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Old 02-13-2009, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cost of flying with board in a board bag

Taking a trip out west, anyone flown with a board bag, any extra cost ?
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No extra cost, as long as you don't exceed the airline's weight limit per bag, or how many bags they allow.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check your airline's luggage allowances. Most charge $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second. (Each way.) 3rd or 4th bag rates jump considerably. Most airlines don't hold snowboard / ski bags to the size restrictions, just to the 50# weight restriction.

I just got back from a trip. To keep on the cheap, I packed light with my board and all my clothes in just my board bag so I could get away with 1 bag for the whole trip. (Didn't feel it was worth another $25 x 2 just to haul more clothes around in a 2nd bag.) I took my boots in my backpack as free carry-on. If you have a separate boot bag, I believe you can check a board / ski bag and a boot bag in as a single piece of luggage, however.

Make sure to leave a little room in your bag(s) for shopping finds on the return flight.
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Check your airline's luggage allowances. Most charge $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second. (Each way.) 3rd or 4th bag rates jump considerably. Most airlines don't hold snowboard / ski bags to the size restrictions, just to the 50# weight restriction.

I just got back from a trip. To keep on the cheap, I packed light with my board and all my clothes in just my board bag so I could get away with 1 bag for the whole trip. (Didn't feel it was worth another $25 x 2 just to haul more clothes around in a 2nd bag.) I took my boots in my backpack as free carry-on. If you have a separate boot bag, I believe you can check a board / ski bag and a boot bag in as a single piece of luggage, however.

Make sure to leave a little room in your bag(s) for shopping finds on the return flight.
This happened to me, $40 each way for luggage. I was flying Northwest, but I hear most airlines are charging for luggage now. I'm pretty sure Southwest doesn't charge, but you should check ahead of time to be sure.
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When I was in Indy and flew out west, they didn't charge anything extra. They just considered it over-sized so I had to pick pick it up at a different place. Or I WOULD have if they hadn't lost it.

Losing someone's board when they are paying $1k for a snowboarding vacation = priceless.

I think it varies from airline to airline. Probably worth calling to make sure.
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Check your airline's luggage allowances. Most charge $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second. (Each way.) 3rd or 4th bag rates jump considerably. Most airlines don't hold snowboard / ski bags to the size restrictions, just to the 50# weight restriction.

I just got back from a trip. To keep on the cheap, I packed light with my board and all my clothes in just my board bag so I could get away with 1 bag for the whole trip. (Didn't feel it was worth another $25 x 2 just to haul more clothes around in a 2nd bag.) I took my boots in my backpack as free carry-on. If you have a separate boot bag, I believe you can check a board / ski bag and a boot bag in as a single piece of luggage, however.

Make sure to leave a little room in your bag(s) for shopping finds on the return flight.

This is right on the money.
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Varies from airline to airline.

If it's really outlandish, just consider sending your crap to the hotel before you fly out so it'll be waiting for you when you get there.
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I just flew Southwest Airlines and checked two bags, a snowboard bag and a soft bag. Both less than 40 lbs. No extra fees at all and both bags were waiting for me at the baggage claim.

I believe Southwest is one of the few airlines that are not charging, unless it's oversize. However, they will charge for a third checked bag or oversize bags. Definition of over size? "Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height)" I think they "give" a little on the 62" figure.

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+1.

Southwest is the ONLY airline doing anything right these days. They bought all their gas before last summer's oil clusterfuck, they've never laid off any workers (to my knowledge), great on-time record, and never needed government aid. The only time they haven't managed to turn a profit since 1991 was late last year (when the oil clusterfuck imploded).

Of course, now that I've said that, half their fleet will fall out of the sky later today.
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ya fly southwest if you can. just dont take american or united. they are about $100 for over size/weight bags (each way)
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