Alaskans asked, and New York-based JetBlue Airways responded: Beginning Thursday, May 16, 2013, JetBlue will begin daily nonstop service between Anchorage and Seattle. Family travel to and from Alaska couldn’t get any easier, folks, as JetBlue’s signature service rivals that of our other major air carrier, Alaska Airlines, leaving plenty of room for speculation over pretty competitive pricing between the two companies. While the flight’s schedule is not spectacular for kids – departing SEA at 8 p.m. and arriving in ANC at 10:44 p.m.; then departing ANC at 1 a.m. and arriving in SEA at 5:25 a.m. – it’s the connection factor that comes out on top for families transitioning on to other cities in the Lower 48. This, my friends, is good stuff.
AKontheGO was fortunate enough to wing it south to Long Beach on JetBlue’s inaugural flight in May, 2011, surprising AK Kid with a few days at Disneyland. The flight alone was special for our young traveler; lots of leg room, unlimited (and kid-friendly) snacks, seatback entertainment…the child was in heaven, and as we’ve said before, when kids are happy, the whole darn plane is happy.
Tickets go on sale in December, so pull out your spring family vacation planner and start pondering a fantastic Pacific Northwest getaway. A note: the inaugural ANC-SEA flight is scheduled for the week prior to most Alaska schools’ summer dismissal.
Keep following AKontheGO, because you never know what sort of special opportunity there might be for our loyal readers (hint, hint). In the meantime, take a few moments to jump for joy at another option for Seattle-bound travelers.