Alaska Airlines Fees Review
Alaska consistently matches or beats competitors across the board. The $25 fee for a checked bag extends to the second bag (most others up the cost to $35 or more). The $125 fee for a flight change/cancellation, already on the low side, is waived 60 days or more before departure.
Alaska Airlines' fees for regular passengers are among the lowest across board. The airline took first place among traditional carriers in J.D. Power & Associates' 2015 North America Airline Satisfaction Study, with top marks in every category and the only 5 out of 5 rating for cost and fees.
For residents of its namesake state, Alaska Airlines has created a free program called Club 49, which offers members two free checked bags per flight, among other perks. The same benefit naturally accrues to first-class passengers and elite-level members of the airline's Mileage Plan program but also to frequent flyers with sufficient standing on American Airlines. Active-duty military personnel receive up to five bags free. For other passengers, Alaska charges $25 per bag for the first two checked bags on flights outside the state and $75 or additional bags.
Alaska has started charging extra for Preferred Plus seats, which include a drink, more legroom, and early boarding. The cost is $15 to $50 depending on the flight length. The airline charges $25 for a first checked bag, fairly standard, but only $75 for the third checked bag and beyond; the transcontinental legacy carriers charge $125 to $200.
Alaska Airlines' fee for changing or canceling a flight is $125 but is waived if the change is made at least 60 days prior to departure. This likewise compares favorably to other airlines' fees, which have reached up to $200. If you want to switch to another flight on the day you're traveling, a confirmed seat costs only $25, the lowest such fee among the airlines we researched that levy one. Alaska also stands out by charging $25 or $50 for an unaccompanied minor; most airlines in this report charge $100 or $150.
Compare Alaska with other airlines using the charts on pages 2 to 4 of our guide and visit the company's website for a full list of Alaska Airlines fees.