Whether you're off to play in Florida, California, or Hawaii, you'll want to pack your golf clubs with you on your flight.
Here is a list of the 5 Best US-based Airlines for Flying with Golf Clubs. Take a look at these airlines to fly with your golf bag without having to pay and arm and a leg in oversized baggage fees.
Most US-based airlines will carry your golf bag in-lieu of one piece of standard checked baggage. Keep in mind that regular checked baggage fees apply, as if you were checking in a standard suitcase, when bringing your golf clubs. Airlines will generally waive the oversized-baggage fees (for greater than 62 linear inches), however you will be charged overweight fees if the weight of the golf bag exceeds 50lbs/23kg.
Southwest allows you to bring a set of golf clubs in your golf bag free of charge, in place of its standard free baggage allowance.
Because Southwest already offers 2 free checked bags, it comes in as Number 1 on our list of golf-friendly US-based airlines, as your golf bag and suitcase travel with you free-of-charge.
May be checked in substitution of one piece of the free Checked Baggage allowance for each Passenger at no charge on a one-item-for-one-bag basis. If the item of sporting equipment exceeds 50 pounds in weight or 62 inches in size (outside length plus height plus width), excess weight and size charges may apply.
Golf bag in hard-sided golf bag carrying case provided by Passenger, including clubs, balls, and shoes. Hooded golf bags or golf bags in a soft-sided carrying case provided by the Passenger will be conditionally accepted. Note: Overweight charges will apply to golf bags exceeding 50 pounds.
Virgin America is generally one of the more sports-friendly US-based airlines, and the same holds true for golf equipment.
Virgin America will allow you to take your golf clubs as checked baggage, in place of a standard suitcase. Standard checked baggage fees will apply, which currently sit at $25 per bag.
Oversize fees will be waived, but you will be charged for overweight fees if your golf bag exceeds 50lbs/23kg.
The following items are considered within the checked baggage policy so long as they meet the limitations below:
Golf bag in a hard-sided golf travel bag provided by the guest, including clubs, balls, and shoes. We do not recommend soft-sided golf bags, and cannot accept liability for soft-sided travel bags or their contents. Golf bags without a traveling case are not accepted.
Similar to Virgin America, the standard $25 checked baggage fee applies for checking in a set of golf clubs on Alaska Airlines.
The checked baggage fee applies, but Alaska Airlines will waive the oversize fee if your bag is larger than 62 linear inches. Like on other airlines, overweight bags (more than 50 lbs/23kg) will be assessed the standard Alaska Airlines overweight fee.
Although golf equipment may exceed the normal Alaska Airlines size allowance, Alaska Airlines will waive the oversize baggage fee. You golf bag may exceed the size allowance (not to exceed 115" linear inches: length +height +width) without incurring an oversize fee. Standard checked baggage service charge and overweight fee (51-100 pounds) apply for each piece checked.
JetBlue no longer allows any free checked bags on board, and hence has dropped in our rankings of Best US-Based Airlines for Golf Equipment.
Although JetBlue applies the same rules as other airlines, that a golf bag may replace a standard suitcase, and oversize fees are waived, their prices are slightly higher than Virgin America and Alaska.
If the only bag you are checking in is a golf bag, JetBlue would come out ahead ($20 fee for 1st checked bag), however we are making the assumption that you will have a standard checked bag suitcase as well. In this case, the 2nd checked bag fee of $35 will apply, placing JetBlue lower down on our list.
As is expected with other airlines on this list, JetBlue will waive the oversize fees on golf bags, but will charge an overweight fee if you exceed the standard 50lbs/23kg weight allowance.
Golf equipment is accepted on all flights. There is no additional charge or oversized fee for golf bags as long as they are within weight limitations. A golf bag will count as one of your checked bags.
One golf bag containing not more than:
14 golf clubs
3 golf balls
one pair of golf shoes
Please note: all equipment should be packed in a hard-sided container. JetBlue will accept Golf Bags in a soft-sided travel bag, but will not be liable for damage to the bag or contents.
Like other US legacy carriers, Delta will take your golf bag in place of a standard suitcase, but standard checked baggage fees apply. These are $25 for a first bag, and $35 for a second bag.
Delta Airlines will waive the oversized fee on your golf bag if the size exceeds 62 linear inches, but the overweight fee will be charged if you exceed 50lbs/23kg.
One golf bag is allowed as checked baggage. Checked baggage fees may apply based on travel region and total number of checked bags. Overweight baggage fees apply to bags that exceed 50 lbs. Oversized baggage fees will be waived for golf bags that exceed 62 linear inches, but bags exceeding 115 linear inches are not allowed.
One item of golfing equipment is defined as:
One golf bag containing one set of golf clubs
Golf balls and tees; and
One pair of golf shoes.
Golf clubs are allowed under the following conditions:
Golf bag is packaged within a hard-shell case
Golf bag is packaged within a soft-sided golf club travel bag after a limited release has been signed
Delta is not responsible for damage noted at the time of check-in or damage due to over-packing the bag.