Thursday, October 02, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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Paying for surfboard baggage fee's suck! The go to guide for surf travel.

Welcome to the 2014 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers.

Every year we contact all the airlines and find out how much they are going to charge us for taking along our sleds to far-away destinations.

We do this as a service to you, the traveling surfer. Most of the following airlines include a surfboard as part of your regular bag allowance and let that sled fly for FREE:

  • Virgin (Europe)
  • Interjet (Mexico)
  • Quantas (Australia)
  • Singapore (Asia)
  • South Africa (duh)
  • Air New Zealand
  •  Qatar Airways (New 2014)

There are a few airlines that charge a nominal fee for your boardbag, I don’t mind paying that . . . free is better but nominal is almost as good. I have been flying Alaska to Cabo for the last few years and they charge between $30-$70 for a stuffed to the rim boardbag, thank you Alaska Airlines for keeping it real.

 

The following is the list of ‘you suck’ airlines and charge over $100 each way:

  • American
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Continental
  • Hawaii Air
  • Lan
  • TACA
  • United

The following is the list of ‘dude, crazy money’ airlines and charge over $150 each way:

  • Japan Air
  • Delta
  • Iberia
  • Lufthansa
  • US Air
  • Northwest

The following is the  list for surfers that have ‘daddy warbucks money’. Unfortunately I’ve been caught by both Swiss Air and Thai Air personally. On Thai Air I had three boards in my bag coming back from Bali ($150 x 3) and they charged me some ridiculous tax on top of the $450. Can you imagine? I will NEVER fly Thai Air again and I hope that this list will prevent you from getting caught with your pants down.

  • Alitalia $260
  • Swiss Air $250
  • Thai Air $150 Per Board (yes, they open the bag and count)
  • United $200
  • All Nippon $300
 

PREP YOUR TRAVELS WITH THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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