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 might make sense to join their "Club 49" to have a 2 bag free checked baggage allowance if you are a frequent traveller.
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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
You're allowed one carry-on bag, which including wheels and handles can measure up to 10" H x 17" W x 24" L (25 x 43 x 61 cm). For additional carry-on items beyond the one-bag limit, each piece will incur a $25 fee.
These 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.
à la cart Service
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. Just find the red and white stop sign, and your bags will be there within 5 minutes of deplaning. Fragile or high-value items should be carried into the cabin with you, and not left on the planeside cart.
The maximum dimensions for an à la cart bag is 10" H x 17" W x 24" L (25 x 43 x 61 cm) including wheels and handles.
Note: Some items allowed in carry-on baggage cannot travel in the checked baggage compartment. The item MUST remain with you in the cabin or be removed before your carry-on bag is placed on the à la cart or given to an employee at the gate or onboard to place in the checked baggage compartment. Refer to the Prohibited Items section below for more information.
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
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
Baggage Charges and Allowances
We accept baggage subject to the standard charges outlined below. Each bag, including bags accepted free of charge, must weigh 50 pounds or less and have a maximum dimension of 62 linear inches (length +height +width) to avoid additional charges.
For domestic travel, charges are assessed to the destination or first stopover of 12 hours or more on a single ticket. Checked baggage charges must be paid again by passengers who continue their journey and check bags after a stopover of 12 hours or more.
For international travel solely on Alaska Airlines, charges are assessed to the destination or first stopover of 24 hours or more on single ticket. Checked baggage charges must be paid again by passengers who continue their journey and check bags after a stopover of 24 hours or more.
For international travel involving another carrier, charges are assessed at the origin and destination only on a single ticket
¹ Reservation must contain at least one Alaskan city. Refer to Club 49 Terms and Conditions for more information.
²Includes companions traveling with the Alaska Airlines Elite Level Mileage Plan™ member, American AAdvantage Elite member, or Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Medallion member and booked in the same reservation. For group bookings made by the Alaska Airlines Group Desk, only the actual Elite member receives the baggage fee waiver.
** Passengers upgraded after baggage has been accepted are not eligible for refund of baggage fees paid
Exceptions to Checked Baggage Charges
The following exceptions to the checked baggage charges apply to all customers:
When traveling with infants and/or children, their strollers and car seats may be checked without charge.
Wheelchairs, assistive devices, and bags containing only medical equipment for personal use may be checked without charge.
Customers making international connections on a separate ticket to other airlines within twelve (12) hours of arriving in the connection city, may follow the baggage allowance and weight restrictions of the international airline - provided a ticketing and baggage agreement is in place between Alaska Airlines and the other carrier. Please contact Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 for more information.
Customers departing from Pasco (PSC), Santa Rosa (STS), Walla Walla (ALW), or Yakima (YKM) airports are allowed to check one properly packaged box of wine (with up to twelve standard 750 ml. bottles in one case) without charge for domestic itineraries.
Advise the Customer Service Agent when you check in so the box can be properly labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Items packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage.
Customers departing Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), Maui (OGG), and Lihue (LIH)) airports are allowed to check one properly packaged box of pineapples without charge on domestic itineraries. The box must be pre-agriculture inspected.
Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?
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Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist
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 (including baggage checked free of charge) which exceeds the size or weight allowance, is subject to the additional fees outlined below.
Note: If a checked bag falls into more than one fee category (piece number, oversize, overweight), only the higher, single fee is charged.
Customers with an origin or destination of Mexico City or Guadalajara may not check oversize or overweight bags from November 15 through January 15.
U.S. Military personnel and dependents eligible for the U.S. Military baggage charge waiver may check bags weighing up to 70 pounds and up to 115 linear inches (length +width +height) without incurring overweight or oversize fees.
Some sporting equipment may exceed 50 pounds or 62 linear inches (length +width +height) without being charged an overweight or oversize fee
No single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 100 pounds and/or exceed 115 linear inches (length +width +height). Alaska Air Cargo may be able to assist you with any piece in excess of 100 pounds or larger than 115 linear inches (length +width +height). Contact our Cargo Service Center at 1-800-225-2752 for more information.
BRINGING YOUR OWN WHEELCHAIR OR OTHER ASSISTIVE DEVICES
Alaska Airlines transports all types of personal wheelchairs, including folding, collapsible, and non-folding manual wheelchairs; electric/battery-powered wheelchairs; and electric-powered carts and scooters.
The maximum dimensions for a wheelchair on Alaska Airlines are 33 inches high by 42 inches wide. This applies to the following flight series and aircraft:
Flights 001-999 (Boeing 737 Aircraft)
Flights 2000-2999 (Bombardier Q400)
Flights 3450-3499 (Bombardier CRJ 700)
We strongly recommend that customers bringing their own wheelchair or assistive device arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to departure, and present themselves at the boarding gate 1 hour prior to scheduled departure.
Travelers transporting electric/battery-powered wheelchairs, carts or scooters must be checked in and available to board at least 45 minutes before posted departure for all flights.
Travelers transporting any other type of non-electric/battery-powered wheelchair, cart or scooter must be checked in and available to board at least 30 minutes before posted departure for all flights.
Failure to meet these requirements may cause the cancellation of reserved seats and/or the entire reservation.
MORE ABOUT BRINGING YOUR OWN WHEELCHAIR
A personal wheelchair can be checked at the ticket counter or the gate free of charge.
Travelers can use our wheelchair equipment after checking a personal wheelchair; an initial waiting period may be necessary for the escort to arrive with the proper equipment.
Detachable items such as seat cushions and footrests can be carried onboard or checked with the wheelchair and stowed in the cargo compartment.
Alternately, arrangements can be made to have a personal wheelchair checked at the departure gate. The wheelchair will be returned at the destination gate upon arrival or at a connecting airport.
Travelers who prefer to use your his/her personal wheelchair at the connecting airport, are asked to advise the Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter or boarding gate in advance. Time between connecting flights may be insufficient to provide this service if disassembly and re-assembly of a personal wheelchair is required. If time is a factor, we recommend taking advantage of our wheelchair service for transport between connecting flights.
If your device uses a lithium ion battery, the battery will be removed and packaged in a protective covering and stowed in the cabin during travel. The battery cannot exceed 25 grams (300 watt hours).
Travelers can request to have a folding, collapsible, or breakdown wheelchair stowed onboard the aircraft at time of pre-boarding on Alaska Airlines flights 1-999.
The number of personal wheelchairs is limited to one personal wheelchair in cabin per flight and this space is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The wheelchair must meet the size and weight restrictions for the approved storage space on the aircraft.
Wheelchairs stowed onboard have priority over other carry-on items except wheelchairs or mobility devices that belong to other travelers.
If the wheelchair will not fit safely in the approved stowage closet, we will be glad to transport it in the cargo compartment at no additional charge.
Other Assistive Devices
One additional wheelchair battery, crutches, braces, personal walker, or other prosthetic devices are also permitted on the same flight with a traveler who is dependent on the device.
Rigid canes must be stowed in a closet or overhead bin. When required, please contact a Flight Attendant who will be happy to retrieve it.
If the assistive device will not fit safely in the approved stowage closet, we will be glad to transport it in the cargo compartment at no additional charge.
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/overweight/oversize charges apply.
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