Experience with surfboards on Southwest Air?

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by BHSurfer, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. BHSurfer

    BHSurfer New Member

    Feb 13, 2017
    Details are sketchy on flying Southwest with boards.

    Anyone have actual experience flying SW?

    My bag is about 9', with an 8-6 and an 8-0 inside.

    I've seen a few posts here and there, regarding either smaller bags (6'6 taco) or "seeing people arrive on SW with surfboards"

    Any concrete data out there about a longer double-bag?

    Thank you! I want to book this week
  2. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    check out Swell Spy. They got a link to airline fees. tho it was in 2016, roughly good idea of the costs

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    It's usually right on the airline's website. Most will charge more for multiple boards. They usually make you open it up so they can count them. But if you get lucky you might get someone who doesn't care, but not likely.
  4. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I'm flown with boards in SW more times than i can remember, but never longboards. They have waived the fees altogether sometimes (it seems like unlike other airlines they actually want satisfied customers) and charged $50 per BAG on others (they have never asked me to open the bag because they don't charge per board.. I've never paid more than $50.

    Here is what their website says:

    Southwest will accept the first two checked bags for free provided that the bags do not exceed 50 lbs and 62 inches (L+W+H). Overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 62 inches but not more than 80 inches will be accepted for a charge of $75.00 per item one-way. Only one $75.00 charge applies if the piece is both oversized and overweight.

    So it looks like its gone up to $75. My experience is they will treat the entire boardbag as an "item".
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017
  5. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Mitchell beat me too it. Flying to CR on SW next month:

    Sports Equipment - Special Items

    The items listed below will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge.

    Bicycles (defined as nonmotorized and having a single seat) properly packed in a bicycle box or hardsided case larger than 62 inches in total dimensions will be accepted as Checked Baggage. Pedals and handlebars must be removed and packaged in protective materials so as not to be damaged by or cause damage to other Baggage. Bicycles packaged in cardboard or softsided cases will be transported as subject to limited release items.
    Javelins in a single bag, regardless of the number of javelins encased together, will be accepted.
    Kayak (other than a sea kayak). Paddle(s) must be secured.
    Life Raft Cartridges associated with a self-inflating life raft must be removed and are not allowed on Southwest.
    Surfboard/kiteboard, keels and fins must be removed and placed in carryon or checked baggage.
    Vaulting poles will be accepted in a single bag, regardless of the number of poles in the bag.
    Wind surfing board, keel removed and placed in checked baggage to prevent damage to the sail, boom, and other baggage.
  6. Comish

    Comish New Member

    Jun 14, 2017

    You take the longboard on SW? I'm booking a flight to Cabo and want to understand if I can bring the longboard for wifey? Its a 9'er and agree, their info is definitely vague.

  7. smitty517

    smitty517 Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    I've traveled several times on SW with longboard. everything went fine. only one fact to face - you will be charged the $75!
  8. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Flew SW to puerto rico this past February. Took three boards all in a coffin bag, that came in just under 50 lbs. they hit me up for 75 bones going and coming, but everything went smoothly. I seem to recall reading ontheir website if it's over 50 lbs then the price goes up from 75...
  9. Madma

    Madma Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2017
    Literally watched surfboard bags being thrown off the planes cargo holder 20+ feet to the cement below in Costa. One reason im glad i drag the cawk.
  10. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    just a fyi really cuz i don't think ppl on this site are really close to this location. but i just read that there's an Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, AL. Almost like a Goodwill but prolly with weirder sht. Well apparently they get a lot of surfboards. so if any of ya fools are driving by during the holiday, could be worth a stop. Doubt there are a lot of Bama ppl grabbing them