The Wine Check is the only ‘approved’ luggage to be used with the program, for a number of reasons. It works for all locations, yes - just have to be a Mileage Plan member and include that number in your reservation, then you get the free case in cargo.
I have a wine check so no issue but does this mean someone taking a 12 bottle foam shipper no longer works on its own? That seems more restrictive and backward progress? (Again for me it’s no biggie since I have a winecheck and love it).
The flip side is United, which the last couple times I have flown with the Wine Check, they have informed me that it’s a non-conforming container and thus they are not responsible for any damage to the contents. Same with my golf travel bag. Pricks.
Yeah, that’s probably uneducated and lazy employees. United also is VERY vague on requirements. From their website:
All alcoholic beverages must be packed to prevent breakage. United shall not be liable for breakage or spillage of alcoholic beverages. Normal checked baggage allowance limits, excess fees and carry-on limits apply.
‘must be packed’ - that’s it. Hilarious. Most airlines state ‘professional packaging’ (which is exactly what a shipper box/insert is, as they are independently drop tested, shear tested, etc.) but not United.
I’m 'bout to fly Alaska a lot more now, as much as possible, anyway. With the acquisition of Virgin America, the routes have expanded, just not all that much.
Yeah United is pretty ridiculous. It’s always ‘enjoyable’ to see that restriction enforced on the return but not the outbound. I ask the agent to clarify the discrepancy and they always seem so surprised and state “then that agent who dealt with you wasn’t doing their job”.
By the way, this is funny…and it’s a bit of a PSA. Those who use Vingarde Valise might not get the case for free on Alaska because the employees can’t tell the difference between that and a standard piece of luggage, and they don’t have time to open each and check. Only a shipper box/insert or a Wine Check apply to the program.
Anyway, Vingarde Valise (through Fly With Wine) reached out to Alaska prior to them reaching out to us (that’s how they FOUND us, through the rejection of the proposal) and after they were denied the proposal, they produced this: