Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees & How To Avoid Paying Them [2018]

Alaska Airlines baggage fees

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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

Size Restrictions

  • 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”).

Domestic
Economy:
1st Bag: $25
2nd Bag: $25

First Class:
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: $25

Within the State of Alaska
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE

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 CardFee Reimbursement Details
💳 Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite MasterCard®

  • Use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees.
  • Annual Fee: $150
  • Rates & Fees
💳 Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a calendar year for baggage fees at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
💳 The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
💳 The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $450
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠
  • $300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases).
  • Annual Fee: $450
Citi Prestige Card
  • $250 air travel credit per calendar year.
  • Annual Fee: $450

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.

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)


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