Alaska Airlines is strengthening its cross-country network, adding flights from its Seattle hub to New Orleans, Tampa and Detroit. And it’s offering sale fares to kick off the new flights. Service to New Orleans and Tampa begins June 12; flights to Detroit start Sept. 4. There will be one daily round trip between Seattle and each of…More
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Stevens Pass has some going-fast $12 lift tickets for skiing and boarding on Super Bowl Sunday. But there are discounts at other Pacific Northwest ski areas for the Feb. 2 game day The discounts, available through Liftopia, include: –At Mt. Spokane, a 1-day lift ticket starts at $40 (save 21 percent) – Washington’s 49 Degrees North has 1-day lift tickets starting…More
Stevens Pass wants to get skiers to the slopes on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2) and is offering some $12 lift tickets. The discounted tickets are available only through the Stevens Pass Facebook page, and will be valid for four hours of skiing or snowboarding on game day. 1,200 tickets were made available but are going fast…. Stevens also will…More
Washington State Parks will be free on 12 days this year. Visitors won’t have to buy a $10 daily Discover Pass to visit (nor the $30 annual pass). Here are the free days for 2014: Jan 19 and 20 – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday April 19…More
If you’re banking on the Seahawks getting to the Super Bowl and want to get close to the Feb. 2 game in New Jersey, start shopping around now for somewhere to stay in the New York area. There still are vacancies for the big weekend since the area abounds in rooms.
But you’ll pay a lot to stay in Manhattan, which is packed with attractions and Super Bowl festivities. It’s always expensive, and a Manhattan hotel room on Super Bowl weekend will average $418 a night, according to a TripAdvisor survey (and rooms at Super Bowl time often are non-refundable).
The heart of Manhattan is roughly 16 miles from the MetLife StadiumMore
Are you ready to take a bet on the Seahawks going all the way and buy a flight to the Super Bowl?
If so, you could save money by quickly buying airline tickets now — before Saturday’s Seahawks playoff game — for the Super Bowl in New Jersey. If the Hawks win Saturday, many more hopeful Seattle fans could get serious about heading to the Super Bowl and it could be tougher to nab good airfares and itineraries.
Some strategies for winning airfares
– Southwest Airlines could be your friend. Southwest doesn’t charge for changing or canceling flights. So if the Hawks don’t make it to the Super Bowl and you want to cancel your trip, you won’t be a financial loser.
The Southwest drawback: There are no nonstop flights from Seattle on Southwest to New York airports or Newark, N.J. (the closest airport to the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where the game will be played) so you’ll have to change planes somewhere and could have long stopovers.
– Alaska Airlines has nonstop flights between Seattle and Newark. But nonstops to Newark already are sold out on a few days just before the Super Bowl, with just a scattering of cheapMore
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…More
I’ve been daydreaming about going to Greenland, of seeing its other-worldly wilderness of icebergs and glaciers before they’re gone (thank you, climate change).
So I thumbed through an enticing-looking brochure from an expedition-cruise company called Adventure Canada, a family-run business that takes travelers on small-ship cruises to remote northern places such as Canada’s Arctic, Scotland, Greenland and more.
One cruise, called Greenland & Wild Labrador, looked enticing. The price for the Sept. 5-18 cruise: $3,995 per person (that’s in the cheapest stateroom which is, ahem, a quad with bunk beds; a two-berth room would be a dizzying $6,695 per person). Still, not all that bad forMore
In response to my Sunday article on “The true cost of cruising,” which mentioned a Wenatchee couple who got a cut-rate, last-minute $299-per-person fare for an Alaska cruise, some of you are wondering, “How do I get that deal?”
First, know that there’s no promise that the $299 deal will come up again soon. The cheapest Seattle-to-Alaska cruise I see today (June 17) on the Princess Cruises website is $599 for a 7-day trip leaving July 28. Whether the price continues to drop likely depends on whether the ship is full before it sails. But even $599 is a bargain compared to the advance-sale price currently offered for the same trip at the same time in 2014: $1,099 per person. (Both quotes are for an inside cabin with no windows.)
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Raindrops on roses? Whiskers on kittens? I don’t know about those, but these are a few of my favorite things from this past week’s visit to Maui:
- Best little tourist town: Makawao. Lahaina has great historical sites and museums, but it’s looking a little careworn and in need of fresh paint, while the surfer-dude haven of Paia is overloved and traffic-jammed. The upcountry cowboy town of Makawao has fun local shops, a couple nice cafes and cream puffs from Komoda’s bakery.
- Kapalua Bay for snorkeling: Get there early for a spot in the public parking lot of this beautiful little beach with a protected and quiet cove that’s great for beginner snorkelers or old pros. Good reefs with some brightly colored coral, big scarlet-colored slate pencil urchins, and lots to see throughout the bay, including schooling fish like you saw in “Finding Nemo.” Fun to swim with them.
- Plate-lunch place: Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate, 3481 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Honokowai. I liked the Lau Lau Pork, wrapped in taro leaf for a taste of the islands. Tip: Unless you’re there for a real FULL meal, get the “Mini” plate ($7.95). All items on the “Local Food” menu come with the typical macaroni salad and