How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines

wff map How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska AirlinesAlaska Airlines has expanded our popular Wine Flies Free program to include wineries throughout the state of California.

That means Alaska Mileage Plan members departing from 29 airports in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California wine regions can check up to a case of wine – 12 bottles – for free!

Not a Mileage Plan member? Join for free.

Wondering how your Wine Flies Free from the West Coast? It’s easier than you think.

Here’s a step-by-step guide.

1. Buy your bottles

wine tasting How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines

Taste your way around a wine region in California, Washington, Oregon or Idaho until you’ve found a wine (or several) you enjoy enough to take home. Pro tip: Many wineries in Washington and Oregon offer free tastings when you show your Alaska Airlines boarding pass. Visit alaskaair.com to learn more.

2. Pack correctly – don’t seal the box yet

wine in box How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska AirlinesLet the winery know you’ll be checking your wine at the airport, and they’ll help you pack it safely for travel. This might include a foam-lined box, molded cardboard trays, or other protective packaging. Make sure the box is left unsealed for inspection.

3. Make sure your Mileage Plan number is in your flight reservation

wine mileage plan How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska AirlinesMake sure your Alaska Mileage Plan number is in your flight reservation before you head to the airport. You can check using the Alaska Airlines app, or by visiting alaskaair.com and selecting “Manage trip.”

4. Drop your wine with this friendly fellow

wine case check 2 How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska AirlinesWhen you get to the airport, go to the ticket counter and let an Alaska customer service agent know that you’re checking a case of wine. They will inspect the case, seal it and ensure that it is labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Pro tip: Don’t try to take your case of wine through the TSA security line. That’s way too much liquid.

5. Fly easy

wine onboard How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska AirlinesPat yourself on the back – celebrate on board by treating yourself to a full-pour glass of sauvignon blanc or the red blend from Washington’s Canoe Ridge Vineyard, a glass of La Marca Prosecco, or if you’re flying first class, a chardonnay or red blend from Browne Family Vineyards in Walla Walla.

6. Pick up your case, then enjoy!

wine glasses How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines

When you land, pick up your case and you’re on your way. Time to book your next wine trip on alaskaair.com.

27 Comments on “How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines

  1. Does this policy extend to Virgin America marketed flights?

  2. This is one of the great perks of my Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership for the past 30 years. It would also be great to be able to check a free case of local craft beer out of Bellingham!

  3. Does this service apply to American Airlines advantage members as well?

  4. Do the wines have to be local to the area which you have visited?

    • Good question, Lynne. It looks like the short answer is no.

      Here’s what I found on this site: https://abc.utah.gov/laws/law_faqs.html

      “Utah is a ‘control state,’ and only the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) may lawfully have liquor products imported and shipped into Utah. Private individuals may not lawfully import or transport them into the state.”

  5. So, I bring a case of wine to a participating airport as a Mileage Plan member and Alaska will check it through to my destination for free- even if my destination is in Connecticut (or another non-participating airport)? What if it’s a connecting flight? Do all the airlines on the reservation have to be Alaska or Horizon right now? (If one of the legs is booked on American I wouldn’t be able to do this even if the entire reservation was booked through Alaska and the first flight is on Alaska?)

    • It gets tricky when other airlines are involved.

      I asked our policy & procedure experts, and this is what they said:

      “The baggage rules and fees that are applied will depend on who sold the ticket, who is the marketing carrier, and a few other DOT regulations. The waiver will apply if Alaska’s baggage rules and fees apply. If another airline is involved and if their rules and fees apply, they are not required to honor the Wine Waiver. Although it is possible an agent could make an exception if the other airline’s rules and fees apply. The guest will need to look at their trip confirmation letter to determine which carrier’s rules and fees apply.”

  6. “The guest will need to look at their trip confirmation letter to determine which carrier’s rules and fees apply.”

    What in heaven’s name is a “Trip confirmation letter”?
    Johm Kelly

  7. What a great idea! Orfila vineyards (pictured in the article) is THE BEST wine and has by far the best service. I will be taking advantage of this with a couple cases of Orfila wines for sure!

  8. What a great idea! Orfila vineyards (pictured in the article; Hello to Tom and the amazing staff) is THE BEST wine and has by far the best service. I will be taking advantage of this with a couple cases of Orfila wines for sure!

  9. Please, please support the “Keep it Craft Beer” small, local beer breweries, and extend this offer for them too!
    ps I love Alaska Airlines!

  10. If I am a 75K and get to check 2 free bags already, do I also get to check a free case of wine as well?

    • Hi Carolyn, thanks for checking in. I asked our policy folks, and they say that benefits can’t be combined. So if a 75K checks two bags and a wine box, the applicable charge will apply for the third item. So you’ll have to pack lighter if you want to bring home a case of wine.

  11. Does the wine need to be in a box — could it also be packed in a wine suitcase designed specifically for packing wine ? Thanks

    • Hi Lori,

      Yes, it would be OK in a wine suitcase that is properly packaged, provided that the only thing in the suitcase is the wine. (If there are other items such as clothes, gifts, etc. in the suitcase with the wine, the standard baggage fee would apply – the same would be true if all of that was in a box.) Just the wine flies free.

      Enjoy your trip,
      Cole

    • If you are flying from one of those 29 West Coast cities to Hawaii, you can check a case of wine for free to Hawaii. It’s not free from Hawaii, though.

    • If it’s just the empty bag, you would likely be charged to check it. On the return flight, when the bag is holding wine, it would be free.

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