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post #101 of 192 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 12:02 AM
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I've made a master list of all the major airlines and their ski/snowboard baggage allowaces, as well as regular allowances.

Thought you guys might find it handy: Airline Baggage Allowances

If there's anything out of date, let me know! I do my best to keep it up to date, but I'm human so I do apologize if there's any info out of date.
Great job, thanks, really helpful!
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FYI -- might not apply to most, but if you are flying WITHIN Alaska up to 3 bags are free. If you live in Alaska you can join the Alaska 49 club and fly to or from on Alaska Airlines (which will come in handy for my CO Breck boarding trip in February) and 2 bags fly free.

I flew to UT earlier this year when i still lived back East and my bag was regular price - $25 each way and I stuffed it with other gear because I have a huge bag (probably seems like that only because I'm short and thus my board is) so it saved me on stuffing my carry on bag.

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I hate being tall and therefor having a bigger board where it doesn't meet the 62" L+W+H dimensions lol. My board itself is like 62-1/2" long. Rather than pay $50 for oversized baggage fees I think I am going to ship my board out to Colorado and then ship it back to Florida. Shouldn't be more than $40 each way.
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Anyone fly Southwest recently? Are they still allowing board bags for free? I know most board bags are going to exceed 62"L+W+H (157cm and change) so this would apply to just about everyone.
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I'm wondering the same thing. In December I am planning on taking a trip to Nevada and want to know if it is better to take off the bindings and ship it or take it on Southwest with me. Has anyone flown Southwest recently with their gear? If I find anything out, I'll update it here.
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Special Luggage

Link to their policy. I fly SW every year and my last time was Dec 2010 and my bag is 181cm and they have never said anything and that length limit has always been the same when I've flown. Just counts a normal checked bag.
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Yeah I fly air tran in December and southwest in January both have a special section for sporting good bags and snowboards are free as long as the bag isn't over like 70lbs or something
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I did some calling last night to find out specifics or snowboards as luggage...

Southwest (AKA Death Trap Airlines) allows any size snowboard bag as long as it does not weigh over 50lbs. Also they allow you another bag such as a boot bag with snowboard equipment to count as just 1 checked bag, still allowing you to take another full sized bag for free.

American Airlines on the other hand charges $25 for the snowboard bag but if you pack ANY clothes in the same bag they charge $200!!! They told me to get a carry on and put all my clothes in there and that I can ONLY have a board bindings and boots in a bag to make the exception for a 120" length or something being only $25.

AirTran is $20 for the snowboard bag and up to 70lbs, no charge for putting clothes in the same bag lol.


In summary, Southwest Airlines has a great policy on baggage and usually has extremely cheap flights. The downside is a majority of their airplanes are seriously unsafe. I won't get into a rant about it but the mechanics aren't FAA certified, the fuselages DO have cracks most patched by just riveting a thing piece over them and if you ask any airplane mechanic they will say they won't ever get on a Southwest plane or allow a family member to lol. Pretty scary stuff knowing the behind the scenes.
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I did some calling last night to find out specifics or snowboards as luggage...

Southwest (AKA Death Trap Airlines) allows any size snowboard bag as long as it does not weigh over 50lbs. Also they allow you another bag such as a boot bag with snowboard equipment to count as just 1 checked bag, still allowing you to take another full sized bag for free.

American Airlines on the other hand charges $25 for the snowboard bag but if you pack ANY clothes in the same bag they charge $200!!! They told me to get a carry on and put all my clothes in there and that I can ONLY have a board bindings and boots in a bag to make the exception for a 120" length or something being only $25.

AirTran is $20 for the snowboard bag and up to 70lbs, no charge for putting clothes in the same bag lol.


In summary, Southwest Airlines has a great policy on baggage and usually has extremely cheap flights. The downside is a majority of their airplanes are seriously unsafe. I won't get into a rant about it but the mechanics aren't FAA certified, the fuselages DO have cracks most patched by just riveting a thing piece over them and if you ask any airplane mechanic they will say they won't ever get on a Southwest plane or allow a family member to lol. Pretty scary stuff knowing the behind the scenes.
Humans are not really suppose to fly anyhow so i'm willing to take the risk of an unsafe plane. Also you get what you pay for. I don't see why people moan about service on a "cheaper" flight
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I have an update to add to this thread,

I flew with Japan airlines again just this past month with my snowboard bag and they have changed their baggage policy to say that any one item cannot exceed 205cm in length + width + depth. My bag was well over this and I had to pay $100 US in excess baggage. This was changed from previous years when i'd flown with them and I hadn't checked it.

I got lucky on the way home and wasn't charged for that flight thankfully but I could have easily been charged another $100 if I didn't bat my eyes and flirt with the young Japanese girl at check-in.
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