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Guide for travelling with surfboards

Travelling guide with surfboard

If you are constantly travelling with surfboards, don´t miss our tips on how to fly with surfboards.

It isn´t easy to do ranking of the best airlines for surfers. There are a lot of them and personally we don´t know the service with all of them. So here we have an analysis that will be focused on the economical side and what each one will cost for travelling with surfboards.

 

Europe

AER LINGUS

Is an Irish airline. They have good connections with United States.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

International max length: 2.77m

Regional max length: 2.05m

Check in fee: To US included in the fare. Other destinations is 40€ per board

AIR BERLIN

You can check in free, except with the JustFly rate, you surfboard as long as it is within the established requirements.

Max weight: 23kg

AIR EUROPA

Requirements:

International price: A fee of 150€ per luggage piece and journey

AIR FRANCE

The airline will let you check in your surfboard as luggage except in Light and Basic rate.

Requirements:

Max weight: 23kg

Max length: Less than 3m

Fees: Free up to 125€, depending on your route.

AZORES AIRLINE

Necessary to do a pre-reservation

Requirements:

Additional assignation: 10kg for surfboards

Maximum length: 2.4m

BRITISH AIRWAYS

The airline will let you check in your surfboard as luggage

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Max length: 1.9m

EASYJET

This company will let you check in surfbords but you will pre-reserve.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: Small sports equipment 20kg

Large sports equipment 32kg

Fee: 42€ approximately for small equipment

51€ approximately for large equipment

FLYVE

This airline travels between UK and Ireland

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 20kg

Maximum length: Depending on the plane, between 1.67-3m

Fee: 34€ approximately, per journey you´ll have to pay in the airport.

IBERIA

The Spanish airline has two distinctions when giving the possibility to checking in surfboards. One is for short and medium flights (Spain, rest of Europe, Middle east and Africa except South Africa) which will have an extra fee. Another is long flights (America, Asia, South Africa) which in this case the surfboards can be checked in with no further fees as normal luggage.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3.5m

Fee: 45€

Iceland Air

It’s important to do a reservation the day before the flight.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 2.5m

Fee: 67€ (for flight coming from UK and final destination Iceland)

KLM

The airline lets you check in a surfboard free and pay for another board.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3m

Fee: 68€ (handbag and surfboard)

Travelling with surfboards

Lufthansa

The airline lets you check in a surfboard per bag.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 34kg

Maximum length: 2m

Fee: 70-250€ depending on the route

Norwegian

Requirements:

Payment the moment you reserve

Maximum weight: 25kg

Maximum length: 2.5m

Fee: Short flights approximately 39-51€ (paid online), 51-79€ more or less (paid in the airport). Long flights is 68€ depending on the exchange rate of the currency (piaid online), 79 € approximately (paid in airport).

Ryanair

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 20kg

Maximum length: Strandar size

Fee: 62€ approximately per journey for large sporting equipment.

TAP Air Portugal

The good thing about this company is that you can bring longboards. When other don´t let you because of its excessive size, with this airline its possible.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Fee: From 50€ to 100€ per journey

Vueling

The airline only lets you check in one piece per special luggage. Also its necessary to reserve beforehand and specify that it is sporting material.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 2.7m

 

America

Air Alaska

This airline lets you check in two surfboards per luggage.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 2.92m

Fee: 66€

Air Canada

Choosing this airline is one of the best options for travellign to Hawaii or Central America. With you ticket you can check in a travel cover with surfboard as luggage.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3m

Maximum width: 0.6m

Fee: 66€ approximately

American Airlines

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 3.2m

Fee: 132€ approximately

Avianca

Requirements:

Maximum weight:32 kg

Maximum length: 3.7m

Fee: 88-110€ depending on the destination

Copa Airlines

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 2.92m

Fee: 66€ for flight in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. 44€ for flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and San Jose.

Delta Airlines

This airline lets you bring two surfboards per luggage.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 3m

Fee: 132€ approximately

Hawaiian

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3m

Fee: Inter-isle 30€ approximately. From Hawaii to US is 88€ more or less. The price varies from 0€ to 132€ depending on the destination.

LATAM

The company lets you check in you surfboards as luggage, when it complies with the requirements and there are fewer than three boards in the cover.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg (national flights and South America, except Colombia, Peru and Bolivia) and 32kg (international flights, North America and Europe)

Maximum length: 2.92m (National flights and South America, except Colombia, Peru and Bolivia) and 1.58m (international flights, North America and Europe)

International fee: Surfboards are treated as luggage.

Southwest

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 2m

Fee: 66€, approximately per trajectory

 

Asia

Air Asia

This airline from Malaysia has excellent connections to Indonesia. They let you bring a surfboard free (Maximum size: 2.74m. Maximum weight: 15kg)

Requiremntes:

Without prior reservation: Maximum 20kg

The board has to be packed in a cardboard box.

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 2.77m

Fee for the pre-reservation: 13-31€ depending on the weight.

Emirates

The airlines lets you check in a surfboard and also give you a cardboard box for you board.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3m

Etihad Airways

The company lets you bring your surfboard as luggage if it complies with the requirements.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum dimensions: From/To Canada and US is 1.58m (50x70x38)

Maximum dimensions: From/To other destinations is 2.07m (45x72x90)

Garuda Indonesia

The airline lets you check in your surfboard as luggage.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3m

Malaysia Airlines

If you are looking for a way to travel from Malaysia to Indonesia, this is an interesting option since they let you check in your surfboard as luggage with no additional costs, if it complies with the requirements.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 30kg

Maximum length: 3m

Qatar Airways

This airline lets you check in your surfboard as luggage. So if it complies with the requirements it won’t accrue additional costs.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 30kg

Maximum length: 3m

Sri Lankan

This airline give you the option check in your surfboard as luggage complies with the requirements.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 3m

Thai Airways

With this company its possible to bring a surfboard without any additional cost when it complies with the requirements.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 30kg

Maximum length: 2.7m

Fee: 88-176€ approximately

 

Oceania

Air Calin

This company gives you the option to bring your luggage and a surfboard cover with your surfboard.

Requirement:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 3m

Air New Zealand

If you choose this airline, remember that you have to reserve prior if you want to include an additional bag.

Maximum length: free between 2 and 23kg. With fee if its 23 to 32kg.

Maximum length: 2.5m

Air Tahiti Nui

One of the most interesting options if you are thinking about travelling to French Polynesia.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 2.5m

No fee: one bag

Qantas

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 32kg

Maximum length: 2.7m

 

Africa

South African Airways

The airline lets you transport you surfboard as luggage when you comply with the requirements.

Requirements:

Maximum weight: 23kg

Maximum length: 2m

 

As you can see, prices vary a lot depending on the ariline. We recommend that prior reservation, you consult the cost depending on the size of your board and the number of boards that you want to travel with. Don´t be tempted by a more economical flight without considering these extras for transport, since this can end up being the difference and you´ll be deciding between one company or another based on its extras.

Once you´ve chosen your airline we go to the next step. How to protect your surfboard so that they reach their destination in one piece. A good tavel cover like the Quad Coffin from Ocean & Earth and a few tips when packaging your boards will avoid problems.

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