Beware Airline Surfboard Bag Fees

November 20, 2010 by  
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Designed by Nick Notara, this carbon fibre collapsible surfboard breaks into two pieces for easier transportation and storage.Before you decide to take that killer cheap flight to Cabo (SJD) or La Paz (LAP), be sure to confirm their baggage fee policy in advance, especially if you are bringing surfboards. Some airlines even count the boards individually even if they are in the same bag. If you bring 3 boards, it could set you back $1200 if you’re not careful!!! It’s cheaper to rent, leave a board in Baja or try to sneak on a bi-sect.

According to, the following embargoes are in effect:

Depending on the time of year, some airlines won’t even take your surfboard — for any excess baggage charge. See the list below, and ask any airline, especially if you’re booking during peak travel times.

Excess baggage (including surfboards) is NOT accepted from June 3 through August 31 to the following cities: Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE), Quito, Ecuador (UIO), San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL), Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL), Leon, Mexico (BJX), Zacatecas, Mexico (ZCL). Also, no bag over 50 lbs or 62 linear inches will be accepted for travel during the period.

Surfboards and Wakeboards will not be accepted during an excess baggage embargo when no excess baggage is allowed (0 pieces). Exception: Surfboards and Wakeboards will be accepted to Costa Rica during an embargo period. Continental does not accept excess baggage in the following YEAR ROUND embargoed markets: Caracas, Venezuela (CCS); Houston, Texas to Bogota, Colombia (BOG) Lima, Peru (LIM) San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI) Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)

Continental Seasonal Embargos by City:

Travel to Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador

The checked baggage policy for travel from (and via) Los Angeles to Costa Rica and Guatemala effective February 18, 2005, is as follows: During the peak summer travel period of May 28-September 6, and the peak winter travel period of December 4, 2005-January 6, 2006, customers are limited to the number and size of their checked baggage. The following guidelines apply to all customers: Maximum linear dimensions: 62 linear inches/157cm (length + width + height) each. No oversize, overweight or extra bags will be accepted. (= NO SURFBOARDS) Only one box is permitted as part of a customer’s free allowance; it must be the original manufacturer’s box containing the original item.


Aero Mexico

One-way per board, maximum length 9ft


The board can be included as a standard checked bag, but checked baggage fees apply (starting at $15). Maximum length is 9 feet.
American Airlines
One-way per bag under 50 lbs. One board per person. Max weight and size: 70 lbs, 126 inches.
One bag with a max of 4 boards; 1 board = $100, 3 = $400, 4 = $700 (ouch!). Excess baggage fees may apply and it’s gotta be be under 115″.
One-way per board. If it’s over 70 lbs, you have to pay extra. To/from Brazil is $100, and Hawaii inter-island is $20.
Interjet (Mexico)
Max weight is 55 lbs per passenger. Any excess baggage will have a fee of $50.00 pesos plus TAX for each additional pound.
Jet Blue*
One-way. One board per bag. *No surfboards allowed on flights to Santo Domingo or Santiago.
$100 One-way per board. Remove your fins.
$100+ North America: $100 each way per surfboard, South America: $200 each way per surfboard. Fee is per board. Price ranges depending on destination. Two board max per case. Max of 50 lbs. & 109″
Virgin Atlantic
Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 277cm and must not exceed 23Kg in weight.

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