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Beware flying Continental with surfboards to Nicaragua« on: June 22 2006 20:06:00 »
Today, June 22, my brother-in-law wasn't allowed to bring two surfboards to Nicaragua via San Diego. After long arguments and being surrounded by police, he allowed the agent to book him next day through Taca Air in LA. The agent claimed a surfboard Embargo to anywhere in Central America except Costa Rica through November.
Continental has never been surfer/board friendly, and they charge outrageous amounts when you can bring them. Just thought I'd save someone heartache...be sure to check with an agent before booking to Nicaragua.
RE: Beware flying Continental with surfboards to Nicaragua« Reply #1 on: June 23 2006 07:06:00 »
Some surf adventure websites explain it this way:
"Airlines are clamping down more and more on excess baggage. Some airlines, most notably, CONTINENTAL, DELTA, AND UNITED have EXCESS BAGGAGE EMBARGOES meaning they DO NOT ALLOW SURFBOARDS or any excess baggage during select times of the year to select cities, check with your agent or the carrier directly if you are unsure ."
Be sure to ask before you book those tickets.
RE: Beware flying Continental with surfboards to Nicaragua« Reply #2 on: July 24 2006 13:07:00 »
DO NOT FLY WITH CONTINENTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We booked tickets from the UK through to Managua and have now been informed that we can no longer take our surfboards (we checked 3 times before booking our tickets)......NOT IMPRESSED!!!!!!!!!! Continental was ridiculously unhelpful and didn't give a monkeys that the only way to get our boards from the UK to Nicaragua was going to cost us £1,000 by a courier - their suggstion was to BUY NEW BOARDS!!!!! Also I wouldn't use Travelbag to book your tickets as they didn't want to know as well.......... Anyone know any cheap places to buy boards in Nicaragua......?
RE: Beware flying Continental with surfboards to Nicaragua« Reply #3 on: July 24 2006 23:07:00 »
They are a nightmare, they will reem you. I have experienced it myself and heard several other stories
RE: Beware flying Continental with surfboards to Nicaragua« Reply #4 on: August 03 2006 17:08:00 »
Try TACA. I fly it from LA to Managua all the time, and they want your business, they are not Americans. The boards are $50 to check as "oversize baggage". I LOVE Nicaragua, and TACA has my business.