We have just booked flights LAS to FCA via SEA, return, with Alaska/Horizon for our September trip, and wanted to check a few points. We have flown with both airlines on a similar route before, but not for 3 years, and are well aware that in the meanwhile, domestic travel in the USA has changed significantly, and that we will have a better experience by being aware of current regulations. I have searched the website for all of this, but either failed to find the answers.
1: Seat allocation. When going thru the booking process, it invited us to choose our seats for both parts (one flight on Alaska, the other on a Horizon/Alaska) of the outward flight, but we got no option to do this for the return flight. Now we have the booking confirmation, we see it has automatically allocated seats for both return legs as well and we’re not happy with these. Can we change these seats now? How do we change the seats? I cannot find a ‘manage my booking’ or similar option on the website.
2: Online check-in: Do Alaska/Horizon offer this? If so, how far in advance of travel can you do this? Can you also check-in for the return flight at the same time as the outward flight? Our return travel is 18 days later. Again, where on the website do I find OLCI?
3: Checked baggage. We know we have to pay for this. We know how much, too - $20 per bag, for first 3 bags per passenger. We know the size and weight limits. However, we cannot see whether you need to or even can book/pay for this in advance of travel. (We are also aware of the tiny hand baggage allowance and that for the Horizon flights we will have the ala cart system in operation for this).
3: Food and drink: Do Horizon still serve complimentary local microbrews and wines on domestic flights, or do they charge for this now? As we will be in coach, we expect to have to pay for everything on Alaska.
Any other tips and suggestions to improve our experience?