2011 Surfboard Baggage Fee Comparison

An Updated Breakdown of Airline Baggage Fees

When you're traveling with your stick, airline choice can make all the difference. Save your money for when you get there. Photo: Burkard

With some airlines now even charging for a blanket or a bag of pretzels, it seems companies are doing all they can to squeeze an extra buck from you. And surfboard baggage fees are no exception. They can easily become the biggest unexpected expense on your next surf trip if you don’t choose your airline wisely. Here we’ve provided you with a comprehensive breakdown of fees, so you’ll be prepared next time you step up to the check-in counter. (Fees are accurate as of 1/12/11)

AIRLINES
FIRST BAG
ADD’T. BAG
SURFBOARD
NOTES
Aeromexico $0 $0 $60/bag (none)
Air Canada $0 $30 $50/board WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
Air France $0 $55 $0/bag* up to 6’5″, $263/bag 6’5″+ *If count as first piece of luggage, if second then $55/bag
Air New Zealand $0 $50 $25/bag (none)
Air Pacific $0 $0 $50/bag Bag may not exceed 9’6”
Air Tahiti Nui $0 $0 $0 for one board* *Each additional board is $150 each, even if packed in same bag
American (US or PR) $25 $35 $150/bag (none)
American (to/from Mexico) $0 $30 $150/bag (none)
American (to/from Europe) $0 $50 $150/bag For UK: Bag cannot exceed 6’6″
Alaska Airlines $20 $20 $50/bag up to 6’6″, $75/bag 6’7″+ Bag cannot exceed 9′
Continental (domestic) $25 $35 $100/bag Bag cannot exceed 9’6″
Continental (to/from Mexico) $0 $30 $100/bag Bag cannot exceed 9’6
Continental (to/from Europe) $0 $45 $150/bag up to 6’6″, $300/bag 6’7″+ Bag cannot exceed 9’6″
British Airways $0 $0 $0/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’2″
Delta Airlines (US or PR) $25 $35 $200/board Bag cannot exceed 9’6″
Delta (to/from Mexico) $0 $30 $200/board Bag cannot exceed 9’6″
Delta (to/from Europe) $0 $55 $200/board Bag cannot exceed 9’6″
Delta (to/from Brazil $0 $0 $100/bag Bag cannot exceed 9’6″
Hawaiian (interisland) $10 $17 $25/board (none)
Hawaiian (trans-Pacific) $25 $35 $125/bag (none)
Hawaiian (international) $0 $0 $200/bag (none)
JetBlue $0 $30 $75/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
Lufthansa (to/from Europe) $0 $50 $200/bag (none)
Lufthansa (to/from other international desintations) $0 $0 $250/bag (none)
Qantas $0 $0 FREE (none)
South African Airways $0 $0 FREE if 6’6″ or less Bags longer than 6’6″ must be sent as cargo
Southwest $0 $0 $50/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
TACA $0 $0 $100/bag (none)
United Airlines (domestic) $25 $35 $100/board Bag cannot exceed 9′
United (to/from Europe) $0 $50 $200/board (none)
United (to/from Mexico) $0 $30 $200/board (none
United (to/from other international destinations) $0 $0 $200/board (none)
US Airways (all flights except EU. and SA.) $25 $35 $100/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
US Airways (to/from Europe) $0 $55 $100/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
US Airways (to/from South America) $0 $0 $100/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
Virgin America $25 $25 $50/bag WILL NOT accept bags over 6’6″
Virgin Atlantic $0 $60 $0 (if first bag), $60 (if second bag) Bag cannot exceed 9′