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May 5, 2011 / Wave Tribe

Swis Air and Thai Air SUCK!

I paid $275 dollars ONE WAY to bring my 6′ surfboard home from Europe last month on Swiss Air, I can’t tell you how ANGRY that made me—but I am sure you understand. A year ago I paid $350.00 to fly ONE board from Thailand to the UK, ever since then I have wanted to make this SURFER FRIENDLY airline list.

Why are surfers PUNISHED for traveling with their tools of love?

I created the MOST comprehensive airline list for Surfers, check it before you travel!

1) Aer Lingus

Price. Free

516-622-4222

www.aerlingus.com

Notes: 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.

 

2) Air Emirates

Price: Free

800-777-3999

www.emirates.com

 

Notes: Free Included in your checked baggage. Remove fins and wrap tail and nose in bubble wrap.

 

3) Air Tahiti Nui

Price: Free

877-824-4846

www.airtahitinui.com

 

Notes: Free Must be under 50 lbs. One board, one bag. Each additional board is $150 each.

 

4) British Airways

Price: Free

800-AIRWAYS

www.britishairways.com

 

Notes: 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.

 

5) Interjet (Mexico)

Price: Free

866-285-9525

interjet.com.mx

 

Notes: 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.

 

6) Qantas

Price: Free

800-227-4500

www.qantas.com.au

 

Notes: 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.

 

7) Singapore Air

Price: Free

800-742-3333

www.singaporeair.com

 

Notes: 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.

 

8) South African Airlines

Price: Free

800-722-9675

www.flysaa.com

 

Notes: Free As part of your two bag limit, not exceeding 200 cm or 40 lbs.

 

9) SriLankan Airlines

Price: Free

661-250-8287

www.srilankan.lk

 

Notes: Free,you can bring one surfboard for free. Any excess weight will be assessed at the normal excess baggage rate.

 

10) Virgin Atlantic

Price: Free

800-821-5438

www.virgin-atlantic.com

 

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

 

11) JetStar

Price: Free

866-397-8172

http://www.jetstar.com/

 

Notes: Free Surfboard are allowed only if they are below or equal to 1.9meters and under 20kg.

 

12) Aero Mexico

800-237-6639 60

www.aeromexico.com

 

Notes: One-way per board, maximum length 9ft – packed. Sorry guys, you can’t include this as your free carry-on.

 

13) Air Canada

888-247-2262 50

www.aircanada.com

 

Notes: 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.

 

14) Air France

800-237-2747

www.airfrance.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

15) Air New Zealand

800-262-1234 25

www.airnewzealand.com

 

Notes: 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.

 

16) Air Pacific

800-227-4446

www.airpacific.com

 

Notes: $50+ Each way per surfboard bag. Variable Excess Baggage Charge + $22 “Bulky Item” charge. Must be less than 50 lbs & 115 in.

 

17) Alaska Air

800-252-7522

www.alaskaair.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

18) American Airlines

800-433-7300

www.aa.com

 

Notes: $150 One-way. One board per person. Max weight and size: 70 lbs, 126 inches.

 

19) Bahamas Air

800-222-4262

www.bahamasair.com

 

Notes: $50 Must be less than 6 ft. One-way per board. Remove your fins.

 

20) Cathay Pacific

800-233-2742

www.cathaypacific.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

21) China Air

800-227-5118

www.china-airlines.com

 

Notes: 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.

 

22) Continental

800-523-3273

www.continental.com

 

Notes: $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 Inches

 

23) COPA Air

800-FLY-COPA

www.copaair.com

 

Notes: $75 One-way per board. Limit 2 boards per passenger. Only $50 to São Paulo and San Jose. Must be under 115 inches and 70 lbs. Remove fins. Can’t be more than 115 inches or 70 lbs.

 

24) Delta

800-221-1212

www.delta.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

25) Hawaiian Air

800-367-5320

www.hawaiianair.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

26) Iberia

800-504-8030

www.iberia.com

 

Notes: $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.”

 

27) Japan Airlines

800-525-3663

www.jal.com

 

Notes: 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.

 

28) Jet Blue

800-538-2583

www.jetblue.com

 

Notes: $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″.

 

29) Lan

866-435-9526

www.lan.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

30)  Lufthansa

800 645-3880

www.lufthansa-usa.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

31) Malaysian

800-552-9264

www.malaysiaairlines.com

 

Notes: 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).

 

32) Southwest

800-435-9792

www.southwest.com

 

Notes: $50 Domestic/International. One-way per bag (2 boards per bag). Fins must be removed.

 

33) TACA

800-400-TACA

www.taca.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

34) TAP Portugal

800-221-7370

www.flytap.com

 

Notes: $50-$140 each way per surfboard bag up to 10 kgs. Domestic, Europe, Morocco & Algeria is USD 50. Intercontinental are $100-$140.

 

35) Thai Airways

800-426-5204

www.thaiairways.com

 

Notes: Varies Max 109″. It is recommended to call and get specifications directly.

 

36) United

800-864-8331

www.united.com

 

Notes: $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.

 

37) USA3000

877-USA-3000

www.usa3000airlines.com

 

Notes: $50 Subject to additional charges.

 

38) USAir

800-245-4882

www.usairways.com

 

Notes: $200 One-way per board. Remove your fins.

 

39 Air Tran

1-866-247-2428

http://www.airtran.com

 

Notes: 79 Surfboards will be accepted when packed in a case designed to prevent damage to surfboards, and only upon completion of a Limited Release Tag, for a fee of $79.

 

40) Korean Air

1-800-438-5000

http://www.koreanair.com/

 

Notes: $100-$150 depending on the destination

 

41) Lan Chile

1-866-4 359 526/120

http://www.lan.com

 

Notes: NA

 

42) Quantas

1 800 227 4500

http://www.qantas.com.au

 

Notes: $33-$92 free as part of your two bag limit; otherwise, $33 each way; or $92 for boards over 10′ 43 Spirit Airlines $100 Surf Boards: The charge for these items is $100 each way and may include 2 boards in a single bag.

 

44) Mexicana

800-531-7921

www.mexicana.com

 

Notes: 75 One-way per bag, Max 100″

 

45) Northwest

800-225-2525

www.nwa.com

 

Notes: 80 One-way per bag

 

46) Varig

800-468 2744

www.varigbrasil.com

 

Notes: $42.50/$85 Under 109″, $42.50 per board each way, Over 109″, $85 per board each way

 

47) Delta Airlines

1-404-209-3434

http://www.delta.com/

 

Notes: $80 One-way per board

Embargoes

 

48) China Southern

1-(8620)95539

http://www.csair.com

 

Notes: NA

 

49) Air China

1-800-882-8122

http://www.airchina.com/

 

Notes: NA

 

50) All Nippon Airways

1-800-235-9262

http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/wws/us/e/

 

 

Notes: NA

 

51) Thai Airways

1-800-426-5204

http://www.thaiairways.com/

 

Notes: SUCKS!!!!!! 300 one-way

 

52) Ryanair

+ 44 871 246 0002

http://www.ryanair.com/en

 

Notes: £40/€40 Sporting or musical equipment including but not limited to large fishing rods, golf clubs, bikes* (bikes have a weight limit of 30 kilos), scooters, fencing equipment, surfboards, bodyboards, snowboards and skis and large musical instruments including but not limited to harps, double bass and drums are inherently unsuitable for carriage by airlines operating fast turnarounds such as Ryanair. However, these items may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 20 kilos per item upon payment of a discounted online fee of £40/€40 per item, per one way flight. If the item is purchased at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre a higher fee of £50/€50 per item/per one way flight will apply).  Any sporting and musical item weighing over the 20 kilos allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo.

 

53) Air Berlin

866 266 5588

http://www.airberlin.com

 

Notes: EUR 25/EUR 40 packed in soft case or similar

Charge, one-way Short-haul and medium-haul- EUR 25

Charge, one-way Long-haul- EUR 40 and also need to register

 

54) Alitalia

800-223-5730

http://www.alitalia.com/

 

Notes:- € 50- € 150 All surfboards categories no taller then 250 cm (max. 30 kg)  AREA1-€ 50, AREA2- € 50, AREA3 – € 80, AREA4- € 100, AREA5-  € 150  {Note: if exceeding the allowance a standard excess baggage rate will be applied

AREA1: Italy

AREA2: Europe, Eastern Europe, North Africa

AREA3: Middle East

AREA4: Asia and South America (Buenos Aires, Caracas)

AREA5: North America, Canada, South America (Sao Paulo), Africa (Lagos, Accra)

 

55) Easyjets

+44 843 104 5454

http://www.easyjet.com/

 

Notes: An additional non-refundable fee is charged per flight for the carriage of bicycles, golf equipment, skis, surfboards, wind surfers, kite surfers, hang gliders, and firearms. Ski boots can be carried as a part of the sports equipment, either with skis/snowboard or without.

 

56) TAM Linhas Aereas

44 (0)20 8741 2005

http://www.tam.com.br

 

Notes: $75.00 Surfboard with a maximum length of 274 cm/108 in; cannot be included in the passenger’s luggage allowance. In each case, an excess-luggage fee of US$75.00 will be charged, and the correct packing of these items will be the total responsibility of the passenger.

 

57) Qatar Airways

+1 212 588 1273

http://www.qatarairways.com

 

Notes: The board needs to be less than 3 meter to be accepted as checked baggage, normal excess baggage rules apply.

 

58) Turkish Airlines

+ 90 212 444 0 849

http://www.turkishairlines.com

 

Notes: 30 Euros Asked for destination. So I gave him departure as Turkey and arrival point as Rome. It would cost 30 Euros one way. He also said that the price differs on the destination

 

59) SkyWest Airlines

(435) 634-3000

http://www.skywest.com/

 

Notes: $20 Transportation of surf boards, bicycles, golf clubs, skis, snow boards, archery equipment, and fishing equipment is charged at a flat rate of $20 per item. No more than two surfboards may be included in any one pack. Each pack must not weigh more than 32kg.

Please note: Carriage of surfboards is subject to space availability. – Confirmed on calling.

 

60) AirTran Airways

1-800-247-8726

http://www.airtran.com

 

Notes: $79 Surfboards will be accepted for a fee of $79 when packed in a case designed to prevent damage to surfboards, and only upon completion of a Limited Release Tag.

 

61) Swiss

1-888 715-5551

http://www.swiss.com

 

Notes: SUCKS!!!!! $250 One Way €70 -€ 150 70 to 150 EUR depends if continental or international

 

62) Aeroflot

(495) 223-55-55

http://www.aeroflot.ru/cms/en

 

Notes: NA

 

63) EVA Air

+1-800-695-1188

http://www.evaair.com

 

Notes: .No specific rates. Variable

 

64) Asiana Airlines

800-227-4262

http://us.flyasiana.com/

 

Notes: NA

 

65) Thomsonfly

0844 871 1603

http://flights.thomson.co.uk/

 

Notes: £35-£60 Short haul – £35 return

Mid haul – £45 return

Long haul – £60 return

 

66) Condor

1-866-960-7915

http://www.condor.com

 

Notes: NA

 

67) Hainan Airlines

1-888-688-8813

http://global.hnair.com/

 

Notes: NA

 

 

 

68) Finnair

+358 600 140

http://www.finnair.com

 

Notes: NA

 

69) Austrian Airlines

43 (0)5 1766 1000

http://www.austrian.com

 

Notes: Austrian Airlines have not mentioned any info about surf board but information about ski and snow board is available.

 

70) GOL

598 2403-8007

http://www.voegol.com

 

Notes: NA (Surf board is allowed, please check this link for details, but the price is not mentioned)

 

71) WestJet

1-866-952-2746

http://www.westjet.com/

 

Notes: $89-$99 (Aprox) The rates completely depends on the weight and the dimension of the surfboard

 

72) Etihad Airways

44 203 450 7300

http://www.etihadairways.com

 

Notes: 20 Euro(Aprox) Any sporting equipment can be carried including surf board. It can be also carried within the baggage limit 23 Kg. If the luggage exceeds then extra  20 Euro to be paid per Kilo. This price is based on Dubai to London flight, prices may vary for different destinations.

 

73) Jet Airways

1-877-835-9538

http://www.jetairways.com/

 

Notes: Overweight rate ~ USD 50 for any piece weighing between 23-32kg. Surfboard of fibre glass not exceeding 62 inches (158cm) will be included in the free baggage allowance and if in excess, it will be subject to the applicable excess baggage charge.

 

74) First Choice Airways

0871 200 7799

http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/

 

Notes: £35- £60 Short haul – £35 return

Mid haul – £45 return

Long haul – £60 return

 

75) Garuda Indonesia

08041807807

http://www.garuda-indonesia.com/

 

Notes: NA All Sporting Equipments, including but not limited to Golfing, Surf board, Bicycle and Skiing equipments maybe included into applicable passengers Free Baggage Allowance/FBA according to their actual fare paid.

 

76) ExpressJet

404.856.1000

http://www.expressjet.com/

 

Notes: 150 USD/CAD (Aprox) Express jet operates on behalf of continental airlines and United Airlines, so the baggage rules applies by Continental and United. Surfboards are allowed but for certain costs

For size and other infornmation:http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6867,50773,00.html#luge

 

77) Frontier Airlines

800-432-1359 20

http://www.frontierairlines.com/

 

Notes: $20 up to 11 feet and 50 pounds  overweight charges $75

 

78) Thomas Cook (UK)

800-432-1359

http://www.thomascook.com/

 

Notes: £40-£60 Surfboards and body boards are charged at £40 short haul/mid haul and £60 long haul for the return trip.

 

79) Blue Panorama Airlines

http://www.blue-panorama.com/

 

Notes: € 50- € 100 Max 3 pieces,

SHORT RANGE- € 50,00 per piece one way

MEDIUM HAUL- € 100,00 per piece one way

LONG HAUL- € 100,00 per piece one way

 

80) Monarch Airlines

08719 40 50 40 31

http://www.monarch.co.uk/

 

Notes: Surf Board can be carried, sports equipment weighing up to maximum of 20kg can be carried providing the fee has been paid. Can also Pre-book & save £6.50 / €7.50 – book online.

 

 

81) Air Europa

902 401 501 150

http://www.aireuropa.com/

 

Notes: Surf  equipment may consist of a surf board, mast, sail or a surf board or kite or parachute, a bar and a board. Surfing equipment is not included in the baggage allowance. For each equipment checked-in a charge of €150 will be applied per one way.

 

82) Egyptair

800 334 6787

http://www.egyptair.com

 

Notes: NA small surfboard less than 2m is allowed and can be kept in cabin.

 

83) TUIfly

0049 180 5 42 41 40

http://www.tuifly.com/en/

 

Notes: NA Tried calling but unable to reach, please check the numbers here:

 

84) Virgin Blue

+61 7 3295 2296

http://www.virginaustralia.com/

 

Notes: NA Surf board is allowed

 

85) Saudi Arabian Airlines

966-2-6862828

http://www.saudiairlines.com

 

Notes: Called but they don’t understand English

 

86) Philippine Airlines

1-800-4-359-725

www.philippineairlines.com/

 

Notes: 1 surf not more than109 inches will cost $150

 

87) Air India

1800 223 7776

http://home.airindia.in/

 

Notes :NA They cannot allow any baggage above 45 inches

 

88) American Eagle

1-800-535-5225

http://www.aa.com/

 

Notes: 150 *Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 50lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes.

* Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

$150 charge, regardless of the number of checked bags

One surfboard, Kiteboard, Wakeboard, or Wave Ski

 

89) Atlantic Southeast

404-856-1000 200

http://www.flyasa.com/

 

Notes: Accepted as checked baggage

 

90) AirAsia

600 85 9999

http://www.airasia.com

 

Notes: $14/kg ()Aprox Surfboards have to be checked in will be charged a sports equipment fee

* Must be packed in a recognized surfboard bag weighing not more than 20kg (on its own). Anything in excess of 20kg will attract Excess Baggage Fee at the prevailing rate of the airport

* Must not exceed 277 cm or 109 inches in height

 

91) Avianca

1800 284 2622

http://www.avianca.com/

 

Notes: They can allow only three boards and it will cost $100 (Cost may vary depending on the destinations)

The maximum height they can allow is 12 feet and should be under 70 pounds

 

92) Air Transat

1-866-255-4871

http://www.airtransat.com/

 

Notes: Can bring surfboards or wake boards, in accordance with the following conditions:•  CA$12 or equivalent per kilogram for all Southern Destinations or CA $15 for U.K. and European destinations per kilogram(each way).

•  Any regular size. Not longer than 3.65 m (12 feet)

•  Max. 32 kg (70 lb) per item

Passengers should arrive early at the airport since space in the cargo hold is limited.

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