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Alaska Airlines’ history dates back to 1932, when Star Air Service and McGee Airways began operating flights out of Anchorage.
Harvey Barnhill and Linious “Mac” McGee established Barnhill & McGee Airways at the beginning of the year. A few months later, it was solely owned and run by Mac McGee and became McGee Airways.
Wesley “Earl” Dunkle, the owner of the mine, lent money to Steve Mills, Charlie Ruttan, and Jack Waterworth to start Star Air Service at about the same time. Star Air Service’s commercial operations started out as nothing more than a flight school in 1933. Mac McGee sold Star Air Service the assets of his airline in 1935, but he would later manage the company twice more.
The name of Star Air Service changed a few times following additional mergers, which saw the incorporation of numerous additional carriers, until 1944, when they came up with the current name, Alaska Airlines.
If you are ready to fly with Alaska Airlines, here are all the things you need to know,
Alaska Airlines Check-in
Check-in is available beginning 24 hours before departure.
Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass
You can print your boarding pass prior to arriving at the airport, use the mobile app or use a kiosk at the airport to print your pass.
Alaska Airlines Seat Selection
Alaska Airlines has assigned seating. You can select your seat when booking your ticket or anytime until check-in. There is no charge for seat selection. There are Main cabin fares and Premium Class seats available. Premium Class seating starts from $15 and changes depending on your flight.
Alaska Airlines Baggage Policy
You can have 1 carry-on and 1 personal bag free of charge.
There is a fee of $30 for the first checked baggage and $40 for the second checked bag. Any additional baggage after that is $100 each. Oversized or overweight baggage will be $100 each. You have until 1 hour before departure to check your baggage.
Families traveling with children under the age of 2 have pre-boarding.
You can call the airline reservations line ahead of time and tell them you are all part of one family and the agent can help with the seating.
Alaska Airlines recommends going to the airport early to ensure sitting together.
Strollers can be checked at the gate before boarding and picked up at the gate free of charge.
Alaska Airlines Pet Policy
Reservations are required in advance of time as space is limited and is subject to availability. Call Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522 to reserve a spot for your pet. The airline has breed restrictions, so make sure to check they accept your dog.
Alaska Airlines allows cats, dogs, rabbits and household pets in the main cabin. They must be in the pet carrier at all times. The pet carrier will count towards your carry-on bag allowance.
Pets are subject to $100 pet fare each way.
Outdoor temperatures play an important role in pets traveling in cargo compartments. While the cargo compartments are climate-controlled, extreme weather conditions can still pose a risk. In the summer try to book early morning or late evening flights. During the winter try to choose mid-day flights.
Reserve a spot for your service animal while booking your trip. You can call 1-800-503-0101 dial 711 for relay services. Service animals are free of charge.
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