Washington Wine Country Taste and Tote Program F.A.Q.


Welcome to TasteAndTote.com. Typically visitors who want to take wine home after visiting wine country are charged a per case baggage fee by the airlines. Likewise, they are charged a drop off fee if they rent a car at one location and drop it at another. The Taste and Tote program will help to alleviate those issues for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ members flying out of the Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, or Yakima airports. By being a member you can check one case (with up to twelve standard 750 ml. bottles in one case) of Washington wine as baggage at no charge*. Drop-off fees for vehicles rented from Hertz Rent-a-Car will be waived (details below). In addition, Alaska Airlines passengers can taste wine at participating wineries in Washington Wine Country at no charge when they present their Alaska Airlines in-bound boarding pass to one of the three cities. All you need to do is provide a Mileage Plan™ membership number. Not a Mileage Plan™ Member? Join Now! *when properly packaged in wine shipping boxes, see details below

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Frequently Asked Questions

How must the wine be packaged?

The wine must be safely packaged for transport in a protective shipping container. The TSA asks that containers not be sealed, but remain open for inspection. Shipping boxes are available at many of the region's wineries as well as visitor information centers and will vary in price. Please note that it is the responsibility of the Alaska Airlines passenger to be sure the wine is properly packaged for checking as luggage. Advise the Alaska Air Customer Service Agent when you check in so the box can be properly labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Items packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage. View Alaska Airlines' Check Baggage Policies for more details.

How many cases are allowed?

Each Alaska Airlines passenger with an outbound ticket will be allowed one case to be checked free of charge. Passengers with additional cases will be charged the regular baggage fee.

Can passengers check one case of wine at no charge through to their final destination, even if they are connecting to another airline?

No, The waiver is only valid on flights operated by Alaska Airlines, so you won’t be able to check it beyond on another carrier.

How do Alaska Airlines passengers redeem their free wine tastings at participating wineries?

At participating wineries that charge a tasting fee, passengers can receive free tastings by presenting their current (within 10 days of arrival) in-bound Alaska Airlines boarding pass. One waived tasting fee is available per boarding pass. Some restrictions may apply during certain events and by winery.

Does the Taste and Tote program apply for all fifty states and international flights?

The first case free program applies to all out-bound domestic destinations. While the wine can be checked through on international flights, passengers must meet the customs requirements of the destination country.

Can passengers fly in to one of the participating airports and fly out of another?

Yes, as long as both the in-bound and out-bound flights are on Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines passengers may fly into and out of participating airports.

What is the Hertz Rent-a-Car offer?

To encourage travel within the region, Hertz will waive the car drop-off fee when their vehicle is rented at one of the three airports (Yakima, Pasco/Tri-Cities or Walla Walla*) and returned at one of the other two cities in the program with a valid Alaska Airlines boarding pass.
*While no drop fees will be applied between the three locations, rates may be higher for one-way rentals that commence or end in Pasco. One-way rentals that are not booked as such may also incur higher rates.

Is the Washington Wine Country Taste and Tote program permanent?

The Washington Wine Country Taste and Tote program was initially a pilot two year program. It has been extended to an ongoing program.

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For more details on the program visit www.tasteandtote.com

For visitor information contact one of these sponsoring tourism organizations: Wine Associations in Washington Wine Country: