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.

    Airline Accept Skis/Snowboards Size Restrictions Details Cost Website
    Aeroflot Yes N/A 1 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 Lingus Yes N/A For 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- €40 Info
    Aero Mexico Yes 204 or 294cms total linear dimensions, varying by plane/route You 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 USD Info
    Air Asia Yes N/A All 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 AUD Info
    Air Berlin Yes N/A You 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 = €150 Free - €150 Info
    Air Canada Yes N/A Skis 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. Free Info
    Air China Yes Varies In 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 France Yes 300cms Ski 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). Free Info
    Air India Yes N/A Skiing 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-Varies Info
    Air Malta Yes N/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 - €30 Info
    Air New Zealand Yes 200cms and 23kg You can take a ski bag under 200cm long and 23kg for free as part of your standard checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Air Vanuatu No N/A N/A N/A Info
    Alaska Air Yes 292cm total linear dimensions Ski bags under 292 total linear dimensions fly for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Alitalia Yes 23kg Ski and snowbaord bags under 23kgs are free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    American Airlines Yes 320cm total linear dimensions One 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 USD Info
    Ana Yes 292cm total linear dimensions Skis 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. Varies Info
    Asiana Yes 23kg Ski bags weighing less than 23kg can be taken for free if within checked baggage limits. Free Info
    Austrian Air Yes 23kg 1 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 - €100 Info
    Avianca El Salvador Yes 230cm total linear dimensions In 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 - Varies Info
    Azul Yes N/A Flat fee of $150 USD per flight for sports equipment $150 USD Info
    Bel Avia Yes 210cm long Flat fee of €50 for ski/snowboard equipment €50 Info
    BMI Regional Yes 20kg Depending 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/€45 Info
    British Airways Yes 23kg Ski/snowboards up to 190cm long can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Brunei Air Yes N/A In 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 - Varies Info
    Brussels Airlines Yes N/A 1 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 - €100 Info
    Cape Air Yes N/A Varies by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    Carpat Air Yes N/A Depends on route and ticket class. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    Cathay Pacific Yes N/A In 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. Varies Info
    Cayman Airways Yes N/A You can take ski equipment for a flat fee of $40 USD. We recommend to confirm space and availability with the airline when booking. $40 USD Info
    China Airlines Yes N/A In 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 - Varies Info
    China Eastern N/A N/A Varies by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    China Southern N/A N/A Varies by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    Condor Yes 400cm long Ski 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 USD Info
    Copa Air Yes 272cm linear dimensions Flat for of $100 USD to take ski/snowboard equipment. $100 USD Info
    Corsair Yes N/A You can take ski/board equipment for free within your checked baggage allowance, which varies by route. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    Croatia Airlines Yes N/A One 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. Free Info
    Czech Airlines Yes N/A One ski/board bag up to 15kg can be taken for free IN ADDITION to your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Delta Yes N/A One ski/board bag can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Easyjet Yes N/A One ski bag up to 20kg can be taken for £30 per flight. £30 Info
    Egypt Air Yes 23kg One ski bag up to 23kg can be taken as part of your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Emirates Yes N/A Ski 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 - Varies Info
    Etihad Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free - Varies Info
    Ethiopian Airlines Yes N/A One 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. €20-40 Info
    Finnair Yes 220cm long On 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 - Varies Info
    First Air Yes 292cm linear dimensions Sporting 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 - Varies Info
    Flybe Yes N/A You can take a ski/snowboard bag for £30 per sector, but you must notify the airline when booking. £30 Info
    Frontier Airlines Yes N/A Varies by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    Garuda Yes N/A Varies by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies Info
    Georgian Airways Yes N/A Free within your checked baggage allowance, but you MUST confirm with the airline when booking. Free Info
    German Wings Yes N/A You can take one ski bag weighing up to 30kg for free, but you must confirm with the airline when booking. Free Info
    Gulf Air Yes 190cm long One ski/board bag up to 190cm long can be taken free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Hawaiian Airlines Yes 206cm linear dimensions In principle you can take ski/board bags up to 206cm total linear dimensions, but not many skis fit within this limit. Varies Info
    Iberia Yes N/A Ski 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 USD Info
    Icelandic Air Yes N/A One ski/board bag can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Interjet Yes N/A 50kg baggage allowance! You can take sports equipment in addition to one other hold baggage item for free. Free Info
    Japan Airlines Yes N/A While you can take ski/board equipment, it will almost certainly incur an oversize charge, which varies by route and ticket class. Varies Info
    Jet2 Yes 182cm long You can take a ski/board bag up to 182cm long for £25 if paid online in advance. £25 Info
    Jet Blue Yes N/A Ski 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.
    Free Info
    Jetstar Yes 190cm/277cm Ski/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. Free Info
    Kenya Airways Yes N/A In 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. Free Info
    KLM Yes 300cm long You can take a ski/board bag up to 300cm long for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    LAN Airlines Yes N/A Ski/board equipment is accepted, but will incur a charge if over 203cm linear dimensions. Charge varies by route and ticket class. Varies Info
    LOT Polish Airlines Yes N/A Ski/board equipment can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Size restrictions are waived. Free Info
    Lufthansa Yes N/A Ski/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. Free Info
    Lux Air Yes N/A €35 per piece of equipment each way, up to 30kg. €35 Info
    Malaysia Airlines Yes N/A One ski/board bag can be taken free if within the checked baggage allowance, which varies by route and ticket class. Free Info
    MEA Yes N/A 1 ski or board bag weighing up to 23kg can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Meridiana Yes N/A You can take ski/board equipment for a fee of €30-60 depending on route. €30-60 Info
    Monarch Yes N/A You can take ski/board equipment for a fee of £24.99, which entitles you to an additional 20kg checked baggage allowance. £24.99 Info
    Oman Air Yes N/A Ski/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. Varies Info
    Penair Yes N/A Ski/board equipment can be taken for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Philippine Airlines Maybe N/A Ski/board equipment may be taken at the discretion of the airline; you must call them to confirm fees when booking. $25 USD - Varies Info
    Qantas Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Qatar Airways Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free Info
    Royal Jordanian Yes N/A Sports 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. Free Info
    Ryanair Yes N/A Ski/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/£45 Info
    Saudi Airlines Yes 157-205cm linear dimensions In principle ski equipment can be taken, but it will exceed the permissable size dimensions, resulting in substantial fees, which depend on route. $130-440 USD Info
    Singapore Air Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free Info
    South African Airways Yes 158cm In 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. Varies Info
    SouthWest Yes N/A When 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. Free Info
    Suncountry Yes 182cm long Skis 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 USD Info
    Sunwing Airlines Yes N/A Ski/board bags up to 20kg can be taken for free. Free Info
    Swiss Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    TAP Portugal Yes N/A Ski/board equipment can be taken for €50 per flight. €50 Info
    Thai Airways Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free Info
    Transavia Yes N/A Ski/board equipment can be taken for €25 per flight, but you must notify the airline beforehand. €25 Info
    Turkish Airlines Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    United Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free Info
    US Airways Yes N/A Ski equipment may be accepted in the normal baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. Free Info
    Virgin America Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free Info
    Virgin Atlantic Yes N/A Free - IN ADDITION to standard checked baggage allowance. Free Info
    Virgin Australia Yes Varies Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free Info
    Vueling Yes N/A €45 per item per flight. €45 Info
    Westjet Yes N/A Ski/board bags can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance. Oversize fee is waived. Free Info
    Wizz Air Yes N/A Ski/board equipment can be taken for €30 per bag per flight if paid in advnace, or €60 if paid at the airport. €30-60 Info

    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.

     

    Type 2 fun enthusiast. At my happiest getting cold, wet and scared, whether that’s dragging myself - lungs screaming - up a mountain with skis on my back, or staring - literally screaming - down the gun barrel into another crashing wave. A firm believer that n+1 = the perfect amount of toys. I also like whisky.