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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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February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Alaska Airlines joins chorus of opposition to Ariz. law

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is urging  Arizona’s governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people. It joins other major airlines and businesses that have spoken out against the bill. Alaska has 20 peak-season daily flights to Phoenix and Tucson from Seattle and Anchorage, with 228 employees based in Arizona. Alaska CEO Brad…

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February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Alaska adds nonstops, and sale fares, from Seattle

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…

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January 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

An airlift for some lucky Seahawks fans

Want to go to New York/New Jersey  for the Super Bowl weekend but can’t swing the high prices for flights and hotels? Then try your luck in an Alaska Airlines sweepstakes that will take a plane full of lucky Seahawks fans from Seattle to New York in what’s called the “Russell Wilson 12th Fan Airlift.” Each…

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January 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Brrrr! Share your stopped-by-the-deep-freeze travel tale

A traveler takes a nap in Boston's Logan International Airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

A traveler naps in Boston’s airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

The good news for Seattle travelers: So far, local carrier Alaska Airlines has no flight cancellations Monday or Tuesday because of the deep freeze in other parts of the nation. Alaska even expects to make it in and out of Minneapolis, despite a forecast Monday high of 14 below, with a wind chill of -50 degrees F.

But just as college students have been trying to get back to school from winter break, harsh winter weather in the Midwest — on the heels of last week’s East Coast snowstorm — has crippled air travel across the country. More than 9,000 flights have been canceled over the last four days

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December 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Delta expands Seattle base with Fairbanks, Vancouver flights

Delta keeps expanding its service from Sea-Tac Airport. (Paul Morris /Bloomberg News photo)

Delta keeps expanding its service from Sea-Tac Airport. (Paul Morris /Bloomberg News photo)

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,

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November 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

An airline can make you happy (with low-fare guarantee)

Alaska Airlines planes are clustered at Sea-Tac Airport. (AP photo by Ted S. Warren.)

Alaska Airlines planes are clustered at Sea-Tac Airport. (AP photo by Ted S. Warren.)

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

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October 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Check in earlier for Alaska flights – or miss the plane

Alaska Airlines planes are lined up at Sea-Tac Airport. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times, 2012)

Alaska Airlines planes are lined up at Sea-Tac Airport. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times, 2012)

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

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October 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Alaska’s baggage, change fees go up Oct. 30

 An Alaska Airlines plane takes off at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline is increasing some fees on Oct. 30. (Alan Berner photo / The Seattle Times)

An Alaska Airlines plane takes off at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline is increasing some fees on Oct. 30. (Alan Berner photo / The Seattle Times)

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

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September 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Alaska Airlines posts new fall fare sale

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…

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