December 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Delta Air Lines is going after more of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines’ turf, adding flights from Sea-Tac Airport to Vancouver, B.C., and Fairbanks.
Delta’s daily non-stop service between Seattle and Fairbanks begins May 29 next year; five daily flights to Vancouver, B.C., begin June 5 (on Delta’s affiliate SkyWest Airlines).
In recent months, Delta has been aggressively increasing flights from Seattle to Europe and Asia, as well as in North America.
Delta recently announced expanded service from Sea-Tac Airport to Anchorage, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, (more…)
November 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Like many travelers, I get cranky about airlines. I’m annoyed by the ever-increasing extra fees, the ever-shrinking economy-class seats, the onboard battle for carry-on space.
But now for something completely different. Alaska Airlines actually makes it pretty easy to get a refund if the price of your airline ticket goes down after you bought it.
I half-heartedly checked out Alaska’s low price guarantee this weekend, thinking there was no way I’d find a drop in price for a December flight to Hawaii that I’d bought a while ago. But in about a minute, after a couple of clicks on the Alaska website, I ended up with a $60 refund (in the form of a credit to use on a future flight). For once, an airline made me happy.
Co-workers of mine use Alaska’s low-fare guarantee regularly. One just got back $85.51 on a trip to Palm Springs. Another, who’s nicknamed “Miles Boy” since he flies so much on Alaska and is a master at getting upgrades, estimates he’s saved about $1,000 (more…)
October 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Check in at least 40 minutes before departure for most domestic Alaska Airlines flights or risk missing your plane.
The airline Tuesday increased the minimum check-in time to 40 minutes before the flight’s departure, up from 30 minutes. The international check-in minimum remains at 60 minutes before the flight. The new check-in minimums take effect Wednesday, along with an increase in checked-baggage fees (which was announced last week).
Most of the airline’s passengers already check in well before those minimum cutoffs, thanks to online check-in. And those checking in at the airport usually do so well in advance since they need extra time to get through airport security lines. (The TSA recommends that passengers allow at least (more…)
October 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM
You’ll soon pay more to check a bag or change a flight on Alaska Airlines .
For tickets purchased on or after Oct. 30, the fee for checking a suitcase will increase to $25 for each of the first two bags (up from $20 per bag) and $75 for the third bag (currently $25). However, elite-level frequent fliers still get free checked bags.
If you change your flight less than 60 days before departure, you’ll have to pay $125. (The current change fee is $75 to $100, except for (more…)
September 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Fly from Seattle to Palm Springs or San Diego this fall for as little as $218 round-trip in a new flight sale posted Thursday by Alaska Airlines.
Other round-trip specials from Seattle include $158 to Los Angeles and $178 to San Francisco or Las Vegas.
Purchase by 11:59 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 3. Most travel is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from Oct. 10 through Dec. 11. Blackout dates apply, including Thanksgiving week. More details here.
August 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Here’s a fare-sale alert for our hometown airline.
Alaska Airlines’ eight-day fall fare sale starts today, with Seattle specials (tax and fees included) such as round-trips to Los Angeles or Las Vegas for $158, San Francisco for $168, or San Diego for $198.
The fine print: Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase and must be bought by Aug. 13 for travel starting Sept. 4 for most markets. A ticket purchased at an Alaska Airlines airport location or through a reservation call center will cost $15 more per person than the advertised fare.
Details and more fare specials can be found here.
July 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM
Sea-Tac Airport is holding aircraft fire drills this week on the center runway that’s closed for construction. So don’t worry if you are at the airport, or aboard a plane, and see Port of Seattle emergency vehicles buzzing about and fire trucks spraying a (mock) aircraft. It’s training only and will not affect flight schedules or airport operations.
The drills will be held twice a day, July 16 through July 19, as part of regular emergency response training. And, yes, the Sea-Tac Airport drills were scheduled before the recent crash landing of the Asiana Airlines plane in San Francisco.
June 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM
The summer travel rush began this week at Sea-Tac Airport with security lines so long that more than 150 people have missed Alaska Airlines flights, according to an airline official. It’s been taking as much as an hour to get through the TSA checkpoints at the airport at some times in recent days.
Part of the problem: One checkpoint (being re-designed to cope with the almost daily flood of cruise passengers flying home after their Alaska trips) is under construction and won’t re-open until next week. And the TSA has been closing another checkpoint earlier over the past 1.5 months, at 1.30 p.m. each day, said SeaTac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.
“We’ve let TSA know we’re very concerned at how large lines have been this week. It’s unusual. We know it’s a busy travel season and these types of plans should be made ahead of time to get people through smoothly,” said Cooper. SeaTac passenger numbers always increase June through August as families and college students travel and cruises out of Seattle draw thousands of passengers almost daily.
If you’re going to Sea-Tac, here’s how to cope with the crush:
- Get to SeaTac early. At least two hours early, even for a domestic flight, recommends the airport.
- Remember that any of the TSA checkpoints at Sea-Tac will let you get (more…)
May 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM
You and 99,999 other passengers; that’s the averagel crowd on a summer day at Sea-Tac Airport. And it could be even busier this summer season, which traditionally begins Memorial Day weekend.
Last year the airport had a record 33.2 million passengers; this year it’s on track for another record-breaker, according to Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.
For the Memorial Day weekend, the busiest days are expected to be Thursday, May 23, with 93,200 projected passengers and Friday, May 24, with 95,600 passengers. Then the passenger numbers surge in June through August to (more…)
April 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM
Boston’s Logan International Airport remained open Friday despite a virtual area-wide lockdown resulting from a police search for a Boston Marathon bomber.
Logan Airport is on Boston Harbor, about 12 miles due east of Watertown, the focus of the manhunt.
An Associated Press report says the airport remains operating, though mass transit operations have been suspended, businesses were asked not to open and residents were told to stay in their homes. Taxi service in Boston was suspended Friday morning but was restored by about 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, according to the Boston Police Department’s Twitter feed.
Alaska Airlines, which flies two direct flights Friday from Seattle to Boston, has maintained its schedule. The first flight departed Sea-Tac on time at 9:20 a.m. A second flight departs Seattle at 10:30 p.m. “Our Boston flights are on time and operational,” Alaska spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said in an email just before 9 a.m.
Alaska’s direct 8 a.m. flight from Boston to Sea-Tac departed Logan on time and arrived early in Seattle, at 10:53 a.m.
JetBlue, with the most daily flights serving Boston, and other airlines were also operating normally in and out of Boston. Many airlines have announced they are waiving change fees for passengers booked to Boston today. Published reports say those include JetBlue, American, Virgin America, United, Spirit and U.S. Airways. Alaska offered change waivers for its morning flight.
According to an AP report, the Massachusetts State Police set up a roadblock Friday morning and were searching some vehicles entering the airport. While no mass transit was reaching Logan, private cars, taxis and the Logan Express — a bus service to suburban park-and-ride facilities — were still able to enter the airport.
The biggest hassle for travelers were taxi lines, but a backlog had cleared by noon Boston time.
FlightView.com showed the airport’s FAA status as “normal,” with delays of 15 minutes or less for arrivals and departures.
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