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Travel Tips by Alaska Airlines

How About a Hassle Free Flight?

At Alaska we want to make your trip as fun and easy as possible, right from when you first pack your bag, all the way to that glorious moment of returning home.

We are travel experts, let us offer you a few tips for getting on your way and back again without any hiccups. When you travel with these simple tips in mind, you’ll take the stress out of your adventure.

Know Your Confirmation Code

Person checking in on phone app

Quick access to your Confirmation Code or e-ticket number will save time when you need to view or change your reservation online, over the phone, or at an airport ticket counter.

When to Arrive at the Airport

You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before a domestic departure and three hours before an international flight. View the When to Arrive page for specific information about your airport.

To accommodate all travelers on a flight, you must be checked in and available to board at your gate at least 30 minutes before your posted departure. Failure to meet these requirements may cause the cancellation of reserved seats and/or your entire reservation. View more information regarding Check-In & Boarding Cut-off Times.

Present Proper Travel Documents

Domestic Travel: At Alaska, we require each traveler over 18 years of age to present valid identification at the ticket counter with a Customer Service Agent and/or at the Security Checkpoint. Children under the age of 18 do not need photo ID while traveling domestically. See our Domestic Travel page for more information.

International Travel: All travelers flying internationally are required to have a valid passport. View our International Travel page for further details.

Unaccompanied Minors: A Guardian Contact Form must be completed and submitted at check-in when children are traveling alone. View the Children Traveling Alone page for more information.

Infants and Children: At Alaska we reserve the right to require proof of age for any child traveler before permitting travel. Please be prepared to provide documentation (birth certificate, passport, etc.) upon request. View our Traveling with Infants & Children page for more information.

Pets: All pets crossing state borders, with the exception of guide dogs, are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of travel. View our Traveling with Pets page for more information.

Know the Baggage Rules

Our baggage rules and fees apply only when traveling on our flights. If your trip includes one of our airline partners, you may be subject to additional checked baggage restrictions or charges. Please check with the airline you’re flying on for more information regarding their baggage policies.

Carry-on Baggage: Each traveler is allowed one carry-on bag, which can measure up to 10" H x 17" W x 24" L (25 x 43 x 61 cm) including wheels and handles, plus one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer. View Carry-On Baggage Rules page for more information regarding carry-on baggage exceptions, prohibited items, and A la cart service.

Checked Baggage: Each bag must weigh 50 pounds or less and have a maximum dimension of 62 linear inches (length + height + width) to avoid additional charges. View our Checked Baggage page for more information regarding checked baggage fees, waivers, oversize or overweight rules, prohibited items, sporting equipment, and more.

Wrap Gifts after You Arrive

Do not wrap your gifts and packages when you’re carrying them on board. All items carried on board are subject to inspection and may be unwrapped at the security checkpoint.

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