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[2023 Updated] TRAVEL WITH SURFBOARDS? KNOW WHAT AIR COMPANIES ARE CHARGING

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Every year it’s the same. Airlines tighten the siege and review values related to the transportation of sports equipment, what can be a real problem if you travel with surfboards.

Since I started traveling this is a deciding factor for choosing the airline that I’m going to use. Truth be told that in recent years my company of choice has been Emirates for that same reason: the transport and weight of the surfboard is included in the baggage allowed per passenger.

Of course, Emirates doesn’t fly everywhere and depending on where you want to travel, it’s best to be aware of all the rates and rules of the various airlines.

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AER LINGUS

  • Weight: 23kg
  • International maximum measurement: 2.77m / 110in
  • Regional Maximum Size: 2.05m / 80in
  • Rate: It is included in the baggage if the destination is North America; To other destinations: 40 EUR / unit

AIR ALASKA

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.92m / 115in
  • Rate: 75 USD

AIR ASIA

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.77m / 110in
  • Pre-registration fee: 30kg / 19 EUR per unit

AIR CALIN ✪

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in

AIR CANADA

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.00m / 80in
  • Rate: 5 EUR (or 6.50 Canadian Dollars) per bag, but not always charged

AIR FRANCE

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in
  • Rate: Between 65 and 125 EUR, depending on the route

AIR NEW ZEALAND ✪

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.00m / 80in

AIR TAHITI NUI

  • Maximum weight: 25kg
  • Maximum Measure: 1.80m / 70in
  • Rate: Between 65 and 125 EUR, depending on the route

AMERICAN AIRLINES

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum Measure: 3.70m / 145in
  • Rate: 150 USD

AVIANCA

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum Measure: 3.70m / 145in
  • Rate: Between 100 and 125 USD depending on the destination

AZORES AIRLINES ✪

  • Allows additional luggage (surfboard bag) up to 10kg. From there, fee payment.

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 1.90m / 75in
  • Rate: Between 100 and 125 USD depending on the destination

DELTA

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.90m / 115in
  • Rate: Between 100 and 150 USD depending on the destination

EASYJET

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Rate: 82 EUR

EMIRATES ✪

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in

ETIHAD ✪

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in

FLYBE

  • Maximum weight: 20kg
  • Maximum measurement: Between 1.67m and 3.00m (depends on the airplane)
  • Rate: EUR 35 per unit

HAWAIIAN

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.90m / 115in
  • Rate: 35 USD (between islands); 100 USD (Hawaii-USA); Prices vary for other destinations

IBERIA

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 3.50m / 137in
  • Rate: EUR 35 per unit. For short or medium-haul flights, the fee is 45 EUR.

ICELAND AIR

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.50m / 98in
  • Rate: 67 EUR (from the UK to Iceland)

KLM

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in
  • Rate: 68 EUR

LATAM CHILE ✪

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in

LUFTHANSA

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum measurement: 2.00m / 78in
  • Rate: 100 EUR

MALAYASIAN ✪

  • Maximum weight: 30kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.50m / 98in

QANTAS ✪

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.7m / 109in

QATAR ✪

  • Maximum weight: 30kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in

RYANAIR

  • Maximum weight: 20kg
  • Maximum size: A standard board has no problem
  • Rate: 59 EUR for each trip for sports equipment

SINGAPORE AIRLINES ✪

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum measurement: 2.00m / 78in

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ✪

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 2.00m / 78in

SOUTHWEST

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum measurement: 2.00m / 78in
  • Rate: USD 75 per trip

SRI LANKAN ✪

  • Maximum weight: 30kg
  • Maximum measurement: 3.00m / 118in

TAP PORTUGAL

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Rate: 50 EUR (up to 2 meters) and 100 EUR (up to 2 meters) per unit

THAI AIRWAYS

  • Maximum weight: 30kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.77m / 109in
  • Rate: 100 EUR (up to 2 meters) and 200 EUR (up to 2 meters)

TURKISH AIRLINES

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum measurement: 2.50m / 98in
  • Rate: Varies depending on the route and destination

UNITED

  • Maximum weight: 32kg
  • Maximum Measure: 2.90m / 115in
  • Rate: 150 USD (for each trip in the US) and 200 USD (for each international trip)

VIRGIN

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Maximum Measure: 1.90m / 75in

Please note that rates and policies may vary depending on the specific route, class of service, and other factors. It’s always recommended to check with the airline directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information before traveling.

Did you find this post helpful? Have you ever travel with surfboards or some other type of baggage and find it difficult with the airline companies? Share your experience in the comment box.

Marlene On The Move

Marlene Marques

Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures around the world. It is not unusual for her to set off to discover new countries and cultures with a surfboard as luggage.

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2 COMMENTS

  • Agness of aTukTuk

    This post was a great read! These tips are so important to know, Marlene!

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Hi, Agness! Thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad this post is useful. But I advice to always check with the airline company you’re going to use since they are always changing baggage policy. 🙂

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