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Airline Ski & Snowboard Bag Fees.


Most airlines are charging for your first and second checked bag. We have put together an easy to read list of what each of the domestic US airlines are charging for your first, second and third bag.

Also part of this list are the requirements each airline has for traveling with your skis or snowboard equipment, as well as the prices they charge for overweight or oversized ski or snowboard equipment.

The biggest fees come from the 3rd or more checked bag that is overweight (50lb+) and oversize (62"-80"). Some airlines will charge you all three fees if your baggage does not meet their requirements. Fees and policies are subject to change without notice. Check with your carrier prior to travel to calculate the fees and to measure, and weight your luggage so that you have no surprises when you checking in.

We will be updating this list throughout the upcoming ski/ride season as the airlines change their fees and baggage requirements.



Bag fees supplied by Bestfares.com

Weight and size requirements supplied by the airlines.

Air Canada || Air Tran || Alaska Air || American || Continental || Delta || Frontier
Southwest || Spirit || United || US Airways || Virgin America



Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Air Canada

Updated: 09/22/14

$25 $35 $100 $75 $75 $75

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements

General allowance

Any sports item (including helmet, skates, slalom) that is checked in separately will count as one piece of checked baggage. Ski boots are the only exception (see details below).

If your baggage count (item of sports equipment + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

All other additional checked baggage rules apply, unless otherwise indicated below.

Skis (including poles):
  • One or more sets of skis (snow or water) carried together in the same container count as one piece of checked baggage.
  • Skis and poles must be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping. *
  • If carried separately, a set of ski poles will count as one piece of checked baggage.
  • No oversize charge applies to skis. However, any overweight charges will apply
  • See ski boot bag information below.
Snowboards:
  • One snowboard counts as one piece of checked baggage.
  • The snowboard must be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping.*
  • No oversize charge applies to snowboards.
  • See snowboard boot bag information below.
Ski or snowboard boot bag:
  • One boot bag is permitted per passenger and will not count as a piece of checked baggage if:
  • it is carried along with skis or snowboard and
  • it contains only boots.
  • A boot bag will count as a separate piece of checked baggage if:
  • it contains - or is designed to contain - other items, or
  • it is not carried along with a snowboard or set of skis.
  • If brought on board as carry-on baggage, ski and snowboard boots must be carried and remain at all times in the boot bag.


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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Air Tran

Updated: 09/22/14

$20 $25 $50 $50 $79 $50

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements

One pair of skis or one snowboard, one set of poles, and one pair of ski/snowboard boots encased in a container(s) acceptable to Carrier. When substituting ski equipment for a checked bag, AirTran Airways allows up to two bags (containing one set of snow skis, ski poles, and ski boots) to count as one item, even if they are packed and tagged separately.

Snow ski equipment will not be subject to excess size charges. However, excess weight charges may apply.

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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Alaska Air

Updated: 09/22/14

$25 $25 $75 $75 $75 $75

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements

Individual Sporting Equipment Pieces

Each checked piece of sporting equipment is subject to our standard checked baggage service charge, overweight (51-100 pounds) fee or oversize (62" - 115") fee

Oversize Sporting Equipment Exceptions

Each checked piece of sporting equipment listed below may exceed our size allowance (not to exceed 115") without incurring an oversize fee. Standard checked baggage service charge and overweight fee (51-100 pounds) apply for each piece checked.

Multiple Sporting Piece Exceptions

The following sporting items allow for multiple pieces to be considered one checked piece. Unless otherwise noted, standard checked baggage charges, overweight fees (51-100 pounds) and oversize (62" - 115" linear inches: length + height + width) fees apply.

Skis/Snowboards
One piece of ski/snowboard equipment is defined as 1 pair of skis with poles or 1 snowboard, plus 1 boot/helmet bag. If ski/snowboard equipment is checked in a bag that also contains clothing or additional items, standard checked baggage fees will apply to the bag. Ski/snowboard equipment may exceed 62 linear inches, but no more than 115 linear inches (length + height + width), without incurring an oversize fee.

 

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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
American

Updated: 09/22/14

 

$25 $35 $150 $100 $200 $200

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
Allowance/Requirements

One pair of skis/snowboard and one bag containing a pair of ski /board boots only.

Cost
  • One pair of skis/snowboard and one boot bag containing only boots/bindings will be treated as a single item with the applicable checked bag charge.
  • Boot bag must not exceed 45 linear inches (length + width + height) and must contain only boots/bindings. Boot bags that contain other articles will be subject to the excess baggage charge for a single piece.
Maximum Weight and Size
  • One pair of skis/snowboard up to 126 inches and one boot bag containing boots/bindings only and not to exceed 45 dimensional inches (length + width + height)

Additional Information
  • Lighters or torches for applying ski wax are considered dangerous goods and are not allowed in checked or carry-on baggage.

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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Continental-United

Updated: 09/22/14

$25 $35 $100 $100 $200 $100

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements

Continental/United accepts one item of ski equipment per customer as checked baggage. Ski equipment must be securely encased in a suitable container.

An item of ski equipment consists of:

  • Snowboard
  • Up to two pairs of snow skis and associated equipment in one bag and one ski boot bag. (Note: If ski boot bag contains other items in addition to or in place of boots, it will be subject to applicable checked baggage service charge or excess baggage service charge.)
First or second checked bag service charges may apply.

Ski equipment in addition to the baggage allowance will be assessed at the current excess baggage charge for a single piece, whether or not it is presented as a single piece.

Ski or boot bags weighing more than 50 pounds (23kg) that contain other items in addition to or in place of appropriate ski equipment will be subject to the applicable overweight checked baggage service charge.

Continental/United is not liable for damage to ski/snow ski/snowboard equipment.

Excess Valuation may not be purchased for snow ski, or snowboard equipment.

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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd to 5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Delta

Updated: 09/22/14

$25 $35 $125-$200 $90 $175 $175

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
Ski and snowboard equipment are allowed as checked baggage. One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag and one boot bag is accepted per person. The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 lbs. or excess weight charges will apply. Linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches (203 cm) without excess size charges. All standard baggage charges apply.
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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Frontier

Updated: 09/22/14

$15 online/ $20 at the airport. $20 $50 $75 $75 $75

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
Guidelines:

One item which may include skis, ski poles, and ski boots. One pair of boots (in a boot bag) may be checked separately from the ski bag, but still count as one item as long as the boot bag does not exceed 25 pounds. If the boot bag is over 25 pounds, it will be considered a second bag. For example:
  • One ski bag and one pair of boots (under 25 pounds) = one item
  • One piece of luggage, one ski bag and one pair of boots = two items
  • One ski bag and one boot bag over 25 pounds = two items
Allow an extra 30 minutes for check-in.

Fees:

Checked and carry-on bag fees, including excess, are charged based on Fare Option purchased. If the boot bag is over 25 pounds, it is charged as a second bag and the fee is based on the Fare Option purchased.

Overweight charges apply if item is 50 pounds or more.

Oversize charges do not apply.

Carry-On/Checked Acceptance

Checked: Yes
Carry-on: Yes for boots only, but must not exceed allowable carry-on dimensions.

Limited Liability

Yes, unless packaged in a hard-sided case.
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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
JetBlue

Updated: 09/22/14

$0 $40 $75 $50 $100 $75

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
Skis and Snowboards

Ski and snowboard equipment are not accepted on flights to/from the Dominican Republic.

There is no additional charge for ski and snowboard equipment; however, one item of equipment will count as one of your checked bags. Skis and snowboards are exempt from the standard size requirements (62") but should still follow weight and other equipment guidelines.

One item of ski equipment is considered:
  • One pair of skis, with one pair of ski boots and one pair of ski poles. (Please note: ski boots, if packed separately from skiing equipment, must be in a ski boot bag to be considered part of the one piece of checked baggage) or
  • One snowboard, with one pair of snowboard boots. (Please note: snowboard boots, if packed separately from snowboarding equipment, must be in a snow boot bag to be considered part of the one piece of checked baggage). Also note, customers will be charged an excess baggage fee if the snowboard exceeds our checked baggage weight requirements.
The equipment must be checked in at the ticket counter. All ski or snowboard equipment must be in a sturdy container for protection since we do not provide ski boxes.
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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Southwest

Updated: 09/26/14

$0 $0 $50 $50  $50 $50

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
Snow ski equipment, including skis or snowboards, ski boots, and ski poles. Effective March 1, 2012: including one pair of skis or one snowboard, one set of poles, and one pair of ski/snowboard boots encased in a container(s) acceptable to Carrier. When substituting ski equipment for a free bag, Southwest Airlines allows up to two bags (containing one set of snow skis, ski poles, and ski boots) to count as one item, even if they are packed and tagged separately.

Note: Snow ski equipment will not be subject to excess size charges. However, excess weight charges may apply.
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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Spirit

Updated: 09/26/14

$21-$30 online booking/ $31-$40 online chick-in/
$45 at airport
$100 at gate
$31-$40 online booking/ $41-$50 online chick-in/
$55 at airport
$100 at gate
$76-$85 online booking/ $86-$95 online chick-in/
$100 at airport
$100 at gate
$50 $100 $100

Carry on bags must be under 40 lbs. Overhead carry on fee of $26-$35 during online booking/before online check-in. $36-$45 during online check-in. $50 at airport/group desk/reservation center/GDS. $100 at gate.

If your bag is between 41-50 lbs you will be charged a $25 overweight fee.

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
For travel booked after 8/19/14, for flights between 12/18/14 and 1/5/15, standard checked bags will be $2 more than listed above.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements

One personal item is included with a Bare Fare. This is something like a small backpack or purse that fits entirely in the smaller sizer box (16”x14”x12”). You need to pay for any additional/larger bags. Buy bags early and online for the best price. All prices are per bag, each way.

Ski equipment may be accepted as baggage. Ski equipment can be transported as a normal checked item if within the standard weight limit (size limits are waived for ski equipment). Spirit Airlines will accept double ski bags; however, the maximum allowance per customer is one (1) pair of skis, one (1) pair of ski boots, one (1) pair of ski poles and one (1) pair of ski bindings. A limited liability release form must be signed by the customer.
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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
United

Updated: 09/26/14

$25 $35 $100 $100 $100 $100

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
United accepts one item of ski equipment per customer as checked baggage. Ski equipment must be securely encased in a suitable container.

An item of ski equipment consists of:
  • Snowboard
  • Up to two pairs of snow skis and associated equipment in one bag and one ski boot bag. (Note: If ski boot bag contains otbher items in addition to or in place of boots, it will be subject to applicable checked baggage service charge or excess baggage service charge.)
First or second checked bag service charges may apply.

Ski equipment in addition to the baggage allowance will be assessed at the excess baggage charge applicable in the market for a single piece.

Ski or boot bags weighing more than 50 pounds (23kg) that contain other items in addition to or in place of appropriate ski equipment will be subject to the applicable overweight checked baggage service charge.

United is not liable for damage to water ski/snow ski/snowboard equipment.

Excess Valuation may not be purchased for water ski/snow ski/snowboard equipment. >

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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
US Airways

Updated: 09/26/14

$25 at airport. $35 at airport. $125 - $200 $90 $175 $175

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
Ski equipment may be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of ski equipment may consists of:

• A pair of skis and poles or a snowboard (in a case or bag)
• A separate bag containing only one pair of boots/bindings

You must provide acceptable encasement/packaging for the ski equipment, such as fiberglass or cloth bag to protect the ski equipment and to prevent damage to other bags. If the ski equipment is not properly packaged/protected, you assume all risk of damage. If the ski bag contains anything other than ski equipment and is intended to be used as baggage, then the oversize baggage fee applies.
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Airline 1st Checked Bag 2nd Checked Bag 3rd-5th Checked Bag Overweight Bag Fee (50-70 lbs) Overweight Bag Fee (71-99 lbs) Oversized Bag Fee (62-80")
Virgin America

Updated: 09/26/14

$25 $25 $25 $50  $100 $50

Prices and requirements may change without notice. Please check the airline web site via the airline link at left for the most up to date info.
Ski & Snowboard Bag Allowance Requirements
The following items are considered within the checked baggage policy so long as they meet the limitations below:

Ski equipment, subject to the liability requirements. Skis, poles and boots or a snowboard and boots must be enclosed in a container or travel bag.

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