Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Offer Holiday Travel Tips

SEATTLE , Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In anticipation of the busy holiday travel season, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air offer the following tips for stress-free travel: -- Check in online. Alaska and Horizon passengers...


-- Take the express line. MVP Gold Mileage Plan members can use express lines at security checkpoints in Seattle ; Spokane, Wash. ; Anchorage, Alaska ; and Portland, Ore. Express lines also are available for Horizon Shuttle passengers traveling between Seattle , Portland and Spokane .

-- Properly label all luggage. Passengers should provide a clearly printed label on the outside and inside of each piece of luggage. Tags should include name, address, e-mail address, permanent phone number and a phone number at the passenger's destination.

-- Know when to go. In general, passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic departures and three hours before international departures. Specific information for each airport is available at alaskaair.com. Regardless of the size of the airport, passengers must be checked in, at the gate and ready to board at least 30 minutes prior to domestic departures, or 40 minutes before international departures.

-- Check in at the Alaska Airlines Airport of the Future facility in Seattle . Alaska and Horizon customers checking in for flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are encouraged to use the airlines' new Airport of the Future check-in facility. The facility allows customers to print boarding passes at check-in kiosks and check bags at 16 bag-check points. Customers with questions about how the new facility works can request assistance from Alaska Airlines' Lobby Coordinators, who wear red vests/jackets.

-- Use a check-in kiosk. Alaska and Horizon provide more than 400 convenient check-in kiosks at airports and many off-site locations. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members earn 1,000 Mileage Plan miles the first time they check in at a kiosk.

-- Plan for transportation to the airport. Passengers should allow extra time for parking as some lots might be full. Passengers are encouraged to take a shuttle to the airport or park at a satellite parking lot nearby.

Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska , the Lower 48, Hawaii , Canada and Mexico . Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Traditional Network Carriers (tie)" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 North America Airline Satisfaction Study(SM). For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

SOURCE Alaska Airlines

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