Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 20th, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Last month we shared the good news that, in honor of Pedalpalooza, Southwest Airlines decided to waive all bike baggage fees for flights going out of Portland.
Now, according to reader (and Southwest employee) Tom LaBonty, Alaska Airlines is doing the same. Tom sent in the flyer below about the deal..
LaBonty said he was taking care of some business at the Alaska ticket counter when he saw the flyer.
"When I asked their customer service agent the why and how - they responded 'We're doing it cause you're [Southwest] doing it."
Just goes to show that good policy is contagious.
I've floated the idea to the Port of Portland and the PDC to try and encourage this idea to spread airport-wide — creating a pan-PDX policy of free bike baggage and sending a clear message that bikes are welcome at the airport.
Obviously each individual airline must make their own decision, but who knows... perhaps the idea will continue to spread and become permanent.