Upfront disclaimer: Alaska Airlines is my hometown airline and the go-to airline for my personal travel.
Alaska Air is frequently on the leading edge of incorporating technology into their systems and services. The latest new idea: Tag your bag at home.
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.
Between now and October 20, Alaska Airlines is offering a bonus of 1,000 Mileage Plan miles for each web check-in that includes one or more self-tagged bags (up to a total of 5,000 bonus miles per account). Standard baggage fees still apply (so non-elite members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan still pay to check bags and elite members or first-class passengers have the checked-bag fee waived). The last time I was at Sea-Tac, I was given a couple (free) reusable bag tag holders and I’m looking forward to getting my mileage bonus over my next couple trips.
Alaska received some well deserved positive press for its 20-minute bag-delivery guarantee. The self-tag option is a nice complement to that initiative and burnishes Alaska’s status as a small airline with big ideas.