When it comes to checking bags, there’s not an airline that’s better than Alaska. They have a 20 minute checked baggage guarantee, making them the single most efficient airline I’ve flown when it comes to checked bags.
Alaska is continuing to innovate checked bags, and is now letting you tag your own checked bags at home… and they’ll even give you bonus miles for trying it out!
Here’s how they describe the process:
We’ve taken a whole step out of your check-in process by giving you the option to tag your own bag before you get to the airport and drop it off with one of our Customer Service Agents at a Bag Drop location.
It’s simple, just check in online at alaskaair.com, print out your bag tag(s) at home before you leave for the airport, then attach it to your bag and leave it with us at the Self-Tag Express bag drop area in the ticketing lobby. We even have reusable bag tag holder for you to use. You can have some mailed to you ahead of time, or just pick them up at the airport.
Here’s a list of cities which are eligible for self-tag bagging so far.
To give Mileage Plan members a further incentive to tag their bags at home, Alaska is offering 1,000 bonus miles each time you pre-tag at least one bag at home.
The basic terms of the promotion are as follows:
- Valid for travel between April 20 and October 20, 2015
- Valid for flights marketed by Alaska Airlines and operated by Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, SkyWest, or PenAir
- You can earn a maximum of 5,000 bonus miles per Mileage Plan account through this promotion (in other words, for tagging your bag up to five times)
- You must credit your flight to Alaska’s Mileage Plan program to be eligible for the promotion
- Bonus miles should post within five days of the qualifying flight
This is an awesome promotion, especially if you’re a Mileage Plan elite member and get free checked bags. You now have an incentive to check a bag, given that you’ll get 1,000 bonus miles per one-way trip (up to the 5,000 mile limit).
Would you check a bag (unnecessarily) for 1,000 bonus miles if you knew it would arrive within 20 minutes?
(Tip of the hat to Travel Codex)