Baggage fees, rules and restrictions of all major airlines for checking golf bags
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Baggage fees, rules and restrictions of all major airlines for checking golf bags

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Traveling with golf clubs and a golf bag on a major airline, like Delta, American, United or Southwest?

If you're a golfer, you tend to like to take your golf clubs with you when you travel. After all, you never know when a golf opportunity might come up, and you want to have your sticks -- not some borrowed set -- to take on the links. However, traveling with golf clubs can be expensive, above and beyond the baggage fees airlines charge for standard luggage. So, before you book your next flight, you might want to know how much extra you'll pay to bring your golf bag with you.


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Golf bag baggage fees, policy and restrictions for all major airlines

  • Southwest Airlines: Your first two checked bags are free, including golf bags, though you usually have to sign a liability waiver for a soft-sided case. After the first two bags, luggage is $75 per piece each way
  • United Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, golf balls and golf shoes. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first or second bag, unless the bag is more than 62 linear inches, which will then subject you to an extra fee for an oversized bag. United denies liability for damage to golf equipment that is not contained in a hard-sided case.
  • American Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and golf shoes. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first ($25 each way domestic) or second bag ($35 each way domestic), unless the bag is considered oversized, which is above 50 lbs.
  • JetBlue Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, 3 golf balls and golf shoes. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first ($20/$25 each way domestic) or second bag ($35 each way domestic), unless the bag is considered oversized. JetBlue denies liability for damage to golf equipment that is not contained in a hard-sided case.
  • Delta Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, golf balls and tees and golf shoes. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first ($25 each way domestic) or second bag ($35 each way domestic), unless the bag is more than 62 linear inches, which will then subject you to an extra fee for an oversized bag.
  • Alaska Airways: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, golf balls and tees and golf shoes. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first ($25 each way) or second bag ($25 each way domestic). They waive the oversized baggage fee, if it applies to your bag.
  • Virgin America: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and golf shoes. You'll be charged a checked bag fee of $25 each way. Virgin America denies liability for damage to golf equipment if "the packaging is improper."
  • Hawaiian Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and golf shoes. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first ($25 each way) or second bag ($35 each way domestic). They waive the oversized baggage fee, if all of your golf stuff is packed in one bag and fits the description of what's allowed. They don't take swingless golf clubs.
  • Spirit Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and golf shoes. You can also bring a pull cart if it is attached to the golf bag. You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first or second bag, and prices vary by flight. They waive the oversized baggage fee if it's under 40 lbs. You'll sign a limited liability release.
  • Frontier Airlines: You can bring 1 checked golf bag that has golf clubs, golf balls and golf shoes (no specified number of each). You'll be charged standard baggage fees for a first ($30/35/40 each way) or second bag ($40/45 each way). They waive the oversized baggage fee but could charge and overweight baggage fee if it's more than 50 lbs.

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