Airline ski carriage fees can be a nightmare to negotiate, but we’re here to help! Here’s our updated 2019 guide for transporting your skis or snowboard by air.

Most airlines (Air Transat, Lufthansa and SWISS are very notable exceptions) now charge extra for ski carriage, making what may first look like a very cheap flight significantly more expensive. Finding your way around the various options, weight limits, size limitations and small print can also be very complicated – indeed it has taken us a very long time to pull this list together!

Here’s the latest information we have, but just in case things have changed or updated, head to the airline’s website (we’ve hyperlinked all airlines to the relevant pages). Make sure to pre-book your baggage online for the best prices listed here and pack cleverly – taking your boot bag as hand luggage is a particularly good weight-saving tip for example.

Data correct as of 22 November 2019 and all prices are listed in local currency. Check with your airline for any changes – you can link directly to the individual websites by clicking on the airline name.

The 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 or First 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 France

Chambery, Lyon

No

Yes

Yes

No

Economy Light - €25

Economy Basic - €25

Economy Light - €40

Economy Basic - €40

23kg

Alitalia

Milan, Turin, Venice, Verona

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Fares - €35

All Fares - €45

23kg

Austrian

Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All Fares - €80

All Fares - €80

23kg

easyJet

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

No

No

Yes

No

All Fares - £37

All Fares - £47

20kg

Flybe

Chambery, Geneva, Lyon, Milan

No

No

Yes

Yes

All Fares - £30

All Fares - £30

20kg

Jet2

Barcelona, Geneva, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Lyon, Salzburg, Verona

No

No

Yes

No

All Fares - £25

All Fares - £25

22kg

Lufthansa

Munich, Stuttgart

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

All Fares - €80

All Fares - €80

23kg

Ryanair

Barcelona, Grenoble, Milan, Sofia, Turin, Treviso

No

No

No

No

All Fares - £45

All Fares - £50

20kg

SAS

Bergen, Oslo

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All Fares - €30

All Fares - €70

23kg

SWISS

Basel, Geneva, Zurich

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

FREE ski bag and boot bag – as long as under 23kg

FREE ski bag and boot bag – 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

All Fares - £60

All Fares - £75

23kg

Norwegian

Bergen, Boston, Denver, New York, Oslo, Trondheim

No

No

Yes

No

European Fares - £30-35

Transatlantic Fares - £50

European Fares - £40-60

Transatlantic Fares - £60

20kg

TRANSATLANTIC

Air Canada

Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Economy - $100CAD

Premium Up - FREE

Economy - $100CAD

Premium Up - 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

Boston, Calgary, Denver, Montreal, New York, Salt Lake City, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Economy Fares - $100

All Economy Fares - $100

23kg

Delta

Boston, Denver, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Economy Fares - $100

All Economy Fares - $100

23kg

United

Denver, New York, San Francisco

No

Yes

Yes

No

All Economy Fares - $100

All Economy Fares - $100

23kg

Virgin Atlantic

Boston, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco Seattle, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

No

Economy - £65

Premium Up - FREE

Economy - £65

Premium Up - FREE

23kg

WestJet

Calgary, Vancouver

No

Yes

Yes

No

Basic/Flex - $50-59

Premium Up - FREE

Basic/Flex - $50-59

Premium Up - FREE

23kg