APH compares the cost of travelling with ski equipment

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According to Neilson Holidays; 2012 saw an increase in bookings for ski holidays and they expect the same in 2013. In order to help keen skiers and snowboarders keep their travelling costs in check, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has compiled a comprehensive guide to airline allowances and charges for transporting skis, boots and snow boards. The table compares the allowances of 24 airlines and highlights the checked-in free baggage allowance on short and long haul flights, the cost of checking in equipment, the weight limit for each bag and any restrictions that are imposed.


AIRLINE

CHECKED-IN BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE (SHORT HAUL)

CHECKED-IN BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE (LONG HAUL)

SKI EQUIPMENT

Aer Lingus Weight:

  • 20kg

Economy Low Fare

  • £12 per item online
  • £24 per item at the airport

Economy Plus Fare

  • Fees will apply for the 2nd and subsequent checked bags

Economy Flex Fare

  • Fees will apply for the 3rd and subsequent checked bags

Additional excess fees (Baggage over 20kg)

  • Online: £6 per item
  • Airport: £12 per item

Excess for all bags over 20kg to a maximum of 32kg per bag

  • Online: £6 per item
  • Airport: £12 per item
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy Low Fare

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Economy Flex Fare

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg

Excess baggage fees

  •  £45 per item

Excess for all bags over 23kgs (to a maximum of 32kg per bag)

  •  £45 per item
Weight:

  • 15kg (normal excess fees if this limit is exceeded)

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots (even if in separate bag)
  • 1 pair of poles

Economy

  • Online: £24 per one way journey
  • Airport: £33 per one way journey
  • Business Class: Free

Long-Haul

  • EU to US if equipment is within the  customers baggage allowance, no charge is incurred unless this exceeds their baggage allowance, in which case normal excess baggage charges apply.
Air Canada Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag
  • £46 per flight for second bag (per direction) price as offered online
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag
  • £46 per flight for second bag
  • £62 per flight for second bag for flights to/from US from UK
Weight:

    • 23kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of poles (carried in same container as skis)
  • 1 pair of ski boots (must be kept with skis)

Counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by passengers fare type.

Items must be suitably packed in rigid and/or hard shell container

Any sports item that is checked in separately will count as one piece of checked baggage. Ski boots are the only exception.

No oversize charge applies to skis. However, if weight allowance is exceeded, normal excess baggage charges apply as follows:

  • £46 per flight for second bag
  • £62 per flight for second bag for flights to/from US from UK
Air France Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge for two items up to 23kg allowed
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge for two items up to 23kg
Weight:

  • 23kg
  • 32kg in the La Première or Business cabins

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

All considered as standard baggage item and included in baggage allowance.

If number of baggage items checked-in is greater that authorised allowance, additional baggage must be purchased as follows:

Short-Haul

  • Economy: £34
  • Premium economy: £125

Long-Haul

  • Economy: £62
  • Premium economy: £125
Alitalia Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

2nd piece extra baggage

  • £34

3rd piece extra baggage and subsequent

  • £125

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge for two items up to 23kg
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge for two items up to 23kg
Weight:

  • 23kg

Sport equipment is considered checked-in baggage, and is included in the baggage allowance.

If they exceed the allowance, they can be checked-in with the normal excess baggage charges.

American Airlines Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy flights

  • £16 for the first checked bag
  • £22 for the second checked bag
  • £94 for any additional pieces

 

Weight:

  •  23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Second bag of up to 23kg:

  • £48
  • Advantage Executive Platinum, Platinum and Gold Members: two items up to 23kg each allowed free of charge
 Weight:

  • 32kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

Maximum size and weight:

  • Ski boot bag: 45in / 114cm (total dimension)
  • Pair of skis/snow board: 126in / 320cm

Passengers can replace bags as part of baggage allowance – if exceeds baggage allowance it will comply with excess baggage fees as follows:

Long-Haul

  • £37

Second extra baggage fee will apply if one luggage + one sports equipment  is required as follows:

  • £48
Atlantic Airways Weight:

  • 20kg or 30kg

Economy flights

  • Free of charge for 20kg for SemiFlex or Lowest ticket allowance
  • Free of charge for 30kg for C-Flex, J-Flex, D-Flex or Y-Flex

 

Additional Excess Fees

  • £4/kg
Not Applicable, all Short-Haul Weight

  • Economy: 20kg
  • Business: 30kg

Sport equipment is considered checked-in baggage, and is included in the baggage allowance.

If they exceed the allowance, they can be checked-in with the payment of additional excess fees:

  • £4/kg
British Airways Weight:

  • 23kg

Euro Traveller

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg
  • First extra bag £34
  • Further extra bags £34
Weight:

  • 23kg

World Traveller

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg
  • First extra bag: £34
  • Further extra bags: £77
Weight:

  • 23kg

No additional baggage allowance but if total number of checked bags is more than free check-in allowance, extra baggage charges will apply.

Heavy baggage fees apply if between 23-32kg as follows:

  • £40
Cathay Pacific Weight:

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg
Weight:

  • 20kg

Economy (for all destinations except Americas)

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Economy (Central, North and South Americas)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg each
Weight:

  • 22kg
  • Applicable to standard excess charges

If in excess of standard free allowance (i.e. between 23-32kg including free baggage allowance) there is a charge as follows:

  • £32
Delta Air Lines Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • £16 for first bag
  • £22 for second bag
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for first bag
  • £51 for second bag if checked-in online
  • £64 for second bag if checked-in at the airport
Weight:

  • 23kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

Considered as checked-in baggage, if exceeds baggage allowance, normal excess baggage fees apply as follows:

Max weight

  • The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 23kg
  • Must be contained in a hard shell case
  • Linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches without excess size charges
easyJet Weight:

  • 20kg

All Tickets

  • £26 per 20kg bag
  • £68 per 23kg bag
  • £110 per 26kg bag
  • £152 per 29kg bag
  • £194 per 32kg bag
Weight:

  • 20kg

All Tickets

  • £26 per 20kg bag
  • £68 per 23kg bag
  • £110 per 26kg bag
  • £152 per 29kg bag
  • £194 per 32kg bag

 

Weight:

  • 20kg
  • Sporting equipment provides extra 12kg weight allowance (to give total weight of 32kg)

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

Carried in addition to hold baggage allowance will be charged as follows:

Economy

  • Online: £27 per one way journey
  • Airport: £35 per one way journey
Emirates Weight:

  • 30kg

Economy

  • Free of charge

Extra baggage fees

Online

  • 5kg: £40
  • 10kg: £80

Airport

  • £10/kg
Weight:

  • 30kg

Economy

  • Free of charge

Extra baggage fees

Online

  • 5kg: £100
  • 10kg: £200

Airport

  • £25/kg

North/South America

  • £23kg (2 bags)

Additional baggage:

  • Online: £140
  • Airport: £175
Weight:

  • 30kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

Free to any class/flight as a part of baggage allowance.

If authorised baggage weight is exceeded, normal excess baggage charges apply as follows:

  • 33% of the standard excess baggage charge for the first set of ski equipment beyond the free two pieces of baggage. For additional sets, the normal charges apply.
Etihad Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge

Extra baggage fees

  •  £21/kg
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge

Extra baggage fees

  • £12/kg (to UAE, Syria, the Maldives, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Indian subcontinent)
  • £28/kg (to Australia, Japan and Korea)
Accepted as checked baggage, charged with normal excess baggage rate (if overweight of free baggage allowance) as follows:

  • £12/kg (to UAE, Syria, the Maldives, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Indian subcontinent)
  • £28/kg (to Australia, Japan and Korea)
Flybe Weight:

  • Variable

Essential

  • Small bag 15kg: £13.99
  • Standard bag 20kg: £14.99
  • Extra Kilos bag 23kg: £30.99
  • Go large (two bags) 40kgs: £44.99

New Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag of 20kg
  • 23kg: £16
  • (2 bags) 40kg  £30

Plus

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 40kg
Not Applicable, all Short-Haul Per sector of Flybe operated flights

    • Call Centre: £30
    • Airport: £30
    • Online: N/A

Per sector of Loganair operated flights

  • Call Centre: £10
  • Airport: £10
  • Online: N/A
Iberia Weight:

  • 23kg

Tourist Express

Online

  • One item: £12
  • Two items: £39

Airport

  • One item: £23
  • Two items: £47

Tourist

  • Free charge for one bag up to 23kg
  • Subsequent charges apply for more bags
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy Tourist

  • Free of charge for one bag
  • Further bags are subjected to additional charges
Weight:

    • 23kg

Includes

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots (even if in separate bag)
  • 1 pair of poles

Considered as a part of baggage allowance.

If baggage allowance is exceeded, excess baggage charges will apply as follows:

For flights flying to/from Brazil:

  • 1 piece of extra baggage at £50
  • Additional items charged at £75 each
Japan Airlines Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg per bag

Economy

  • Two bags up to 23kg allowed free of charge
  • The total linear dimensions for each piece of baggage shall not exceed 203 cm (height, width and length)
Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg per bag

Economy

  • Two bags up to 23kg allowed free of charge
  • The total linear dimensions for each piece of baggage shall not exceed 203 cm (height, width and length)
Weight:

  • 23kg

Sporting equipment will be handled as a part of normal check-in baggage allowance.

Excess fee if over free baggage allowance (per additional 23kg piece)

  • £93
KLM Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

2nd Piece extra baggage

  • £44

Each extra piece in addition (except 2nd piece if standard allowance is only 1 piece)

  • £160
Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

2nd piece extra baggage (From US to EU ):

  • £80

2nd piece extra baggage (From EU to US) :

  • £56

Anywhere else:

  • £60

Economy (Parts of Caribbean, Indian Ocean, South America, Brazil, Africa, French Polynesia)

  • Free of charge for two pieces of check-in baggage, each up to 23kg

Additional pieces (US to EU):

  • £229

Anywhere else:

  • £160
Weight:

  • 23kg
  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots (even if in separate bag)
  • 1 pair of poles

 

Sporting equipment considered as standard piece of baggage.

If sports equipment is taken in addition to standard baggage allowance, it counts as standard piece of baggage – if this exceeds standard baggage allowance, normal excess fees will be apply as follows:

  • £56(From EU to US)
  • £80 (From US to EU)
  • £60 (Anywhere else)

If passengers want to take an avalanche rescue backpack, this also counts as 1 single piece of regular baggage. If passengers will take it on top of their standard baggage allowance, they will need to pay the fee for an extra piece of regular baggage (as above).

 

Lufthansa Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy Class     

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23 kg

Economy Class (Frequent Travellers)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23 kg each
Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy Class     

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23 kg

Economy Class (Frequent Travellers)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23 kg each
Weight:

  • 23kg

Includes

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots (even if in separate bag)
  • 1 pair of poles
  • 1 helmet

Long-Haul

  • £80 per one way journey

Short-Haul

  • £40 per one way journey
Monarch Airlines Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • £11.99 to £18.99 per bag, per one way flight when booked online
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at a call centre
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at the airport
Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • £10.99 to £18.99 per bag, per one way flight when booked online
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at a call centre
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at the airport
Weight:

  • 20kg

Scheduled Flights

  • Online: £19.99, per set, per one way journey
  • Airport: £25, per set, per one way journey

Chartered flights

  • Online: £20
  • Call Centre: £20
  • Airport: £25
Qantas Group Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy/Premium Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Excess baggage price per piece (23kg), this also applies to long haul flights

  • £76
Weight:

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy/Premium Economy (The Americas)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg per bag
Weight:

  • 23kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snowboard
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

Carried as a part of normal baggage allowance, must be in a bag.

If sporting equipment is in addition to normal baggage allowance exceeds free baggage allowance, normal excess baggage fees apply.

Ryanair Weight:Either 15kg or 20kgEconomyOnline

  • £15 to £30 depending on season for one bag of 15kg
  • £25 to £40 for one bag of 20kg
  • £35 to £50 for a second bag of 15kg

Call Centre or Airport Booking

  • £60 to £120 depending on season for one bag of 15kg
  • £75 to £130 for one bag of 20kg
  • £105 to £150 for a second bag of 15kg
Not Applicable, all Short-Haul Weight:

  • 20kg

Online:

    • £50 per item, per one way journey

Airport:

  • £60 per item, per one way journey

If weight exceeds 20kg excess baggage weight fees will apply as follows:

  • £20 per kg
Singapore Airlines Weight:

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Excess baggage per kg

  • £37
Weight:

  • 20kg or 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Economy (Americas)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg
Weight:

  •  15kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snowboard
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles
  • 1 mask

Any additional ski equipment/snow-boards shall be charged according to the normal excess baggage charges of £37/kg

For travel to/from the United States, each set of ski equipment will be considered as a piece of luggage under the piece system, and will be charged as such if the customer exceeds his/her free baggage allowance.

Swiss Air Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg each when flying to/from West, East, Central Africa, Japan
  • Free of charge for two bags up to 32kg each when flying from Brazil
  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg each when flying between South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Turkey and the USA, Canada or Mexico

Economy (All Other Routes)

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg
Weight:

  • 23kg
  • Fees will apply if over 23kg (Max. weight 32kg)

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles
  • 1 helmet

Free of charge if within free baggage allowance.

If  free baggage allowance exceeded following “sports equipment” charges apply:

Short-Haul

  • £40 per one way journey

Long-Haul

  • £80 per one way journey
Thai Airlines Weight:

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Excess baggage fee

    • £34/kg
Weight:

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Excess baggage fee

    • £74/kg (EU to US)
Weight:

    • 20kg

Includes:

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles

If weight of free baggage allowance is exceeded the normal excess baggage fee will apply as follows:

  • £74/kg (EU to US)
Virgin Atlantic Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

1st Extra Bag

    • Online: £32
    • Airport: £40

2nd Extra Bag and Subsequent Baggage

  • Online: £72
  • Airport: £90
Weight:

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

1st Extra Bag

    • Online: £32
    • Airport: £40

2nd Extra Bag and Subsequent Baggage

    • Online: £72
    • Airport: £90
Weight:

  • 23kg

Includes

  • 1 pair of skis or snow board
  • 1 pair of ski boots
  • 1 pair of poles
  • A mask or helmet

No charge if included in free baggage allowance.

If addition of sporting equipment with original baggage exceeds free baggage allowance weight there is an excess fee of:

  • £40

If not included in free baggage allowance, sporting equipment is considered extra baggage and so follows normal extra baggage fees.

APH makes every effort to ensure that the information provided is accurate at the time of collection and publishing but it is provided without any kind of warranty. APH accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of the information.

*Each price or weight is based on the allowance for one passenger if not otherwise stipulated

**All costs have been converted in to GBP from their home currency. Exchange Rate correct as of 04/12/12 (www.xe.com)

***All information correct as of December 2012. APH cannot be responsible for subsequent changes


Media Enquiries

Sarah Salord / Jessica Meins / McCluskey International / 020 8237 7979 / aph@mccluskey.co.uk


Airline Ski equipment allowance Equipment allowed per person Baggage weight limit per item Excess Baggage costs
Air France/KLM Included in the baggage allowance on certain flights One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag. 20kg More than 23kg but less than 32kg there is a flat fee of €40 (approx £28)
Alitalia Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles / snowboard and one boot bag 20kg Charges of up to €75 (approx £50) can be incurred, depending on weight and destination
American Airlines Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles / snowboard and one boot bag 23kg Local excess fees apply
BMI No, there is a £15 charge for equipment if passenger is travelling in economy. One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 20kg If equipment is over 20kg there will be an additional charge of £15
British Airways Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 23kg From November 2008, there will be a flat rate of £25 for baggage weighting over 23kg
Continental Yes, one item of ski equipment per customer as checked baggage. If applicable, the second bag fee £15 applies. One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 23kg (per bag, two per person) Ski equipment over 23kg will cost £18
Delta Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 22.5kg Excess charge of $50 (approx £25)
Easyjet No, there is an additional £16.50 (pre-paid) or £23 (paid at airport) for ski equipment each way. One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag Passengers can pay for up to 50kg, however each piece cannot be in excess of 32kg Excess baggage charged at £5 a kilo
Emirates Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 20kg 3kg excess given free with ski equipment. Over 23kg will be charged at local rate.
Flybe No, must be booked in advance there is a charge of £20 each way One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 23kg Local excess fees apply
Iberia Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 20kg Local excess fees apply
Lufthansa Group No, charge €40 for up to 15kg One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 23kg Excess ski equipment is charged 33% of excess baggage fee
Ryanair No, £15.50 (online) or £20.50 (airport) on top One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 15kg If over 32kg excess is charged at local rate
SAS Group Included in the baggage allowance One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one bootbag 20kg Ski equipment excess baggage charge of 3kg applies
United Yes, however one set of equipment allowed in lieu of one piece of baggage One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 23kg (per bag, two per person) Local excess fees apply
US Airways Yes, however one set of equipment allowed in lieu of one piece of baggage One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag 23kg (per bag, two per person) Local excess fees apply

 

Note: One pair of skis & poles/ snowboard and one boot bag for all airlines.

Key findings

  • BMI, Easyjet, Lufthansa and Ryanair exclude ski kit from the baggage allowance.
  • Easyjet charge the most for equipment at £23 if you pay at the airport or £15 if you travel with BMI.
  • Baggage allowances vary from carrier to carrier with 15kg on Easyjet and Ryanair increasing to 23kg per bag for up to two bags per person on Continental Airlines.


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