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!
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Alaska Airlines Carry-On Allowance
1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE
- Personal: Size undisclosed, but Alaska references items such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag
- Standard: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (55.88 x 35.56 x 22.86 cm) including handles and wheels
Alaska does not have a weight allowance for carry-on luggage, but you must be able to lift the bag into the overhead compartment unassisted.
Lap Infant Carry-On Policy
- Lap infants are not entitled to their own carry-on allowance, so a diaper bag would count toward the standard carry-on limit of the adult passenger.
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 50 pounds (23 kg) and max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).
1st Bag: $30
2nd Bag: $40
3rd + Bags: $100 each
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 51 – 100 pounds (23 – 45 kg)
Oversized Fee: $100 for bags 63- 115 inches (158- 292 cm)
*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.
Seasonal limitations apply. See the Alaska Airlines website for more information.
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:
- When you check-in online, you’ll have the option to pay for your bags by credit or debit card.
- When you check-in using the mobile app. Just download the app and login to your account.
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.
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500), when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months.|
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 Program||Card Name||Checked Bag Benefit Details|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Frequent Flyer Program||Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card||You and up to 6 companions each receive one free checked bag.|
|Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Business Credit Card||You and up to 6 companions each receive one free checked bag.|
Exclusions & Waivers
*Seasonal Baggage Limits may apply on some routes.
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
Elite level Mileage Plan™ members: 2 checked bags free
Active duty US military personnel & active duty US military dependents (on travel orders): 5 checked bags free. (bags may weigh up to 70 pounds and be up to 115″ (linear) without incurring overweight or oversize fees)