US Airline Surfboard Fees Chart

The list below shows the costs for traveling with a surfboard on the airlines.  Most airlines charge a set fee for bringing on your board.  The details that are needed to be watched are the size and weight limits.  If your board is over the specified weight limit, you’re going to get charged on top of the already expensive board fee.  Most weight limits are 50 lbs, and average board weight is well below 10 pounds.  Even with two boards in a bag and some extra items, it should not be hard to stay under the weight limit.  If your board is over the size limit, it will probably not be coming with you.  The best way of traveling with a surfboard is by using a heavy-duty, appropriately sized surfboard board bag.  Most airlines actually require this.  A board bag will greatly reduce your chances of getting a ding in your board from reckless baggage handlers.  You can throw a wetsuit and some other clothes/towels for extra protection.  Some airlines even let you fit two surfboards into one bag.  Each airline is different, so be sure to read the details below and since fees are constantly changing, make sure to check back each time you fly.

 

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AirTran Airways surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 11th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 50
Max Surfboard Size:
N/A
AirTran continues to be the most confusing airline when it comes to their fees. Call and talk to multiple agents, and you’re bound to get conflicting information each time. After speaking with a couple supervisors, this is what we gathered. The AirTran Surfboard fee is $50 each way. There are no weight or size restrictions. If you check a bag in with your board, that bag will be charged the 1st bag fee. The surfboard is required to be in a surfboard bag. If your surfboard bag can hold two boards, you might only be charged for one board. That, however, may just be up to the agent at the airport.
Alaska Airlines surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 12th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
N/A
Max Surfboard Size:
9'7"
There is no Alaska Airlines surfboard fee. Each checked surfboard will be charged standard baggage fees AND subject to overweight/oversize fees. It's going to be hard to reach the overweight fee, so we're basically looking at the oversize fee PLUS the standard baggage fee. If your surfboard is 63-80 inches, your fee is $50 + $20 (standard bag fee). If it's 81+ inches, the fee is $75 + $20.
American Airlines surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 20th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 150
Max Surfboard Size:
10'6
American Airlines Surfboard fee is $150 regardless of the number of checked bags. Boards over 70 lbs and/or 126 inches will not be accepted. One surfboard per person. Boards under 62 inches, such as wakeboards, are only subject to the applicable checked baggage charges.
Delta Airlines surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 20th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 150
Max Surfboard Size:
9'7"
Delta Airlines Surfboard fee is $150 for each way of travel. If surfboard is not in a protective case, you must fill out a limited liability release form. You are allowed to fit up to 2 surfboards per surf bag. Boards over 115 in will not be accepted. Boogie boards smaller than or equal to 43 inches will be accepted as regular baggage.
Frontier Airlines surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 18th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
N/A
Max Surfboard Size:
15"
There is no extra Frontier Surfboard fee. Your board is simply charged as checked baggage. That means excess and oversize fees are applied. Since all surfboards will be oversize, you're looking at a $75 fee to bring a surfboard (more if you are checking in excess baggage). Max sizes: 15 ft for Airbus 319/320; 11 ft for Airbus 318; 8 ft for Embraer.
JetBlue surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 13th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 50
Max Surfboard Size:
N/A
JetBlue Surfboard fee is $50 each way. One surfboard per case. Size and weight restrictions do not apply. It is recommended that surfboards travel in a hard-sided case to prevent damage. Your board is counted as one of your checked baggage.
Southwest Airlines surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 12th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 50
Max Surfboard Size:
-
Southwest Airlines surfboard fee is a flat rate $50 each way fee. Keels and fins must be removed and placed in carry-on or checked baggage.
US Airways surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 11th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 200
Max Surfboard Size:
N/A
US Airways Surfboard fee is $200 for each way of travel. This fee is for one board, so if you have two, you can double the cost. When packing up your board, keels and/or kedges must be removed or crated in a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage. The board cannot exceed 99 inches in length on Express flights. Mainline flights there is no max.
United Airlines surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 12th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 100
Max Surfboard Size:
9'7"
The United Airlines Surfboard fee is $100 for each way of travel. The skeg/fin must be removed or well padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container, preferably a surfboard bag, to avoid scratching. United Airlines will not be liable for damage. The surfboard max length is 115 inches, and only 80 inches on UA Express flights.
Virgin America surfboard fees
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Info Last Updated On:
July 13th, 2012
Surfboard Fee:
$ 50
Max Surfboard Size:
N/A
Virgin America surfboard is $50 for each way of travel. One board per fee and will require a limited release tag.

 

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