Airlines Increase Fees for Boardbags
If you are thinking about bringing your favorite quiver on your next surf trip, these airlines have increased their fees for surfboards. Be sure to visit the airlines website before booking your flight so you know what to expect.
Luckily in Costa Rica there are a number of surf shops who rent quality, ding free boards. It is also an option to buy a new board and then sell it back used and still save over what it would have cost to bring your own. Here is our list of surfcamps, many of whom have boards to rent.
If you want this practice of overcharging to end, contact the airlines by mail and visit this site to sign their petition - http://www.surfers-against-airline-fees.com/
Air Pacific- $50 each way per surfboard bag leaving the U.S.
American Airlines - $150 each way (charge is per surfboard bag if neatly packed and under 50lbs) Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 50lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Max 70 lbs and 126 inches
Continental, $100 each way for 2 surfboards , $400 each way for 3 surfboards, $700 each way for 4 surfboards)
Continental Airlines will accept one surfboard/wakeboard or one surfboard bag containing up to four boards per customer as checked baggage. Services charges (one way):
* 1 surfboard $100.00
* 1 surfboard bag containing up to two boards $100.00
* 1 surfboard bag containing up to three boards $400.00
* 1 surfboard bag containing up to four boards $700.00
This service charge is in addition to any excess baggage charges that may apply. The skeg/fin must be removed or well padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. Continental Airlines shall not be liable for damage to a surfboard/wakeboard. Excess Valuation may not be purchased for a surfboard/wakeboard. Surfboard/wakeboard and surfboard bags over 70lbs (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Note: On Continental Airlines flights, surfboards, surfboard bags or wakeboards over 115 inches (292 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage. On Continental Express* or Continental Connection flights, surfboards, surfboard bags or wakeboards over 80 inches (203 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Copa- $75 to all destinations, excluding São Paulo and San Jose (SJO) which are charged only US $50 (two boards per bag)
Delta- $150 each way per surfboard bag - one board per bag ($100 each way to/from Brazil, $220 to Honolulu or Maui) Additional surfboard restrictions and exceptions are outlined below:
Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary.
If the surfboard is not in a protective case, you must fill out a limited liability release before the surfboard will be accepted.
Surfboards are allowed up to two (2) boards per bag.
Bags over 70 lbs. will be charged the excess weight fee.
Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a 20 USD/CAD/EUR* fee.
Boogie boards smaller than or equal to 43 inches (107 cm) will be accepted as part of the regular baggage allowance.
Surfboards over 115 linear inches will not be accepted.
Jet Blue- What is accepted: One surfboard per case; we recommend that surfboards travel in a hard-sided (rather than soft-sided) case to prevent damage. Domestic Flights: Surfboards are accepted on domestic flights for a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as one of your checked bags. International Flights: Customers will be charged a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as part of the checked baggage allowance. Surfboards are accepted to all destinations EXCEPT to/from Bermuda, *Santo Domingo and Santiago. *Please note: Surfboards ARE accepted on flights to/from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Southwest- $50 each way per surfboard bag
Spirit Airlines - A fee of $100 will apply each way for surfboards. A maximum of two surfboards will be accepted per case.
Taca- $125 each way per surfboard bag (max. 3 surfboards), $175 extra for additional surfboards ($100 between Miami and San Jose, Costa Rica) "Surf boards: you can check the first bag (paying the relevant fee) as part of your luggage and carry a maximum of three boards in one bag per passenger with a maximum weight of 70 pounds (32 kilos) and up to 12 feet (3.7 meters long)."
United- Domestic $100 each way per surfboard, International $200 each way per surfboard. Allowance/requirements One surfboard or surfboard bag per customer as checked baggage. The skeg/fin must be removed or well padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. United Airlines shall not be liable for damage to a surfboard. Excess Valuation may not be purchased for a surfboard.
Maximum weight/size 50 pounds (23 kg) Maximum length 115 inches (293 cm) Other information Allow an extra 30 minutes at check-in. Cannot be accommodated on Airbus A320 or Airbus A319 aircraft. Note: On United Airlines flights, surfboards or surfboard bags more than 115 inches (292 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage. On United Express flights, surfboards or surfboard bags more than 80 inches (203 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage. If your itinerary includes United Express, please contact United for information regarding aircraft cargo hold limits.
US Airways - Surfboards will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $100 per direction. One item of surfing equipment consists of 1 surfboard. When packaging a surfboard, keels and/or kedges must be removed or crated in such a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage.
These airlines do not charge for boards:
Singapore Airlines- No Charge for first 2 surfboards
Qantas – No charge
South African Airways- No charge
Air Emirates- No Charge