Back in May, American Airlines announced that bags containing surfboards would no longer be subjected to the much-maligned oversized baggage fee. Surfers rejoiced. And many, enjoying a euphoric high, grabbed their coffin bags, stuffed them full of boardshorts, rashguards, wax, fins, fin-keys, some tightly twisted doobs in an Altoids case, and several surfboards, then logged on to American Airlines website to book a summer surf trip.
Or they must have. Because the market has responded to the uptick in surf travel via American Airlines and its new, very fair, very awesome surfboard bag policy.
Just days ago, Delta Airlines, who for years has levied $150 fees on surfers toting surfboards, announced it too would no longer try to extract extra cash from vulnerable, desperate surfers.
Shall we confirm with Delta? Let’s read from the company’s press release, together!:
“Delta customers traveling with surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, scuba gear and other large-sized sporting equipment will now be allowed to check them as part of their standard baggage allowance.
“The airline is eliminating the $150 specialty sports bag fee previously charged for these items, effective for travel worldwide on tickets purchased beginning July 17, 2019.
Delta will now apply regular checked baggage fees ($30 for first checked bag, $40 for second) to board bags. Great news, to be sure!
Now if only one of the discount carriers that services Central America would follow suit. We’re Looking at you, Spirit Airlines!