Alaska Airlines has one of the most clear-cut baggage policies we’ve seen.
Depending on the route and cabin, 2 or 3 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).
First Bag: $30
Second Bag: $40
3+ Bags: $100 each
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
Third Bag: $100
Within the State of Alaska
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
Third Bag: FREE
4+ bags: $100
Additional / Excess Baggage Fees
Each additional piece of luggage (3+ bags): $100 each
Overweight Fee: $100 for bags 51 to 100 pounds (23 to 45 kg)
Oversized Fee: $100 for bags 63 to 115 inches (158 to 292 cm)
*If a bag is both overweight and oversize, the 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 Prepay for Baggage?
Credit Cards That Reimburse You for Checked Bag Fees
Capital One offers credit cards that will allow you to “erase” checked bag fees via Purchase Eraser:
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 bonus mile offer after spending $500 in 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 balance! We've highlighted 30+ benefits of the card.|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne with a 100,000 bonus miles offer when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. This card is full of benefits and perks and you can redeem your miles on travel or transfer your miles to over 10+ travel loyalty programs.|
Hot Tip: Amex, Citi, and Chase offer several premium credit cards that may reimburse your bag fees via a travel credit. Visit our ultimate guide to avoid paying baggage fees for more details.
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 — get one of the co-branded credit cards provided by Bank of America. By holding the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card or Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Credit Card, you and up to 6 companions will receive 1 free checked bag.
Exclusions & Waivers
Alaska Signature card: Credit cardholder and up to 6 passengers traveling on the same reservation receive 1 checked bag free
Club 49: Members traveling on a ticket that contains at least 1 Alaska Airlines city in Alaska receive 2 checked bags free
MVP and MVP Gold or Oneworld Ruby and Sapphire: Members receive 2 checked bags free
MVP Gold 75K or Oneworld Emerald: Members receive 3 checked bags free
Active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents (on travel orders): 5 checked bags free (bags may weigh up to 70 pounds and be up to 115 linear inches without incurring overweight or oversize fees)
The information regarding the Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card, Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card, and Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.