The Rising Cost of Surf Travel
Planning a surf trip to Fiji? Looking to score some beach break tubes in Nicaragua? A surf vacation to the Mentawais?
As U.S. airlines have been jacking up fares and charging fees on items that were previously free (checked baggage, food, pillows and drinks) in order to battle their rising fuel costs, the traveling surfer has been skunked before even getting on the plane. As surfboards require extra handling, many airlines have decided to charge an additional fee, sometimes as high as $300 per board, to bring the surfboards along.
While these new luggage fees have been implemented to combat the airlines’ fuel consumption, it is curious that other oversized baggage, items such as bicycles, skis and golf clubs, are not assessed the same fee.
Surfline has put together a schedule of boardbag charges for all of the major airlines. Be sure to consult the site before booking your next surf