Airlines Increase Surfboard Travel Rates; No Guarantees of Board Survival
Pay hefty travel costs only to have the board show up like this on the other end--priceless.
Golfers can treat their clunky, heavy golf bags as a check-in item, usually sans extra costs (on Delta Airlines, free as long as it's under 50 pounds); bicycles get the same treatment. But those cumbersome, often light-weight (only the pros tend to travel with a quiver's worth of boards) board bags, they're treated like luggage public enemy No. 1. More so than guns.
Below is a list of new surfboard travel costs that should be coming to an airport near you.
- Delta - $200 each way per surfboard bag
- United - Domestic, $100 each way per surfboard; International, $200 each way per surfboard
- American - $150 each way (charge is per surfboard bag, if neatly packed and under 50 lbs.)
- Continental - $100 each way for 2 surfboards, $400 each way for 3 surfboards, $700 each way for 4 surfboards
- Taca - $125 each way per surfboard bag (max. 2 surfboards), $175 extra for additional surfboards
Still Crooks, But A Better Bargain
- Copa - $75 each way per surfboard bag
- Jet Blue - $75 per bag (max. length 80 inches and accepted on space available basis only)
- Southwest - $50 each way per surfboard bag
- Air Pacific - $50 each way per surfboard bag
Surfer & Surfboard-Friendly
- Interjet (Mexico) - No Charge
- Singapore Airlines - No Charge, for first 2 surfboards
- Qantas (Australia) - No charge
- South African Airways - No charge
- Air Emirates - No Charge
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