Alaska Airlines Offers Travel Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving Journey
Seattle, Washington - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Alaska Airlines is preparing for a surge in holiday travel. Anticipating full aircraft and busy airports, the airline has shared several key tips to help travelers navigate one of the busiest travel seasons of the year smoothly and efficiently.
Preparing for Increased Traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is expected to experience one of its busiest Thanksgiving travel periods in history, with foot traffic projected to be 11% higher than in 2022. Travelers should be aware of ongoing construction projects, part of the Upgrade SEA improvement initiatives, which may impact ticketing and baggage claim areas.Advertising
Utilizing the Alaska Airlines Mobile App
Alaska Airlines encourages travelers to use its mobile app for a seamless travel experience. The app allows passengers to:
- Check-in 24 Hours Before Flight: Passengers can check in and obtain their mobile boarding pass before heading to the airport, either through the app or online.
- Manage Travel Plans: The app serves as a comprehensive travel companion, from flight shopping to arrival at the destination.
- Pre-Order Onboard Meals: Travelers can pre-order their favorite meals as early as two weeks before the flight and up to 20 hours prior to departure. The winter menu features popular dishes, including vegetarian options.
Time Management and Airport Navigation
Alaska Airlines recommends arriving at the airport 2 hours before domestic flights and 3 hours for international flights. Some hub airports, including Seattle, are undergoing construction, potentially increasing congestion and limiting parking availability.
Baggage Handling and Accessibility
- New Bag Tag Stations: These stations, available at every airport served by Alaska Airlines, allow passengers to quickly pay for and tag their bags.
- Carry-On Convenience: Passengers with only carry-on luggage can skip the lobby and proceed directly to security with their mobile boarding pass.
Staying Informed and Receiving Assistance
- Communication Preferences for Mileage Plan Members: Members can set up preferences in their account profiles to receive flight schedule updates via the app, email, and text.
- Accessible Services: Special assistance requests can be made online or by calling the dedicated accessible services line. Services include wheelchair assistance and adding a trained service animal to the trip.
Alaska Airlines emphasizes the importance of kindness and respect towards those assisting travelers during their journey. The airline is committed to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience for all its guests during the holiday season. For more information, visit Alaska Airlines' website.