Topic: Alaska Airlines
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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.
February 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM
If you’re like many Seattleites, you’re a big user of our hometown airline, and if you’re like me, you’re always eager to learn a new trick on how to work the mileage program and other Alaska Airlines perks for frequent fliers.
Here’s a good one.
Last summer I signed up for the airline’s Visa Signature credit card in order to get 25,000 bonus miles and the annual “companion fare” that lets you book a companion’s seat for around $110 anytime you buy a ticket on Alaska.
In a rush recently to make an advance reservation for a working trip in time to meet a budget deadline, I went ahead and booked my ticket, with the intention of booking a companion fare at the same time for my spouse (who occasionally accompanies me on working trips at my personal expense). But I searched the Alaska website and didn’t find “companion fare” instructions. I had saved information that had come in the mail with the credit card, but it was filed away somewhere and at that moment I didn’t have time to dig for it.
So I thought, “No worries, I’ll book my ticket now, and when I can get my hands on the other information, I’ll follow up and book the companion fare.”
February 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM
A corporate chill has come between Alaska Airlines and Icelandair, with Alaska ending its mileage partnership with the Icelandic carrier on June 1. For travelers with Alaska frequent-flier miles, it means they won’t be able to use those miles on Icelandair’s routes to more than two dozen European cities.
Starting June 1, Alaska mileage holders won’t be able to book, or change, an award flight on Icelandair.
For ticket purchases (with money, not miles) passengers on Icelandair flights on or after June 1 won’t earn Alaska miles. Before then, there’s a phaseout on earning mileage: Icelandair tickets purchased through May 31 will earn Alaska miles that can be used for flights through Feb. 28, 2014.
See the Alaska Airlines website for details. And if you’re planning a trip to Europe in the future using Alaska miles, book as far ahead as possible as the pool of available flights will shrink with Icelandair out of the picture.
February 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM
With a historically nasty snow storm barreling down on the Northeast U.S., planes, trains and automobiles are going nowhere and travelers are scrambling to rebook.
Airlines already have canceled more than 4,000 flights for Friday and into Saturday morning; Amtrak is stopping train service; and authorities are warning drivers to get off and stay off the roads in face of a forecast two to three feet of snow in Boston and more than a foot in New York City.
Delays and cancellations can boomerang onto flights far from the Northeast because planes and airline crews are out of position. Check, and double-check, on your flight before going to the airport with your carrier or through Sea-Tac Airport’s real-time flight status.
Some flights from Sea-Tac Airport to Boston and the New York area have been canceled Friday, and airlines are easing rebooking rules through the weekend (information is posted on airlines’ websites). Alaska Airlines passengers who had tickets for Boston and Newark flights from Feb. 8-10 can cancel for a full refund; travel also can be rebooked with no change fee (by Feb. 13). (more…)
February 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Shorts- and sandal-clad North End residents could wing their way directly to Hawaii from Everett if an Alaska Airlines proposal flies.
Honolulu, Maui, Portland and Las Vegas would be the first destinations for Alaska jets if service commences from Paine Field, the airline proposed Thursday.
A list of up to 35 round-trip flights for the first year of operations was part of the airline’s next step in seeking Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for it to fly out of Paine Field, which is not currently used for commercial flights.
But it’s still all on the basis of “if and when.” Since Paine Field doesn’t currently have a passenger terminal, the timeline is likely years — or at least many months — out. In addition, the cities of Edmonds and Mukilteo and other opponents of commercial service at Paine Field recently filed a notice to challenge the idea in federal court. (more…)
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