Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees & How To Avoid Paying Them

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Alaska Airlines has one of the most clear-cut baggage policies we’ve seen.

Depending on the route and cabin, two or three standard bags are either included or only $30 for your first bag, with additional bags coming in below the average cost for airlines we’ve reviewed. Thanks, Alaska!

Alaska Airlines Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 22” x 14” x 9”

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • When traveling with a lap infant, a diaper bag will count toward the standard carry-on limit of the ticketed adult passenger. Lap infants are not entitled to their own carry-on allowance.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • Transportation of a child’s car seat and/or stroller is free of charge as checked baggage. These items can be checked with other baggage or at the gate area.

Alaska Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) and max linear dimensions of 158cm (62”).

Domestic
Economy:
1st Bag: $30
2nd Bag: $40
3rd + Bags: $100 each

First Class:
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: $100

Within the State of Alaska
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4+ bags: $100

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Each additional piece of luggage (3+ bags): $100 ea.
Overweight Fee: $100 for bags 23kg – 45kg (51lb – 100lb)
Oversized Fee: $100 for bags 158cm – 292cm (63” – 115”)

*If bag is both overweight & oversize, fee is charged only once

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Air Alaska’s policy here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Alaska Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via their mobile app from 24 hours before the flight departure.

Here are the ways you pre-pay:

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

American Express, Chase, and Citi each provide cards that will reimburse you for checked bag fees.

Credit Cards That Give You A Free Checked Bag With Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines might waive checked bag fees if you fly first class or within the state of Alaska, but what if you’re flying economy outside of Alaska.

The answer is simple, you get their co-branded credit card provided by Bank of America. Holding this card, you will receive your first checked bag for free.

See below for details:

Loyalty ProgramCard NameChecked Bag Benefit Details
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Frequent Flyer ProgramBank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit CardYou and up to 6 companions each receive one free checked bag.
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Business Credit CardYou and up to 6 companions each receive one free checked bag.

Exclusions & Waivers

*Seasonal Baggage Limits may apply on some routes.

Customers with an Elite Level Mileage Plan: 2 checked bags free

American AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum, and Gold Elite Level members: 2 checked bags free

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® consumer cardholders + up to 6 passengers traveling on the same reservation: 1 checked bag free

Alaska Airlines Visa® Business cardholders + up to 6 passengers traveling on the same reservation: 1 checked bag free

Alaska Airlines World Elite® Mastercard® cardholders + up to 6 passengers traveling on the same reservation: 1 checked bag free

Club 49® members traveling on a ticket that contains at least one Alaska Airlines city in Alaska: 2 checked bags free

Customers traveling to or from Guadalajara (seasonal limits apply): 1 checked bag free

Active duty US military personnel & active duty US military dependents: 5 checked bags free. (bags may weigh up to 70 pounds and be up to 115″ (linear) without incurring overweight or oversize fees)

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)


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

FAQ

How much does Alaska Airlines charge for checked bags?

Checked baggage with Alaska Airlines is free for flights within the state of Alaska. For all other flights, the 1st bag is charged at $25 (free for First Class), 2nd bag at $25 and 3+ bags at $75.

What can I carry-on Alaska Airlines?

Alaska Airlines allows passengers to bring 1 piece of standard carry-on up to the maximum size of 22” x 14” x 9” and 1 additional personal item (size undisclosed by Alaska Airlines) but something like a handbag or small briefcase.

Can you carry on a garment bag Alaska Airlines?

A garment bag is likely to be accepted as carry-on with Alaska Airlines providing it has the ability to be folded if required to go in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you. Depending on the size of the garment bag, this would count towards either your carry-on or personal item allowance.

Erin Miller

About Erin Miller

Erin currently maintains her status as Alex's adventure-seeking partner-in-crime and contributes to Upgraded Points through content creation & relationship management.
She caught the travel bug just after high school when her grandmother took her on a two-week, whirlwind trip around Europe. That was that - she's been gallivanting around the globe ever since (22 countries & counting)!

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