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Airlines charges for ski baggage

With a great start to the ski season and airlines adding more flights to ski destinations, it is worth while considering the hidden costs of excess baggage charges for oversized luggage if taking your own ski equipment. We've compiled data from 16 leading airlines flying from the UK, so skiers and snowboards can see these charges at a glance in the comparison table below.


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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