Alaska Airlines Increases Their Check in Time

Alaska Airlines is tightening their check in window.  At most domestic airports the check in time will change from 30 to 40 minutes prior to departure regardless if a bag is checked or not.*    International flights will continue to require check-in 60 minutes prior to departure.  Many travelers take advantage of checking in 24 hours in advance either on-line or via the Alaska Air app and won’t be effected by the change.   Passengers who miss the cutoff will be offered a $25 same day seat on the next available flight. 

"Our previous policy sent a mixed message by having different cutoff times, depending on the airport and whether a customer is checking bags," said Jeff Butler, Alaska Airlines' vice president of customer service – airports and cargo. "The new policy will make check-in times the same for everyone, making it easier for passengers to remember the cutoff, regardless of how they are checking in and whether they're checking a bag. A consistent cut-off time should make things easier for customers and employees alike."


*Stellar Travel and the TSA recommend arrival at the airport at least 1 hour in advance to get through the security check point, make your way to the gate and board your flight.