Surf travel features

Surfboard airline fees

Airlines reserve the right to develop their own baggage policies, allowing for much disparity between them. Airline surfboard charges can change at any time. At times, airlines may charge per board as opposed to per bag, especially if you are carrying 3 or more boards. Please be advised that airlines are not always consistent about how much they charge or when they charge. Bring extra money or a credit card in case you're charged excessive board fees. Airlines are clamping down more and more on excess baggage.

Below is a list of airlines and their charges for carrying surfboards. We do our best to keep this information as accurate as possible. If you've been on a recent trip, please submit a board fee report.

Always call before booking to confirm the going rate, number of boards per bag and any embargos. But remember, even if you call ahead and confirm over the phone how much an airline charges in excess baggage fees, you may still find yourself being stuck at the ticket window with a ridiculous surcharge, and no, it doesn't matter what you were told on the phone.

Smile as you check in. Be chatty and friendly. There doesn't seem to be much of a fixed policy, so it's really the luck of the draw. Being nice and making friends definitely helps.


Airline

Fee

Comments

Aero California

$35

 

AeroMexico

$50

One-way per board

Air France

$55

 

Air New Zealand

Free

As part of your two-bag limit, otherwise $80

Alaska

$50/$75

Under 80", $50 one way
Over 80" $75 one way

American Airlines

$150

One-way per bag under 75 lbs
American Eagle (a branch of American Airlines) does not allow boards on flights.

American West

$75

One-way per board

ATA/Pleasant Hawaiian

$25

 

British Airways

-

Boards cannot be longer than 6'2''

China Air

$54.50

With two bags.

Continental

$80

One-way per board.
Embargos

COPA

$50

One-way per board (limit one)

Delta

$80

One-way per board
Embargoes

Hawaiian Air

$80

Two boards per bag

Iberia

$100 to 150

One-way per board
Embargoes

Japan Air

$42/$84

Under 108", $42
Over 108" $84

Jet Blue

$25

One-way per board

Korean Air

$100-$150

Depends on the destination

Lacsa

$35

$50 each way per bag
Only 2 boards per bag

Lan Chile

$120

One-way per board

Lufthansa

$10 per kg

Charge $10 per kg.

Malaysian

$109

 

Mexicana

$45

 

Northwest

$80

One-way per board

Quantas

Free

As part of your two bag limit. Otherwise, $33 each way; or $92 for boards over 10'

Singapore

$135

Per board each way

Southwest

$45

No charge. Does not count against the three piece free baggage allowance

TACA

$50

$50 one-way per board (limit 2)
Embargoes

Thai

$109

 

TWA

$75

 

United

$75

Each way per board. Excess baggage embargo from Nov. 1st to Jan. 13th

USA3000

$75

Each way

USAir

NA

NA

Varig

$42.50/$85

Under 109", $42.50 each way
Over 109", $85 each way

Virgin Atlantic

$50/$100

Under 109", $50
Over 109 inches, $100

     

* this is a guide, please check before going if the prices are still in place.

last updated 2008

Sports Express Luggage & Sports Equipment FAQs. DHL, FEDEX, UPS and USPS are also options, but check for their current policies and prices. Other options are: Boards 7ft 2inches and smaller can be shipped via Greyhound Package Express (GPX) for $55. Boards 7ft 3inches and bigger can be shipped via Forward Air (FWA) for $79. These are terminal-to-terminal shippers, meaning you will have to pick the closest terminal to you and pick up the board there."


More surf travel features:
Surfing Dominican Republic | Surfing Peru | Surfing Lanzarote | Surfing Nicaragua | Surfing Morrocco | Surfing Fiji | Surfing France | Surfing Spain