Alaska Airlines has one of the most clear-cut baggage policies we’ve seen. Depending on the route, one to two standard bags is either included or only $25 a piece, with additional bags coming in well 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
- Personal: undisclosed
- Standard: 24” x 17” x 10”
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.
Alaska Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance:
All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) and max linear dimensions of 158cm (62”).
1st Bag: $25
2nd Bag: $25
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: $25
Within the State of Alaska
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
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.|
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.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card||Fee Reimbursement Details|
|Chase Ultimate Rewards Program Review||Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card||$300 travel credit per calendar year|
|Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||$300 airline fee credit per calendar year|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi Prestige Card||$250 air travel credit per calendar year|
|American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty Program||The Platinum Card® from American Express||$200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN||$200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express||$100 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
|Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)||$200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline|
Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:
Each additional piece of luggage (3+ bags): $75 ea.
Overweight Fee: $75 for bags 23kg – 45kg (51lb – 100lb)
Oversized Fee: $75 for bags 158cm – 292cm (63” – 115”)
*If bag is both overweight & oversize, fee is charged only once
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
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)