Different airlines will have different rules for how to pack your hockey bag for travel, but luckily they are all very similar. Please note that you will need to check your hockey bag when you fly, you will not be able to bring it as a carry-on. As of early 2024, here are the rules for the most popular airlines:

Alaska Airlines

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under Alaska Airlines’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about Alaska Airlines’ sports equipment policies here.

American Airlines

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under American Airlines’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about American Airlines’ sports equipment policies here.

British Airways

  • 2 hockey sticks count as one piece of luggage.
  • 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under British Airways’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about British Airways’ sports equipment policies here.

Delta Air Lines

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under Delta Air Lines’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about Delta Air Lines’ sports equipment policies here.

Icelandair

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under Icelandair’s policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about Icelandair’s sports equipment policies here.

JetBlue

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under JetBlue’s policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about JetBlue’s sports equipment policies here.

KLM Airlines

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under KLM Airlines’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more KLM Airlines’ sports equipment policies here.

Lufthansa Airlines

  • It’s not clear if Lufthansa counts 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag as one piece of luggage or two. So I would recommend assuming they will count them as two.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under Lufthansa Airlines’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.

Learn more about Lufthansa Airlines’ sports equipment policies here.

Southwest Airlines

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Up to 2 hockey bags fly free per person.
  • “Hockey and lacrosse equipment will be transported only with a limited release of liability.”

Learn more about Southwest Airlines’ sports equipment policies here.

United Airlines

  • 2 hockey sticks + 1 hockey bag counts as one piece of luggage.
  • Hockey sticks must be taped together or in a hockey stick bag.
  • Hockey equipment will cost the same as a regular piece of luggage under United Airlines’ policies.
  • Overweight or oversized luggage may incur additional fees.
  • “We aren’t liable for damage to sports equipment.”

Learn more about United Airlines’ sports equipment policies here.