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#1 silentcmh

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 10:52 PM

I may travel with my clubs on Southwest this summer. The website says a set of clubs counts towards their "[2] bags fly free" deal, but it also says that oversize/overweight fees may apply.

Does anyone have recent experience with this? How mush was the fee if you were charged one? It'd be a great deal if I could check a set of clubs for free.


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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:28 PM

Less than 50 lbs. you are in. I fly with my clubs on swa often and have never paid a fee.

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:34 PM

true dat

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 12:29 AM

Awesome - Thanks for the confirmation. Gotta love Southwest

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 12:31 AM

No fees for me.  I use a walking bag in a club glove burstproof.


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 05:51 AM

Yeah, Southwest rocks. Although, nothing last forever.....

I use a full size Club Glove and my Bagboy Cliploc. Fully loaded, it comes in just under the wire at around 48 lbs. Never an issue and I travel Southwest at lest 3 times a year with my clubs. My bags have been weighed once in 5 years.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 10:15 AM

Cool, great to hear.  I'm going out to Ballyneal in Colorado later this summer and figure with baggage fees and the cheaper airfare to begin with, I'm saving at least $200 total by using Southwest.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 11:58 AM

I called them about this. as long as total L+W+H = less than 61 inches and it weights less than 50 pounds you are good to go.

Edited by toms1090, 16 April 2010 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 06:35 PM

I recently went on a trip on American and my golf bag weighed 55lbs on their scale. I told them my scale at home said 50 and asked politely if they could measure on another. Both didnt want to deal with that and seemed not to care. Might try that if you hit the weight limit

Edited by wagsgt, 16 April 2010 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 07:01 PM

View Postwagsgt, on 16 April 2010 - 06:35 PM, said:

I recently went on a trip on American and my golf bag weighed 55lbs on their scale. I told them my scale at home said 50 and asked politely if they could measure on another. Both didnt want to deal with that and seemed not to care. Might try that if you hit the weight limit

I had a similar experience with American. I had a bag that I weighed on my home scale, then weighed on their scale for the outgoing flight. Both under 50lbs. On the return flight, EXACT SAME BAG AND CONTENTS (nothing new added), and it weighed over 50 lbs. on their scale at the airport. They refused to do anything. I had to pull out stuff and put it in a carry on. Yeah, that makes sense. Same weight on the plane, but now more crap in the overstuffed cabin.

On an Alaska Airline flight, I had one checked size bag and one carry on size bag. At the time, Alaska allowed 1 free checked bag. I hate carry on, so I asked if I could check the carry-on bag for free and have no carry on. Nope. They'd rather blackmail me for the extra fee, or stuff the cabin full of carry-on even though the weight on the plane would be the same.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 08:15 PM

View PostHateto3Putt, on 16 April 2010 - 05:51 AM, said:

Yeah, Southwest rocks. Although, nothing last forever.....

Truth!  I used to love flying Delta.  But now, if you happen to draw the short straw and get stuck with the crabby customer service rep and happen to speculate on the likelihood she'll die an old maid with a dozen cats, you're automatically "randomly" selected for additional security screening...


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 08:34 PM

I use a Last Bag by Club Glove and have never been charged by Southwest.  Southwest is the only airline I will fly with clubs!! :clapping:

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 10:58 PM

Southwest Airline rocks! I just got back from Vegas (played Bali Hai, Badlands, and Wolf Creek)) using the SKB ATA hard case (Ogio cart bag, 14 clubs, golf shoes, 2 dz balls, range finder, and accessories), no extra fees. Best of all, the airline staff was very professional and friendly.

Edited by freed0m, 16 April 2010 - 10:59 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 11:23 PM

Southwest is the airline for me.  Flying from PDX has never been an issue with my clubs.  I don't get to travel and play that much, but southwest always comes through.  Just my .02

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:47 AM

no fees, but on multiple occasions at different airports they've asked me to sign a damage waiver because I was not using a hardshell case


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Posted 17 April 2010 - 08:44 AM

Just keep it under 50 lbs! I usually try to not exceed 40 in case I encounter any questionable scales like the other poster.

SouthWest rocks!

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 10:24 PM

My experience with Southwest is the same as the earlier posters.  No fee, but they do make you sign a waiver if you have use a soft travel case.  Judging by the condition of my travel case when I got home, they do throw your clubs around a bit.






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