‘Club 49’ Waives Some Bag Fees for Alaska Residents

By Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage & Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

Alaska residents will be able to avoid the dreaded baggage fee on Alaska Airlines flights to or from the state starting in November. The airline held Alaska Day open-houses at airports across Alaska to announce a waiver for up to two bags per trip, and new weekly deals.  Both are part of a free program the company calls “Club 49”.

Joe Sprague is Marketing Manager for the airline. He says the program is a response to a survey the airline conducted earlier this year.

Club 49 also entitles Alaskans to two certificates, good for a 30 percent discount on last minute one way tickets. But the baggage fee waiver was the biggest hit with the crowd at Petersburg’s airport . Lisa Hernandez looks forward to not having to pay for a couple bags the next time she travels:

Scott McMurren publishes the Alaska Travelgram e-mail newsletter. He says the program could be partly in response to new competition in the market.

McMurren lists Alaska Airlines as a sponsor of his Alaska TravelGram website.

The sale announced with the program today includes fares between Anchorage and Bethel, Barrow and Fairbanks and Ketchikan and Seattle. The sales fares are open to anyone. To get the other benefits, you have to sign up for the “Club 49″  program on the Alaska Airlines website.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie