UPDATE: Sports equipment now flies for $30 on Alaska Airlines

UPDATE 10/18/18: For tickets purchased on or after December 5, 2018, the first bag fee is $30. This includes exempt sports equipment.

ORIGINAL POST 7/19/17: Alaska Airlines has been busy behind the scenes looking for ways to make the travel experience as seamless as possible for our guests. And knowing that adventures are even more fun with the right gear, we’re reducing the charge for most sporting equipment starting today.

Yep, that’s right – starting July 19, most sporting equipment that may exceed our normal checked baggage weight and dimensions flies for only $25. This is a big win for sports enthusiasts and sports teams who can now take their gear along as one of their two checked bags for a fee of only $25. In the past, many of these items have carried a fee of $75. (See below for a whole list of items that now travel for just $25.)

Additionally, as an added benefit for our MVP Gold 75K, MVP Gold, MVP, First Class, and Club 49 guests—sporting equipment that was previously charged as oversized/overweight now counts towards their free checked baggage allowance. The same applies for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card free checked bag.  Excess baggage charges may apply for items that exceed the free checked baggage allowance.

Alaska Airlines is happy to accommodate our guests traveling with sports equipment. We accept sports equipment items as checked baggage, provided each piece is properly packed in a soft- or hard-sided case designed specifically for the equipment.  Overweight fees will still apply if the packed sporting goods cases contain other items that make a case too heavy.

The new lower fee also applies to Horizon Air and SkyWest-operated flights and will be added to Virgin America at a later date.

Sporting equipment allowed on Alaska Airlines for $25 includes:

  • Archery
  • Bicycles
  • Boogie boards
  • Bowling
  • Golf Clubs
  • Skis/Snowboard
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Hockey/Lacrosse Equipment
  • Pole Vaults
  • Scuba Equipment
  • Skateboards
  • Surfboards/Paddleboards
  • Windsurfing Equipment

81 Comments on “UPDATE: Sports equipment now flies for $30 on Alaska Airlines

  1. Going to Hawaii for an Ironman event, What are the allowable dimension & weight of bike case (fee is $30?)? Also any restrictions on scuba gear (no tank)?

    • We accept bike cases that do not exceed 100 pounds or 115 linear inches. If there are items packed in the case with the bike (including but not limited to: clothing, gifts, etc.) then it may be subject to the oversize baggage fee. Best of luck on the Ironman!

  2. What about kiteboarding gear? does it count as windsurfing gear? It is a lot more common than windsurfing nowadays.

    • Hi Jean-Marc. Kiteboards aren’t called out specifically in our current sports equipment policy, but I’ve passed along your feedback. If you have an upcoming trip, Reservations can help you figure out the size limitations and fees. They can be reached at 1-800-252-7522.

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