Port of Seattle launches free airport luggage service

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Originally posted by ransrider
Oh, I get it now. I'm flying Delta with priority boarding. Southwest must do things differently. Happy travels.

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Oh, they do it differently for sure! You can buy "Early Bird" and have Southwest check you in early for better placement. Or, you can check yourself in and get your own placement. You get a group: A, B, or C. And you get a number. At boarding time, you line up as your group is called and by numerical order. No assigned seating. Get on, sit down, and buckle up. It works well if you work it well.
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by Barnkitty
This is a great service, and I have used it on RC, Carnival and NCL in both Ft Lauderdale and Miami.

However-- it only works on certain airlines, and the flight must leave after a specified time...like in Miami, the flight had to leave after 11:45, I think. So check the flight departure times carefully.

And you do end up paying like $20 per bag. But so much easier than slepping off the ship and to ground transportation, and checking it in at the airport.

I cannot say enough good things about the Port of Seattle offering free valet luggage service. I flew Southwest, so my two bags were free. A big plus for me was that I didn't have to pay an overweight charge for my over-50 lb. bag! Thank you Seattle, Celebrity, and Southwest! My bags were both delivered to my home airport baggage claim.
WA state
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Originally posted by Barnkitty
This is a great service, and I have used it on RC, Carnival and NCL in both Ft Lauderdale and Miami.

However-- it only works on certain airlines, and the flight must leave after a specified time...like in Miami, the flight had to leave after 11:45, I think. So check the flight departure times carefully.

And you do end up paying like $20 per bag. But so much easier than slepping off the ship and to ground transportation, and checking it in at the airport.
The Port Valet program is only available at the Seattle ports but it is almost identical to Princess' EZ-Check program and Holland-America's program (whose name slips my mind right now) as well as programs that other cruise lines have. Port Valet only works with flights on American, Alaska, JetBlue, Delta (domestic only) United and Southwest.

Tom
Tucson, AZ
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Question - We are flying Alaska, using "the Port Valet service". Will I still have to pay the $25. checked bag fee - if the service reads from ship to arrival baggage claim" free. ???
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Jim & Wools
WA state
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Originally posted by GYMIL
Question - We are flying Alaska, using "the Port Valet service". Will I still have to pay the $25. checked bag fee - if the service reads from ship to arrival baggage claim" free. ???
You will be charged the airline baggage fee.

Tom
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Originally posted by GYMIL
Question - We are flying Alaska, using "the Port Valet service". Will I still have to pay the $25. checked bag fee - if the service reads from ship to arrival baggage claim" free. ???
Tom is correct, you will need to pay your baggage fee as the Port of Seattle Cruise Luggage Valet Program states. The following link answers your question under the heading: Is the Service Really Free?
http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Pages/Port-Valet.aspx
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Thanks again Tom and ransrider. I have only used the free shipping when on a Grand cruise endind in Europe Ship to door step and it was GREAT!
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Originally posted by GYMIL
Thank you, Do I pay that fee when I ticket my flight?
You will be charged the baggage fee appropriate to your airline to your shipboard account. If there is some reason that you have free luggage then you will indicate that reason on the back of the form which you will get onboard the ship. Unless something has changed in the past few weeks, you will get the form early in the week of your cruise and it MUST be turned in by 12 noon of day you are in Juneau. You will receive all your paperwork the day you are in Victoria.

Any more questions, feel free to ask. I tried to include a copy of the form but it' a .jpg and I can't seem to do it. Sorry

Tom
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Originally posted by GYMIL
Question - We are flying Alaska, using "the Port Valet service". Will I still have to pay the $25. checked bag fee - if the service reads from ship to arrival baggage claim" free. ???
Yes, you will still have to pay the baggage fee. The charge will appear on your shipboard account as "Airline Baggage Charge"
New Jersey
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Originally posted by Pierlesscruisers
You will be charged the baggage fee appropriate to your airline to your shipboard account. If there is some reason that you have free luggage then you will indicate that reason on the back of the form which you will get onboard the ship. Unless something has changed in the past few weeks, you will get the form early in the week of your cruise and it MUST be turned in by 12 noon of day you are in Juneau. You will receive all your paperwork the day you are in Victoria.

Any more questions, feel free to ask. I tried to include a copy of the form but it' a .jpg and I can't seem to do it. Sorry

Tom
That sounds like the HAL 14-day cruise. We were on that itinerary and I think we had a bit more time than you state, but best to fill it in early and be done with it.

The form is very simple. If you know for certain that you will have no baggage fees, you have to state the reason. If you hope to be upgraded to first or business from coach/economy, you will be charged the fees that go with your booked coach/economy ticket. I don't know what happens to the fee you paid if your upgrade goes through.

We had no baggage fees because we were in first class. When we got our bags at Newark, I saw that the bags were double tagged, the Port Valet tag I put on and United's own tag--and they even remembered to add their Priority tag, so our bags came up pretty quickly.

One caveat--don't rely on the boarding pass that you get from your cruise line. We got to the passport/ticket check at security and they rejected our boarding passes. The woman said it sometimes happens with the Port Valet pass. So we had to go back to ticketing and have new passes printed. The man I spoke to there said it happens "once in a while" whatever that means. To avoid the possibility of standing in the security line twice, I recommend getting a fresh boarding pass when you arrive at the airport.
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