Alaska Airlines Checked Wine Policy
Sonoma Wine Flies Free
With more than 400 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California.
You buy the wine; then check it for free, provided it’s packed for shipping. Just make sure your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ number is in your reservation and your wine flies free from the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS).
How to Fly Your Wine for Free
The wine must be suitably packaged for transport in a protective shipping container (e.g. foam lined box). The TSA asks that containers not be sealed, but remain open for inspection. The first case free program applies from Santa Rosa (STS) to all destinations served by Alaska Airlines in the United States. It does not apply to international destinations. Advise the Alaska Airlines Customer Service Agent when you check in so the box can be properly labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Items packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage.
For more details, see the Alaska Airlines checked bag policy.
Packing wine in checked baggage
Please note: If you are packing bottles of wine or other alcohol in checked bags, pack carefully! Airlines are not responsible for broken bottles in checked baggage.
Wine Skins ($5 each) are available in STS terminal vending machines for leak-proof, cushioned packaging of single bottles of wine in checked baggage (please pack in baggage before checking in).
There is no restriction on the amount of alcohol you may pack in your checked baggage, provided it contains under 24% alcohol by volume (e.g. beer and wine). Alcohol greater than 24% up to and including 70% (140) proof) is allowed with the following restrictions:
- Up to five liters of alcohol per package
- Up to five liters of alcohol per person
- Must be in retail packaging
Alcohol over 70% (140 proof) is prohibited.