Flying with golf clubs can be a hassle if you don’t plan properly. Smart golfers know to come to the airport prepared for the best travel experience. But sometimes knowing what to do when traveling with a golf bag is unclear.
With so many changing rules and regulations, it can be difficult to know what you can or cannot due when flying with golf clubs. Lucky for you, we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to!
In the article below, we are going to cover all you need to know about flying with golf clubs on Alaska Airlines. From how much it costs, what you can and cannot bring in your bag, and so much more. We have a lot to cover so let’s get started.
When you are flying with Alaska Airlines, you might not have to pay for your golf clubs depending on the destination and how many other bags you are looking to place in your baggage.
Golf clubs may be checked in substitution of one piece of the free checked baggage allowance at no charge on a one-item-for-one-bag basis.
However, substituting your luggage for your golf clubs won’t be practical for most travelers. Unless you plan on packing all your clothes inside your golf bag, you are going to need to pay a fee for storing your golf clubs.
It’s also important to remember there are weight and size restrictions on your golf clubs. If your golf bag exceeds the maximum size (62 in) and weight requirements (50 lbs), then you may have to pay an additional fee to get it on board.
The cost of flying golf clubs on Alaska Airlines varies depending on where you are flying to and how many other bags you are taking with you on your trip.
Alaska Airlines flights come with one free checked bag. Your first checked bag will cost you $30. Every additional checked bag will cost $40. Luckily, golf bags are standard checked luggage, so you don’t need to worry about extra fees.
That means that if you are flying with one travel bag and golf clubs, it will cost an additional $40 to fly with your clubs.
Remember, these prices are each way so if you’re making a return trip then these prices are going to be doubled if you’re looking for an overall cost.
Yes, golf clubs do count as a checked bag on Alaska Airlines, provided they are contained within a golf bag. This means they are subjected to the same rules and regulations that standard suitcases are. On Alaska Airlines, these rules state that all checked bags shouldn’t exceed 50lbs in weight and 62 inches in size (outside length plus height plus width.)
If your golf bag doesn’t meet these regulations, then you will either incur an extra charge or be forced to leave your clubs at home. Make sure to measure and weigh your fully loaded bag before heading to the airport!
It is important to note that there are no specific rules that apply only to golf bags. However, all other additional checked baggage rules do apply when traveling with your clubs.
Alaska Airlines does class golf clubs as baggage; however, they will only ever count them as checked baggage rather than cabin baggage. This means that you can’t bring your golf clubs on board the flight with you. Your clubs will have to go in the plane’s cargo hold alongside other suitcases.
On Alaska Airlines, the weight limit for a checked golf bag is 50lbs. The weight limits that apply to checked golf bags are the same as the weight limits that apply to normal suitcases.
To ensure that your golf bag is going to meet these weight requirements it is worth weighing them a few days before heading to the airport.
If you find that your golf bag weighs more than 50lbs then you can get to work at reducing this weight. Empty out the pockets and remove any pens, scorecards, excess balls, tees, and clothes that aren’t essential.
If the weight is still an issue, you may have to consider leaving a club or two at home, but it should never come to this with 50lbs to play with.
Overweight golf clubs from 50 to 100 pounds and oversized items more than 62 inches but not more than 80 inches may be accepted, in some cases, for an additional charge.
Alaska Airlines recommends you follow the following guidelines when packing for your trip.
- One golf bag containing approximately 14 clubs
- 12 golf balls
- One pair of golf shoes
Of course, you can always modify the above list, this is what Alaska Airlines recommends.
What Do Other Airlines Charge To Fly With Golf Clubs?
Check out our other articles on flying with golf clubs on other airlines.
- Allegiant Airlines
- American Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
Traveling with golf clubs can be difficult but it doesn’t need to be. Follow the tips above to make sure your next flight with golf clubs on Alaska Airlines is seamless.
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