Children traveling alone

We welcome child passengers and will gladly escort them to their final destination. Our unaccompanied minor service is available for those aged 5 through 17 years old, on both our domestic and international flights.

Fees & restrictions

Unaccompanied minor service fees can be paid during web check-in, at a check-in kiosk, or at any Alaska Airlines airport ticket counter.

Ages Restrictions Unaccompanied minor
service fees
5-7
  • Unaccompanied minor service required
  • No departures between 9pm and 5am
  • Nonstop/direct flights only
  • Gate escort and guardian contact required
$25 USD/CAD each way per child
8-12
  • Unaccompanied minor service required
  • No departures between 9pm and 5am
  • Gate escort and guardian contact required
  • Unless no other option is available, no connections to the last flight of the day, or layovers of more than 2 hours
$25 USD/CAD each way per child for nonstop or direct flights.

$50 USD/CAD each way per child for connecting flights.

13-17
  • Unaccompanied minor service optional

When using unaccompanied minor service:

  • No departures between 9pm and 5am
  • Gate escort and guardian contact required
  • Unless no other option is available, no connections to the last flight of the day, or layovers of more than 2 hours
$25 USD/CAD each way per child for nonstop or direct flights.

$50 USD/CAD each way per child for connecting flights.

To meet Mexican banking regulations, our Mexico stations do not accept cash in US dollars as payment for tickets and fees. Mexican Pesos or a credit/debit card continue to be accepted.

Unaccompanied minor service fees are waived for children who have attained MVP®, MVP® Gold, or Gold 75K Mileage Plan™ status.

Other airline policies, fees, and age limits may differ from Alaska Airlines. Some airlines may not allow children traveling alone to be booked in the same reservation with Alaska Airlines flights. If a child's itinerary includes non-Alaska Airlines flights, please check with that airline directly regarding their policies, fees, and age limits.

Our care of your child passenger

Once you've handed your child over to our care, he or she will remain under supervision at all times. We provide each child traveling alone with a unique piece of identification which they must wear at all times while in our care.

While under supervision, we expect your child passenger(s) to follow directions given by our agents and flight attendants.

Here are some things you should know:

  • We will not accept your child passenger(s) if weather or other factors are likely to interrupt the routing operation of their destination or connecting point flights.
  • In the event of an unplanned interruption in travel, the guardian will be required to give approval for rebooking.
  • In case your child passenger(s) becomes ill, every attempt will be made to contact at least one of the guardians.
  • In case the child passenger(s) becomes seriously ill, the appropriate medical personnel will be contacted.
  • Alaska Airlines will not control or administer the child passenger's personal medication.
  • Phone calls to a guardian will be allowed when on the ground and deemed appropriate by the supervising representative.

Allow extra time

To ensure your child is able to travel, please allow an additional 30 minutes to check in all children traveling alone.

All unaccompanied minor procedures (e.g. paperwork completed, fees paid, gate passes issued) must be completed in advance of our standard Check-in cut-off times.

Forms and checklists

Print these forms to ensure the smoothest process for your child passenger.

Embargoes

Children may not travel alone to or from Sun Valley, Idaho (SUN) between December 1, and April 1, annually.