United Airlines removes service fee on surfboards in California

United Airlines has announced that it has removed service fees for surfboards for customers traveling to or from California, the company said.

To celebrate California recently naming surfing as the state´s official sport, customers traveling with a surfboard, wakeboard or paddleboard on direct United Airlines or United Express itineraries that originate or end at any California airport will not have to pay the previous USD 150 or USD200 service fee to check these items. The regular checked-bag fee will apply.

To help preserve California´s coast and oceans, United is donating USD 50,000 to Sustainable Surf, a California-based environmental nonprofit that operates as an innovation lab using surfing as a force for good–to solve the ocean health crisis by 2050.

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers.