Golf Baggage Allowances
With the baggage policies for golfing equipment varying depending on the airline, class you travel in, bag size, bag weight and even the destination you travel to and from, the rules are not always as clear to the traveller as they should be.
Purple Parking has created this golf baggage allowance table which compares the golf baggage policies of 12 of the major airlines. The table outlines the baggage limits to help travellers understand and calculate the additional cost to their holiday.
To make golfing holidays easier, here is a handy infographic which shows how to pack your golf clubs safely and the advantages of hard and soft golf cases for travelling with golf clubs. Don't forget to check with your airlines' golf baggage policy to check if there will be any extra charges for travelling with sporting equipment.
|Airline||Are golf bags accepted as part of the personal baggage allowance?||What are the size restrictions on golf baggage?||What is the weight limit on golf baggage||Further Information|
|Air France||Yes, 1 golf bag can be checked in for free,in addition to checked baggage allowance||N/A||20kg||Golf equipment is transported at no extra charge, as long as the total weight does not surpass 20kg per person. Above the limit, a fixed fee applies to each one-way flight. Exceeding the weight allowance, a fixed fee of 200€ applies to each one-way flight, with a 20kg limit per set of equipment.|
|American Airlines||No, golf bags must be checked in, in addition to checked baggage with a charge incurred||Size is limited to the size of a hard-sided golf case||32kg without additional charge
45kg with an overweight baggage fee
|1 golf bag containing a maximum of 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and 1 pair of golf shoes is permitted. If a golf bag is taken as a second checked bag, there is charge of $60 USD each way. If the bag is over the 23kg weight limit there is a $60 USD charge each way. If the bag is over the size limit (157 **linear cm) there is a $150 USD charge each way.|
|BMI||Only on selected journeys and as long as golf bag is within baggage allowance||N/A||20kg without additional charge
32kg with an overweight baggage fee
|In economy a flat rate of £30 per item will be applied. If the item is over 20kg but under 32kg then an additional £30 fee per item applies to each one-way flight.|
|British Airways||Yes, 1 golf bag may be carried in place of 1 checked bag||190cm (height), 75cm (width), 65cm (depth)||23kg without additional charge
32kg with an overweight baggage fee
|1 golf bag may be checked in, in place of one checked bag with a maximum weight of 23kg.
If the golf bag is in addition to your personal baggage an extra bag charge must be paid. If you pay in advance online the charge is £30/$43 USD/39€ per bag.
Customers travelling to and from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and on connecting journeys between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada have a free checked bag allowance of 2 bags. Extra bags travelling to and from these destinations will be charged at £77/$119 USD/98€ per bag.
|Easyjet||No, golf bags must be checked in, in addition to checked baggage with a charge incurred||N/A||50kg (including main baggage + sporting equipment).
The maximum weight for any single piece of baggage is 32kg
|A £25 charge for equipment to each one-way flight applies when pre-paid. When paying at the airport a £30 charge applies, plus an excess baggage charge of £10 per kg.|
|Emirates||Yes, 1 golf bag can be checked in for free, in addition to checked baggage allowance||N/A||23kg||1 set of golf clubs and 1 pair of golf shoes can be checked in free of charge in any class of service on any Emirates flight.|
|Flybe||No, golf bags must be checked in, in addition to checked baggage with a charge incurred||N/A||30kg||Golf equipment carriage must be booked 24 hours in advance and there is a charge of £30 per item. A maximum of 14 clubs in 1 hooded bag, 12 golf balls, and 1 pair of golf shoes in hold baggage is permitted.|
|KLM||Yes, 1 golf bag can be checked in for free, in addition to checked baggage allowance||N/A||23kg||On top of the standard baggage allowance, you may carry 1 golf bag for free if all flights
in your journey are operated by KLM or Air France (including Martinair).
A golf bag counts as a single piece of luggage and may weigh up to 23kg. You only pay an excess baggage fee if it weighs more, or if you bring an more than 1 golf bag.
A set of golf equipment may consist of a golf bag containing only clubs, balls and a pair of golf shoes. Make a reservation for your special baggage at least 48 hours before departure, and ensure your reservation is confirmed.
|Qantas Group||Yes, golf bags can be checked in for free, as long as within baggage allowance||Golf bags are carried as baggage and are exempt from normal **linear dimension restrictions||23kg||A golf bag is free of charge as long as it is with your baggage allowance. For Economy and
Business class this is 1 bag. For Silver and Gold Business Frequent Flyers and Platinum
Frequent Flyers this increases to 2 bags.
Bags must not exceed the baggage weight allowance (23kg if travelling in economy class and 32kg in business class, as Quantas club member or frequent flyer).
There is a charge of $175 AUD per additional 5kg, to and from the UK, when purchased in advance.
|Ryanair||No, golf bags must be checked in, in addition to checked baggage with a charge incurred.||81cms (height), 119cms (width) and 119cms (depth)||20kg||If a golf bag is carried in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance a fee is payable. £40/40€ per item, per one-way flight when pre-paid online or the higher fee of £50/50€ per item/per one-way flight when paid at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre. If the bag weighs over the 20kgs allowance it will be charged the applicable excess baggage rate per kg.|
|United||Yes, 1 golf bag may be carried in place of 1 checked bag||292 **linear cm||23kg||1 bag may be checked in, which can be a standard-sized golf bag with clubs and 1 pair of shoes. This is allowed in place of one checked bag with a maximum weight of 23kg. For travel within or between the US & Canada, additional baggage above your allowance is charged at $100 USD each way. From the UK to the USA is charged at £130.|
|Virgin Atlantic||Yes, 1 golf bag can be checked in for free, in addition to checked baggage allowance||N/A||23kg||1 golf bag (consisting of a maximum of 14 clubs, 12 balls and a pair of shoes) as a single
item of checked in baggage, in addition to your free baggage allowance may be checked in.
The golf bag must not exceed 23kg.
Additional baggage above your allowance is charged at £32 or $48 USD each way, if you buy online. At the airport the charge is £40 or $60 USD. Bags over 32kg will not be accepted.
All prices in the table are based on information provided by the airlines on the 23rd August 2011.
**Linear dimensions are calculated by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.
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