Checked baggage

Travel may be solely on Alaska Airlines but can still be subject to another airline's bag charges. Refer to your travel confirmation to determine which airline's baggage policy applies. When Alaska Airlines baggage policy applies, the following rules and fees are in effect:

Travel that includes Alaska Airlines flights 5000-5499 (operated by Qantas), is subject to different baggage fees and rules. Learn more

Our baggage fees have recently changed: If you purchased or last changed your ticket prior to December 5, 2018, Your baggage fees may be different. Learn more

Fees for checked baggage can be paid during online check-in, at a check-in kiosk, or at any of our airport ticket counters.

Checked baggage fees table
Standard bag fees First bag Second bag Third + additional bags *restrictions apply
for bags that weigh up to 50 lbs and have a maximum dimension of 62" (linear). $30 $40 $100 each

*During peak travel periods, we may limit the number of bags that can be checked per passenger.

Certain items, such as strollers, car seats, and mobility aids are  exempt from baggage charges.

Baggage fee waivers apply for select guests, including Alaska Airlines credit card holders, Elite level Mileage Plan members, and US military personnel.

Any baggage (including baggage checked free of charge) which exceeds the size or weight allowance, is subject to the additional fees outlined below. Exception: Sporting equipment.

Oversized or overweight baggage fee table
Oversize or overweight baggage Bags that weigh
51-100 lbs
Bags with linear dimension
of 63-115" (linear)
If a checked bag falls into more than one fee category (piece number, oversize, overweight), only the higher, single fee is charged. $100 $100

No single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 100 pounds and/or exceed 115" (linear). Contact Alaska Air Cargo at 1-800-225-2752 for assistance with any items that exceed the checked baggage limitation. Exception: Musical instruments.

Please refer to our Batteries and Electronics page for information about Smart bags, Self-Propelled bags, eBags, and bags that can charge electronic devices.

Getting your bags to the airport

We will accept your checked bags at the airport from 4 hours before your flight time until approximately 1 hour before your flight time. View the ticket counter hours and specific Check-in cut-off time for your airport. Please keep in mind that we are unable to accept your baggage outside of these times.

Please Note: Due to restrictions for US Customs pre-clearance, Vancouver (YVR) can only accept bags three hours prior to departure. Calgary (YYC) can only accept bags two hours prior to departure.

Travel that includes multiple flights

If your trip includes more than one flight on Alaska Airlines and/or one of our airline partners, we will check your bags to the final destination on your ticket as long as there are fewer than 12 hours between flights.

If you will be in the connecting city for 12 hours or longer, you will need to claim and re-check your baggage. Additional baggage fees may apply.

Travel that includes multiple airlines or tickets

If your travel includes multiple tickets, and/or travel on more than one airline, your baggage fees and rules may be determined by the other airline. Please check your ticket, or call Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 to help determine which airline rules and fees apply to your journey.

When making international connections on a separate ticket to other airlines within twelve (12) hours of arriving in the connection city, you may follow the baggage allowance and weight restrictions of the international airline - provided a ticketing and baggage agreement is in place between Alaska Airlines and the other carrier.

how to measure bags

Measuring bags

Measure the distance from the floor to the highest point on the top of the bag (typically the handle.) Then, measure the width of the bag from side-to-side when looking at it from the front. Last, measure the thickness of the bag when looking at it from the side. The sum of these equals the total linear inches.

Place an identification tag inside your bag.

In the rare event that your carry-on bag is misplaced, this free downloadable tag will make the identification and return process quicker. Simply complete the form and place it inside your bag.

Download a baggage ID tag. (PDF File is 343K)