Alaska Air Adds 18 Cities to “Wine Flies Free” Program

Alaska Air Adds 18 Cities to “Wine Flies Free” Program

Alaska Airlines originally launched the “Wine Flies Free” program in Sonoma over 10 years ago, expanded it to include airports in Washington, Oregon & Idaho.

But the original cities did not include some of the most popular wine vacation airports. If you flew into San Francisco or Oakland to go wine tasting in Napa or Sonoma, you were out of luck. The expansion fixes that 13 of 18 of the new airports are in California, the other 5 in Washington state.

It should encourage you to try some lesser known, but equally exciting wine regions.

Seattle has a thriving urban wine scene & Woodinville has many wineries that source from the eastern part of the state. In the Livermore, Bay Area Santa Cruz & Gilroy all boast quality wines that are a shorter drive than Napa and much cheaper to boot.

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

  • You must have a Mileage Plan account with Alaska and have the number on your reservation.
  • The wine must be appropriately packed for travel in a styrofoam or cardboard packing case. I haven’t tried it, but I’m guessing you can’t get away with telling the agent you have bottles of wine in your suitcase. Most wineries can provide or sell you a wine shipper.
  • Don’t steal the Box. It will need to be inspected. And Alaska Airlines will seal it for you.
  • Let the agent know you’re checking wine to make sure the fee is waived.

Key points:

  • The free case of wine is only departing the participating cities.
  • If you want to bring your own wine shipper, like wine check, and are departing from any airport other than the 29 eligible airports, normal checked bag fees will apply. This is why it’s handy to have elite status or the Alaska Airlines credit card.
  • Only valid on domestic flights.
  • Only one free case of up to 12 bottles per person.

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