Before Your Trip

Tips for Hassle-Free Summer Travel

Check Your Sunscreen

Check the container sizes for any liquids, gels, or aerosols that you're planning to bring along on your trip. Remember the 3-1-1 for Carryon. 3 oz or smaller containers of liquid or gel | 1 quart-size zip top baggie | 1 bag per traveler. If your containers are larger than 3 ounces (100mL) then pack them carefully into your checked luggage so you don't risk having to leave them behind.

Check In Before You Arrive at the Airport

Use Web Check-In from 1 to 24 hours before your flight and print your boarding pass in advance. You can add passport information, change your seat assignment, upgrade to First Class, and print a receipt for your flight.

You can also opt for Mobile Check-In or download one of our Mobile Apps and check in from your mobile device.

Check the Status of Your Flight

Plan for Extra Transportation Time to the Airport

Airport drives and parking lots can become very congested during the busy summer travel period. Please allow extra time getting to and from the airport.

Travelers are encouraged to take a shuttle to the airport or park at a satellite parking lot nearby. Travelers should allow extra time for parking during the busy summer travel period, as lots may be full.

Seattle area customers can earn Mileage Plan™ Bonus Miles when parking at MasterPark.

Plan Extra Time For Baggage Check and Security Procedures

The ticket counters and security lines are very busy during the summer travel season. Plan to arrive extra early and give yourself some breathing room to relax, rather than worry that you won't make it through the line in time.

Made it through security with lots of time to spare? Purchase a Board Room membership or One-Day pass and wait for your flight in comfort - with complimentary drinks and snacks.

Plan For Your Pet Travel

The number of pets allowed per flight is limited. Reserve space for your pet, either in the cabin or in the hold as soon as you purchase your tickets. Additionally, pet travel may be restricted on all Alaska Airlines flights during extreme weather. Please visit our Traveling with Pets page for detailed information.

Travel Hassle-Free Every Day

In addition to the above tips, be sure to review our Everyday Travel Tips to help make flying a more enjoyable experience during the holidays and any time of year.