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Alaska Airlines to launch Wines Fly Free on May 1

Alaska Airlines said Friday its Wines Fly Free will take flight for a year beginning May 1.

Visitors traveling from Oregon on an Alaska Airlines flight, including Horizon Air, can check a case of Oregon wine for free. Oregon is the first state to partner with the airline on a statewide wines-fly-free program.

More than 250 Oregon wineries joined the pilot program last fall.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members may check one case of wine free on their return flight out of four Oregon airports, including Medford. In addition, passengers showing their Alaska boarding passes within a week of their arrival in Oregon will receive complimentary tastings at any of more than 300 participating Oregon wineries.

The Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon are partnering with the airline in the venture. Travelers can join the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan for free at www.alaskaair.com.

Airports in Medford, Redmond, Eugene, Portland and Walla Walla, Wash., are designated departure points. For a list of participating wineries, go to www.oregonwinesflyfree.org.