Free cruise luggage transfer service offered by the Port of Seattle’s “Port Valet”

Free cruise luggage transfer service offered by the Port of Seattle’s “Port Valet”

If you’re taking a cruise from Seattle and flying home out of Sea-Tac, you might want to take advantage of the Port Valet service offered by the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

How It Works
With the Port Valet service, cruisers disembarking in Seattle and headed to the airport don’t have to worry about schlepping their bags. The complimentary service will transfer your luggage from ship directly to the plane. The service is free, and passengers pay only normal baggage fees an airline may charge for either checking a bag or excess baggage, not for the transfer service.

So how can you take advantage?
First, you’ll fill out an enrollment form while on board your ship, which you should find in your stateroom (if not, ask Guest Services). The Port of Seattle recommends that you enroll early. Any questions you have can be answered by the Guest Services desk on the ship.

The night before your cruise ends, you’ll have airline boarding passes and special luggage tags delivered. Place these tags on your checked bags and then set them outside of your room. The ship’s crew will pick them up for you.

From there, your luggage is delivered directly to your airport, so you don’t have to check those bags. The next time you see them will be on the luggage carousel when you land back home.

This gives you more time to explore Seattle, while not worrying about carrying heavy bags around. And when you arrive at Sea-Tac with the boarding passes you received shipboard, you can head directly to security check-in and then to your plane’s departure gate. You can even track your bags during this process at https://portvalet.maketraveleasier.com .

Currently, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Air, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines participate in the program. The free luggage transfer service is available in Seattle because Sea-Tac and the Port of Seattle are run by the same authority.

What Passengers Think of the Program?
Obviously having a completely free service that takes care of your luggage should be popular. And while not many people seem to know about the service (it’s only been around a few years), those that have used it rave about the program.

One passenger had this to say:
“It is GREAT!! You are given your airline docs (we were flying Southwest) and baggage checks on the night before docking. We attached them to our bags, put them in the hallway, and the next time we saw them was on the baggage carousel in Tucson. We walked off the ship with our carry-on in Seattle at 6:30, hailed a cab, and we were checked in and at our gate at the airport by 7:30. We were WAY early for our 11:30 AM flight, but that was fine. I had been concerned that 11:30 was too early, but everything worked out as well as we could have ever wanted. Seattle really had its act together, both for check-in at the pier and for disembarkation. I highly recommend the service!”

Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there a charge for the Port Valet service in Seattle? No, the service is completely free. It’s paid for through airline and port fees. While technically you have to pay these fees (and thus are paying for the service), there is no additional charge to use the Port Valet.

What if I need something from my bag after it is picked up? Be sure to have everything you need from your luggage before setting it outside the door the night before disembarking. With the Port Valet service, once bags are picked up you won’t see them again until landing at your home airport.

What if I’m not traveling on one of the airlines offering the service? As mentioned above, Alaska, American, Delta, Horizon Air, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit Airlines and United all are participants in the program. That should cover the vast majority of passengers. If you are flying out on a different airline, then you’ll still need to bring your luggage with you the traditional way.

Sources: cruzely.com, “Everything to Know About Seattle’s Port Valet — Free Cruise Luggage Transfer Service” by J.A. Bower. July 7, 2019
portseattle.org, “Port Valet – Enjoy Seattle Luggage Free!