Baggage claim area at airport

One of the major carriers of the United States, Alaska Airlines has created a simple and generous baggage policy that lets you take your favorite luggage onboard a flight without any hassle. Whether you want to carry a musical instrument or your furry pet buddy on the flight cabin, Alaska Airlines baggage policy will let you do it.

Taking checked baggage on an Alaska Air flight is as easy as carrying a child onboard. Passengers can carry checked baggage after paying a certain fee. You can pay checked luggage fees during online check-in, at a self-service check-in kiosk, or at any of the airport ticket counters.

  • Alaska Airlines may limit the number of bags that can be checked per passenger during peak travel times.
  • Certain items such as strollers, car seats, and mobility aids won’t carry any baggage charge.
  • The carrier’s select guests such as Alaska Airlines credit card holders, Elite level Mileage Plan members, and US military personnel enjoy baggage fee waivers.
  • Any checked luggage which exceeds the size or weight allowance will incur extra charges, even if it was checked free of charge.

Take your Bags to the Airport

There is a specific baggage acceptance hour for every airport. When you check your baggage on Alaska flights, you need to make sure that your checked luggage has been received by the airline and you have received a valid flight boarding pass no later than the check-in cut-off time for your departure airport.

To ensure that you receive your luggage before the scheduled departure time, you’ll need to be in line to drop off your bag before the cut-off time of the flight check-in. You can refer to various airport guides for ticket counter hours and learn about the arrival times at your departure airport.

Please keep in mind that Alaska Airlines won’t accept baggage outside these times or more than 4 hours prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.

Only three hours prior to departure luggage, can be checked into Vancouver (YVR) due to limits for US Customs pre-clearance. Bags can only be checked in at Calgary (YYC) two hours prior to departure.

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