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Southwest Ski Bags Policy

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

The fine print on their website about "other baggage" says that if the item exceeds 62 inches in size or 50 points in weight (outside length plus height plus width), excess weight and size charges may apply.

 

I'm pretty sure my ski tube with skis is lighter than 50 pounds, but it's certainly longer than 62 inches.... does anyone have any experience with this?

post #2 of 26

I have checked skis with SW lots of times and you will not be charged extra for having a ski bag in excess of 60"

post #3 of 26

I was wondering this myself.  As a general flying tip whenever something to do with your luggage is borderline: use the sky cap to check in and check your bags.  And tip them!

post #4 of 26

I never been charged at SW.  I use a double ski bag.

post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by mtebor View Post

I never been charged at SW.  I use a double ski bag.


Me too. 

 

post #6 of 26

Don't be a dick and they generally won't charge you. And they rarely weigh ski bags since they don't fit well on the scale. YMMV.

post #7 of 26
  • Snow ski equipment, including skis or snowboards, ski boots, and ski poles. Effective March 1, 2012: including one pair of skis or one snowboard, one set of poles, and one pair of ski/snowboard boots encased in a container(s) acceptable to Carrier. When substituting ski equipment for a free bag, Southwest Airlines allows up to two bags (containing one set of snow skis, ski poles, and ski boots) to count as one item, even if they are packed and tagged separately.

 

I've never had any trouble with the size of ski bags.  But don't ever tell them you have a wakeboard or kiteboard?  They seem to weight everything nowadays.

post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 

sweet. this is what I thought. I saw that fineprint Shreadhead, still doesn't totally answer the quesiton about length but I believe that they will only care if its overweight, and I'm almost positive mine aren't. That post March 2012 plan is awesome. Quite the deal when you compare it to other Airlines!

post #9 of 26

my ski bag is too long but never had a problem...even with the 184's inside.  They simple treat a skibag as a skibag.

post #10 of 26

I'm flying SW today with two pair in my bag.  I know I won't have any trouble today, but the additional fine print has me worried some post March 1st?

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

Don't be a dick and they generally won't charge you. And they rarely weigh ski bags since they don't fit well on the scale. YMMV.



Yes and no.  Always be nice and use the sky caps with the odd sized stuff.  However, luggage gets weighed.  With all the people, luggage and other stuff the planes carry (like mail) you can bet no sane pilot will depart without accurate weights and measures.

 

If SW ever does impose a post March 2012 fee on longer bags, use a Sportube and ship the damn skis.

post #12 of 26

My guess is it will just come down to weight... which isn't that much of a problem if you only cary two sets of skis and poles in your double bag.  With just that my bag comes to 40 or so pounds, not even close to 50, so I'm not worried.
 

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

I'm flying SW today with two pair in my bag.  I know I won't have any trouble today, but the additional fine print has me worried some post March 1st?



 

post #13 of 26

Excess Baggage:

Effective for tickets purchased on or after December 15, 2012, for travel on or after February 13, 2013, the 3rd checked bag and any bag thereafter is $75 per piece.

For tickets for travel before February 13, 2013, or for tickets purchased prior to December 15, 2012, your 3rd through 9th bag or item will incur a charge of $50 per piece, and any bag or item thereafter will be $110 per piece.

 

Weight and Size Allowance:

Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height) per checked piece of luggage. Effective for tickets purchased on or after December 15, 2012, for travel on or after February 13, 2013, overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 62 inches but not more than 80 inches (e.g.; surfboards, bicycles, vaulting poles) will be accepted for an overweight and oversize baggage fee of $75 per item. For tickets for travel before February 13, 2013, or for tickets purchased prior to December 15, 2012, overweight and oversize baggage fee is $50 per item. Any item weighing more than 100 pounds must be shipped as Air Cargo. However, Customers cannot use SWA Cargo unless classified as a Known Shipper as defined by the TSA or TSA approved Indirect Air Carriers (IAC). For full details about shipping cargo, visit www.swacargo.com.

post #14 of 26

An old thread from 2011 . . .

 

From the SW website in 2013:

http://www.southwest.com/html/cs/landing/bags_flyfree.html

 

"Did you know that Southwest Airlines does not charge for your first or second checked bag? That’s right! While bag fees have become the norm amongst our competitors, we've stayed true to our reputation as the maverick of the airline industry by not charging for bags. Your skis and golf bags fly free too!"

post #15 of 26

I took 3 pairs of skis in a Dakine Double Fall Line bag from Columbus OH to Spokane WA to base myself in Sand Point ID the 18-26 of January this year. After taking heel pieces off I weighted in a nice and light 47.8 lbs. I have done this numerous times on SWA :). No hassle, no bag fees.

post #16 of 26
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Yes and no.  Always be nice and use the sky caps with the odd sized stuff.  However, luggage gets weighed.  With all the people, luggage and other stuff the planes carry (like mail) you can bet no sane pilot will depart without accurate weights and measures.

 

If SW ever does impose a post March 2012 fee on longer bags, use a Sportube and ship the damn skis.

 

Kinda had to laugh at this. Do you think each bag and person gets individually weighed, and the weights reported to the pilot/airline to do weigh and balance???? The truth may scare you.......

post #17 of 26

I've always had to place our ski bags on the scales at the check in at Los Angeles.

 

I wonder if they're bringing this in because of the huuugggge phat skiis clogging up space

post #18 of 26

Snow ski equipment, including skis or snowboards, ski boots, and ski poles.  Effective March 1, 2012: including one pair of skis or one snowboard, one set of poles, and one pair of ski/snowboard boots encased in a container(s) acceptable to Carrier.  When substituting ski equipment for a free bag, Southwest Airlines allows up to two bags (containing one set of snow skis, ski poles, and ski boots) to count as one item, even if they are packed and tagged separately."

 

Sounds like skiis fly free.

post #19 of 26

Yes, skis fly free, just like golf clubs.  Southwest rules.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post

I took 3 pairs of skis in a Dakine Double Fall Line bag from Columbus OH to Spokane WA to base myself in Sand Point ID the 18-26 of January this year. After taking heel pieces off I weighted in a nice and light 47.8 lbs. I have done this numerous times on SWA :). No hassle, no bag fees.

Does that count as 1 of the 2 free bags? I would assume it does.


 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

An old thread from 2011 . . .

 

From the SW website in 2013:

http://www.southwest.com/html/cs/landing/bags_flyfree.html

 

"Did you know that Southwest Airlines does not charge for your first or second checked bag? That’s right! While bag fees have become the norm amongst our competitors, we've stayed true to our reputation as the maverick of the airline industry by not charging for bags. Your skis and golf bags fly free too!"

I know it's an old thread but still good info. Flying SW to Colorado in March and just trying to figure out what my fees will be. I know that they give you the first 2 bags under 50lbs for free which is great..............

post #21 of 26

^^^^^ Yep. All those skis = 1 free bag. 

post #22 of 26

I'm going to Aspen via Denver next week, and I'm on SW nonstop from Wash DC.  A regular ski bag with skis+poles and a boot bag (with only the boots inside) counts as 1 bag.  My suitcase, up to 50 lbs, counts as the other bag.  No fees if I do it that way.....

 

Of course, I'm not bringing one pair of skis.  I'm bringing 2, and 2 sets of poles, and I will probably be bringing 3 pairs total back with me.  I have a Dakine double roller bag, and it isn't all that light, either.

 

So, from what I've read here and on the SW site, I should be prepared to pay $75 for that loaded up double ski bag, but I will do my darndest to make sure that it weighs a hair under 50 lbs.  I'm bringing an extra ski bag (just a thin one) in case I need it for the 3rd pair, and if I have to pay an extra/oversize fee for the double ski bag, then so be it.  I'll put the third pair in the thin bag, and that will count as one of my 2 that I don't get charged for.  The dude I'm travelling with will have 2 pairs, and if we get charged fees, then worst case, we can put our extra pairs in the big bag and pay for only one extra between the two of us.

 

There is a decent chance, however, that I will not be charged any fees.  Load the double bag up to 50 lbs, suitcase just under 50 too, + bootbag all count as 2 bags, fee-free.  That's not exactly in line with the rules, but it is what might just happen.  Using a skycap might help my odds, too....especially if I'm nice, as a previous post said.

 

I have a NS flight there, and the same deal back - that's two tries, and I love gambing - as long as I know I'm playing.  It's all about expectations.  They aren't better odds with any other airline!  

 

To get the three pairs in the double bag, I'm probably going to have to remove bindings from at least one pair.  There's always the option of using a priority mail large flat-rate box for $15 to send a couple of pairs of those back to myself.  If it gets me under airline weight limits, then it will pay for itself.  I bring a digital luggage scale for these sorts of endeavors, btw.

 

David

post #23 of 26

You might get away with it.  But three pair in a dakine will be very likely go over 50lbs. 

 

You need to leave half that shit at home. Your only going on vacation, your not moving there.

post #24 of 26

Going for NASTAR nationals.....one pair of GS skis, one pair of skis that are fun for everything else.  Race skis in powder or mixed crud does not make for a fun time - bad for the skis, bad for the knees.  I need two pairs for a whole week out there, as at least half the time I'll be just freeskiing.

 

I'm using my backup (shorter, 180) Volkl GS skis for this after my regular Atomic 186's decided to delaminate and lose an edge a couple of weeks ago.  I have a replacement pair of Atomics waiting for me in CO, and I'm bringing them home, that's all.  I might race them there, I might not.  Long GS skis with a 21m radius are not easy to find anymore, so these are worth baggage fees to me if that's the way it goes.  As I said, I can remove bindings from some and lose 5lbs for each pair.  Throw em in a box and mail em, or put them in another bag.

 

David

post #25 of 26

I don't have a problem with 2 pairs of skis.   It's the other 50lbs. that seem a bit excessive.  I wouldn't check your boots on the outbound.

 

 

Good Luck.

post #26 of 26

Just flew back from SLC yesterday-I brought back a pair of skis from my daughter's house for a total of two pairs. I was a couple pounds over on the ski bag and transferred a pair of shoes to my Transpack I use as a carryon-good to go. You'd think if they were concerned about weight, they'd crackdown on carryons. I saw quite a few people with small rolling cases and a bag on top-why don't they make them check them? (Yeah, I'm an old grumpy guy!)

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