South America: $200 each way per surfboard. From North America to another continent: $200. Fee is per bag. Due to merging airlines, print proof with you before you fly. Price ranges depending on destination. Two board max per case. Max of 50 lbs. & 109 in.
COPA
www.copaair.com
800-FLY-COPA

$75

One-way per board. Limit 2 boards per passenger. Only $50 to São Paulo and San Jose. Must be under 115 ins and 70 lbs. Remove fins. Can't be more than 115 inches or 70 lbs.
Delta*
www.delta.com
800-221-1212

$200+

One-way per board. If it's over 70 lbs, you have to pay extra. The $200 fee is only for the first board; additional fees apply for additional boards. To/from Brazil is $100, and Hawaii inter-island is $20.
Hawaiian Air
www.hawaiianair.com
800-367-5320

$100

One-way. Allowed two boards per bag. Max height 11ft, max weight 50 lbs. Price drops to $35 between islands. Goes up to $200 for travel to most Asian countries.
Iberia
www.iberia.com
800-504-8030

$205

One way. One board per passenger. Max size: 8'2". MUST make request 24 hours before flight via phone. Keep in mind: "Various charges, taxes or duties may be applied, in accordance with the legislation of each country."
Interjet (Mexico)
interjet.com.mx
866-285-9525

Free

Max weight is 55 lbs per passenger. Any excess baggage will have a fee of $50.00 pesos plus TAX for each additional pound.
Japan Airlines
www.jal.com
800-525-3663

Varies

A charge equivalent to 50% of the excess baggage charge for one board. 100% for two boards. Three times the charge if it's over 80 inches. Price also varies depending on destination.
Jet Blue*
www.jetblue.com
800-538-2583

$50

One-way. One board per bag. *No surfboards allowed on flights to Santo Domingo or Santiago. Can't be over 100 lbs.
Korean Air
www.koreanair.com
800-438-5000

$55-$110

If you bring as one of your two checked bags, it's $55. If you already have two checked bags, it'll cost you $110. Must be 70lbs and/or 109 total linear inches (L+W+H), which would be about a 7'2".
Lan
www.lan.com
866-435-9526

Free

Cannot exceed 300 linear inches or 50 lbs.
Lufthansa
www.lufthansa-usa.com
800 645-3880

$100-$200

Must be less than 70 lbs and/or 6'7". Within Europe: $100, Europe to intercontinental: $200. If it's over 6'7" (2 m), the fees are doubled. You need to register sports baggage 24 hours before the flight.
Malaysian
www.malaysiaairlines.com
800-552-9264

Varies

Can be included as your checked bag if it meets the size requirements. Price varies with destination. Bags are 50% of normal excess baggage charge. Max size of 98" (about 8 feet).
Qantas
www.qantas.com.au
800-227-4500

Free-$105

Free as part of your two bag limit. Must be in a bag and may not exceed 66lbs and 109ins. Can only be carried to/from/within South West Pacific; on other routes, they're excluded from checked baggage and will be charged based on weight. Oversize fees vary.
Singapore
www.singaporeair.com
800-742-3333

Free

As part of your two bag limit. After two boards it's $109 each way going from US to Singapore (other destinations may vary). Max size of 62 linear inches.
South African Airlines
www.flysaa.com
800-722-9675

Free

As part of your two bag limit, not exceeding 200 cm or 40 lbs.
Southwest
www.southwest.com
800-435-9792

$50

Domestic/International. One-way per bag (2 boards per bag). Fins must be removed.
SriLankan Airlines
www.srilankan.lk
661-250-8287

Free

You can bring one surfboard for free. Any excess weight will be assessed at the normal excess baggage rate.
TACA
www.taca.com
800-400-TACA

$125

One-way. Up to 3 surfboards in one bag per passenger. Up to 70lb and 12 feet in length. Fins must be removed. Prices vary based on takeoff location/destination. From Brazil it's $50.
TAP Portugal
www.flytap.com
800-221-7370

$50-$140

Each way per surfboard bag up to 10 kgs. Domestic, Europe, Morocco & Algeria is USD 50. Intercontinental are $100-$140.
Thai
www.thaiairways.com
800-426-5204

Varies

Max 109". It is recommended to call and get specifications directly.
United
www.united.com
800-864-8331

$100-$200

North America, national: $100 each way per surfboard, South America: $200 each way per surfboard. From North America to another continent: $200. Fee is per board. Price ranges depending on destination. Two board max per case. Max of 50 lbs. & 109 in.
USA3000
www.usa3000airlines.com
877-USA-3000

$50

Subject to additional charges.
USAir
www.usairways.com
800-245-4882

$200

One-way per board. Remove your fins.
Virgin Atlantic
www.virgin-atlantic.com
800-821-5438

Free

Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 109 inches and must not exceed 50 lbs in weight.