Alaska Airlines is an airline based out of SeaTac airport in Washington, flying throughout contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, and four Hawaiian Islands. It is the parent airline of Horizon Air.
Alaska Airlines charges for all checked baggage including the first bag ($25) for all Standard Fare passengers, so it is worth considering joining their "Club 49" membership, which offers a baggage allowance of 2 checked bags free of charge, if you are a frequent traveller.
Alaska Airlines has recently been at the forefront of allowing sports equipment to travel for a reasonable fee, with many types of sporting equipment allowed to fly for $25, which is much more reasonable to many other US-based airlines. If you are considering flying with a piece of sports equipment, Alaska Airlines should be a good option.
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You'll be allowed to bring two items with you as carry-on: a regular piece of carry-on baggage, plus one "personal item" such as a purse or briefcase.
Maximum dimensions are 25x43x61cm (10 x 17 x 24 in). No weight limit is specified in their policies, however you'll have to be able to carry and stow your baggage with you, usually below the seat in front of you. Only lighter and smaller bags will be able to fit into the overhead compartments.+ Show Full Policy
With Alaska Airlines, you are permitted one carry-on bag plus one personal item free of charge. Additional carry-on items will need to be gate checked for a $25 fee.
Maximum dimensions, including wheels and handles, for your carry-on bag are as follows:
Length - 24" (61cm)
Width - 17" (43cm)
Height - 10" (25cm)
The following items may be brought onboard without counting toward your carry-on limit:
- Coats, hats, umbrellas (compact size that easily fits into an overhead bin, under the seat or in a suitcase)
- A pillow for personal use
- Food for immediate consumption
- Reasonable amount of reading material
- FAA approved child/infant restraint seats to be occupied by a child, strollers (based on space availability; space guaranteed only with the purchase of a ticket for the infant)
- Service Animals, including properly documented emotional support animals
- Mobility/Medical assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, crutches, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, approved portable oxygen concentrators (POC) etc.
- Prescription medications and any medical devices needed to administer them (for example: syringes, auto- injections) as long as they comply with applicable safety, security, and hazardous materials rules.
Note: To qualify as an exception to the carry-on limit, only medication and medical devices may be placed in the bag.
Carry-On Bags on Horizon Air and SkyWest flights
Due to the smaller dimensions of overhead storage and underseat space on aircraft operated by Horizon Air or SkyWest (Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 and flights 3450-3499), larger carry-on items will be placed on a planeside cart before boarding. These items will be specially tagged and returned to the cart for retrieval at a designated area on the ramp or jetbridge as you deplane.
Carry-on Baggage Exceptions
The following items may count as your "one" carry-on bag and may exceed the carry-on dimensions as long as they can be safely accommodated in a proper stowage compartment in the cabin of the aircraft.
Delicate scientific equipment
Small Musical Instruments
Cabin Seat Baggage
Any item that is too large for stowage under the seat or in the overhead bin (e.g., a large musical instrument), but which must be carried into the cabin, may be accepted as cargo in the cabin.
The item will be transported in a seat next to you and will be considered "cabin seat baggage".
Cabin Seat Baggage must be prearranged to ensure a sufficient number of seatbelt extensions will be loaded on the appropriate aircraft. Advance notice of 24 hours or more is required for groups of 5 or more with cargo in the cabin.
Cabin Seat Baggage cannot be booked online. Please call a Reservations Agent at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services) for assistance. Our standard ticketing fee will be waived.
Cabin Seat Baggage is charged 100% of the applicable adult base fare plus 6.25% cargo tax.
For most regular travellers, Alaska Airlines will charge for every checked bag (yes, including your first bag). The cost is $25 for each of your first 2 bags, and $75 for any additional bags after that.
Special status such as Club 49, Elite Level Mileage, AAdvantage, or other will waive the fees for the first two bags, allowing you to fly on Alaska Airlines without incurring these charges. Be sure to check if your frequent flyer status allows for the bag fees to be waived for your flight, and whether it allows you to check one or two bags free of charge.
Each of these checked bags have a weight limit of 50 pounds (23kg), which if exceeded, will incur additional charges above the normal checked bag fee.+ Show Full Policy
Alaska Airlines charges for all checked baggage, unless you qualify for a special baggage exemption based on credit card, loyalty program, and or some special routes.
All bags are limited to a maximum weight of 50lbs/23kg, and size restrictions of 62 linear inches (length+width+height), otherwise additional charges may apply.
Alaska Airlines 1st Checked Bag Fee: $25
Alaska Airlines 2nd Checked Bag Fee: $25
Alaska Airlines 3rd + Checked Bag Fee: $75 each
** Passengers upgraded after baggage has been accepted are not eligible for refund of baggage fees paid
Baggage Fee Waivers and Exceptions
Passengers on Alaska Airlines are exempt from the baggage fees on some routes or if they qualify for an exemption based on loyalty status or using special credit cards. The following baggage exemptions apply on Alaska Airlines flights:
1st Checked Bag Free:
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® consumer cardholders
Alaska Airlines Visa® Business cardholders
Customers traveling to or from Guadalajara
2 Free Checked Bags:
Customers traveling in First Class
Elite level Mileage Plan™ members
American AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum, and Gold Elite Level members
Club 49® members
3 Free Checked Bags
Customers ticketed for travel solely within the state of Alaska
5 Free Checked Bags
Active duty US military personnel with valid military ID
Active duty US military dependents with valid military ID and travel orders
Note: Bags may weigh up to 70 pounds and be up to 115" (linear) without incurring overweight or oversize fees.
Additional Checked Baggage Exemptions on Alaska Airlines
The following items will be taken free of charge, and not count toward your checked baggage allowance:
- Strollers and car seats - when traveling with infants or children
- Pineapple from Hawaii - one properly packaged box of pineapples when traveling within the United States from Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), Maui (OGG), or Kauai (LIH)
- Mobility aids and medical assistive devices - visit our accessible services pages for more information
- Wine (Mileage Plan™ members only) - one suitably packaged (e.g. foam lined box) case of wine when traveling within the United States from Boise (BOI), Eugene/Springfield (EUG), Lewiston (LWS), Medford (MFR), Portland (PDX), Redmond/Bend (RDM), Pasco (PSC), San Luis Obispo (SBP), Santa Rosa (STS), Walla Walla (ALW) or Yakima (YKM) airports
Alaska Airlines Seasonal Baggage Limits
During peak travel periods, Alaska Airlines limits the number of bags that can be checked by each passenger, to and from the following cities. A Maximum of 2 checked bags is allowed.
- Dillingham - June 6 - June 30 - Alaska Airlines flights 1-999
- Dillingham - June 6 - August 30 - PenAir flights 3124-3274
- Dutch Harbour - May 27 - June 30
- Dutch Harbour - December 26 - January 31
- Guadalajara - November 15 - January 15
- Havana - Year Round
- King Salmon - June 6 - June 30 - Alaska Airlines flights 1-999
- King Salmon - June 6 - August 30 - PenAir flights 3124-3274
Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?
Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept
Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist
Musical Instruments: Flying with Musical Instruments on Alaska Airlines
Overweight baggage will be charged if any of your bags weighs more than the allowed 23kg (50 lbs). This fee is $75 each way. This is a flat rate for overweight bags, up to a maximum of 100lbs. Alaska Airlines doesn't accept bags heavier than 100lbs.
Alaska Airlines now charges a flat fee for all oversize baggage, from linear dimensions 63-115 inches. The fee is now $75 flat. The discounted fee of $50 for dimensions 63-80 inches no longer applies.
Your bag's size is calculated in linear dimensions, with the TOTAL of LENGTH + WIDTH + HEIGHT not allowed to exceed the specified amount.+ Show Full Policy
All baggage on Alaska Airlines (including baggage checked free of charge) which exceeds the size or weight allowance, is subject to additional fees
Alaska Airlines Additional Bag - 3rd bag or more - $75 Fee Each
Alaska Airlines Oversize Baggage - linear dimension of 63-115 inches - $75 Fee
Alaska Airlines Overweight Baggage - weighing between 51-100 lbs (23-45kg) - $75 Fee
No single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 100 pounds and/or exceed 115" (linear). Contact Alaska Air Cargo at 1-800-225-2752 for assistance with any items that exceed the checked baggage limitation. Exception: Musical instruments.
Alaska Airlines will accept sporting equipment as checked baggage provided each piece is properly packed in a soft or hard sided case designed specifically for the sporting equipment piece. Standard checked baggage fees ($25 if within first 2 bags) apply for all sporting equipment, although Alaska Airlines will waive the oversize and overweight fees for the following pieces of sports equipment:
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