Changes at Alaska Airlines?

In Airfares, Alaska Travelgram, Consumer, Shopping by scott

Alaska Airlines is in the news. First, they’ve reported record earnings. They must be doing something right, huh? Above, we were flying over Lake Tahoe when I snapped this shot.  The airline has floated the idea of using turboprops on some of its routes here in Alaska. These “Q-400s” are the stretch version of the Dash-8s that Era Alaska uses throughout Southcentral Alaska. With a capacity of up to 70 passengers, they carry almost as many travelers as the 737-combi aircraft they fly to Nome/Kotzebue and in Southeast Alaska.  Right, I’m looking back on Mt. St. Helens as we climb to altitude out of Sea-Tac. The Q400s are slower, smaller and cheaper to operate.

To defend their turf here in Anchorage, Alaska Airlines is offering double mileage in two markets: Anchorage-Los Angeles (starting May 23) and Anchorage-Denver (starting June 6). It’s not just a coincidence, mind you, that these are the same dates that jetBlue and Frontier start their seasonal service. Fare levels will drop, too.

Last week, I had an interesting flight up from Seattle on Alaska Airlines. I wrote about it in the Alaska Dispatch. Click here to read it.

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