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Category: Alaska Airlines
January 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Free in-flight movies, TV shows extended for Alaska passengers

There’s no free lunch for most air travelers, but Alaska Airlines passengers will keep getting free  in-flight entertainment for their electronic devices for two more months, the carrier said Tuesday . “All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015,”  Alaska said (its  free trial began in December). Beginning April…

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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 main entrance to the airport at Los Cabos where terminals were  damaged by Hurricane Odile.  It’s shown here on Sept. 17; the airport is closed to commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8 while it’s being repaired. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) The airport in hurricane-slammed Los Cabos, Mexico, won’t reopen for commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8. Authorities…

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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

Damage at Los Cabos airport from Hurricane Odile is shown in a photo released by Mexico officials. The airport remains closed except for relief flights.  (Juan Carlos Morales / Mexico Presidency photo ) 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…

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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

Tourist Carl Hassler of California stands next to debris and damaged furniture at the entrance of the Hilton hotel in Los Cabos earlier this week after it sustained severe damage during Hurricane Odile. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) Some major resorts in Los Cabos, slammed by Hurricane Odile, won’t reopen until at least the end of October. …

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September 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

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

Tourists and locals were evacuated  on a Mexican air force cargo plane from Los Cabos  to Mexico City  on Thursday.  (AP photo / Victor R. Caivano) 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…

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September 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Alaska allows flight changes to more Mexico resorts due to hurricane

Damage on a Los Cabos beach from Hurricane Odile as seen on Monday.  (Oscar Ramirez photo / EPA) 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…

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June 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Open plane door and, oops, emergency slide deploys

An emergency-evacuation slide accidentally deployed on an Alaska Airlines plane. (Photo via Flyer Talk.) 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…

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May 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Alaska boosts Seattle flights, still the big player

Alaska Airlines planes are lined up at Sea-Tac Airport, where the hometown carrier faces increasing competition from Delta. (Mike Siegel, Seattle Times file photo). 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…

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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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