Baggage

Checked Baggage

DOT Enhanced Passenger Protection policy rules have changed the way baggage fees are determined. Travel may be wholly on Alaska Airlines but can still be subject to another airline's bag charges.
Learn more about these changes.

Travel may be wholly on Alaska Airlines but can still be subject to another airline's bag charges, refer to your travel confirmation to determine which airline's baggage policy applies. When Alaska Airlines baggage policy applies, the following rules and fees are in effect:

Each checked bag must weigh 50 pounds or less and have a maximum dimension of 62 linear inches (length + height + width) to avoid additional charges.

Baggage charges can be paid when checking in online using Web Check-In, at an airport kiosk, with our iPhone or Android mobile apps, or at the ticket counter. For faster service, use your debit or credit card when checking in.

To ensure your checked bags are loaded onto your flight, we're only able to accept checked bags within four hours* of scheduled flight departure times. Review our Check-In and Boarding Guidelines to determine ticket counter hours, as they may not open until closer to your departure time.

Please download the tag below, fill out the information and place it inside your checked bag(s). In the case of a misplaced bag, this tag can help expedite the identification and return process.

Download Baggage I.D. (PDF file is 343k)

* Due to restrictions for US Customs pre-clearance, Vancouver (YVR) can only accept bags three hours prior to departure. Calgary (YYC) can only accept bags two hours prior to departure.

Baggage Charges and Allowances

Baggage Service GuaranteeWe accept baggage subject to the standard charges outlined below. Each bag, including bags accepted free of charge, must weigh 50 pounds or less and have a maximum dimension of 62 linear inches (length + height + width) to avoid additional charges.

For domestic travel, charges are assessed to the destination or first stopover of 12 hours or more on a single ticket. Checked baggage charges must be paid again by passengers who continue their journey and check bags after a stopover of 12 hours or more.

For international travel solely on Alaska Airlines, charges are assessed to the destination or first stopover of 24 hours or more on single ticket. Checked baggage charges must be paid again by passengers who continue their journey and check bags after a stopover of 24 hours or more.

For international travel involving another carrier, charges are assessed at the origin and destination only on a single ticket.

If your ticket was purchased prior to October 30, 2013, your Baggage Fees may be different. Learn More

1st 2nd 3rd Bags
4th +
Standard Fee $25 $25 $75 $75 per bag
Club 49 members¹ Free Free $75 $75 per bag
Elite Level Mileage Plan™ members² Free Free $75 $75 per bag
Delta SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion Elite Level members - for tickets purchased through April 30, 2014² Free Free $75 $75 per bag
Delta SkyMiles Silver Medallion Elite Level members - for tickets purchased through April 30, 2014² Free $25 $75 $75 per bag
American AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum, and Gold Elite Level members² Free Free $75 $75 per bag
Confirmed in First Class at time of check-in/bag check** Free Free $75 $75 per bag
Origin or destination is Guadalajara or Mexico City (Jan. 16 - Nov. 14) Free $25 $75 $75 per bag
Origin or destination is Guadalajara or Mexico City (Nov. 15 - Jan. 15) Free $25 not accepted
Itinerary and ticket wholly within the State of Alaska Free Free Free $75 per bag
Active Duty U.S. military personnel with ID Up to 5 Bags Free.
$75 for each additional bag.
U.S. military dependents with ID and travel orders Up to 5 Bags Free.
$75 for each additional bag.

¹ Reservation must contain at least one Alaskan city. Refer to Club 49 Terms and Conditions for more information.

² Includes companions traveling with the Alaska Airlines Elite Level Mileage Plan™ member, American AAdvantage Elite member, or Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Medallion member and booked in the same reservation. For group bookings made by the Alaska Airlines Group Desk, only the actual Elite member receives the baggage fee waiver.

** Passengers upgraded after baggage has been accepted are not eligible for refund of baggage fees paid.

Exceptions to Checked Baggage Charges

The following exceptions to the checked baggage charges apply to all customers:

  1. When traveling with infants and/or children, their strollers and car seats may be checked without charge.
  2. Wheelchairs, assistive devices, and bags containing only medical equipment for personal use may be checked without charge.
  3. Customers making international connections on a separate ticket to other airlines within twelve (12) hours of arriving in the connection city, may follow the baggage allowance and weight restrictions of the international airline - provided a ticketing and baggage agreement is in place between Alaska Airlines and the other carrier. Please contact Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 for more information.
  4. Wine as checked baggage: Mileage Plan™ members departing from Eugene/Springfield (EUG), Medford (MFR), Portland (PDX) or Redmond/Bend (RDM) Pasco (PSC), Santa Rosa (STS), Walla Walla (ALW) or Yakima (YKM) airports are allowed to check one properly packaged case of wine without charge for domestic itineraries Your Mileage Plan number must be in your reservation to qualify.
    • Advise the Customer Service Agent when you check in so the box can be properly labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Items packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage.
  5. Customers departing Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), Maui (OGG), and Lihue (LIH)) airports are allowed to check one properly packaged box of pineapples without charge on domestic itineraries. The box must be pre-agriculture inspected.

Oversize or Overweight Bags

All baggage (including baggage checked free of charge) which exceeds the size or weight allowance, is subject to the additional fees outlined below.

Checked Bag Weight Fee per Bag
50 lbs. or less No Additional Fee
51-100 lbs. $75 (USD)
Checked Bag Dimensions Fee per Bag
Up to 62 in. No Additional Fee
63-115 in. $75 (USD)

Note: If a checked bag falls into more than one fee category (piece number, oversize, overweight), only the higher, single fee is charged.

Exception: Customers with an origin or destination of Mexico City or Guadalajara may not check oversize or overweight bags from November 15 through January 15.

U.S. Military personnel and dependents eligible for the U.S. Military baggage charge waiver may check bags weighing up to 70 pounds and up to 115 linear inches (length + width + height) without incurring overweight or oversize fees.

Some sporting equipment may exceed 50 pounds or 62 linear inches (length + width + height) without being charged an overweight or oversize fee. Refer to our Sporting Equipment page for additional information.

No single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 100 pounds and/or exceed 115 linear inches (length + width + height). Alaska Air Cargo may be able to assist you with any piece in excess of 100 pounds or larger than 115 linear inches (length + width + height). Contact our Cargo Service Center at 1-800-225-2752 for more information.

Prohibited Items

Many items, commonly used in the home or workplace may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes, or start a fire. As a result they are considered Hazardous Materials when transported on an aircraft and are subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Regulations. Transporting these items on your person, in your carry-on bag, or in checked baggage may be either forbidden or limited under these Regulations. Violations may result in federal, civil or criminal penalties.

Items marked with a green "OK to Pack" are OK to pack as noted.

Items marked with a red "Do Not Pack" are prohibited from your carry-on and/or checked baggage.

Item(s) Carry-On Bag Checked Bags
Pottery, Glass, or Wood (ANY articles made of pottery, glass, or wood may not be carried on board flights departing from Mexico) Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Printer and Toner Cartridges
(16 oz or greater, to/from Canada)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Internal Combustion Engines (Outboard motors, chainsaws, generators, gas powered weed eaters) Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (Purchased Beyond the Security Checkpoints) OK to Pack OK to Pack
Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (3.4 oz. (100ml) or Less packed per TSA regulations) OK to Pack OK to Pack
Liquids, Gels, or Aerosols (More than 3.4 oz. (100ml) and/or not packed per TSA regulations) Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Alcohol (More than 3.4 oz.) Do Not Pack View Restrictions
Breast Milk (Mothers traveling with or without their child) OK to Pack OK to Pack
Camping/Outdoor Equipment
(containing camp stoves with the residue of flammable liquid, camp fuel cylinders, strike-anywhere matches, insect sprays, propane heaters, etc.)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Dry/Wet Ice View Restrictions View Restrictions
Explosives
(Fireworks, gunpowder, signal flares, sparklers, or other explosives)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Flammable Liquids or Solids
(Fuel, paints, lighter refills, strike anywhere matches, Sterno, self-heating meals such as MREs)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Household Items
(Drain cleaners, solvents, other caustic or corrosive solids or liquids)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Lithium Batteries (Checked bags may only contain batteries installed in electronic devices) OK to Pack Do Not Pack
View Restrictions
Matches/Lighters (One book of safety matches or one common lighter) OK to Pack Do Not Pack
Other Hazardous Materials
(Gasoline-powered tools, wet-cell batteries, radioactive materials, poisons, infectious substances)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Perishable/Trophy Items View Restrictions View Restrictions
Personal Air Purifiers
Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Pool Chemicals
(containing hazardous, oxidizing or reactive materials.)
Do Not Pack Do Not Pack
Pressurized Containers
(Avalanche airbag systems, butane fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, C02 cartridges, and self-inflating rafts)
View Restrictions View Restrictions
Sharp Objects
(Knives, cutting instruments - including carpet knives, box cutters, folding or retractable blades, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors with a cutting edge of more than four inches, pliers larger than seven inches)
Do Not Pack OK to Pack
Styrofoam Containers OK to Pack Do Not Pack
Weapons
(Firearms, ammunition, mace, tear-gas, or pepper spray)
Do Not Pack OK to Pack*

* Visit our Transporting Firearms page for restrictions and limitations on checking firearms, weapons and repellents.

Many of the items above are classified as Dangerous Goods by the U.S. Government and are prohibited from being placed in your baggage. Also prohibited are boxes marked as containing hazardous materials. If you are reusing a box - carefully look at all 6 sides and completely remove or cover up any indication of hazmat, such as "ORM-D" or a hazardous diamond. The shipment of unauthorized dangerous goods may result in criminal or civil penalties. For further information, contact Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 .

Alcohol

There is no restriction on the amount of alcohol you may pack in your checked luggage, provided it contains under 24% alcohol by volume (e.g. beer and wine). Alcohol greater than 24% up to and including 70% (140 proof) is allowed with the following restrictions:

  • Up to five liters of alcohol per package
  • Up to five liters of alcohol per person
  • Must be in retail packaging

Alcohol over 70% (140 proof) is prohibited.

Alcohol restrictions, such as prohibiting the possession of alcohol, vary from city to city in the state of Alaska. We recommend verifying the laws and regulations of each city in your travel itinerary. See the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board website for more information.

For international travel, please check each country's customs requirement for import and export.

Baggage Claim

Your checked baggage should be available to you at baggage claim within twenty (20) minutes of your flight's arrival. For more information, see our Baggage Service Guarantee.

Delayed or Damaged Baggage

Please report any irregularity concerning baggage to the Alaska Airlines Baggage Service Office at your arrival airport. All reports should be made in-person with the damaged baggage within 24 hours of arrival time. Failure to report baggage mishandling of any type will result in a denial of compensation.

Please note: it is important to retain copies of your ticket, baggage claim check, and any receipts you may have accumulated for expenses incurred relating to your claim.

Excess Valuation

Each ticketed passenger traveling on a U.S. domestic trip is covered to a maximum of $3,400 (USD) for loss to luggage or articles contained inside. For international travel covered under the Warsaw Convention, the baggage liability for delay, damage, or loss is approximately $9.07 (USD) per pound for checked baggage and $400 (USD) per passenger for unchecked baggage. For international itineraries where the Montreal Convention applies, the liability for the delay, damage or loss to checked and unchecked baggage is limited to 1,131 Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) per passenger. If the cost of replacing your luggage or packed belongings exceeds the maximum compensation amount, you may want to declare a higher value by purchasing "excess valuation." Excess valuation is simply an extension of liability in the event of loss or damage, up to a maximum of $5000 (USD). If you purchase excess valuation, you'll be asked to describe the contents of the bag. Excess valuation may be purchased for fragile items, but liability coverage extends to loss only (note exceptions below). Excess valuation is not the same thing as insurance. Insurance is not sold by Alaska Airlines for checked baggage.

For both domestic and international travel, the following items are not covered for loss or damage, and excess valuation cannot be purchased. Acceptance of these articles or any similar valuables is at your own risk. Pack them in a carry-on bag if possible. Note: Medication should always be in your carry-on bag.

  • Antiques, heirlooms
  • Antlers, game trophies, pelts
  • Art objects, sculptures
  • Binoculars, telescopes, optical devices including eyeglasses
  • Business contracts, documents
  • Cameras, video and photographic equipment, camcorders, audio equipment, film, camera equipment, photographs
  • Cash, currency
  • Computers and related equipment
  • Furs, including coats, gloves, and hats
  • Historical artifacts
  • Irreplaceable books, publications, collectibles such as baseball cards
  • Jewelry, watches
  • Keys
  • Medication
  • Negotiable papers
  • Original manuscripts
  • Personal electronic devices such as compact disks and video game cartridges
  • Precious metals, stones, or materials
  • Sales samples
  • Securities
  • Silverware

Fragile Packages

If you pack fragile items, advise the Customer Service Agent when you check in so the bag can be properly labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Items packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage. An exception is made for items in the original manufacturer's shipping container and packaging, but only if the original manufacturer's seal has not been broken.

Lithium Batteries and Electronic Devices

Ensure all electronic devices placed in checked and carry-on bags (e.g. laptops, cameras, and portable games) are turned off and protected from accidental activation.

Spare lithium batteries of any type may not be placed in checked baggage because the potential for fire hazard. Customers may carry spare lithium batteries for devices such as laptops, cell phones and cameras, but they must be packed in their carry-on baggage with the terminals covered/insulated to prevent short-circuiting. Original retail packaging is sufficient, or if not in original packaging, the terminals should be covered with non-conductive tape. Customers may check bags that contain lithium batteries only if they are installed in the electronic devices. Damaged batteries will not be accepted for transport. For important details regarding the safe transportation of batteries/battery-powered devices while flying, please visit http://safetravel.dot.gov/.

Items marked with a green "OK to Pack" are OK to pack as noted.

Items marked with a red "Do Not Pack" are prohibited from your carry-on and/or checked baggage.

Type Of Battery Carryon Baggage Checked Baggage
Installed in Equipment Spares Installed in Equipment Spares
Lithium Ion (Small¹) OK to Pack OK to Pack OK to Pack Do Not Pack
Lithium Ion (Medium²) OK to Pack OK to Pack OK to Pack Do Not Pack
Lithium Metal³ OK to Pack OK to Pack OK to Pack Do Not Pack

¹ 8 grams or less equivalent lithium content per battery. Rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO as used in small consumer electronics, such as cell phones, cameras, PDAs, and most laptops
²More than 8 grams but not more than 25 grams equivalent. Typically extended life batteries.
³ 2 grams or less lithium per battery. As used in small consumer electronics, such as cameras, LED flashlights, etc.

Dry/Wet/Gel Ice

Dry ice may be placed in carry-on and checked baggage provided the following limitations are met: Each customer is limited to 5.5 pounds total of dry ice. The packaging must allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas. The package must be marked with the net weight of the dry ice or the statement that the net weight of dry ice is 5.5 pounds or less. The name of the contents being cooled, along with the words "Dry Ice" or "Carbon Dioxide, Solid" are written on the outside of the package.

Dry ice in checked baggage will only be accepted on Alaska Airlines flights 001-999, flights 2000-2999, and flights 3440-3499.

Wet Ice is prohibited in checked baggage. Wet ice may be used in carry-on baggage to maintain human organs, tissue samples, etc. The ice must be sealed in a heavy grade plastic bag which is then sealed in another plastic bag to prevent leakage. It must be transported in a leakproof container (a cooler is recommended)

Gel Ice is the preferred cooling medium, and there is no limit on the volume, up to our standard size and weight allowances in checked luggage. In carry-on luggage, gel containers are limited to 3 oz. per container inside a quart size zip-top plastic bag, unless being used to cool disability or medically related items.

Pressurized Containers

Pressurized containers such as butane fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, CO2 cartridges, self inflating rafts, and avalanche rescue packs containing gas cylinders are prohibited from both checked and carry-on baggage.

Exception: Two cartridges may be fitted inside an inflatable life jacket/float coat along with two spare cartridges. In addition, spare cylinders of a similar size for a mechanical limb are permitted in sufficient quantities for the duration of the trip.

Perishable and Trophy Items

Special Government Regulations:

The Federal Lacey Act requires labeling on all seafood or game shipped across state lines. We stock labels at our ticket counters which must be completed with your name and address, the commodity as fish or wildlife, the specific species, and the weight of each container.

The State of Alaska requires special labeling for the following items leaving the state:

  • Unmounted antlers and horns
  • Raw capes from big game
  • Bear hide

This requirement may be met by completing and attaching a "Big Game Trophy Export" tag (obtained from the State of Alaska, Fish & Game, Wildlife Division) or by marking the outside of the container with the information.

It is your responsibility to properly package all perishable items and these items are checked at your own risk for spoilage. We recommend that you package raw meat and seafood so it is able to withstand a minimum of 48 hours in transit without refrigeration.

Fish and raw game meat may be accepted as baggage only if packaged in a leak-proof container (Styrofoam not accepted). Gel ice is recommended, but up to 5.5 pounds of dry ice is allowed per customer. Items containing dry ice must be declared at check-in and labeled on the package. Wet ice is not allowed. Freeze or chill meat and seafood thoroughly before packaging for optimal final destination temperature.

Live and Fresh Fish and Seafood is acceptable as checked baggage provided all packaging and labeling requirements are met by the customer. Customers also have the option of pre-booking live fish and seafood as pets traveling in the baggage compartment; however, they would be assessed the higher fare and the shipment would have limited liability due to the perishable nature of the goods.

Antlers and horns are only accepted as checked baggage if they are properly packaged and meet normal size and weight restrictions.

  • Antlers must be in a hard-sided container (e.g., box or crate).
  • Antler tips must be padded to prevent punctures.
  • Antlers must be free of raw meat, blood, or noticeable odors.
  • Linear dimensions must not exceed 120 inches (305cms). Any animal rack/antler that exceeds 120 linear inches cannot be accepted.
  • Maximum allowable dimensions are 38 inches deep by 34 inches wide and 70 inches length/height.

Items that are oversized or overweight must be shipped via Air Cargo. Please keep in mind this will require additional time as the Air Cargo offices may not be near the departure terminal in some cities.

For additional information, contact our Air Cargo office at 1-800-225-2752 .

Because space can be limited, we can't always get the antlers on the same plane with you. If we don't, we'll hold them at your destination for you to pick up when you can or you can have them delivered for a charge.

Sporting Equipment

Alaska Airlines will accept sporting equipment as checked baggage provided each piece is properly packed in a soft or hard sided case designed specifically for the sporting equipment piece. Standard checked baggage/overweight/oversize charges apply. Refer to our Sporting Equipment page for additional information.

Pepper Spray/Animal Repellents

Chemical repellents can be carried in checked luggage if the volume is less than 4 ounces and has less than a 2% active ingredient. Most bear repellent exceed these limitations. We suggest buying such items at your destination and leaving them behind upon return.

Pepper spray may be transported in checked baggage if it is less than 4 ounce and a cap, case or other mechanism is in place to prevent accidental discharge.