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Maker's Mark Will Pay for Your First Checked Bag This Holiday Season

by Nickolaus Hines Dec 16, 2021

No matter how much you’re against checking a bag, there are simply some things you can’t keep in your carry on. Exactly what that extra thing is depends on the person — some simply like to arrive at their destination prepared with clothes for every occasion, while some food lovers just can’t bear to leave behind the homemade foods TSA doesn’t let pass security. And then there’s the issue with liquids.

This holiday season, Maker’s Mark Bourbon has your back. The whiskey brand will reimburse you for one checked bag up to $40 that’s purchased between December 15 and 31. The holiday initiative is called, appropriately, “Whisky Flights.” A press release notes that the Whisky Flights promotion started so that people “can pack a bottle of bourbon to bring home without the added expense.”

I’m a strong believer that, if you’re bringing back a gift from your travels for someone who drinks, there’s no better present than a bottle of something local. Yet bringing back that bottle means checking a bag home, even if you didn’t check one on the way to your destination. I generally loathe the whole checked bag process, but that hasn’t stopped me from checking a bag full of wine from France, whiskey from Ireland, and unlabeled bottles of mezcal from Mexico. But it’s just as handy of a travel move to (carefully) pack a bottle of something nice in your checked luggage regardless of where you’re headed so that you’re ready to relax, drink in hand, when you arrive.

To qualify, you have to be 21 or older. Simply send a checked baggage receipt from December 15 to 31 through the Whisky Flights page and Maker’s Mark will reimburse you up to $40 with a digital gift card.

It might just make you realize that those people who always check a bag have the right idea after all.

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