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A must read for any surfer who travels for their fix. This is the definitive list of airlines across the globe and how they charge for the safe (sometimes) delivery of your beloved ride.

Unfortunately surfboards are big and cumbersome, that is the reality. As a result taking your board away with you can not only be complicated but it can also smack a huge dent in your wallet. While some airlines are pretty straight forward with their policy, more often than not you can find yourself pouring through the small print to work out what the deal is.

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Even talking to the airline on the phone doesn’t always reveal the truth with different operators spinning different yarns. There is no doubt that your heart is in your mouth when you arrive to check-in, never quite knowing if you have jumped through all of the hoops that airlines require.

All that can end right now though thanks to the hard work of LUEX Surf Travel who have painstakingly trawled through the interwebs and spoken to almost every airline imaginable to deliver this smart alphabetically ordered list. Simply check which airlines fly to your destination, and scroll down to check their policy.

Unfortunately airlines are free (and probably quite likely) to change their baggage policy whenever they like, so we would always advise double checking everything for yourself first!

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Here is the definitive list…

 

AirlineAccept Surfboards?CostDetailsMore InformationURL
AeroflotYesFree – €150Whilst not explicitly listed, one board bag should count as part of your free baggage allowance, as with bikes/skis/snowboards. However you must call Aeroflot to request carriage.Extra pieces, or oversize/overweight baggage will be charged.http://www.aeroflot.com/cm/en
Aer LingusYesFree – €30/€40Boards are carried free on flights to/from North America, or for €30 (each direction) to all other destinations if paid in advance; €40 if paid at the airport.Max board length 9 foot, or max 6.7 on regional flightshttp://www.aerlingus.com
Aero MexicoYes$40 – $50 USD$40 if paid on advance, $50 if paid at the airporthttp://eu.aeromexico.com
Air AsiaYesVariesBook online for a 50% discount and the option to add 15-40kg extra weight. Paying at the airport costs more and limits you to 20kg extra weight.Max board length 9 foothttp://www.airasia.com
Air BerlinYesFree1 board bag can be carried as your free baggage allowanceYou must notify the airline that you’ll be taking a board at least 48 hours before your flight, and it must be packed in a suitable case. If you exceed the number of pieces in your free baggage allowance, you will need to pay a fee of €50-75. No sports baggage on JustFly tickets.http://www.airberlin.com
Air CanadaYes$50 USD/CADWhile surfboards that fit within the dimensions can be counted as your free baggage allowance, you must pay a handling charge per board (NOT per bag) each direction.Boards must be under 203cm long, and less than 277cm total (length + width + height)http://www.aircanada.com
Air ChinaYesFree – $150+ USDBoard bags can be carried as free checked luggage if total linear dimensions (length + width + height) are less than 158cms.If your board exceeds 158cm total liner length then you must pay an oversize baggage charge. Charge varies by route, size and weight, but expect to pay minimum $150 USDhttps://www.airchina.co.uk
Air FranceYes€55-100Boards from 107-300cm long can be carried, with a fee of €55-€100 each way depending on route.You must notify the customer service department prior to flying, and the fee can only be paid at the airport.http://www.airfrance.com
Air IndiaYesVariesYou will be charged 50% of the normal excess baggage fee for the route.We advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.http://www.airindia.in
Air MaltaYes€ 30In principal surf equipment can be carried in addition to your free baggage allowance, but we recommend that you confirm with the customer service department when booking.http://www.airmalta.com
Air MauritiusYesFree – €200If total linear size (length + width + height) is under 2000cms and weight is under 23kg, you can take a board bag for free.Fee, when applicable, varies by route – ranging from €55 – €200 each way.http://www.airmauritius.com
Air New ZealandYesFreeBoard bags up to 2 metres in length are permitted as your free baggage allowance, and multiple boards are allowed in one bag.200cm is generally the maximum length allowed, but some items up to 250cm long can be taken by prior arrangement.http://www.airnewzealand.com
Air PacificYesVariesItems up to total linear dimensions of 277cm can be carried, but fee (and currency) varies depending on route and final destination.Expect to pay approximately 50-100 AUDhttp://www.fijiairways.com
Air SeychellesYesFreeBoards up to 158cm and 15kg can be carried free of chargeBoards must be packed appropriately, and you must sign a waiver that Air Seychelles is not liable for damagehttp://www.airseychelles.com
Air Tahiti NuiYesFreeBoards up to 250cm and 23kg can be carried free, in addition to standard checked baggage allowancehttps://www.airtahitinui.com
Air VanuatuDepends on planeFreeAs part of your free checked baggage allowance, boards up to 250cms can be carried free on international flights, and boards up to 150cms can be carried free on most domestic flights. Some smaller planes on certain routes cannot take surfboards.Call airline to check which plane flies on your routehttp://www.airvanuatu.com
Alaska AirYes$25 USDOne board bag with up to two boards can be carried for the standard checked luggage fee. Size permissible depends on route.On Alaska Airlines flights 1-999 the equipment may measure a maximum 115” ( 9 ft., 7 in.) in length alone. On Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 and 3440-3499 the maximum combined linear dimensions (height + length + width) may not exceed 115”.http://www.alaskaair.com
AlitaliaDepends on route€75 – $260 USDBoards up to 300cm can normally be carried for a fee, though the amount and currency depends on route.You must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.http://www.alitalia.com
American AirlinesYes$42.50 – 150 USDBoards up to 320cm total linear dimensions incur a fee of $150 USD, other than flights to/from/through Brazil.When travelling to/from/through Brazil, the first board is charged at $42.50 USD, and subsequent boards at $85 USD.http://www.aa.com
AnaYesVariesIf within your free checked baggage, boards up to 203cm total linear dimensions travel free. If the board is in addition to your normal checked baggage allowance, you will have to pay a fee (varies on route), but calculated by weight rather than size.Fees depend on route, and not all planes can accommodate boards. Please call the airline when booking.http://www.ana.co.jp
ArikairYesVariesSurf boards are can be carried, but are subject to a fee, depending on route.You must call the airline when booking flights.http://www.arikair.com
AsianaYesFreeIf within the weight limit and number of pieces stipulated in the free baggage allowance, one surfboard can be carried for free. No extra charges for oversize board bags, but extra charges will apply to overweight bags.http://kr.flyasiana.com/C/en/main.do
Austrian AirYes€50-100Boards up to 2m in length can be transported for €50 each way within Europe, or for €100 each way on intercontinental flights.You must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.http://www.austrian.com
Avianca El SalvadorYes$50-125 USDYou can take one board bag containing up to 3 boards (up to 370cm long and weighing up to 32kg) for $50 USD if travelling to/from Brazil, or $125 USD if travelling to/form America.A board bag can be taken on certain routes to/from America for $100 USD.http://www.avianca.com
AzulYesFreeIf within your checked baggage allowance and under 23kg, a board can be taken for free.http://www.voeazul.com.br/en
Bahamas AirYes$65 USDA board bag up to 203cm is permitted, but will incur a fee of $65 USDThe board must be securely packed in an appropriate baghttp://bahamasair.com
Bel AviaYesFreeAs long as the combined weight is under that stipulated in the free baggage allowance (varies by ticket class), 1 surfboard can be carried for freeNo more than 1 board can be takenhttp://en.belavia.by/home/
Blue Wing AirlinesMaybeVariesTicket price is calculated by personal weight and the weight of your baggage.You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight.http://www.bluewingairlines.com
BMI RegionalYesFree – £30/€45One board can be carried free if within checked baggage allowances, or at an additional cost of £30/€45 if not (up to 20kg extra) per sector.Any item between 21-32kg will be charged an additional fixed fee of £30/€45 per sector.http://www.bmiregional.com
British AirwaysYesFreeOne board bag up to a maximum size of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm and weight of 23kg can be carried as your free checked allowance.Board must be packed in a recognisable surfboard bag.http://www.britishairways.com
Brunei AirYesVariesBaggage with total linear dimensions of over 147cm are charged by volumetric equivalent weight, though the airline waives the first 5kg for surfboards.You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight.http://www.flyroyalbrunei.com
Brussels AirlinesYesFreeProvided it fits within your free checked baggage allowance, a surfboard can be taken free of charge.http://www.brusselsairlines.com
Cape AirDepends on routeVariesNot all planes can accommodate surfboards. You must call the airline when booking a flight.https://www.capeair.com
Carpat AirYes$75Surfboards incur a $75 charge, per board.You must call the airline when booking to reserve space for your board.http://www.carpatair.com
Cathay PacificYesVariesFee varies by route. You can take boards free of charge on some routes, and between Hong Kong and Doha even receive an extra 10kg weight allowance. Free baggage allowance also varies by route; where free baggage allowance is calculated purely by total weight, boards may travel free if within restrictions. On routes where free baggage allowance is calculated by pieces and dimensions, an extra fee is payable, though costs vary by starting point and destination.You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight.http://www.cathaypacific.com
Cayman AirwaysPossiblyVariesSome sporting items can be carried as part of free baggage limit, irrespective of size, though surfboards aren’t explicitly named. Fees of $150 USD normally apply to items over 157cm total dimensions, up to a maximum of 203cm.You should contact the airline directly when booking your flight, and obtain written permission.https://www.caymanairways.com
China AirlinesYesVariesIn general boards cannot be carried as part of the free baggage allowance. Boards up to 277cms total dimensions will be charged at 100% of the applicable excess baggage, while larger boards will be charged at 150% of the fee. The fee applies per board.The exceptions are flights to/from/within the SW Pacific, where boards can be counted as part of your free baggage allowance. If they exceed the free allowance, a board up to 277cm total dimensions will be charged at the applicable rate for 5kg of excess baggage, or 8kgs if larger than 277cm.http://www.china-airlines.com
China EasternYesVariesSurfboards are not included in the free checked baggage allowance, and will be charged 50% of the applicable fee if not exceeding 277cm total dimensions, or
100% of the applicable fee if larger. Only one board per passenger is entitled to the 50% special rate. Any additional boards will be charged at the applicable excess baggage charge (by weight): one board up to 277cm total linear dimensions will be charged at the applicable rate of 5kg of excess baggage, or one board exceeding 277cm will be charged at the applicable rate of 8kg of excess baggage.
Please note that the special rate is not applicable to passengers travelling to / from / within the following countries in South West Pacific:
American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati (Canton and Enderbury Islands), Nauru, New Caledonia (including Loyalty Islands), New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna Islands.
http://www.flychinaeastern.com
China SouthernYesVariesFee varies by route and number of boards, but you must obtain permission from the airline to transport a surfboard at the time of booking.http://www.csair.com/en/
CondorYes$65-78 USDBoards must be pre-registered with the airline. A fee of $65 USD applies if registered 30 or more days before the flight, or $78 USD if registered within 30 days of the flight.http://www.condor.com
Copa AirYes$50-100 USDOne board bag with up to two boards can be carried for $100 USD to all destinations other than São Paulo and San Jose, where only $50 USD is charged.http://www.copaair.com
CorsairflyYesVariesSurfboards can be taken free of charge if within the applicable free baggage weight and dimensions, which vary by route.You should check the exact fee with the airline when booking a flight.http://www.corsair.ca
Croatia AirlinesYesFreeOne board up to 200cm can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance, but you must notify the airline when booking.http://www.croatiaairlines.com
Czech AirlinesYesVariesA board can be carried for free if within the applicable weight and size restrictions on free baggage allowance, or fee a fee if larger. You must notify the airline at the time of booking.http://www.csa.cz/en
DeltaYes$100-150 USD/CAD or €105Two boards can be carried on one bag for $100 USD when travelling to/from Brazil, or for $150 USD/CAD or €105 to all other destinationshttp://www.delta.com
EasyjetYes£35One surfboard bag can be carried for £35 per flight.If the surfboard bag is your sole checked luggage, it can weigh up to 32kg. If it is in addition to other checked baggage, you receive and extra 12kg weight allowance.http://www.easyjet.com
Egypt AirYesVariesOne surfboard up to 200cm can be taken as checked baggage, but is not included in the free baggage allowance. Fees will be calculated as 50% of applicable excess baggage rate.http://www.egyptair.com
EmiratesYesVariesBoard bags up to 300cm total dimensions can be carried, at the applicable oversize baggage fee for the routeNo items exceeding 300cm total dimensions can be carried, with no exceptions.http://www.emirates.com
EtihadYesFreeBoards up to 300cm can be transported for freehttp://www.etihad.com
Ethiopian AirwaysYesVariesBoards up to 200cm can be transported for €40 within Europe or €80 on intercontinental flights. Boards over 200cm are subject to a fee of €80 on European flights or €160 on intercontinental flights.http://www.ethiopianairlines.com
FinnairYesFree – €150Boards under 190cm long and 23kg can be carried free if within checked baggage allowances, otherwise (and for larger boards) a fee of €150 applies.http://www.finnair.com
First AirYes$70 USDBoards with linear dimensions (length + width + height) of 161 to 292 comes are subject to a $70.00 excess charge.https://firstair.ca
FlybeYes£30In principle boards can be carried for a few of £30, though size is restricted on certain routes.You must call the airline when booking to reserve space for your board.http://www.flybe.com/
Frontier AirlinesYesVariesBoards can be carried, subject to the applicable fee depending on route and travel class.You should check the exact fee with the airline when booking a flight.http://www.flyfrontier.com
Garuda IndonesiaYesFreeSurfboards can be carried free within the checked baggage allowance applicable to your ticketWe advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.https://www.garuda-indonesia.com
Georgian AirwaysYesFreeNormally baggage must be under 158cm linear dimensions, but surfboards are listed as an exception. Any excess fees should be calculated by weight.Check fees and size restrictions with airline when booking.http://www.airzena.com/?l=E
German WingsYes€ 50Surfboards can be carried, but are subject to a fee of €50Boards must be pre-booked with the customer service departmenthttps://www.germanwings.com
Go AirYesVariesSurfboards can normally be carried, possibly subject to an oversize baggage fee. You must call the airline to confirm fees when booking.http://www.goair.in
Gulf AirYesFreeBoard bags up to 190cm and 32kg can be carried free as your checked baggage allowance.http://www.gulfair.com
Hawaiian AirlinesYesFree – $150 USDTwo boards up to 292cm can be carried in one bag. Fees vary by route, ranging from free (to Australia and New Zealand) to $150 USDDue to limited space in some planes you must contact the customer service department to reserve spacehttp://www.hawaiianairlines.com
IberiaYes$60 USD – €150/$150 USDBoards up to 250cm can be carried for a fee of €150/$150 USD, with the exception of flights to/from Brazil, where only $60 USD is chargedCarriage is subject to available space, so you must contact the airline at the time of bookinghttp://www.iberia.com
Iceland AirYes€62 – €87Price varies between routes flying to/from Iceland, Europe and North AmericaYou must pre-book your surfboardhttp://www.icelandair.com
InterjetYesFreeBoards are free, up to 50kghttp://www.interjet.com.mx
Japan AirlinesYes$50-150 USDPrice varies between routesUp to two boards can be taken per board baghttps://www.jal.com
Jet2Yes€39 per flightMax length 182cmsYou must pre-book your surfboardhttp://www.jet2.com
JetblueYes$50 USD$50 USD each way, one board per case, counts as one piece of your checked baggage allowanceNo size restrictions, but must be under 100lbshttp://www.jetblue.com
JetstarYesFreeCounts as one of your checked baggage piecesSurfboards, (including the surfboard bag), must not exceed 1.9 metres for Jetstar flights operated by an A320, A321 or B737 aircraft, and 2.77 meters for Jetstar flights operated by an A330 or 787** aircraft.http://www.jetstar.com
Kenya AirwaysYesVariesSurfboards over 107cm long must ALWAYS be pre-booked. A charge will always apply, but it varies by route.http://www.kenya-airways.com
KLMYes€55-100Fee varies by route. Boards 107-300cm long must always be pre-booked.In most cases the board bag will count as your only piece of checked luggage.https://www.klm.com
KululaYesFreeBoards up to 190 x 75 x 65 cm travel freeAnything over 20kg will be charged extra, but you can easily add extra weight and pieces to your allowancehttp://www.kulula.com
LAN AirlinesYesFreeBoards up to 300 linear cm travel freehttp://www.lan.com
Lion AirYes200,000 IDRWe recommend you call the airline to confirm board carriage when booking your flighthttp://www.lionair.co.id
LOT Polish AirlinesYes€12-100Fee varies depending on route, from €12 for domestic flights to €100 for intercontinental flights.You must call to confirm board carriage before your flight, as not all planes are large enough to accommodate thenhttp://www.lot.com
LufthansaYes€50-100Boards up to 2m can are allowed on continental flights for a fee of €50, or on intercontinental for a fee of €100You must call the airline to register your sports baggage before flyinghttp://www.lufthansa.com
LuxairYes€ 50€50 per flight, up to 30kgs allowedhttp://www.luxair.lu
Malaysia AirlinesYesFree1 board up to 2.5m will be carried free of charge, if within your free checked baggage limitshttp://www.malaysiaairlines.com
Mango AirlinesYesFreeYou must call before booking to ensure there is sufficient room in the aircraft hold for your boardhttp://www.flymango.com
MEAYesFreeFirst item of sporting equipment (up to 20kg) travels free of chargeDue to different regulations over different routes, we advise confirming carriage with the airline when bookinghttps://www.mea.com.lb
MeridianaYes€90-190Fees vary by route, with a charge of €90 for domestic flights, €100 for international and €190 for intercontinentalhttps://www.meridiana.it
MonarchYes£24.99/€29.99Boards up to 182cms can fly for a fee of £24.99, which entitles you to an extra 20kg weight allowancehttp://www.monarch.co.uk
Nauru AirlinesNo
Oman AirYesVariesYou must call the airline when booking, as not all planes can take boards, and charges vary by route and classhttp://www.omanair.com
PenairYesMinimum $50 USDYou must call the airline when booking, as it’s likely that you board must travel as cargoFees vary by routehttp://www.penair.com
Philippine AirlinesYes1120 PHPYou must call to book your surf board, but the fee entitles you to an extra 15kg weight allowancehttp://www.philippineairlines.com
QantasYesFreeBoards up to 277cm and 32kg can travel free as part of your checked baggage allowancehttp://www.qantas.com.au
Qatar AirwaysYesFree1 board bag up to 32kg can be carried free as part of your checked baggage allowancehttp://www.qatarairways.com
Royal JordanianYes$30-200 USDSurfboards never travel free, and fee varies by routehttp://www.rj.com
RyanairYes€50/£50€50/£50 per flight, up to 20kgWe recommend you call the airline to confirm when bookinghttp://www.ryanair.com
Saudi AirlinesYes$130-440 USDSurfboards incur an extra fee, which varies by routeYou should call the airline to check fees on your route when bookinghttp://www.saudiairlines.com
Singapore AirYesVariesSurfboards can be carried free if within size limits, which vary by routeWe advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.http://www.singaporeair.com
Sky WestMaybeVaries by routeYou must call the airline when booking, as not all planes can take boards, and charges vary by route and classhttp://www.skywest.com
Solomon AirlinesMaybeVaries by routeYou must call the airline when booking, as not all planes can take boards, and charges vary by route and classhttp://www.flysolomons.com
South African AirwaysYesVariesOn most routes boards under 200cms fly free, if within the free baggage allowanceYou should call the airline to check fees on your route when bookinghttps://www.flysaa.com
SouthWestYes$75 USDBoards travel for $75 USD each wayYou should call the airline to check fees on your route when bookinghttps://www.southwest.com
Srilankan AirwaysYesVariesFree if within the checked baggage limit (32kg)Exceeding the checked baggage allowance on your route will incur fees, and we advise to call the airline to check costs when bookinghttp://www.srilankan.com
Sriuijaye AirMaybeVariesSurfboards should be free if under 20kg, but we advise you to confirm this with the airline when bookinghttps://www.sriwijayaair.co.id
SuncountryYes$75 USDMax length 5 foothttp://www.suncountry.com
Sunwing AirlinesYes€80-100Fee varies by route, but you should pre-book your board with the airlinehttp://www.flysunwing.com
SwissYes€50-100Boards up to 2m can fly for €50-100 depending on routehttp://www.swiss.com
TAP PortugalYes€35-75MUST be pre-booked with the airlinehttp://www.flytap.com
Thai AirwaysYesVaries by routeCan be included in checked baggage allowance if flying to/from Australia/New Zealand, otherwise fees vary by routeYou should call the airline to check fees on your route when bookinghttp://www.thaiairways.com
Tiger AirwaysYesVariesSurfboards under 190cm and 10kg can be included in checked baggagehttp://www.tigerair.com
TransaviaYesFreeBoards can be transported free, but you are NOT allowed to store clothes/etc in the bagYou must call the airline to pre-book your sports baggage before flyinghttps://www.transavia.com
UnitedYes$150-200 USDThe service charge for a surfboard, wakeboard or paddleboard is $150 (each way) for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 (each way) for all other travel.https://www.united.com
US AirwaysYes$150 USDBoards can be transported for $150 PER BOARDYou must call the airline when booking the flight, as not all planes can take surfboards.http://www.usairways.com
Virgin AmericaYesNormally $50USDBoards are normally transported for $50, but oversize weight fees can apply, varying by routeYou should call the airline to check fees on your route when bookinghttps://www.virginamerica.com
Virgin AtlanticYesFreeBoards under 23kg and 277cm fly for free, IN ADDITION to your normal checked baggage allowancehttp://www.virgin-atlantic.com
Virgin AustraliaYesVariesBoards can be included within your free checked baggage allowance, but dimensions vary by route and planeYou must call to confirm board carriage before your flight, as not all planes are large enough to accommodate them.http://www.virginaustralia.com
Viva AerobusYes400-550 MXNFees for boards vary by route and how/when you pay – we advise to call the airline when bookinghttps://www.vivaaerobus.com
VolarisYesFreeFree if under 2m and within the checked baggage allowance of your route and classWe advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.http://volaris.com
VuelingYes€ 45Boards travel for €45 each wayYou must pre-book your sports baggage before flyinghttp://www.vueling.com
WestjetYesVariesBoards under 3m can be carried, but all applicable excess/oversize baggage fees will be appliedWe advise you to call the customer service department to confirm fees when booking your flight.http://www.westjet.com
Wizz AirYes€30-80Boards can be carried, but fees vary by route, class and seasonhttps://wizzair.com
YemeniaMaybeVariesWe recommend you call the airline to confirm board carriage and fees when booking your flighthttp://yemenia.com

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