Airline Ski and Snowboard Bag Fees

All airlines have special baggage policies for your skis and snowboards so we have put together a quick summary of how each domestic US airline treat your snow equipment!

Airline Bag Fees

In general, airlines allow snow equipment (skis / snowboard and boots) to count as one piece of checked baggage, even if the equipment is packed in two separate bags. However, you definitely want to keep an eye out for the following:

  • Overweight Baggage - Some airlines charge an overweight baggage fee if your snow equipment exceed the airline's prescribed weight limit while. The limit is generally between 18-23 kg.
  • Oversized Baggage - Some airlines waive the oversized baggage fee for snow equipment but others will charge a fee if the baggage exceed the prescribed size limit. The size limit is generally 62 to 80 linear inches (height + width + depth).

For your convenience, we have linked directly to the airline's baggage policy but airlines can change their baggage policies on the fly so it is always best to call the airline before your trip to verify their baggage policy.

The information below is current as of 13 December 2017.

Alaska Air || Allegiant Air || American || Delta || Frontier || JetBlue

Southwest || Sun Country || Virgin America || United

Alaska Air

  • One pair of skis with poles or one snowboard, plus one boot / helmet bag is counted as one checked bag. If boots and helmet are checked in a bag that also contains clothing or additional items, standard checked baggage fees will apply to the bag.
  • There is no oversize fee for skis and snowboard. 
  • There is no overweight fee for skis and snowboard.

Allegiant Air

  • Snow ski equipment encased in a container or containers including no more than one pair of skis or one snowboard, one pair of ski boots and one pair of ski poles will be considered as one checked bag.
  • Ski / Snowboard equipment which have exceeded 80 linear inches incur an oversized fee of $75 USD ($101 AUD).
  • Ski / Snowboard equipment which weigh between 18and32 kg incur an overweight fee of $50 USD ($67 AUD). Bags between 32and45 kg incur a fee of $75 USD ($101 AUD). Note Allegiant Air do not accept bags weighing over 45 kg.

American Airlines

  • One pair of skis / snowboard and one boot bag count as a single baggage item.
  • The boot bag can be up to 45 linear inches and must contain only boots / bindings, helmet and life preserver. If you put anything else in your boot bag, you may be asked to pay an excess baggage fee.
  • The maximum size of one pair of skis/snowboard is 320 cm.
  • You cannot travel with lighters or torches for applying ski wax.
  • All other standard, overweight and oversized fees apply.

Delta Airlines

  • One ski / pole bag or one snowboard bag and one boot bag is accepted per person as one checked bag.
  • The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 23 kg. or excess weight charges will apply.
  • Linear dimensions may exceed 203 cm without excess size charges.
  • All standard baggage charges apply.

Frontier Airlines

  • Skis, ski poles and ski boots may be counted as a single item.
  • If the boots are checked in a separate bag, it cannot exceed 11 kg or it will be considered as a second bag. Boots may also be carried onto the flight provided that it does not exceed the allowable carry-on dimensions.
  • Overweight charges apply if the item is 23 kg or more.
  • Oversized charges do not apply.

JetBlue Airways

  • One pair of skis / snowboard and one pair of boots is considered one baggage item. However, the ski boots, if packed separately from skiing equipment, must be in a ski boot bag for this to apply.
  • There is no additional charge for ski and snowboard equipment which are exempt from standard size requirements 157 cm. However, the baggage must still follow weight guidelines otherwise fees may apply.
  • Note that ski and snowboard equipment are not accepted on flights to / from the Dominican Republic.

Southwest Airlines

  • One pair of skis or one snowboard, one set of poles and one pair of ski/snowboard boots may count as one item. Southwest Airlines allows up to two bags to hold the above equipment which may be packed and tagged separately.
  • Snow ski equipment are not subject to excess size charges. However, excess weight charges may apply.

Sun Country Airlines

  • One pair of skis or snowboard, ski poles and ski boots are counted as one item of checked baggage. A maximum of two pairs of skis per bag are allowed.
  • Skis and snowboards can be up to six feet in length.
  • Items in excess of the allowance will be subject to excess baggage charges for a single piece, whether or not presented as a single piece.

Virgin America

  • One item of snow skiing equipment consists of either one snowboard or a pair of skis with poles, and a bag containing boots and ski bindings. However, sporting equipment is charged at a higher checked baggage fee.
  • Ski / Snowboard equipment which exceed 157 cm (linear) incur an oversized fee of $75 USD ($101 AUD).
  • Ski / Snowboard equipment which weigh between 23-32 kg incur an overweight fee of $50 USD ($67 AUD).
  • Ski / Snowboard equipment which weigh between 32-45 kg incur an overweight fee of $100 USD ($135 AUD).

United Airlines

  • United accepts one item of ski or snowboard equipment per customer as checked baggage. Equipment must be securely encased in a suitable container. An item of ski equipment consists of:
    • Up to two snowboards in one bag and one snow boot bag
    • Up to two pairs of snow skis and associated equipment in one bag and one ski boot bag
  • If the combined weight of the ski bag and boot bag is over 23 kg, applicable overweight charges apply.
  • A boot bag without an accompanied ski bag is considered one bag and normal baggage fees apply.
  • Ski equipment in addition to the baggage allowance will be assessed at the current excess baggage charge for a single piece, whether or not it is presented as a single piece.
  • Note that ski and boot bags that do not contain ski-related items will be subject to any applicable oversized and overweight checked baggage service charges.
  • United varies its charges depending on the origin and destination of the flight.