Airline, Boardbags - per board or per bag?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by HerbB, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. HerbB

    HerbB Member

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    Question for the travelers. Do airlines usually charge per bag or per board?

    Looks like the going rate is 150.00. If I take 3 boards, am I looking at 450.00 per way?
     
  2. strez

    strez Active Member

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    I haven't traveled in awhile, but each airline has their regulations. Then the staff at the counter interpret them...
     
  3. HerbB

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    Thanks flying United, if anyone has any recent experience with them.
     
  4. garagefull

    garagefull Active Member

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    No recent experience with United, but I flew them a lot at my old job. Don't expect to sweet talk the gate agent into lower or no fees. Even when I flew over 50K mile annually with United, I still had to pay full boat. A gate agent once told me that he surfed and even he had to pay the board fees.
     
  5. cuda

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    United has some pretty challenging criteria for traveling with a surfboard. Last month I was looking at a trip to San Diego from the east coast. I almost always fly Southwest if I'm bringing a board.
    Anyhow United had a cheaper deal and a new policy that when flying to or from CA surfboards were $75 to celebrate CA making surfing the "state sport"
    After speaking to one of their CS people I was informed that there are size restrictions. she pointed out
    "Note: On United flights, surfboards, wakeboards, paddleboards and board bags that exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm) will not be accepted. On United Express® flights, surfboards, wakeboards, paddleboards and board bags are subject to the aircraft's load capacities, and items that exceed 80 linear inches (203 cm) will not be accepted. "
    The definition of linear inches is not what it seems. In this case they refer to linear as L" + W" + H." 115" My 7'6" quad bag is 90" + 24" + 11" =135" This plus the fact that I'd have to take a United Express on the 1st leg of my trip pretty much nixed that plan.

    Cliffnote version: if your bag is bigger than their restrictions you are not getting your board on the plane at any price.

    Im pretty sure United has the strictest policy of all the airlines. Southwest, Alaska, Delta all charge by the bag. Jet blue has a low fee ($75per board) and depending on the counter person its by the bag or board. When went to CR I paid by the bag going and by the board returning.
     
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  6. Croweater

    Croweater Active Member

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    Fly southwest or just buy a board when you get there. Way cheaper.
     
  7. Bruce Fowler

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  8. cuda

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  9. dingpatch

    dingpatch Well-Known Member

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    We, as surfers, always like to complain about how the airlines rape us on board fees. We are prone to point to golf bags, etc. and ask "what gives"? In general terms, , , , "surfers" typically only account for, let's say, 10% of an airlines "sports travelers" but, damaged boards, etc, account for like 80% of the airlines damaged baggage claims. I gave up on traveling with a board way back in the last century.
     
  10. HerbB

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    Cuda,

    So following what you say, I have a 6'6" board bag: 78" x 27 x 8" = 113 I'm good?
     

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