Just bought a shiny pair of new skis or a brand new snowboard? Here’s the Ski Club’s comprehensive guide to ski carriage charges for getting these out to the mountains for the ski season ahead – but who comes out on top?

Away from a few notable and noble exceptions (congratulations Swiss and Air Transat) carrying your own gear on a flight to the mountains has become another key expense to factor into your ski holiday. Multiple fares and varying weight regulations – introduced over the past few years – has made ski carriage an increasingly complicated issue, with exceptions and small print galore. We all know someone that has been stitched up at the check-in desk and asked to fork out excess baggage fees.

So to help, we’ve put together an in-depth guide as to what to expect this season. But just in case, make sure you head to the airline’s website, be sure to pre-book your baggage for the best prices and pack cleverly. Also remember that if you’re a Ski Club member you can claim free ski carriage and a £25 discount on Swiss, in addition members can save £10 off all Monarch flights to ski destinations.

There are some great early season deals to be had too, for example Jet2 have some great early booking discounts for all.

Data correct as of September 1st 2017. All prices listed in local currency. Check with your airline for any changes.

Extra ski bag charge assumes you are already carrying another item of checked luggage and your skis/board will be a second checked item. Note that for transatlantic flights, two items of hand baggage can be carried – so take your boot bag in the cabin to reduce weight.

Business class fares generally allow for two checked bags, so no additional supplement is needed if skis are included in checked allowance.

Airline

Key Destinations

Additional ski/board bag free?

Skis/boards free in allowance?

Additional boot bag included?

Preregister bags with airline?

Pre-booked extra ski bag charges (each way)

Airport extra ski bag charges (each way)

Weight Limit

EUROPE

Air Berlin

UK services scrapped for winter 2017/18

No

No

No

Yes

Economy Light - €50

Economy Classic - €50

Economy Flex - FREE

Economy Light - €90

Economy Classic - €90

Economy Flex - €90

23kg

Air France

Chambery, Lyon

No

Yes

Yes

In some cases

Economy Light - £23

Economy Basic - £23

Economy Light - £32

Economy Basic

23kg

Alitalia

Milan, Verona

No

Yes

Yes

No

Economy Light - €60

Economy - €60

Economy Light - €60

Economy - €60

23kg

Austrian

Innsbruck, Vienna

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All Fares - €50

All Fares - €50

23kg

Easyjet

Basel, Geneva, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Milan, Salzburg, Turin, Venice, Zurich

No

No

Yes

No

All Fares - £35

All Fares - £45

20kg

Eurowings Barcelona, Basel, Lyon, Salzburg, Zurich No Yes Yes Yes Basic - €75
Smart - €75
Best - FREE
Basic - €75
Smart - €75
Best - FREE
30kg

Flybe

Bergen, Chambery, Geneva, Innsbruck, Lyons, Salzburg

No

No

No

Yes

All Fares - £30

All Fares - £30

20kg

Iberia

Barcelona

No

No

Yes

No

All Fares - €45

All Fares - €45

23kg

Jet2

Barcelona, Geneva, Grenoble, Lyons, Salzburg, Turin, Verona

No

No

Yes

No

All Fares - £25

All Fares - £30

22kg

Monarch

Barcelona, Friedrichshafen, Geneva, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Lyons, Salzburg, Turin

No

No

Yes

No

All Fares - £25

All Fares - £35

20kg

Ryanair

Barcelona, Grenoble, Milan, Sofia, Turin, Treviso

No

No

No

No

All Fares - £40

All Fares - £45

20kg

SAS

Bergen, Oslo

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Fares - £25

All Fares - £60

23kg

Swiss

Basel, Geneva, Zurich

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

FREE – as long as under 23kg

FREE – as long as under 23kg

23kg

EUROPE & TRANSATLANTIC

British Airways

Basel, Calgary, Denver, Geneva, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Milan, Munich, Salzburg, Turin, Vancouver, Zurich

No

Yes

Yes

No

Economy Basic - £60

Euro Traveller - £60

World Traveller - £60

Economy Basic - £65

Euro Traveller - £65

World Traveller - £65

23kg

Lufthansa

Calgary, Montreal, Munich

No

Yes

Yes

No

European Fares - €50

Transatlantic Fares - €100

European Fares - €50

Transatlantic Fares - €100

23kg

Norwegian

Bergen, Denver, Oslo

No

No

No

No

European Fares - £24-28

Transatlantic Fares - £38

European Fares - £33-43

Transatlantic Fares - £43

20kg

TRANSATLANTIC

Air Canada

Calgary, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Economy - $100CAD

Premium Economy - FREE

Economy - $100CAD

Premium Economy - FREE

23kg

Air Transat

Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

FREE – as long as under 20kg

FREE – as long as under 20kg

20kg

American

Calgary, Denver, Montreal, Salt Lake City, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Economy Fares - $100USD

All Economy Fares - $100USD

23kg

Delta

Denver, Salt Lake City

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Economy Fares - €75

All Economy Fares - €75

23kg

United

Denver, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Economy Fares - $100USD

All Economy Fares - $100USD

23kg

Virgin Atlantic

Salt Lake City

No

Yes

Yes

No

Economy - £65

Premium Economy - FREE

Economy - £65

Premium Economy - FREE

23kg

Westjet

Calgary, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

No

Flex - $35-41

Plus - FREE

Flex - $35-41

Plus - FREE

23kg