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09-05-2016 09:49 AM
a_human I just wanna share my experience on this incase it ever helps someone out. Because man, I found out the hard way that flying Air Asia fucking blows as far as this topic is concerned. I booked with them due to the fact they were like $100-$200 cheaper than any competition. Seems a logical choice, right? Naaaah.

On the first leg we found out that we would be hit with about a $80AUD surcharge for our oversize bag. Lame, but whatever. On the second leg we found out that we would be hit with a ~$350 surcharge because our bags weren't just oversized, they were "sporting goods". Huh?

We ended up convincing this particular attendant that since we only paid 80 bucks on the first leg, that we were only prepared to pay 80 bucks on this leg too. She played ball with us, which was nice enough.

On the return trip we were hit with the $350 fee again, and this time we couldn't shake it. So this brings our initial ~$150 saving down to by a total $510 loss. When we hit the next transfer, we were asked by the attendant "are these bags sporting goods?" and we said "no, they're just full of clothes and shit." Having learnt this lesson at the previous stop, we were slugged with only the $80 fee instead of the $350 one.

Total losses due to flying budget = Almost $600AUD

On a slightly different note: I've also flown with a snowboard bag via China Southern Airlines and they were both cheap and great - not a single surcharge in sight. Would recommend.
02-07-2016 03:25 PM
foobaz When travelling with Lufthansa, on "Economy Classic" and above, you can take your sports gear for free, in addition to your regular baggage allowance. For snowboarders, that means you can have up to 3 additional bags, as long as they contain 1) a snowboard 2) boots 3) helmet.

Very cool.

PS. They require you to let them know, that you'll be taking "special baggage" at least 24h before the flight.
11-21-2015 10:41 PM
Matty_B_Bop
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Originally Posted by mckinnonwg View Post
Thanks for your comment. We did split air travel. We are heading out there on southwest and back on Frontier. Does Frontier only allow the snowboard in the bag? How many snowboards could you potentially put in a bag? Thanks for your info!
it just can't exceed 50lbs otherwise you'll be paying out the ass. It's like an additional $100 or something if it's over 50lbs.

I've put multiple boards and gear in my snowboard bag without exceeding the 50b limit.
11-21-2015 03:14 PM
mckinnonwg
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lol, pretty sure frontier and southwest, like it says!
Southwest you don't really have to know much, basically show up with all your stuff in a snowboard travel bag, make sure it doesn't exceed 50 lbs, and you're good to go. Can also check an additional bag and take a carry-on, all for free

Frontier is a little bit trickier, and you do pay for everything, with the exception of a small personal item. Their fees depend on the rate that you choose for your flight, and you can do alright with them but you want to know exactly what you're gonna be checking and purchase it ahead of time, otherwise you will be charged extra for absolutely everything! Here's a link with some info for frontier...
https://content.flyfrontier.com/travel-information/baggage

if rates and times are similar, I would always go with southwest. good luck!

Rob
Thanks for your comment. We did split air travel. We are heading out there on southwest and back on Frontier. Does Frontier only allow the snowboard in the bag? How many snowboards could you potentially put in a bag? Thanks for your info!
11-21-2015 03:00 PM
aircontroller Hey Rob.....says where?
11-21-2015 02:55 PM
vandy16 lol, pretty sure frontier and southwest, like it says!
Southwest you don't really have to know much, basically show up with all your stuff in a snowboard travel bag, make sure it doesn't exceed 50 lbs, and you're good to go. Can also check an additional bag and take a carry-on, all for free

Frontier is a little bit trickier, and you do pay for everything, with the exception of a small personal item. Their fees depend on the rate that you choose for your flight, and you can do alright with them but you want to know exactly what you're gonna be checking and purchase it ahead of time, otherwise you will be charged extra for absolutely everything! Here's a link with some info for frontier...
https://content.flyfrontier.com/travel-information/baggage

if rates and times are similar, I would always go with southwest. good luck!

Rob
11-21-2015 02:32 PM
aircontroller What airlines?
11-21-2015 02:29 PM
mckinnonwg
Frontier and Southwest

Anybody have good info or tips on flying with equipment with these two airlines? Heading to Stowe and Keystone this season.
09-28-2015 05:15 PM
aircontroller Lanel....i have the exact same bag and it can fit a bigger board in it. Trust me.
09-28-2015 12:01 PM
lanel Im flying with my board for the first time this winter and wanted to get a Dakine low roller. Will my 158 board fit in the 157 size bag or should I size up?
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