Alaska Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy

Known as Junior Jetsetters, Alaska Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy is available for children between 5-17 years of age, both on domestic and international flights.

The Unaccompanied Minors service is mandatory for children between 5 and 7 years old, i.e., they must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old. For children between 13 and 17 years, the service is optional.

Alaska Airlines Rules for Minors (Junior Jetsetters)

Alaska Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy for traveling alone are as follows:

  • Children below 5 years are not allowed to travel unless they’re accompanied by an adult.
  • Minors between 5 and 7 years of age:
    • Must pay USD 50 per way per child
    • Require a gate escort and guardian contact
    • Can only fly on direct, nonstop flights
    • May not be allowed to fly between 9pm and 5am
  • Minors between 8 and 12 years of age:
    • Must pay USD 50 per way per child
    • Require a gate escort and guardian contact
    • Can only fly on direct, nonstop flights
    • May not be allowed to fly between 9pm and 5am
    • Cannot take connecting flights to the last flight of the day, and aren’t allowed layovers exceeding 2 hours—unless there’s no other option
  • Minors between 13 and 17 years of age (optional):
    • Must pay
      1. USD 50 per way per child for nonstop or direct flights
      2. USD 75 each way per child for connecting flights
    • If using the unaccompanied minor service
      1. Require a gate escort and guardian contact
      2. Cannot take connecting flights to the last flight of the day, and aren’t allowed layovers exceeding 2 hours—unless there’s no other option
      3. May not be allowed to fly between 9pm and 5am

How to Book the Unaccompanied Minor Service with Alaska Airlines

To book the Unaccompanied Minors service online for your child:

  1. Go to the official website of Alaska Airlines: AlaskaAir.com
    The Book tab will open by default (if it doesn’t, click on it)
  2. Enter/select your child’s trip details, and:
    • Select 0 adults in the Adults box
    • Select the total number of children in the Children box
  3. Click on the Find Flights button
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts, select your child’s flight and seat, and pay

Remember

  • The Unaccompanied Minors service fees will be waived for children with MVP®, MVP® Gold, or Gold 75K Mileage Plan™ status.
  • Mexico stations do not accept cash in USD—but will accept Mexican Pesos or a credit/debit card.
  • Some airlines may not allow unaccompanied minors to be booked in the same reservation with Alaska Airlines flights. If a minor’s itinerary includes non-Alaska Airlines flights, you will need to check with that airline directly.
  • Allow at least 90 additional minutes for check-in requirements.
  • All procedures, such as paperwork, fees, gate passes must be finished before standard cut-off times for check-in.
  • Refer to the checklist for children traveling alone.
  • Unaccompanied Minors are not be allowed to travel alone to/from Sun Valley, Idaho from December 1 to April 1 annually.

Unaccompanied Minor Guidelines

  • Your child and the guardian accompanying your child will need to get an escort pass made from the ticket counter to escort your child to or from the gate.
  • Only 2 adults with under-13 child passengers are allowed past the security checkpoint.
  • Be sure to reach at least 90 minutes early to obtain your escort passes.
  • If the escort pass is not available (likely in Canada or Mexico, or in airports where the security checkpoint has closed), a representative from Alaska Airlines will meet you outside the security checkpoint and escort your child from the gate.
  • The guardian accompanying your child must stay in the boarding area until your child’s flight takes off.
  • The guardian picking up your child must be listed on the guardian contact form and must carry a valid photo ID.
  • A guardian contact form must be filled out at the airport.
  • If someone will meet your child in a connecting city, you must inform Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services) before your child’s flight departs.

Special Assistance Offered by Alaska Airlines

If you require any special services for traveling, call Alaska Airlines Reservations at +1-844-903-1897 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services) to speak with an agent.

Frequently Asked Questions on Alaska Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy

Yes, Alaska Airlines allows children to travel alone under certain conditions. Alaska’s Unaccompanied Minor service provides supervision to children travelling alone right from boarding till they are met at the destination by a responsible adult designated by you.

The service is available for both international and domestic flights, direct non-stop flights, and connecting flights under certain conditions. However, the service is not available annually from December 1 to April 1 for flights departing from Sun Valley, Idaho.

The age restrictions for Unaccompanied Minors flying on Alaska Airlines are as follows:

  • Children below 5 years are not allowed to travel alone unless accompanied by a parent or a legally authorized adult guardian who is at least 18 years old.
  • Children between 5 – 7 years (inclusive) are allowed to travel alone on direct, non-stop, and direct flights after booking the service.
  • Children between 8 – 12 years (inclusive) can travel alone on direct, non-stop, and certain connecting flights after booking the service.
  • Children between 13 – 17 years (inclusive) can travel alone on any itinerary. The Unaccompanied Minors service is optional for them.

If your child is less than 24 months old, you’re not required to buy a seat. However, you will need to inform Alaska Airlines that you’ll be traveling with an infant on your lap—and that you’re at least 16 years old.

Alaska Airlines permits only one infant per adult. This means if you’re traveling with more than one lap infant under 2 years of age, you will need to purchase an additional seat.

You’re free to purchase a seat for your lap infant—in which case you’ll have to ensure you have a proper child restraint device for your child’s safety.

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