Alaska Airlines Joins the Competition, Increases Checked Bag Fees

Oct 19, 2018

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Alaska is joining its competition in raising the cost of checked bags. The carrier announced on Thursday that it’ll charge passengers more for checked baggage for tickets purchased on or after Dec. 5, 2018.

Effective that date, Alaska will charge $30 for the first checked bag and $40 for the second. In addition, Alaska’s increasing the fee if you want to check even more bags. For a third checked bag, passengers will soon have to pay $100 as opposed to the old rate of $75, though that $100 fee is lower than the $150 charged by American, United and Delta for a third bag.

Not only will you have to pay more to check more, but if your bag(s) are overweight, expect to fork over some more cash, too. As of Dec. 5, the fee for overweight bags is increasing from $75 to $100.

The move from Alaska is a delayed one, considering it’s the last large domestic carrier to announce an increase in baggage fees. In August, JetBlue took the lead in increasing its checked baggage fees. Delta, American and United weren’t far behind — all increasing the amount it’ll cost passengers to check a bag.

Keep in mind that if you have Alaska Airlines status or if you’re a cardholder of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card, you may be able to get around these increases. The Alaska Visa Signature card allows you to check one bag for free, along with a free checked bag for up to six travel companions booked on the same reservation. The card currently comes with a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days of account opening.

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