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 newly expanded Taste and Tote program will help to alleviate those issues for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ members. Alaska Airlines passengers flying out of the Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, or Yakima airports 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. *when properly packaged in wine shipping boxes, see details below
You can join free of charge anytime online by clicking here or ask for a sign-up form at the Alaska Airlines ticketing counter in Yakima, Walla Walla or Pasco prior to checking the case of wine. Be sure your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan number is in your reservation and you’re set! The Mileage Plan also gives you access to over 700 destinations worldwide across 14 airline partners.
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.
Each Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member 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.
Yes, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan passengers can check their first case of wine at no charge to their final destination, unless the case is retrieved from baggage and rechecked at any stopover.
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.
The first case free program applies to all out-bound domestic destinations. While the wine can be checked through on international flights, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan passengers must meet the customs requirements of the destination country.
No, the Yakima, Pasco and Walla Walla airports are the only airports in Washington State with this program.
Yes, as long as both the in-bound and out-bound flights are on Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan passengers may fly into and out of participating airports.
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.
The Washington Wine Country Taste and Tote program was initially a pilot two year program. It has been extended through September 2016.