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Alaska Airlines' 'Alaska Beyond' Concept is All Good News for Economy Class

December 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems that calling an airline class by "Economy" or "Business" or "Coach" is no longer cool. 2014 has seen the launch of "JetBlue Mint," "Delta One," and now, "Alaska Beyond."

Instead of a cosmetic rebrand, Alaska Airlines is investing millions to update their entire in-flight experience with huge benefits for the economy traveler.

Alaska Beyond begins rolling out across Alaska Airlines' 737 fleet from today through 2015, and it consists of several updates:

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Alaska Airlines Will Sell That Seat Right Out from Under You

December 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airlines go through a lot of stuff each and every year, so it’s nice to see when they’re able to recycle some stuff instead of sending it off to the landfill. Alaska Airlines is one such carrier, as they’ve been sending their seat covers elsewhere for a chance at a new life.

The discarded leather material finds its way to the creative folks over at Mariclaro and, from there, your seat becomes a bag, an accessory, and a number of other things—and all from sustainable materials. The different style of bags—from messenger to attaché case—use airport codes for their names, so you can choose from options like the JFK or the SEA.

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Why You Should Absolutely Order the Brisket on Alaska Airlines

December 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Up in the air dining just got a little bit better aboard Alaska Airlines, as the carrier has called on a local celebrity chef for their newest in-flight menu.

Tom Douglas is well known in the Seattle area for restaurants like Etta’s, Lola, and our favorite of his restaurant empire—the pizza joint known as Serious Pie. He's also the winner of James Beard awards and is on the radio on a regular basis. It was only a matter of time before he was approached to translate his flavors for 35,000 feet.

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All the Details on Cyber Monday Airfare Sales from 8 Airlines

December 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Enough already! Talk of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ends today...at least until next year.

If you're hoping for a travel deal during this high shopping season, then Cyber Monday is the better bet as airlines tend to do much of their business on the internet these days.

As always, pay attention to the fine print before clicking to purchase, and remember that more sales are due to arrive after the New Year, when travel once again calms down between the holidays and Spring Break.

Cyber Monday airfare sales:

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Lufthansa, American Airlines, and Finnair Flaunt New Routes for 2015

November 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Lufthansa:
Good news for those trying to get to—or from—the Sunshine State, as Lufthansa is getting ready to make Tampa one of its newest nonstop destinations. The flights are scheduled to begin on September 25 of next year, so you have quite some time to get the funds in place. Things will begin by heading back and forth four times each and every week, but then things will bump up to five times per week when the weather gets warmer. It’ll be Airbus A340s doing the flying, but just note one thing—this will be one of the first flights operated by the carrier’s new low cost carrier arm.

· Finnair:
Want to go to Finland? Finnair can take your there from all kinds of different destinations, but beginning next year Chicago becomes a new option. The plan is to start the flights beginning in June of next year, as it’ll be a seasonal affair between Chicago-O’Hare and Helsinki. Airbus A330s will do the back and forth thing, and it sounds like the flights will operate thrice weekly. Just be sure not to miss your flight, as things will end for the year on October 17.

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These Special Airplanes Offer Halloween Costume Inspiration Straight Off the Tarmac

October 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just one more day until the little (and not so little) ghosts and goblins come out to play for Halloween and, if you haven't gotten your costume ready to roll this year, you'd better get on it.

Obviously it takes a little more than a trip to Target and some wacky makeup to dress up an airplane, so special airplane paint jobs tooling around tarmacs really make a big splash at this time of the year:

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Alaska Airlines Gives a Thumbs Up to New Thumb-Out Fingerprint Technology

October 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not quite ready to name a Jaunty winner for biggest mover and shaker of the airline industry for 2014 just yet, but Alaska Airlines seems to be making a case for the title each and every week. This time they’re introducing further technology at their destinations, specifically a way to check-in for flights with just your finger.

Alaska Airlines is checking out how to use fingerprints for your reservation, calling it “e-thumb” technology. It’s not just to get on the plane either, as if things go well they’ll put biometrics to use to credit cards for stuff like onboard purchases. Right now the testing seems limited to using the technology—and your thumb—to gain access to the airline lounge.

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Free Stuff Alert! Win Airfare and More with Alaska Airlines' Friday Scavenger Hunt

October 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have plans for tomorrow? If not, try to make your way out to Seattle, as Alaska Airlines is hosting a scavenger hunt in and around the city. We would probably play along just for some airline swag or a t-shirt, but what they’re handing out to the winner is even better. To celebrate their order of a whole bunch of brand new Boeing 737-900ERs they are offering up a chance to drive one—at least in the simulator.

The airline will be revealing clues on both Instagram and Twitter beginning at 6am—local time—this Friday. Your job will be to use the hints to find spots in and around Seattle, and if you’re the first to arrive at each location you might just score some time in the Boeing 737 flight simulator.

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New Details on the Reopening Date for Cabo San Lucas' Hurricane-Damaged Airport

September 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM | by | Comment (1)


Los Cabos' battered airport is seen behind the wingtip of an Alaska Airlines relief flight

UPDATE, 9.24.14: The airport is now scheduled to reopen on October 8. That could change but we'll keep you updated if we hear otherwise.

The fallout from Hurricane Odile continues, now one week after the category 3 storm lashed the Baja Peninsula and stranded nearly 40,000 tourists. Although relief flights operated by governments and even by airlines have been successful in evacuating the stranded, the major airport for the region—Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)—remains closed to regularly scheduled service and, as of Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics suspended relief operations in order to begin airport repairs.

The latest word on a reopening date for SJD comes from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, who are now planning to welcome limited flights no earlier than September 26. The danger lies not in the actual flying to/from or landing at the airport since the runways and taxiways themselves were not damaged. It's the airport buildings serving passengers—Terminal 1 with a collapsed roof and Terminal 2 with structural damage, both a general mess—which delay the resumption of flights.

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How the Alaska Airlines 'Chief Football Officer' Can Score You an Airfare Deal

September 18, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines has been utilizing quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to promote their cause as Seattle’s hometown airline, and so far so good. There have been funny commercials, appearances here and there, and now the airline is continuing their relationship into the 2014 football season.

His official title is Chief Football Officer—hope the true airline CFO doesn’t mind—and as part of his duties he’s passing some Alaska Airlines savings on to passengers.

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New Routes News from Cathay Pacific, Icelandair, and Virgin Atlantic

September 12, 2014 at 6:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Cathay Pacific:
Heading to Hong Kong is about to get a little bit easier, as Cathay Pacific is preparing for some new nonstop flights to and from the nifty fifty. This time they will be departing from Boston on their way to Hong Kong, and it looks like things are scheduled to takeoff for the first time on May 3, 2015. Once the necessary government seals and stamps are in place the flights will do their thing four times per week, and the flying fun will be completed thanks to some Boeing 777-300ER—complete a true first class cabin!

· Virgin Atlantic:
Great news for those who call the Motor City home, as it looks like Virgin Atlantic is putting the pieces in place for a new route across the pond. The plan is for the carrier to do the nonstop thing between Detroit and London beginning during the summer of 2015. Obviously things can change between now and then, but it does sound like this should be a daily option.

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Alaska Airlines Anoints New 'Chief Football Officer'

August 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re still a month away from the true kickoff of the NFL football season, but Alaska Airlines is already banking for your fall travel dollars with a football-theme promotion. Along with their Chief Football Officer—and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson—they’ve got a new commercial promoting their general airline awesomeness.

The ad depicts Alaska Airlines employees going through some traditional football training camp activities, but of course with a little bit more of an airline edge—think flight attendants tossing bags of peanuts to cardboard passengers aboard golf carts.

It’s pretty darn funny and definitely worth thirty seconds of your time on a Friday, so be sure to check it out.

[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]