Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees – and How to Avoid Them

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Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees – and How to Avoid Them

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When you’re flying Alaska Airlines and have baggage to check, it’s helpful to know in advance how much you’ll have to pay.

Like many other airline baggage fee policies, the bag limits and amount you pay (or don’t pay) can vary depending on your destination.  Alaska Airlines also has seasonal baggage limits to and from certain cities.

There are several ways to get your baggage fees waived, such as being a Bank of America Alaska Airlines cardholder.  And the airline also checks some items for free, including wine, when you’re traveling from 11 airports in the US.

Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees
When You Fly Alaska Airlines, You Can Check a Case of Wine for Free From 11 Different Airports

I’ll tell you more about Alaska Airlines’ checked baggage policies.  And show you how much you can expect to pay for your next trip!

Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees

Link:   Alaska Airlines Baggage Rules and Fees

The standard bag fees for Alaska Airlines paid and award flights are:

  • $25 for the 1st bag
  • $25 for the 2nd bag
  • $75 each for any additional bags

Checked bag dimensions can NOT exceed 62 inches after you add the length, width, and height of the bag.  And bags must weigh 50 pounds or less.

If your checked bag exceeds these requirements, you’ll pay a $75 fee.  And if your bag weighs 100+ pounds or is more than 115 inches combined, it can NOT go as checked baggage.  It’s possible it can travel as cargo.

Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees
The Standard Fee for Checked Baggage on Alaska Airlines Is $25 for Each of Your First 2 Bags

Alaska Airlines excludes these items from the standard baggage fees:

  • Strollers and car seats when traveling with infants or children
  • Pineapple from Hawaii when traveling within the US from:
    • Honolulu
    • Kona
    • Maui
    • Kauai
  • Mobility aids and medical devices
  • 1 case of wine when traveling within the US from these airports: 
    • Boise, Idaho
    • Eugene, Oregon
    • Lewiston, Idaho
    • Medford, Oregon
    • Portland, Oregon
    • Redmond, Oregon
    • Pasco, Washington
    • San Luis Obispo, California
    • Santa Rosa, California
    • Walla Walla, Washington
    • Yakima, Washington

Note:  You must have an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer account (free to sign-up) to check wine for free.

Alaska Airlines also has strict seasonal baggage limits to and from certain cities during peak travel periods.  Here’s a chart with the airports and travel dates where you can NOT have more than 2 checked bags per person.

AirportTravel Dates
Dillingham, AlaskaJune 6 to June 30
Dutch Harbor, AlaskaMay 27 to June 30 and December 26 to January 31
Guadalajara, MexicoNovember 15 to January 15
Havana, CubaYear round
King Salmon, AlaskaJune 6 to June 30

Note:   Some of the airports with season limits do NOT allow oversize or overweight bags.  This means your checked bag must weigh less than 50 pounds and meet the size requirements.

Get Your Baggage Fee Waived!

Link:   Alaska Airlines Baggage Fee Waivers

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card®

There are lots of ways to avoid paying baggage fees on Alaska Airlines flights.  Here’s a handy chart showing who gets free bags.

 Bag 1Bag 23 or More BagsNote
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature cardholders$0$25$75 per bagFree 1st bag for 6 companions on the same reservation
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Business cardholders$0$25$75 per bagFree 1st bag for 6 companions on the same reservation
Passengers traveling to or from Guadalajara$0$0$75 per bagSeasonal bag limits apply
First Class passengers$0$0$75 per bag
Alaska Airlines elite status passengers and traveling companions on the same reservation$0$0$75 per bag
American Airlines elite status passengers and traveling companions on the same reservation $0$0$75 per bag
Club 49 members (free to sign-up for Alaska residents)

$0$0$75 per bagFlight must be to or from city in Alaska
Passengers traveling exclusively within Alaska$0$0$0$75 per bag after the 3rd bag
Active duty US military and dependents with travel orders$0$0$0First 5 bags are free and additional bags are $75 each

Don’t forget, you can use your status with another airline to get elite status with Alaska Airlines.

If you don’t qualify to have your baggage fees waived, consider paying the fee with a credit card that covers airline incidentals and fees (like food, in-flight Wi-Fi, and baggage fees), such as:

Bottom Line

The standard Alaska Airlines baggage fees are $25 each for the 1st and 2nd bag.  And $75 for the 3rd bag and beyond.

Alaska Airlines allows you to check some items for free, such as pineapple from Hawaii or a case of wine.  But you must be traveling to and from certain airports.

You can avoid paying baggage fees if you have the Bank of America Alaska Airlines personal or small business card.  Cardholders gets a free 1st checked bag for themselves and 6 companions on the same reservation.  First class passengers and folks with Alaska Airlines elite status also get free checked bags.

Which method do you use to get free checked bags on Alaska Airlines flights?

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Like the new look except your picture, Darien, it looks like you are sucking your thumb.

Chester soares

I live in AK. I am going to Sacramento CA. And back again. I would like to get my free baggage. Thank you, Chester soares

Million Mile Secrets

Alaska residents can join Club 49 to get a free checked bag. You can sign-up for free here:

@David Just flew yesterday. I have no status, but have the Alaska CC. I was not charged a baggage fee. You need to have the same Alaska miles number associated with your card and your flight. You do not need to charge the flight on your card. When checking in online there is a drop down for number of bags and it says one bag $0.

Million Mile Secrets

Thanks for helping out!

I’ve had some issues at Seatac and LAX using my Alaska Airlines BOA, Visa Signature card for my free checked bag. When I got to the counter to waive the fee, the agent says they don’t usually allow waiving of the checked bag at the counter. They said it had to do something with booking the flight not using the BOA card (I think I used my Prestige card at the time). So in order for you to get the waiver, do you have to use the Alaska BOA card to book too?

Million Mile Secrets

If you have the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card, you just have to link your frequent flyer number to the reservation to get a free checked bag. You don’t have to pay for airfare with the card.