Jan 24 2009

United Airlines Jacks Surfboard Fees to $175 Per Board One Way

Published by at 11:24 am under Travel,Travel Tips

In a move that screams “We really don’t give a flying &*$% about surfers,” United Airlines recently raised their fees to $175 per surfboard per way. Brendon Thomas of Surfer Magazine writes a letter to United after having to pay $700 for board fees on a roundtrip flight to Hawaii. Last year airlines raised carry on fees across the board, but United’s surfboard fee seems to target surfers specifically. Write United Customer Relations expressing your dissatisfaction on their fees (it’s a web form).

To put it in perspective, you can fly with golf clubs that weigh up to 50 lbs in place on a checked bag (no fee), but flying with a 6 lb surfboard costs $175.

While one particular airline jacking fees on surfboards is not particularly troubling, but when it starts a trend it becomes a serious barrier for surf travel. Let airlines know now that unfair surfboard fees are prohibitive.

United Customer Support Contact Page

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3 responses so far

  • http://unitedair.com Karen Gonz//ez

    It’s time to loosen up the tie around your neck! We’re all humans and in the same water together. I’m sorry there’s a big corncob up the leaders asses in your company and money is the only way they think it’s the only way to go green. Karma rules.

  • Bring Board Back From Oz?

    I bought a board while in Oz, used it up the east coast and then hit up Bali for a few weeks (Pacific Blue charged NOTHING to take it to Bali).

    I was considering bringing it back to the US, but if it’s gonna cost $175 then F that!!! I will never fly United Airlines again.

    I can understand $50…maybe even $80 (although that’s still shit). But $175 is just a dumb move for United.

    There’s plenty of other airlines…fly a different airline, and each time (1) email United Customer Service to let them know and (2) post on Facebook or Twitter the fact that you’re flying (name of airline) instead of united because United’s surf policies suck…

    they’ll eventually change it.

  • Grambo

    im so glad i just booked my flight from honolulu to chi town with a new board…seee ya later 175 hard earned bucks…hello never flying united