Special Edition: Air Fare Roundup

In Airfares, Alaska Travelgram, Consumer by scott


Have you noticed? Fares are going up. So are extra fees. We’ve been working all night and all day to put together a comprehensive list of the lowest fares.

First–credit where credit is due. My consultant on this project is Giovanni Di Sarova over at USTravel. Call him: (907)561-2434 or (800)544-2217. We’ve been getting great reports on Giovanni from our readers. 

Second–all the fares I’ve listed are round-trip and they’re valid in either direction. In addition to the base fare, the prices I’ve listed include all the mandatory shake-downs. Ticketing fees are additional. I’ve got some words on that–later.

IMPORTANT: Fares are subject to change without notice. Please DON’T GET MAD if the listed fare is not available on the EXACT date you want to fly. Heck, some of these rates (not many) expire July 10. I’m one of those travelers that say: “Just get me the cheapest rate–I don’t care when I fly.” I know there are a bunch of us out there. I see you at the airport ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

Updated 9:02pm on Thu., Jun 26, 2008 by Scott ([email protected])

Between Anchorage and:

Albany, NY (ALB) $702

Albuquerque (ABQ) 675

Atlanta (ATL) 579

Austin (AUS) 621

Bend, OR (RDM) 691

Billings (BIL) 504

Bismark, ND (BIS) 694

Boise (BOI) 466

Boston (BOS) 555 (Hartford, CT is cheaper)

Bozeman (BZN) 506

Buffalo (BUF) 692 

Burlington, VT (BTV) 783             

Charlotte (CLT) 600

Chicago (ORD)  546

Cincinnati (CVG) 793

Cleveland (CLE)  700

Colorado Springs (COS) 548 

Columbus, OH (CMH)  727

Dallas (DFW) 515  (Great fare!)

Denver (DEN)  533

Des Moines, IA (DSM) 726

Detroit (DTW)  633

Eugene, OR (EUG)  698

El Paso (ELP)  755

Eureka/Arcata, CA (ACV)  767

Fresno, CA (FAT)  792

Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)  664

Great Falls (GTF) 775  

Hartford (BDL)  479

Helena, MT (HLN) 813 

Houston (IAH)  629

Idaho Falls (IDA) 775  

Indianapolis (IND)  600

Jackson, MS (JAN) 740

Kalispell (FCA)  813

Kansas City (MCI)  585

Las Vegas (LAS) 642  

Los Angeles (LAX)  515 (not a bad rate in the age of “PEAK OIL”)

Madison, WI (MSN)  654

Medford, OR (MFR)  726

Memphis (MEM)   768

Miami (MIA) 555 (Great rate!)

Milwaukee (MKE) 600

Minneapolis (MSP)  413 (Check Sun Country Airlines for the best rates through Labor Day)

Mobile, AL (MOB) 735

Monterey, CA (MRY) 675

Nashville, TN (BNA) 662

Newark (EWR) 605

New Orleans (MSY) 653

New York (NYC) 543 

Norfolk, VA (ORF) 727

Oklahoma City (OKC) 652

Omaha (OMA) 610

Orlando (MCO) 555

Philadelphia (PHL) 632

Phoenix (PHX) 557 

Pittsburgh (PIT)   597

Portland, ME (PWM) 713

Portland, OR (PDX) 681

Raleigh-Durham (RDU) 774

Redding, CA (RDD) 877

Reno (RNO) 645

Richmond (RIC) 733

Rochester, NY (ROC) 920

Sacramento (SMF) 747

St. Louis (STL) 579

Salt Lake City (SLC) 598

San Antonio (SAT)  645

San Diego (SAN)  708

San Francisco (SFO) 674

Santa Barbara (SBA)  878

Seattle (SEA)  443

Spokane (GEG)  581

Syracuse (SYR) 771 

Tampa (TPA)  769

Tucson (TUS)  696

Tulsa, OK (TUL)  667

Washington, DC (WAS)  437

Wichita (ICT)  678

Notes: It pays to pick the right gateway. Washington, DC, for example, is a screamer deal. Just down the road in Richmond ($733) or Raleigh ($774), it gets pricey. Better to rent a car and drive. Save a bundle. Below, here’s a picture of the Alaska Airlines 737-Combi. This aircraft flies many of the Bush routes within the state.

In-state fares between Anchorage and

Barrow (BRW) $577

Bethel (BET) 317

Cordova (CDV) 258

Dillingham (DLG) 436

Dutch Harbor (DUT)  948

Fairbanks (FAI)  197

Homer (HOM)  208

Juneau (JNU)  339

Kenai (ENA)  158

Ketchikan (KTN)  458

King Salmon (AKN)  419

Kodiak (ADQ)  278

Kotzebue (OTZ)  478

Nome (OME)  478

Sitka (SIT)  374

Valdez (VDZ)  268

Wrangell  (WRG) 446

Between FAIRBANKS and

Atlanta $606

Boston 719

Chicago 676

Dallas  756

Denver  556

Frankfurt  1,126 non-stop on Condor

Houston  592 (CHEAPER than Anchorage-Houston!)

Indianapolis 656 

Las Vegas  606 (CHEAPER than Anchorage-Las Vegas!)

Los Angeles  609

Miami  684

Minneapolis  745 non-stop on NWA.

Newark  696

Omaha  571 (CHEAPER than Anchorage-Omaha!)

Philadelphia 519 (CHEAPER than PHL-ANC!)

Phoenix 656 

Portland, OR 716 

Reno  706

Sacramento 716 

St. Louis  646

Salt Lake City 582 non-stop on Delta through 7/31…and CHEAPER than ANC-SLC!)

San Diego  766

Seattle  632

Washington, DC  568

Fairbanks notes: The big variable here in Fairbanks is the nonstop service on Northwest FAI-MSP through Aug. 31 and nonstop service on Delta FAI-SLC through July 31. That’s what makes these Fairbanks deals GREAT!

Between JUNEAU and 

Atlanta $659

Billings 773

Bozeman 770

Chicago 639

Dallas 737

Denver  610 

Las Vegas  671

Los Angeles  665

Miami  875

Minneapolis  681

New York 698

Phoenix 742 

Portland  630

San Jose 575 

Seattle  475

Spokane  580

Washington, DC  834

NOTE: Some of the best deals from Juneau are obtained by using Delta’s code-share deals with Alaska Airlines. That way, you can undercut Alaska’s posted fare–sometimes by $200 or more!! Talk to Giovanni! 

IN SUM: You have to hunt to find the best deals. Scrape, scrape, scrape. It’s what I’ve been doing all night and all day to prepare this. Scrape, scrape, scrape. Please feel free to email me if you have a question or your city–or if you’d like the best fare to/from your destination, etc. 

I’ve done my level best on these–now it’s time for me to eat my dinner. Happy Trails, s

PS–Tell me if you liked this rundown. Or, if you’ve got suggestions, let me know that,too. I’m going to draw THREE lucky folks from those that reply. Hint: In the subject line, you MUST put “FARES”. In the body, please let me know your comments, but you MUST include your name, address, phone.

LUCKY WINNERS each get a FREE copy of the Great Alaskan TourSaver. To enter–send me an email: [email protected]


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