Golf bag transport by plane
The difficulty of carrying your golf bag by plane
You may be very satisfied to play with your golf bag on the golf courses in your region, but the situation becomes more complicated as you get far from your house and especially when you wish to carry your bag with you on the plane to enjoy long expected golf holidays in the sun.
Indeed, the golf bag to carry by plane:
- It is heavy and cumbersome (15 to 20 kilos on average!)
- It is often damaged, delayed or lost (25 million baggage lost in 2010!)
- It is above all more and more expensive (50 to 100€ per bag and one way!)
During the last few years, since the appearance and development of “low cost” companies, most of airline companies have been obliged, to survive, to revise their generous tariff policy concerning registered baggage in the direction of progressively reducing the authorized free baggage allowance and in increasing substantially the baggage excess fees invoiced to the travelers.
Conscious of this evolution and convinced that this observed trend will again accelerate in the future, the MyCaddyMaster team is wishing to offer to the European golf-trotters a new quality, simple and efficient service: renting personalized golf bags benefiting from the latest technologies and available in the airport of their favorite golf destination.
The efficiency of this new service has already been demonstrated in the ski renting business which is widely spread in most of the famous ski resorts. Skiers rarely carry their skis any longer when they travel, but they are commonly used to renting their skis locally.
To all of you, golf-trotters, who are not yet convinced, we kindly advise you to read the information gathered with much difficulty through endless terms and conditions issued from most airline companies concerning registered baggage, excess baggage and transport of cumbersome sport equipment.
Airline companies and golf bag transport
The « baggage » policy of airline companies has been changing widely for several years. Although it was usually based on the notion of baggage “weight”, this policy turns now more and more towards the notion of baggage ”piece” that you wish to register in the hold of the plane.
In any case, the baggage policy becomes more and more restrictive: less baggage weight and fewer baggage pieces authorized as free baggage allowance.
Most airline companies will accept sport equipment like golf bags, but you must know the specific guidelines and packing requirements to avoid serious troubles during your golfing travel.
|Airline companies||Ticket category||Baggage allowance||Baggage excess fees||Weight bag limit||Notes|
|Aerlingus||Ticket Low Fare||Baggage fees apply for each bag||from 15€ to 35€ (seasonal fee)||Golf equipment: 40€ up to 23 kg|
|Aerlingus||Ticket Plus Fare||Baggage fees apply for 2nd and + bag||Golf equipment: 40€ up to 23 kg|
|Aerlingus||Ticket Flex Fare||Baggage fees apply for 3rd and + bag||Golf equipment: 40€ up to 23 kg|
|Aerlingus||Ticket Business||Golf equipment: free|
|Aigle Azur||Luggage allowance 20 kg|
|AIR BERLIN||Ticket Justfly||No free allowance||70€ /1st and 70€ after||23 kg||No sport equipment allowed|
|AIR BERLIN||Ticket Flyclassic||Only 1 free bagage max 23 kg||70€/additional baggage||23 kg||Sport equipment allowed (to be reserved)|
|AIR BERLIN||Ticket Flyflex||2 free baggage max 23 kg each||70€/additional baggage||23 kg||Sport equipment allowed (to be reserved)|
|Air France||Ticket Prix Mini||No free allowance||30€ for the 1st baggage, 70€ for any additional baggage||23 kg||Golf bag including clubs and golf shoes is considered as one piece of baggage. Its transport is included in the Baggage allowance. It is free for Flyuing Blue Golf members presenting at the check-in desk the special voucher to be printed.|
|Air France||Ticket Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg||70€ for any additional baggage||23 kg|
|Air France||Ticket Premium Economy||2 free baggage max 23 kg each||70€ for any additional baggage||23 kg|
|Air France||Ticket Business||2 free baggage max 32 kg each||70€ for any additional baggage||32 kg|
|Air Mediterranée||No free allowance||Golf equipment up to 20 kg: 50€|
|Air Mediterranée||Baggage accepted up to 32 kg|
|Air Moldova||Ticket Economy basic||No free allowance||10€ 1st piece; 50€ other subsequent.||Golf equipment free if it does not exceed the piece allowance. If not: 50€ (Maximum 14 clubs, 12 balls and 1 pair of golf shoes)|
|Air Moldova||Ticket Economy Regular||1 piece free up to 23 kg/158cm||50€ each additional piece|
|Air Moldova||Ticket Economy Premium||2 pieces free up to 23 kg/158cm||50€ each additional piece|
|Air Moldova||Ticket Business||2 pieces free up to 23 kg/158cm||50€ each additional piece|
|Air Transat||Ticket Economy||2 pieces free (Max 50kg total, 158cm)||75 CAD$ if overweight; 100 CAD$ for 1st additional piece; 200 CAD$ each additional piece thereafter||Golf equipment (14 clubs, 12 balls and 1 pair of shoes) free within weight and size allowance. Excess charges apply above this allowance.|
|Arkefly||Ticket Economy||No free allowance||5€ up to 20kg;15€ to 30 kg;25€ to 40 kg||Golf equipment up to 15 kg: 30€|
|Arkefly||Ticket Premium||Free allowance up to 20 kg||10€ up to 30 kg; 20€ to 40 kg|
|Arkefly||Ticket Star Class||Free allowance up to 40 kg|
|BINTER||Free allowance up to 20 kg||For the golf equipment, it is allowed an additional 5 kg of luggage subject to space availability in the hold and advance booking.|
|British Airways||Ticket Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg||50€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg||The bag must be properly packed but measure up to 330 cm (190+75+65) and weigh up to 23 kg. A large golf umbrella may count as one baggage.|
|British Airways||Ticket Economy Sup.||2 free baggage max 23 kg each||50€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg|
|British Airways||Ticket Business||2 free baggage max 32 kg each||50€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||32 kg|
|Brussels Airlines||Ticket Light Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||50€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg|
|Brussels Airlines||Ticket Flex Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||50€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg|
|Brussels Airlines||Ticket Business||2 free baggage max 32 kg each||50€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||32 kg|
|Brussels Airlines||Ticket Light economy||1 piece free up to 23 kg/158cm||Golf equipment free if it does not exceed the allowance. If not: 50€ (Maximum 1 set of clubs, balls & tees and 1 pair of golf shoes)|
|Brussels Airlines||Ticket Flex economy||1 piece free up to 23 kg/158cm|
|Brussels Airlines||Ticket Business||2 pieces free up to 32 kg/158cm|
|Condor||1st baggage free||Up to 20 kg||Golf equipment accepted as baggage up to 30 kg|
|Condor||Baggage fees apply for 2nd and + bag||50€/baggage|
|EasyJet||No free allowance, Maximum 3 baggage||35€/baggage,but 40€/golf bag||20 kg|
|Emirates||Ticket Economy||Free up to 30 kg||One golf equipment (1 set of clubs and 1 pair of shoes) may be carried free in addition to the normal baggage allowance. Generous policy.|
|Emirates||Ticket Business||Free up to 40 kg|
|FINNAIR||Ticket Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||40€/bag if the allowance is exceeded for the 1st and 60€ for the 2nd||23 kg||The golf bag is considered as 1 baggage and must weigh less than 23 kg.|
|FINNAIR||Ticket Economy Pro||2 free baggage max 23 kg each||60€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg|
|FINNAIR||Ticket Business||2 free baggage max 32 kg each||60€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg|
|Flybe||Golf equipment up to 20 kg may be invoiced with advance booking. Maximum 14 clubs, 12 balls and a pair of golf shoes.|
|Germania||Free up to 20 kg||Packed golf equipment up to 30 kg: 50€ with advance booking.|
|Germanwings||No free allowance||1st item: 25€||Golf equipment: 50€/set|
|IBERIA||Ticket Reduced Economy||No free allowance||100€/1st and 2nd; 200€ after||23 kg||Golf bag including 14 clubs, 12 balls et 1 pair of golf shoes s is considered as one piece of baggage within the baggage allowance.|
|IBERIA||Ticket Full Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg||100€/additional baggage||23 kg|
|IBERIA||Ticket Business||3 free baggage max 23 kg each||200€/additional baggage||23 kg|
|Icelandair||Ticket Economy||1 piece free up to 23 kg/158cm||Golf equipment may be included in the allowance as 1 piece. If extra bag: 28€|
|Icelandair||Ticket Economy comfort||2 pieces free up to 23 kg/158cm|
|Icelandair||Ticket Saga||2 pieces free up to 32 kg/158cm|
|Icelandair||Ticket Saga Gold & Silver||1 additional piece free|
|Jet2||No free allowance||Maximum 3 pieces (8€ each), Up to 22 kg hold baggage||Golf Bag charges: 39€ (1 item up to 20 kg)|
|Lufthansa||Ticket Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||75€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg||transport of the bag is free for the Senators, Circle/Star Allance Gold members.|
|Lufthansa||Ticket Business||2 free baggage max 32 kg each||75€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||32 kg|
|Luxair||Free allowance up to 20 kg||Golf equipment up to 20 kg: 35€|
|Monarch||No free allowance||36€ per golf bag (maximum 20kg)||20 kg||No luggage over 32kg|
|Norwegian||Ticket Low Fare||No free allowance||Up to 20 kg||Golf equipment: 20€/item|
|Norwegian||Ticket Flex/Premium Fare||1st baggage free|
|Royal Air Maroc||Ticket Economy||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||55€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg||Usual allowance is increased by one additional baggage for Gold and Silver Flying members.|
|Royal Air Maroc||Ticket Business||2 free baggage max 32 kg each||55€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||32 kg|
|ROYAL AIR MAROC||Ticket Economy||I piece free up to 23 kg||1st additional piece: 55€; 2nd: 150€||Golf equipment carried free as first bag up to 23 kg; 2nd bag charged as 1st additional baggage:55€; 3rd bag charged as 2nd additional baggage: 150€.|
|ROYAL AIR MAROC||Ticket Premium||2 pieces free each up to 23 kg|
|ROYAL AIR MAROC||Safar Flyer (Gold & Silver)||1 additional piece up to 23 kg free|
|Ryanair||No free allowance, Maximum 2 baggage||75€/1st baggage(20 kg), 50€/2nd baggage(15kg)||20kg||The golf bag is considered as one baggage and must weigh less than 20 kg. Excess fee: 60€|
|SAS||Ticket SAS Go||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||60€/bag if the allowance is exceeded||23 kg||The golf bag must be properly packed.|
|Sata||Ticket Economy||Free up to 20 kg||Golf equipment up to 15 kg may be added free to the normal baggage allowance.|
|Sata||Ticket Executive||Free up to 30 kg|
|SWISS||Ticket Economy||1 piece free up to 23 kg/158cm||Golf equipment free if it does not exceed the piece allowance. If not: 50€ (Maximum 1 set of clubs, balls, tees and 1 pair of golf shoes).|
|SWISS||Ticket Business||2 pieces free each up to 32 kg/158cm|
|SWISS||Ticket First||3 pieces free each up to 32 kg/158cm|
|TAAG||Ticket Economy||Free up to 20 kg||Golf equipment free within baggage allowance|
|TAAG||Ticket Business||Free up to 30 kg|
|TAAG||Ticket First||Free up to 40 kg|
|Tap Portugal||Only 1 free baggage max 23 kg/158cm||20€/bag if less than 17 kg, 35€/bag if more than 17 kg; max 32 kg||32 kg|
|Thomson||No free allowance||Charges apply for excess luggage||23 kg||Excess fee applies to golf equipment |
Equipment accepted according to capacity of day
|TRANSAERO||Ticket Economy discounted||Free up to 20 kg||One golf equipment up to 10 kg and 190 +75+65 cm per passenger may be carried in addition to the free baggage allowance.|
|TRANSAERO||Ticket Economy||Free up to 25 kg|
|TRANSAERO||Ticket Business discounted||Free up to 35 kg|
|TRANSAERO||Ticket Business||Free up to 45 kg|
|TRANSAVIA||No free allowance||1 baggage up to 23 kg, 15 kg: 15€, 20 kg: 20€, over 20 kg: 25€|
|Tuifly||No free allowance||1 baggage up to 20 kg : 65€||Golf baggage and bicycles up to a maximum weight of 20 kg can be transported for a fee of 65€ per piece, per route.|
|TURKISH AIRLINES||Ticket Economy||Free up to 20 kg||First set of golf equipment free of charge|
|TURKISH AIRLINES||Ticket Comfort||Free up to 20 kg|
|TURKISH AIRLINES||Ticket Business||Free up to 30 kg|
|UIA||Ticket Economy||1 piece free up to 23 kg/158cm||One golf equipment (1 set of clubs and 1 pair of shoes) within the free baggage allowance. If not, one extra bag: 75€ each.|
|UIA||Ticket Premium Economy||2 pieces free each up to 23 kg/158cm|
|UIA||Ticket Business||2 pieces free each up to 32 kg/158cm|
|UNITED||One item of golf equipment accepted per passenger: I set of clubs, balls and 1 pair of shoes properly encased in a suitable container up to 158cm (L+H+W).|
|Vueling||No free allowance||Golf equipment: 45€/set||Golf equipment: 45€/set|
|XL Airways||1 piece free up to 20 kg||Extra piece: 60€||Golf equipment: 70€/bag|
This information is only indicative and does not commit the responsibility of MyCaddyMaster. It stems from the research achieved by the MyCaddyMaster teams in February 2014.
It may be modified any moment by the airline companies.
In order to make sure that these conditions apply to your own case, we invite you to read the specific terms and conditions of your flight.
Taking into account the difficulty that we faced to search and compile this information, we wish you good luck in your research!
How a bag is measured?A bag will be weighed and measured to ensure that it meets the dimensional requirements for shipping. Baggage is measured by length + width + height, including wheels and handle. The dimensions of each measurement are added together to compose the total number of linear inches/centimeters. The measurements for each dimension will be taken from the thickest or widest part of the bag.
At times it may be necessary to travel with an item that exceeds the size or weight limitations or is in excess of the baggage allowance. Additional charges apply to this type of baggage.
Any piece over the baggage allowance or baggage that exceeds the size and/or weight limitations will be subject to additional charges. Excess baggage is transported on a space-available basis and will be carried subject to load capacities of the aircraft. Other restrictions may apply.
Baggage connecting to other airlines will also be subject to the connecting airline's excess charges and/or oversize, overweight charges.
All charges are calculated on a one-way basis and are collected at the airport check-in counter.
Additional baggageCustomers who travel with checked baggage in excess of the baggage allowance will be required to pay a service charge per bag or item, based on the itinerary.
Additional, overweight and oversized baggage charges are accumulative per piece.
Overweight baggageMost customers are allowed baggage with a weight not to exceed 70 pounds (32 kg)
Baggage weighing more than 70 pounds (32 kg) per piece will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Oversized baggageCustomers who travel with checked baggage exceeding 62 linear inches (158 cm) (total length + width + height) will be required to pay a service charge per bag or item, based on the itinerary. These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or overweight baggage.
Baggage measuring more than 115 inches (292 cm) (total outside dimensions; length + width + height) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Packing conditionsTo be accepted as checked baggage, the golf equipment must be correctly encased in a suitable container, hard and resistant, to ensure a safe transport due to ordinary care in handling baggage within airports.
The golf bag must be covered or enclosed in a heavy, rigid carrying case.
Under these conditions, golf equipment is usually considered as one baggage “piece” if it is composed of a set of clubs (maximum 14), tees and balls (maximum 12), and one pair of golf shoes.
It is highly recommended for this golf equipment not to weigh more than 50 pounds (23 kg), not to measure more than 62 linear (L + l + H) inches (158 cm) and not to include other items in addition or replacing proper golf equipment.
Please ensure that your name, address and telephone number appear on the inside, as well as on the outside, of all checked baggage.
Check-in is often available starting several hours before your scheduled departure. Required timing for check-in, baggage check and boarding may vary based on your departure airport and destination. Do not arrive at the last minute!
Note: All customers who check a golf bag will experience a longer delay in receiving their bag at the baggage claim due to the manner in which oversized items and sports equipment are required to be loaded, unloaded and delivered to baggage claim.
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