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Old Jul 28, 12, 2:27 pm   #1
 
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Question Can you check-in baggage the night before an early morning flight?

We have an early morning ( 6:30AM) flight on Wednesday out of SeaTac.

We need to go over to the airport and stay at a hotel the night before.

The question came up with my travel partners whether luggage can be checked in the night before the flight so we don't have to lug it to and from the hotel at the airport?
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Old Jul 28, 12, 2:50 pm   #2
 
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We have an early morning ( 6:30AM) flight on Wednesday out of SeaTac.

We need to go over to the airport and stay at a hotel the night before.

The question came up with my travel partners whether luggage can be checked in the night before the flight so we don't have to lug it to and from the hotel at the airport?
Per this page, it looks like bags are only accepted within four hours of the scheduled departure time.
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Old Jul 28, 12, 4:50 pm   #3
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Correct- 4 hours is a fixed rule with AS.
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Checking out the current baggage info page referred to above ..

Does AS really now charge for checking baggage on in-state Alaska flights ... if the itinerary includes past or future out of state travel on other days?

For example, must "Regular Traveler" pax on a SEA-ANC/stopover/ANC-FAI ticketed as a single, one-way with ("enroute") stopover award, pay baggage fees again when they check in for the ANC-FAI segment?

I've always avoided baggage charges via status, but I'm helping some status- less friends plan an award trip.
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The question came up with my travel partners whether luggage can be checked in the night before the flight so we don't have to lug it to and from the hotel at the airport?
Ken's Baggage is an option.
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Good comment on Ken's Baggage.

If that turns out to be your option of choice, remember the check-in cutoff time.

If, for your itinerary, the cutoff time is T-40 minutes, that is a hard and fast 40 minutes. You will have a 20-minute window (from 5:30 a.m. to 5:50 a.m.) to retrieve the stored bag from Ken's and get it checked in.

Also keep in mind this phrase from the linked page:

"Please note that these cut-off times will not ensure that you make it to your departure gate in time for boarding. Busy security lines and heavy passenger traffic may require extra time."

Wednesday is typically not a peak travel day so this might not be a controlling factor. However, it is summer and more people are traveling.
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