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Alaska airlines, what is the recent experience?

 
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Speedo

Since 07 May 2007
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PostMon Feb 18, 19 12:27 pm    Alaska airlines, what is the recent experience? Reply with quote

I'm heading to Maui in a couple weeks and flying alaska airlines. Wondering about how stringent bag policy enforcement is.

1) I was wondering what to be mindful when packing. How important is it to avoid being overweight?
2) Also, paid for the insurance ($44 which include bag protection)- > but I usually hate to pay for that- any recommendations on the insurance for future reference?

Jan 2018, On Alaska, Flew to cabo for La Ventana and had enormous, oversize/overweight bags- no additional bag fees

This year Feb 2019- Down to Cabo. No fees- WAY overweight and WAY oversize (3 surfboard dakine coffin bag, one 4'10 surfboard, 4 kites, 2 bars, harness, wetsuits)

Back up to PDX- $75 for overweight.

I really shouldnt complain, but I would like to be educated on other's experience.

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Jonpnw

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PostMon Feb 18, 19 2:17 pm    Alaska Airlines Reply with quote

My wife and I flew PDX>Maui in November . Paid $25 each for oversized bags , 1 "golf" bag and 1 surfboard bag. We kept the weight right near or under 50lbs. Same experience with Alaska flying PDX>SJD in January.
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stuffnthings

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PostMon Feb 18, 19 4:34 pm     Reply with quote

Golf bag @ 48lbs PDX to SJD and back a few weeks ago and no charge either way. Tag it at the self serve kiosk, drop at baggage desk and go.
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daveS

Since 23 Jul 2007
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PostTue Feb 19, 19 6:22 pm     Reply with quote

oversize and overweight to Cabo 2 weeks ago. No charge either way. I always mention my Alaska Credit card and curb check in PDX

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Sella

Since 21 Apr 2007
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PostWed Feb 20, 19 11:40 pm     Reply with quote

Returned from Cabo today....$25 oversize each way. +50 Lbs. Counter.

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Marcus O

Since 30 May 2018
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PostFri Feb 22, 19 8:59 am     Reply with quote

No bad experiences here. I just got back from La Ventana and had a golf back packed full of all my gear -- board, 3 kites, 2 wetsuits, harness, etc. and only paid $25 each way. I was sure that thing weighed over 50lbs but it came in at 46lbs. From what I understand Alaska used to charge $75 but they dropped it to $25 for sports equipment. If it weighs over 50lbs then they'll charge $75.

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