Alaska Airlines Baggage Policy: Carry-On, Checked, First Class, Military, and More

Learn all about Alaska Airlines' baggage policies for carry-ons, checked bags, and special items such as firearms and credit card benefits.

Carry-On Baggage

Alaska Airlines allows passengers to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag, onboard. The carry-on bag size limit is 22” x 14” x 9”, including wheels and handles[1]. At least one of the items should be stowed under the seat in front of you, and you must be able to lift your own bag into the overhead bin[1].

First Class Baggage Policy

First Class passengers on Alaska Airlines are allowed two free checked bags and one carry-on bag, plus one personal item[2]. First Class passengers also enjoy expedited check-in, priority boarding, and express security screening at select airports[3].

Military Baggage Policy

Active-duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents with travel orders can check up to five bags for free on Alaska Airlines[4][5]. Military personnel traveling in uniform and ticketed to fly on an Alaska flight departing within 3 hours can also access the airline’s lounges for free[4].

International Baggage Policy

For international flights, Alaska Airlines’ checked baggage fees and policies apply[6]. When making international connections, you may need to claim and re-check your baggage, and additional baggage fees may apply[6]. It is essential to obtain all necessary permits for any firearm checked between the United States, Canada, and Mexico[7].

Baggage Weight Policy

Checked baggage on Alaska Airlines must weigh 50 pounds or less and have a maximum dimension of 62 linear inches (length + height + width) to avoid additional charges[8]. Overweight baggage is considered any bag weighing between 50 and 100 pounds, and bags weighing more than 100 pounds are not permitted[8].

Carry-On Liquids

Alaska Airlines follows the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for carry-on liquids, which allows passengers to carry one quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item[9].

Firearms Baggage Policy

Firearms can only be transported as checked baggage and must be unloaded and carried in a locked, hard-sided container[7][10]. Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage but can be transported in checked baggage within weight allotments[7]. Customers checking in or connecting to Alaska Airlines flights 3300-3499 are limited to 11 lbs. of ammunition[7]. It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain all necessary permits for any firearm checked between the United States, Canada, and Mexico[7].

Credit Card Baggage Policy

Eligible Alaska Airlines Visa cardholders and up to 6 guests traveling on the same reservation may check one bag free of charge on qualifying reservations if the airfare is purchased with the card[11]. This benefit also applies to Alaska Airlines Visa Business cardholders[11].

Checked Baggage Policy

Alaska Airlines’ checked baggage fees are as follows: $40 for the first bag, $40 for the second, and $100 each for any additional bags[12]. These prices apply to bags weighing up to 50 lbs and measuring 62” (length + width + height) or less[8]. Excess baggage fees are $75 for the third checked bag and every checked bag thereafter[8]. Overweight baggage fees are charged instead of standard, excess, or oversized baggage fees[8]. If you need further clarification, contact Alaska Airlines’ support.

Citations:
[1] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/carry-on-luggage
[2] https://www.going.com/guides/alaska-airlines-first-class
[3] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/flight-experience/first-class
[4] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/about-us/social-responsibility/salute-to-service
[5] https://www.military.com/discounts/alaska-airlines-military-discount
[6] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/checked-bags
[7] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/baggage/special-baggage/transporting-firearms
[8] https://www.lugless.com/airline-baggage-fees/alaska-airlines-baggage-fees/
[9] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/fly-alaska/travel-tips
[10] https://www.airline-baggage-fees.com/flying-with-guns-firearms-on-alaska-airlines/
[11] https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/use-miles/deals/visa-bag-free/faq-visa-bag-free
[12] https://financebuzz.com/alaska-airlines-baggage-fees

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