Before Your Trip

Everyday Travel Tips

Know Your Confirmation Code

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.

Check the Status of Your Flight

Know When to Arrive at the Airport and Gate

Travelers 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 on your airport.

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

Select a Check-In Option

Alaska Airines offers the following check-in options:

  • Web Check-In: Check in anywhere from 1 to 24 hours before your flight.
  • Mobile Check-In: Check in from your mobile device 1 to 24 hours before your flight.
  • Check-In Kiosk: Check in at one of our airport kiosks, available on the calendar day of departure.
  • Ticket Counter: Check in with an airport Customer Service Agent until the check-in cut-off time.

Present Proper Travel Documents

Domestic Travel: Alaska Airlines requires each customer 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: Customers traveling 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 on Alaska Airlines. View the Children Traveling Alone page for more information.

Infants and Children: Alaska Airlines reserves 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 flights operated by Alaska Airlines. If your travel includes one of our airline partners, you may be subject to additional checked baggage restrictions or charges. Please check with the operating carrier 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 our Carry-On Baggage Rules page for more information regarding carry-on baggage exceptions, prohibited items, and ala 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.

Keep Valuables in Your Carry-On Baggage

Customers should carry prescription medications, passports, cash, jewelry, cameras, business papers, film and other valuables in carry-on luggage to keep control of these items. View our checked baggage policy for a list of items not covered for loss or damage in your checked baggage.

Label All Baggage

Travelers should provide a clearly printed baggage tag on the outside and inside of each piece of luggage. Tags should include name, address, permanent phone number and a phone number at the destination. Tags for the outside of your bags are available at the airport ticket counter. Download a baggage ID tag for placement inside your luggage.

Be Prepared For Security Procedures

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has specific rules for carrying liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, in addition to procedures related to electronics. Become familiar with all their procedures, as well as prohibited items, by checking the TSA website at www.travel.state.gov.

Take the Express Line

MVP® Gold and Gold 75K Mileage Plan™ members, American AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum members, and Delta SkyMiles Medallion (Gold, Platinum & Diamond) members, and customers traveling in First Class can use Security Express Lines in various airports. In addition, security express lines are also available for customers traveling on our shuttle flights between Seattle and Portland, or Seattle and Spokane.

Holiday Travel

Review our Holiday Travel page for additional travel tips for stress-free travel during the holidays.