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Airline Ski and Snowboard Baggage Policies

Flying with skis and snowboards can be tricky – 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 planks.

To help combat this airborne greed, the experts at LUEX Snow Travel have compiled a list of every airline flying to every ski and snowboard destination you can think of, allowing you to easily compare prices when planning your next trip to the snow.

The full list with complete with policies and fees is available here on LUEX Magazine.

Largest North American Airlines

Airline Accept Skis Size Restrictions Details Fee
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
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 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
Alaska Air
Yes 292cm total linear dimensions Ski bags under 292 total linear dimensions fly for free if within your checked baggage allowance. Free
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
Yes N/A One ski/board bag can be taken for free if within checked baggage allowance. Free
Frontier Airlines  Yes N/A Varies by route, ticket class and plane. Confirm fees with the airline when booking. Varies
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
Yes N/A 50kg baggage allowance! You can take sports equipment in addition to one other hold baggage item for free. Free
Yes N/A Ski and snowboard equipment are 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.
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). Free
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
Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free
Virgin America
Yes N/A Free if within checked baggage allowance, which varies by ticket class and route. Free
Virgin Atlantic
Yes N/A Free - in addition to standard checked baggage allowance. Free

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.

Matt Clark | LUEX LineUp Explorers

About The Author

stash member Matt Clark | ClarkleberryFinn

British skier, kayaker, and n00b MTBer in the Austrian Alps

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