Travel Tips by Alaska Airlines

Travel tips

Get mobile

Person checking in on phone app

Our mobile app makes travel even easier, with all the information you need at your fingertips.

  • Book your flight
  • Check in early
  • Check your flight status
  • Receive status alerts
  • Organize your trips
Learn more about our mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones.

How about a hassle-free flight?

At Alaska Airlines, we want your trip to be as fun and easy as possible, from packing your bag through your return home.

Here are a few expert travel tips for getting there and back again without any hiccups, taking the stress out of your adventure.

Before you leave home:

Save time at the airport by taking these simple steps before you leave home:

Know the baggage rules before you pack.

Help us safely get you and all of your belongings to your destination.

  • Label all luggage – make sure your name and contact information are clearly printed both inside and outside. Download an ID tag for the inside of your bag.
  • Keep your valuables (medication, cash, jewelry, etc) in your carry-on baggage.
  • Leave gifts unwrapped – all items are subject to security inspection.
  • Put items that must be separately screened at security at the top of your bag for easy access.
  • Review our carry-on baggage rules
  • Review our checked baggage rules

Be sure you have proper travel documents.

Don't let an expired driver's license interrupt your travel plans. By understanding what travel documents you will need to present before you get to the airport - you'll save time in line, and ensure a smooth start to your trip.

View the travel document requirements for:

Check in for your flight up to 24 hours early.

Check in from home - or wherever you are, using online check-in or our mobile app.

Check the status of your flight.

Track your flight or set up an alert, so you'll always have the most up to date flight and gate information.

At the airport:

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.

Give yourself plenty of time.

Plan to 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.

Be at your boarding gate and ready to board at least 30 minutes before departure. View more information regarding check-in & boarding cut-off times.

Be prepared for security procedures.

The Transportation Security Administration 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 their website at