Wine Flies Free with Alaska Airlines on West Coast Flights

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If you are visiting the beautiful wine regions of the west coast, you might want to consider flying Alaska Airlines to get there. Through their Wine Flies Free program, the airline lets you check the bottles you purchase during your trip for free! Back in February, they expanded the program to a total of 29 cities in California, Oregon, Idaho & Washington. Here is how you can bring back your delicious wines at no extra cost.


Become a Mileage Plan Member

You must be a member of Alaska’s Mileage Plan program to check your wine for free. You can become a Mileage Plan member for free on Alaska’s website. This will also allow you to earn miles for flights on Alaska (Virgin America). You can even get elite status on Alaska flights after 20,000 miles flown.


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airports included in free wine checked flights


How it Works

After you join the Alaska Airlines Milage Plan program, add your Mileage Plan number to your flight reservation. You will then receive a $25 fee waiver to check one case of wine on an Alaska Airlines flight departing from one of the West Coast cities listed below. Note that this fee waiver will not work on Virgin America operated flights until May 2018, or to international destinations. You can bring wine home with you free of charge from the following vino-loving destinations:



  • Burbank
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey
  • Oakland
  • Ontario
  • Orange County
  • Palm Springs
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Sonoma


  • Boise
  • Lewiston


  • Eugene
  • Medford
  • Portland
  • Redmond


  • Bellingham
  • Pasco
  • Pullman
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Walla Walla
  • Wenatchee
  • Yakima


How To Pack Your Wine

According to Alaska’s website, to pack your 12 bottles of wine securely for the flight, pack and seal in a shipping container, like a cardboard box. Let the Alaska service agent know you’re checking wine so they can label it Fragile. Wine packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage.


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how to pack wine to fly


Bottom Line

Alaska’s Wine Flies Free program is a neat perk of flying the airline to the west coast wine regions in the US. If you are planning an upcoming trip, you may want to consider Alaska Airlines for your travel arrangements.


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