The Ultimate List of Airline Ski and Snowboard Baggage Fees

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We’ve compiled the most comprehensive list of airlines and their ski and snowboard baggage policies found anywhere online – use it to plan your next trip to the snow, and avoid heavy excess baggage fees.

Flying with skis and snowboards can be hard work. Planes and airport baggage transport systems aren’t generally designed with two metre planks of wood and metal in mind – a fact some airlines love to take advantage of, charging sneaky extra fees on top of the ticket price just to transport your beloved shredsticks.

To help combat this airborne greed, we’ve compiled a list of every airline flying to every ski and snowboard destination we can think of, so you can easily compare prices when planning your next trip. To get the most out of the list, we recommend to first use an online flight comparison tool like Skyscanner to check which airlines fly to your destination of choice, then simply use the drop down menu or search bar to find the airlines you’re interested in.

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A little extra advice: minimising the number of bags you fly with minimises extra baggage fees. Ideally you want to travel with just one hold bag and one cabin bag. Here at LUEX we’re BIG fans of Dakine’s Fall Line Double ski bag. Capacious, light, and incredibly tough, you can easily fit your boots, two pairs of skis, poles, skins, avalanche equipment, and a week’s worth of clothes in just the one bag – which often falls within your standard checked baggage allowance. It even has wheels, so it’s easy to navigate troublesome airport car parks and train stations. Take that, airlines!

If there are any airlines that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below.

AirlineAccept Skis/SnowboardsSize RestrictionsDetailsCostWebsite
AeroflotYesN/A1 ski/board + boot bag flies free of charge if within checked baggage allowance, however you must confirm with the airline at least 36 hours before flight.Free Info
Aer LingusYesN/AFor Aer Lingus flights operating to/from North America, ski equipment is carried as part of the standard free baggage allowance.
For all other flights, ski bags are subject to a fee of €40 per passenger, per direction.
Free- €40Info
Aero MexicoYes204 or 294cms total linear dimensions, varying by plane/routeYou can take ski/snowboard equipment for a fee of $40-50 USD. Size restrictions are: Narrow-Body Cabin (E-145, E-170, E-175, E-190, B 737-700/800)up to 204cm; Wide-Body Cabin (B-767-200/300, B-777, B-787) 294cm$40-$50 USDInfo
Air AsiaYesN/AAll ski and snowboard equipment is subject to a fee, which varies by route, weight, and when you book (it's cheapest to pre-book online). Charges for a 20kg ski bag from Australia to Japan are 32 AUD if pre-booked, or 59 AUD if paid at the airport (15kg limit if paid at airport).Approx 30-70 AUDInfo
Air BerlinYesN/AYou can take a ski/board bag free of charge if within your free baggage allowance, or for the following fees depending on route/ticket: Just Fly Short and medium-haul =€15 - €35; FlyDeal, FlyClassic, FlyFlex Short and medium-haul= €70 - €90; Long-haul = €150; FlyFlex Short and medium-haul = €70; Long-haul = €150Free - €150Info
Air CanadaYesN/ASkis or snowboards travel free when within checked baggage limits (number of bags and weight). They must be packed in proper, rigid cases, and multiple skis/boards are allowed in one case - though other items like clothing are not. Boot bag can be taken seperately at no extra charge.FreeInfo
Air ChinaYesVariesIn principle, Air China do accept snowsports equipment, subject to max linear dimensions of 158cms - which excludes every adult ski on the market. However, when we called Air China, we were told that you can take a longer ski bag (up to 23kg) for '33% of the standard rate,' or approximately £15 if flying from the UK. In short, call them when booking to confirm fees for your flight!Varies - £15+Info
Air FranceYes300cmsSki equipment is considered as a standard checked baggage item and is included at no extra charge in your baggage allowance (except for Economy Mini and Basic fare tickets). FreeInfo
Air IndiaYesN/ASkiing equipment may contain 1 pair of skis or 1 board, and one pair of boots. Such skiing kit may be pooled in the free baggage allowance but if in excess, it will be charged at the applicable rate for 3 Kilos of excess baggage. Free-VariesInfo
Air MaltaYesN/A€30 per piece per flight, but if the total weight of your baggage is less than your checked-in baggage allowance, sports equipment will be completely free of charge. Free - €30Info
Air New ZealandYes200cms and 23kgYou can take a ski bag under 200cm long and 23kg for free as part of your standard checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
Air VanuatuNoN/AN/AN/AInfo
Alaska AirYes292cm total linear dimensionsSki bags under 292 total linear dimensions fly for free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
AlitaliaYes23kgSki and snowbaord bags under 23kgs are free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
American AirlinesYes320cm total linear dimensionsOne pair of skis/snowboard and one boot bag containing only boots/bindings can be taken at the applicable checked bag charge, which varies by route$25-200 USDInfo
AnaYes292cm total linear dimensionsSkis can be taken, but costs vary by size and route. Bags under 203cm linear dimensions should fly for free, depending on route, if within your checked baggage allowance.VariesInfo
AsianaYes23kgSki bags weighing less than 23kg can be taken for free if within checked baggage limits.FreeInfo
Austrian AirYes23kg1 ski- or snowboard equipment per passenger is transported free of charge – except in Europe fare ‘Economy Light’ and not on routes to/from/via USA.Sports equipment MUST be confirmed with the airline at least 24 hours before flying!Free - €100Info
Avianca El SalvadorYes230cm total linear dimensionsIn principle, a ski bag under 230cms linear dimensions and 23kg should fly for free, however this is subject to space so you MUST confirm with the airline when booking!Free - VariesInfo
AzulYesN/AFlat fee of $150 USD per flight for sports equipment$150 USDInfo
Bel AviaYes210cm longFlat fee of €50 for ski/snowboard equipment€50Info
BMI RegionalYes20kgDepending on ticket class, you can take a ski bag up to 20kg in weight free as part of your checked baggage allowance, or for a fee of £30/€45 per sector.Free - £30/€45Info
British AirwaysYes23kgSki/snowboards up to 190cm long can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
Brunei AirYesN/AIn principle ski equipment can be taken as part of your free checked baggage allowance, depending on ticket class on route. You should confirm any fees with the airline when booking.Free - VariesInfo
Brussels AirlinesYesN/A1 set of ski or snowboard equipment may be transported free of charge, except on routes to/from/via US/Canada and for Check&Go tickets. Following rates apply: for Check&Go €45 per one-way if booked in advance (€50 at the airport), and €100 per one-way on intercontinental flights.Free - €100Info
Cape AirYesN/AVaries by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
Carpat AirYesN/ADepends on route and ticket class. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
Cathay PacificYesN/AIn principle ski equipment can be taken as part of your free checked baggage allowance, depending on ticket class and route. You should confirm any fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
Cayman AirwaysYesN/AYou can take ski equipment for a flat fee of $40 USD. We recommend to confirm space and availability with the airline when booking.$40 USDInfo
China AirlinesYesN/AIn principle ski equipment can be taken as part of your free checked baggage allowance, depending on ticket class and route. You should confirm any fees with the airline when booking.Free - VariesInfo
China EasternN/AN/AVaries by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
China SouthernN/AN/AVaries by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
CondorYes400cm longSki bags up to 400cm long and 30kg can be taken for a fee, which varies by route. Fee is discounted when paid at least 30 days before flying, and ranges from $65 to $111 USD.$65-111 USDInfo
Copa AirYes272cm linear dimensionsFlat for of $100 USD to take ski/snowboard equipment.$100 USDInfo
CorsairYesN/AYou can take ski/board equipment for free within your checked baggage allowance, which varies by route. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
Croatia AirlinesYesN/AOne set of ski- or snowboard equipment per person is free of charge on all flights operated by Croatia Airlines, but you most notify the airline when booking.FreeInfo
Czech AirlinesYesN/AOne ski/board bag up to 15kg can be taken for free IN ADDITION to your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
DeltaYesN/AOne ski/board bag can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
EasyjetYesN/AOne ski bag up to 20kg can be taken for £30 per flight.£30Info
Egypt AirYes23kgOne ski bag up to 23kg can be taken as part of your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
EmiratesYesN/ASki equipment can be carried as part of your normal baggage allowance. However, in some situations additional charges may apply when checking in ski equipment – confirm with the airline when booking.Free - VariesInfo
EtihadYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.Free - VariesInfo
Ethiopian AirlinesYesN/AOne set of skiing equipment consisting of one pair of skis, one pair of ski poles, one pair of boots, and one snow board, one pair of standard water skis or one slalom water ski shall be charged as: €20 on European flights, €40 on intercontinental flights.€20-40Info
FinnairYes220cm longOn most ticket classes you can take a ski bag up to 220cm long and 23kg in weight for free as part of your checked baggage allowance.Free - VariesInfo
First AirYes292cm linear dimensionsSporting items will be accepted as checked baggage, and when in excess, each item will be subject to the excess baggage charge for a single piece. Please ensure that the items do not exceed the maximum weight of 45kg (100lbs) or size of 292cm to be accepted as checked baggage.Free - VariesInfo
FlybeYesN/AYou can take a ski/snowboard bag for £30 per sector, but you must notify the airline when booking.£30Info
Frontier AirlinesYesN/AVaries by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
GarudaYesN/AVaries by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking.VariesInfo
Georgian AirwaysYesN/AFree within your checked baggage allowance, but you MUST confirm with the airline when booking.FreeInfo
German WingsYesN/AYou can take one ski bag weighing up to 30kg for free, but you must confirm with the airline when booking.FreeInfo
Gulf AirYes190cm longOne ski/board bag up to 190cm long can be taken free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
Hawaiian AirlinesYes206cm linear dimensionsIn principle you can take ski/board bags up to 206cm total linear dimensions, but not many skis fit within this limit.VariesInfo
IberiaYesN/ASki equipment is considered an item that can be carried within the passenger’s baggage allowance. If you add other items, exceeding the permitted number of free items, it will be considered excess baggage. However, on return flights originating in Brazil, a charge of $81 USD applies.Free - $81 USDInfo
Icelandic AirYesN/AOne ski/board bag can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
InterjetYesN/A50kg baggage allowance! You can take sports equipment in addition to one other hold baggage item for free.FreeInfo
Japan AirlinesYesN/AWhile you can take ski/board equipment, it will almost certainly incur an oversize charge, which varies by route and ticket class.VariesInfo
Jet2Yes182cm longYou can take a ski/board bag up to 182cm long for £25 if paid online in advance.£25Info
Jet BlueYesN/ASki and snowboard equipment is accepted on flights, EXCEPT 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.
FreeInfo
JetstarYes190cm/277cmSki/board equipment flies free if within your checked baggage allowance, but must not exceed 1.9 metres for Jetstar flights operated by an A320, A321 or Q300 aircraft, and 2.77 meters for Jetstar flights operated by an A330 or 787 aircraft.FreeInfo
Kenya AirwaysYesN/AIn principle ski/board equipment can be taken free of charge, however you must confirm this (and space in the hold) with the airline when booking.FreeInfo
KLMYes300cm longYou can take a ski/board bag up to 300cm long for free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
LAN AirlinesYesN/ASki/board equipment is accepted, but will incur a charge if over 203cm linear dimensions. Charge varies by route and ticket class.VariesInfo
LOT Polish AirlinesYesN/ASki/board equipment can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Size restrictions are waived.FreeInfo
LufthansaYesN/ASki/board equipment can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance, but you most notify the airline at least 24 hours before flying to guarantee hold space.FreeInfo
Lux AirYesN/A€35 per piece of equipment each way, up to 30kg.€35Info
Malaysia AirlinesYesN/AOne ski/board bag can be taken free if within the checked baggage allowance, which varies by route and ticket class.FreeInfo
MEAYesN/A1 ski or board bag weighing up to 23kg can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
MeridianaYesN/AYou can take ski/board equipment for a fee of €30-60 depending on route.€30-60Info
MonarchYesN/AYou can take ski/board equipment for a fee of £24.99, which entitles you to an additional 20kg checked baggage allowance.£24.99Info
Oman AirYesN/ASki/board equipment is accepted but will exceed the permissable size restrictions. You must call the airline when booking to reserve space in the hold and confirm any fees.VariesInfo
PenairYesN/ASki/board equipment can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
Philippine AirlinesMaybeN/ASki/board equipment may be taken at the discretion of the airline; you must call them to confirm fees when booking.$25 USD - VariesInfo
QantasYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
Qatar AirwaysYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.FreeInfo
Royal JordanianYesN/ASports equipment and musical instruments can be carried as part of the free baggage allowance and excess rates will be applied when the free baggage allowance is exceeded.FreeInfo
RyanairYesN/ASki/board bags up to 20kg can be taken for €40/£40 per item per flight if booked in advance, or €45/£45€40/£40 - €45/£45Info
Saudi AirlinesYes157-205cm linear dimensionsIn principle ski equipment can be taken, but it will exceed the permissable size dimensions, resulting in substantial fees, which depend on route.$130-440 USDInfo
Singapore AirYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.FreeInfo
South African AirwaysYes158cmIn principle ski/board equipment up to 158cms can be taken for free, which rules out most skis on the market. Fees for longer skis vary by route/ticket; call the airline when booking to confirm availability and space.VariesInfo
SouthWestYesN/AWhen substituting ski equipment for your free checked baggage allowance, Southwest allow you to take up to two bags (containing one set of snow skis, ski poles, and ski boots), which count as one item (even if they are packed and tagged separately). Size restrictions are waived, though weight limits still apply.FreeInfo
SuncountryYes182cm longSkis up to 182 cm long can be taken for free as your checked baggage allowance. Longer skis incur a charge of $75 USD per flight.Free - $75 USDInfo
Sunwing AirlinesYesN/ASki/board bags up to 20kg can be taken for free.FreeInfo
SwissYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
TAP PortugalYesN/ASki/board equipment can be taken for €50 per flight.€50Info
Thai AirwaysYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.FreeInfo
TransaviaYesN/ASki/board equipment can be taken for €25 per flight, but you must notify the airline beforehand.€25Info
Turkish AirlinesYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
UnitedYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.FreeInfo
US AirwaysYesN/ASki equipment may be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage.FreeInfo
Virgin AmericaYesN/AFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.FreeInfo
Virgin AtlanticYesN/AFree - IN ADDITION to standard checked baggage allowance.FreeInfo
Virgin AustraliaYesVariesFree if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route.FreeInfo
VuelingYesN/A€45 per item per flight.€45Info
WestjetYesN/ASki/board bags can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance. Oversize fee is waived.FreeInfo
Wizz AirYesN/ASki/board equipment can be taken for €30 per bag per flight if paid in advnace, or €60 if paid at the airport.€30-60Info

Note: While all information is correct at the time of publication, airlines can change their regulations at any time. Use the information in the list as a guide, but double check before booking your flight.