Bring a Stopwatch on all Your Alaska Airlines Flights… I Love It!

Gary from Free Frequent Flyer Miles writes about his experience taking Alaska up on their on-time guarantee for checked bags.

The Alaska Airlines offer of 2,000 miles or $20 if your luggage arrives over 20 minutes after the airplane door opens is a super deal. I snagged 4,000 miles on my recent trip between San Francisco and Spokane. I just timed it carefully, starting my timer the instant the door opened. Luggage arrived 21 and 23 minutes after that. A quick stop at the luggage office got me the certificate. No questions, no hassle. Amazingly, I was the only person from the two flights taking advantage of the offer, even there was a sign on each carousel advertising it.

I may need to start checking bags when flying Alaska.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I checked a bag on Alaska yesterday and it got to the carousel before I did….and I was in row 7!

  2. If I am earning AA miles for the flight, do I get 2000 AA miles, or do they only grant AS miles?

  3. Wish United has this policy too. Everytime I receive my baggage atleast 30 minutes after.

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