If you enjoy wine – and haven’t been on a vineyard tour – you simply must. Meeting the people behind the wine and learning the passion and pride that goes into every drop is fascinating, informative and memorable. And when you find a great vineyard, there’s nothing better than hauling back a case of the good stuff! But it’s often shockingly (like, really) expensive. One airline thinks that’s silly – and they’ll let you check a case of wine for free at 29 airports.

Meet Wine Flies Free

Our collective jaws dropped yesterday when Rocky at Travel Codex reported wine flies free on Alaska Airlines is expanding. We’ve never done much investigating into the program and were instantly impressed. It’s quite a simple program: you can check up to 1 case (12 bottles) of wine for free when flying Alaska out of 29 US airports on domestic flights.

29 Perfect Airports

Alaska has a great route map for travel within the West Coast. Smaller airports right in the heart of the best wine regions are included, as are major West Coast hubs. You can check out details of each and every eligible airport where wine flies free here. If you enjoy avoiding the gouging of paying for luggage, this is a compelling value worth at least $25 per flight. The discount applies per person, so this can be valuable for those traveling with friends, family or colleagues!

Case It

As we mentioned, wine tours are awesome. Not only will you find some highly sought after, potentially non distributed wine – but you’ll learn so much about winemaking. Most vineyards or tour guides will offer perfect, easily transported wine case boxes meant for flying. Some will even give them to you for free. Of course, if you read these 10 great tips for buying and drinking wine, you’ll be very knowledgeable from the get go too!

Regional Access

For people who enjoy avoiding the hassles of major hub airports, this is a very unique flying proposition. Alaska operates out of airports such as Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma, Walla Walla in Washington State’s highly underrated wine district and many other unique areas. This saves time and cost in transporting from nearby areas – and if the wine flies free too, it’s pretty cool. Well done, Alaska.

Have you utilized  Alaska’s “wine flies free” before?