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Category: Alaska Airlines
November 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Alaska Airlines boosts mileage bonuses

Fighting with mileage plans? Alaska Airlines announced improvements to its frequent-flier program Wednesday, with increased mileage bonuses especially for passengers who buy its  more expensive fares.  It comes as Delta Air Lines and Alaska continue to compete for the Seattle market,  with Delta steadily adding  flights to traditional Alaska-dominated destinations and turning Sea-Tac Airport  into a…

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September 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Los Cabos airport closed until Oct. 8 after hurricane; most hotels still shut

The airport in hurricane-slammed Los Cabos, Mexico, won’t reopen for commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8. Authorities are repairing the terminals and using the airport for only relief and military flights until then, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and a local newspaper,  Tribuna de Los Cabos,  which has regular updates on…

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September 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Travelers airlifted from Los Cabos by U.S. gov’t must pay, but commercial airlines ran free flights

Like thousands of other American tourists in Mexico’s hurricane-devastated Los Cabos, Joe Glass of Dallas lined up for hours Thursday outside the heavily damaged airport to get an emergency flight back to the United States. But what made Glass really angry wasn’t the chaos or the all-day sweltering wait. It was hearing that U.S. consular officials…

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September 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Alaska extends no-penalty changes for Cabos flights; long closures for hurricane-hit hotels

Some major resorts in Los Cabos, slammed by Hurricane Odile, won’t reopen until at least the end of October.  That’s prompting airlines, including Alaska Airlines which is a major carrier from Seattle and California to the Mexican resort, to extend no-penalty change fees. Alaska passengers who had flights booked from Sept. 14 to Nov. 20…

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September 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Desperate tourists airlifted out of Los Cabos, including on Alaska planes

Tourists are being evacuated from the  hurricane-devastated Mexican resort of  Los Cabos on military and commercial planes, including some Alaska Airlines planes. It’s estimated 8,000 people will be airlifted out Thursday from the airport which is open only for emergency flights. The flights are first come, first served, for the thousands of people waiting and sweltering…

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September 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Alaska allows flight changes to more Mexico resorts due to hurricane

Alaska Airlines, one of the major carriers to the Mexican resort of Los Cabos from Seattle and California cities,  has extended the no-penalty period for canceling or changing flights through Sept. 19 because of the hurricane that has devastated the area. It’s also dropped the change/cancellation fess for other western Mexico resort cities that will…

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June 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Open plane door and, oops, emergency slide deploys

It’s not what you want to happen when you open the plane’s door at an airport  — the emergency- evacuation slide springing open to wave vertically in the breeze. The emergency slide accidentally deployed on an Alaska Airlines plane that arrived at Wrangell airport in Southeast Alaska on the weekend, according to a report from…

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May 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Alaska boosts Seattle flights, still the big player

As Delta Air Lines keeps adding flights from Seattle, including some new routes announced Tuesday, Alaska Airlines points out that it’s still the dominant, hometown carrier. And that it’s expanding service substantially, too, from Sea-Tac Airport. “Alaska Airlines has been flying out of Seattle for more than half a century and we’re proud to…

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May 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Delta adding Seattle flights to Maui, Mexico and more

Delta Air Lines is adding more flights from Seattle to popular beach and ski destinations, plus regional service to Spokane,  as it keeps strongly expanding service at Sea-Tac Airport and continues to give regional powerhouse Alaska Airlines a run for the money. Delta  plans to add service from Seattle to Maui plus to Cabo San…

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May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Alaska Airlines renews nonstops to Cancún (with cheap fares)

Alaska Airlines is reviving its nonstop flights from Seattle to Cancún, Mexico, with cheap deals through May 15. The nonstop flights begin Nov. 6, with daily departures from Sea-Tac at 8:30 a.m., for a flight of 5 hours 40 minutes. Introductory fares start at $199 each way. The fine print: Purchase discounted fares by 11:59 p.m. on May…

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