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

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 the posted departure of your flight. Failure to meet these requirements may cause the cancellation of reserved seats and/or your entire reservation. View more information regarding check-in and boarding cut-off times.

Select a check-in option

Alaska Airlines offers the following check-in options:

  • Online check-in: Check in anywhere from 1 to 24 hours before your flight.
  • Mobile check-in: Check in at or with one of our mobile apps from your phone or tablet between 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: 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: 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 and children page for more information.

Pets: All pets crossing state borders, with the exception of guide dogs, are required by the US 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 our carry-on baggage rules page for more information regarding carry-on baggage exceptions, prohibited items, and planeside 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

Please 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

To be safe, it’s best that you use a clearly printed baggage tag on both the outside and inside of each piece of your luggage. The tags should include your name, address, permanent phone number, and a phone number at your destination. Tags for the outside of your bags are available at the airport ticket counter. Download a baggage ID tag to use 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 "This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines.".

Use the express line

MVP® Gold and Gold 75K Mileage Plan™ members, American AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum members, and Delta SkyMiles Medallion (Gold, Platinum and 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.