Headed to the Big Apple? Fly Alaska Air (Club 49)

In Airfares, Alaska Travelgram, Consumer, Shopping by scott

Hey, check out Alaska Airlines’ Club49 fares to New York (Newark)  this week. BE QUICK. Above–getting settled in for my trans-con flight on Alaska #6 LAX-DCA. You have to purchase by the end of the day TODAY (Thursday). Specials from Ketchikan, Nome, Fairbanks and Anchorage to Newark:

Nome-Newark $645rt all in
Ketchikan-Newark 590rt all in
Fairbanks-Newark 659rt all in
Anchorage-Newark 596rt all in

Travel Tue/Wed/Sat only between Jan. 17 and Feb. 4, 2012.

Just FYI, Newark is a handy airport for traveling to the Big Apple, thanks to the swift TRAIN service from the terminal to Penn Station in Manhattan. Really seamless, imho. From Penn Station, I catch the subway to the Upper West Side, where I prefer to stay at the HOTEL BEACON. Folks–the neighborhood is great–and it’s just a block from the P-a-h-h-k (Central Park).

I just got back from flying a couple of Alaska’s trans-con routes (SEA-DCA and LAX-DCA). If you haven’t flown coast-to-coast lately, you’ll be happy. Well, uh, you’ll be happier in First Class, of course. But even those of us stuck in coach–well, life is better. Here’s why:

-New slimmed-down digEplayers. First–reserve one in advance (at alaskaair.com) and save a couple of bucks. I never get one (I bring my own content), but the package is pretty nice. It’s about the size of a slimmed-down iPad and includes movies, tv shows and music videos. Further, you now can use the digEplayers to connect to the Gogo in-flight internet. Suh-weet.

-Speaking of Gogo, I am a huge fan of the in-flight internet. Gawd, do I EVAH hate to pay for it. But it’s a great way to waste time at 37,000 feet. On my last flight, I pushed out a couple of newsletters and caught up on my email…right before I ran out of juice on my laptop. NOTE: if you’re connecting from Anchorage (or Fairbanks, or any other city) before flying trans-con, you’re smart to get the 24-hour Gogo pass for $12.95.

-Overall a-h-h-m-b-i-a-a-h-h-n-c-e. Almost every flight these days is completely full. I was stuck in back of a recliner (someone who INSISTS on shoving their seat back–even tho’ there’s NEVER ENOUGH ROOM). I must admit, tho’,  that I was not miserable. But because the person in front of me RECLINED (I N-e-v-e-r recline my seat. There’s not enough room), I wasn’t able to open my laptop. That’s a good argument for the digEplayer, I guess.

Typically, Alaska flies the new 737-800s or -900s on the East Coast routes. The seats are all-leather–some of them still have the “new plane” smell. The flight attendants come through with THREE drink services  on the long flights.

So, scoop up your tickets to the city-so-nice-they-named-it-twice: New York, New York. Purchase by the end of the day. And remember, with your Club 49 card, you can check two bags free!

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