Kiteboard Fees - Flying with Kitesurfing Boards and Equipment

When planning on taking your kitesurfing gear with you, make sure the airline you are flying with will accept your kiteboard and kites as checked luggage.

Even though kites pack up quite small, and kiteboards are typically the same size as wakeboards and small surfboards, some airlines will charge an excessive amount for taking your gear on your flight. [AMZ asins='B01BN1W5G6,B01465RK8E,B00NIYJF6U,B003EBV7XG']

Look for airlines that will accept your kitesurf gear for free, in place of one of your checked bags, or for just a small fee. Another option is to pack your kites and lines into your regular suitcase, and simply rent a board at your destination.

If bringing your kiteboard with you on an airline that charges an excessive amount for kitesurfing gear, you could pack your kites into your suitcase, and claim the board as a surfboard, wakeboard, or snowboard (depending on your destination) to pay a lower fee.

Some travelers have had success avoiding airline fees by packing their kitesurfing gear into kiteboarding travel bags labeled as golf equipment, as many airlines accept golf equipment for free or at a reduced rate. Keep in mind that some airlines are catching on to this, so you may have some difficulty passing it off as golf clubs. Some people recommend to pack to pack a golf club or two into your bag bag, to be able to prove that it is in fact golf equipment in the bag.

Airline NameAccepts Kitesurfing Equipment?Included in Allowance?CostPolicy / Comments
Aer LingusYesNo40-50 EURView Policy
AeroflotYesYesFreeView Policy
Aerolineas ArgentinasYesNo$50 - $100 USDView Policy
AeromexicoYesNo$75 - $165 USDView Policy
AHA! AirlinesYesYesStandard Baggage FeesView Policy
Air AlgerieYesYesFreeView Policy
Air BelgiumYesNo100-175 EURView Policy
Air BerlinYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
Air CanadaYesYes$100 CAD/USDView Policy
Air EuropaYesNoEUR 150View Policy
Air FranceYesYesIncluded / 65 - 125 EURView Policy
Air New ZealandYesYesFree - Standard Baggage FeeView Policy
Air PanamaYesYes$20-$30View Policy
Air TransatYesYesFree - Standard Baggage FeeView Policy
Alaska AirlinesYesYes$35-$45View Policy
Allegiant AirYesYesStandard Baggage FeesView Policy
American AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
Andes Lineas AereasYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
ArkeFlyYesNoEUR 65View Policy
Arkia Israeli AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
AsercaYesNo$15 - $75 USDView Policy
Austrian AirlinesYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
Avelo AirlinesYesYesStandard Baggage FeesView Policy
AviancaYesYes$150 ($25 - $150 USD)View Policy
AZUL Brazilian AirlinesYesYes$150View Policy
BahamasAirYesYes$75 USDView Policy
BelaviaYesNoFreeView Policy
Boliviana de AviacionYesYesFreeView Policy
Breeze AirwaysYesYes$40-$50 USDView Policy
British AirwaysYesYesFree - Standard Baggage FeeView Policy
Brussels AirlinesYesYesSee Policy - FREEView Policy
Bulgaria AirYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
Bulgarian Air CharterYesNoFreeView Policy
Caribbean AirlinesYesYesStandard Baggage Fees + $75 USDView Policy
Cathay PacificYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
Cayman AirwaysYesNo$95 USDView Policy
CondorYesNo50-135 EUR ($115-$160 USD)View Policy
Contour AirlinesNoYesNot AcceptedView Policy
Copa AirlinesYesYes$150 USDView Policy
Croatia AirlinesYesNoSee Policy - FREEView Policy
Czech AirlinesYesYesSee Policy - FREEView Policy
Delta AirlinesYesYesFree - Standard Baggage FeeView Policy
Eastern AirlinesYesYesFreeView Policy
Eastern AirwaysYesNo30 GBPView Policy
EasyJetYesNo45 - 55 GBPView Policy
Edelweiss AirYesNoFreeView Policy
El AlYesNo$100-$200View Policy
EmiratesYesYesIncluded as Checked BagView Policy
Etihad AirwaysYesYesFree - Overweight FeeView Policy
EurowingsYesNofrom 50 EURView Policy
Fiji AirwaysYesYesSee Policy - $65-$200View Policy
FinnairYesYesSee Policy - 150-300 EURView Policy
Flair AirlinesYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
FlyNikiYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
FrenchbeeYesNo100 EUR - 125 EURView Policy
Frontier AirlinesYesYesStandard Baggage Fees + $75 USDView Policy
GermaniaYesNo60 EURView Policy
GermanwingsYesNofrom EUR 50View Policy
Gol AirlinesYesYesIncludedView Policy
Hainan AirlinesNoNoView Policy
Hawaiian AirlinesYesNo$25-$475 USDView Policy
Iberia AirlinesYesYes0 - 45 EURView Policy
Iceland AirYesNo$83-$116 USD (77-108 EUR)View Policy
Insel AirYesNoUSD 100 + 40View Policy
InterjetYesYesFree - $30 USDView Policy
ITA AirwaysYesNo40-90 EURView Policy
jet2.comYesNo30 GBPView Policy
JetBlueYesYes$100 USD / £80 / €90View Policy
JettimeYesNo51 EURView Policy
KLMYesNo40-250 EURView Policy
Korean AirYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
LANYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
LATAMYesYes$40-$150 USDView Policy
Level AirlinesYesYes95 EUR / 105 USDView Policy
LIAT Leeward Island Air TransportYesNo$80 USDView Policy
LOT AirlinesYesYesFreeView Policy
LufthansaYesYesFreeView Policy
LufthansaYesYesFreeView Policy
Monarch AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
MyAustrian HolidaysYesNo30 EURView Policy
Neos AirYesNo$230-$250 USDView Policy
Norse Atlantic AirwaysYesNo$130-$175View Policy
NorwegianYesNo35-60 EURView Policy
Pacific CoastalYesNo$78.75View Policy
Pegasus AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
PLAY AirlinesYesNo$83-$190 USD / 51-145 EURView Policy
Porter AirlinesYesYes$100View Policy
QantasYesYesFREEView Policy
Qatar AirwaysYesYesFree - See PolicyView Policy
RyanairYesNo35-65 EUR / GBPView Policy
SAS Scandinavian AirlinesYesYesStandard Baggage FeesView Policy
SATA Azores AirlinesYesNo25-55 EURView Policy
Silver AirwaysYesYesStandard Baggage FeesView Policy
Sky AirlineYesYes$29 USD - $61 USDView Policy
Skywest AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
SmartWingsYesNo59 EURView Policy
SouthwestYesYes$75 USDView Policy
Spirit AirlinesYesYes$100 USDView Policy
Star PeruYesYesFreeView Policy
Sun Country AirlinesYesNo$100 USDView Policy
SunwingYesNo$75 CADView Policy
Surinam AirwaysYesNo$50 - $185 USDView Policy
Swiss International AirlinesYesYesFree - See PolicyView Policy
Swoop AirlinesYesNoStandard Baggage FeesView Policy
TACAYesYesSee PolicyView Policy
TAMEYesYesIncludedView Policy
TAP PortugalYesNo60-130 EUR / 77-162 USDView Policy
Thomas CookYesNo45-65 GBP / 50-75 EURView Policy
Thomson AirwaysYesNoSee PolicyView Policy
Transavia.comYesNo52 EURView Policy
TUIflyYesNo65 EURView Policy
Turkish AirlinesYesNo30-60 EURView Policy
United AirlinesYesYes$100-$200 + USD/CADView Policy
Virgin AmericaYesNo$50 USDView Policy
Virgin AtlanticYesYesFree - Standard Baggage FeeView Policy
Virgin AustraliaYesYesFree - Standard Baggage FeeView Policy
VivaAerobusYesNo$30-69 USDView Policy
Volaris AirlinesYesNo$40-$200 USDView Policy
VuelingYesNo55+ EURView Policy
WestjetYesNo$150-$250View Policy
Wizz AirYesNo45 - 65 EURView Policy
XL Airways FranceYesNoSee PolicyView Policy

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