Trip report on Alaska Air (plus some GREAT fares!)

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Trip report:  I just returned from a week-long trip to Southeast Alaska on Alaska Air. Above, I leaned out the window of flight 62 from Anchorage to Juneau to snap this image of College Fjord. Well, OK….I leaned up ON the window. HA. Nice, huh?IMG_9020_Snapseed

The flight from Anchorage to Juneau is one of the state’s best glacier flightseeing trips: College Fjord, Malaspina Glacier, Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay! I continued on flight 62 from Juneau to Sitka and finally to Ketchikan. I missed Wrangell and Petersburg, but those are two more communities served by Alaska (in addition to Cordova, Yakutat and Gustavus). Folks in these communities are thankful for the service provided by Alaska Airlines. And so am I.

It’s fair to say the daily service to/from/within Southeast Alaska is essential for residents and visitors alike. I started memorizing the flight numbers long ago. Usually I head south on 62 (Anchorage-Juneau-Sitka-Ketchikan-Seattle), returning on 67 (same routing…in reverse). Here’s a tip: if you want a GREAT deal on visiting Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan or another destination in Southeast Alaska, it’s just 15,000 Alaska Air miles. THAT’s AWESOME!

Paying cash? Check out some of the great fares available right now. Stay tuned for some fall specials…right around the corner!

Anchorage-Fairbanks $89 each way (purchase by Sept. 13)
Anchorage-Seattle as low as $78 each way , starting Oct. 10
Anchorage-Los Angeles/LAX $133 each way NONSTOP

Fairbanks-Seattle $95 each way
Fairbanks-San Francisco $165 each way
Fairbanks-Honolulu $234 each way 

Juneau-Honolulu $230 each way
Juneau-Seattle $95 each way 

IMPORTANT: Not all the cities on sale are listed individually. Go ahead and search for your city to see if it’s on sale. 

Sign up for Club 49 to get weekly specials on Alaska Air each Tuesday morning. You only have two days to purchase–but they are good deals!

PRO TIP: I carry the Alaska Airlines VISA card from Bank of America. If you don’t already have the card (I’ve got two of them), you can earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles. That’s enough for a free ticket! Then you earn an additional mile for every dollar you spend. I don’t need to “man-splain” this, but…uh…the more you spend, the more you save. HAHA

375x200_BBQ_Sandwich_RBGBEYOND! Have you flown on Alaska recently? The airline is making a big deal about the new “Beyond” suite of features they’re offering, including:
1. The upgraded inflight entertainment using Microsoft technology (the tablet is made by Toshiba). The tablet has “early-window” movies, tv shows and music. Also, you can use it in conjunction with the Gogo inflight internet.
2. New Tom Douglas-inspired menu choices. I think I’ve eaten every one. In fact, TOM HIMSELF offered me a BBQ Sandwich on a recent flight. CHECK IT OUT (left)!
3. Check out the seats on the new 737-800s and -900s. They’re the new Rocaro seats that feature POWER (both AC and USB outlets).

PS–I just renewed my membership to Alaska’s Board Room, the only lounge out at the Anchorage Airport. Good news: Board Room members now have access to 54 American Air “Admirals Club” lounges worldwide.

 

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