Join Date: Oct 2011
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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.