Special baggage

Some of the items you bring with you may require special attention or carry extra regulations.

Traveling with musical instruments

We know how important your musical instrument is to you, and we'll treat it with extra care. We have several options for you when traveling with your instrument.

Carry-on instruments

Small musical instruments may count as your one carry-on bag and may exceed the Standard carry-on dimensions, as long as they can be safely accommodated in a proper stowage compartment in the cabin of the aircraft.

Carry on your large instruments

If you'd prefer to have your large instrument travel with you in the cabin, you can purchase a seat for it. Please review our Cabin seat baggage information for details.

Checking your instrument

We're happy to accept musical instruments as checked baggage, provided each piece is packed in a case designed specifically for the equipment. If your travel includes multiple airlines, other restrictions may apply.

Each instrument is subject to the following checked-baggage service fees and overweight/oversize fees:

Musical instrument weight table
Musical instrument weight Fee per item
50 lbs. or less Standard checked baggage fees
51-165 lbs. $75 (USD)
Musical instrument bag dimensions table
Musical instrument
bag dimensions
Fee per item
Up to 62" (linear) Standard checked baggage fees
63-150" (linear)
Alaska Airlines flights 1-999 only
$75 (USD)
63-115" (linear)
Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999
and 3420-3499
$75 (USD)

On Alaska Airlines flight series 1-999 the maximum combined linear dimensions of a checked musical instrument may not exceed 150 inches (length + height + width). On Alaska Airlines flight series 2000-2999 and 3300-3499 the maximum combined linear dimensions may not exceed 115 inches (length + height + width).

Musical instruments as cabin seat baggage

how to measure bags

Measuring bags

Measure the distance from the floor to the highest point on the top of the bag (typically the handle.) Then, measure the width of the bag from side-to-side when looking at it from the front. Last, measure the thickness of the bag when looking at it from the side. The sum of these equals the total linear inches.