Alaska Airlines offers travel tips for US holiday

Seattle US-based carrier Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) said it is offering tips for passengers to help ensure their travel is as stress-free as possible during the holiday season starting this week.

According to the carrier, passengers can check in up to 24 hours before their flight using Alaska Airlines´ iPhone (NASDAQ: AAPL) app, Android (NASDAQ: GOOG) app or mobile site.

Passengers may also check in online at www.alaskaair.com. International passengers can enter passport information online. Alaska Airlines also provides self-serve kiosks at airports and many off-site locations, which allow customers to check in and pay baggage fees.

They should also allow extra time for parking, as lots may be full. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or a shuttle to the airport, or park at a nearby satellite lot.

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, travelers can take advantage of off-peak times at drop-off areas. When picking up passengers in the evening, meet them at the less congested “Departures” level.

Likewise, passengers traveling outbound in the busy morning hours will find less congestion by using the lower “Arrivals” level for drop-off and accessing the ticketing level via the elevators and escalators inside.

Passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic departures and three hours before international departures. Travelers (including those who are not checking bags) must be checked in at least 40 minutes prior to domestic departures.

(Exception: 45 minutes before departure in Atlanta, Newark, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Denver).

Customers traveling to an international destination must be checked in at least 60 minutes before departure. (Exception: 90 minutes before departure in Guadalajara, Mexico). Customers must be at the boarding gate no later than 30 minutes prior to departure to avoid cancellation of their itinerary.

Travellers should refer to their confirmation email to determine which bag fees and rules apply. For most travelers, a USD 25 baggage fee will apply for the first two checked bags. Additional bags and overweight or oversize items cost USD 75 each.

Alaska Airlines, together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through a network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

Find out more at www.alaskaair.com.

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