Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, have rolled out some new baggage policies that promise to make travels with them a bit less stressful and a little less expensive depending on how many bags you check. Passengers who fly either airline on a ticket booked on or after May 1 will pay a flat $20 fee for each of the first three bags checked. That means if you check one bag, youll pay $5 more than you would have before; if you check two bags, youll be paying the same amount; and if you check three bags, youll be paying $30 less than your untimely fellow passengers who may have booked their flights prior to May 1. Additionally, checking bags four through 10 will now cost you $50 per bag, as compared to the $100 it used to cost.
These price changes, however, are hardly the highlight of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Airs new baggage policies. The airlines have also one-upped their old baggage service guarantee implemented last year. Now, instead of guaranteeing that you will receive your baggage within 25 minutes of your plane parking at the gate, theyre promising 20 minutes. But dont expect the same $25 credit for your next flight or 2,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan bonus miles that you used you get when your bag was late now youll get a $20 credit or 2,000 miles. But we deem it only fair that if youre waiting 5 minutes less, youre compensated $5 (or 500 miles) less.
Best case scenario for Savvy Flyers with this new policy? If youre not in a rush to leave the airport, cross your fingers and hope that it takes your bags 21 minutes to show up that way, once you get your credit, itll be like you didnt pay for your baggage to be checked at all.