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Old 09-27-2010   #1
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I am flying in December to Costa Rica and I am taking my kayak with me. Anyone have any tips on good airlines vs. bad airlines? Costs? Recent experiences....

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Old 09-27-2010   #2
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Frontier Airlines has the best oversized baggage policy to CR from the US in the industry right now. Their kayak policy looks OK, but they only take them on an AirBus (supposedly that is what they usually fly to CR).

Baggage Chart - Frontier Airlines

It is only $75 for an oversized item:
Checked Baggage - Frontier Airlines

For a surfboard I paid $75 each way this summer which is much less than anyone else but the size restriction was pretty limiting. Their kayak policy actually looks better than their surfboard policy because the size limit is MUCH bigger for boats. If I ever want to take a longboard down there I'll just tell them it is a kayak.

The best thing about Frontier is that they fly direct to SJO from DEN... but they don't do it in the off season. I think Dec. 16 is when they start flying again.

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Old 09-28-2010   #3
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Yes, Frontier is awesome, but our dates are 12/3 - 12/18 so we won't make their flights for this year. Thank you, however, Ture, for that advice.

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Hey Patty, I flew US Airways and was able to check a full size canoe for $100. If you look under Special Equipment on their baggage policy, you'll see all the details! It's the best price around - especially considering I haven't found any other airlines that will even take a boat.

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