Every Tuesday, Alaska Airlines scoots out a weekly dish of hot Club 49 deals for intrepid Alaskans. We love Club 49, and have ever since Alaska Air announced it on the air with Alaska Travelgram Radio a few years ago. Why do we like it so much? AKontheGO is about families, and families need all the extra help we can get, be it through the 2 Free Checked Bags policy, or the 30% off last-minute travel deals for those weekends when we just need to get outta here. But it’s the Weekly Fare Sale that has us all a’twitter this morning. Family travel to and from the Emerald City of Seattle is looking pretty good today, with Anchorage-Seattle at $194/one way, between January 7 and February 6. Tickets are good for Monday, Tuesday, or Sunday, and must be purchased by this Thursday. For our Juneau readers, how about a little trip to Orange County, with Juneau-Orange County on sale at $229/one way between January 7 and February 6. Same restrictions apply for days of travel, and tickets must be purchased by Thursday, Dec. 13. I just checked flights, and there are still a few open seats, but hurry! These will be all snapped up by noon, I betcha.
While AK Fam is anxiously awaiting our opportunity to jet down South for a few days this winter, we’re also negotiating some in-state travel through our regional airlines. We love to drive around our fair landscape, to be sure, but sometimes external factors make it difficult to add the extra time for two lane, slick-as-snot roadways, and the ensuing angst (not by me, of course, it’s other people).
So, occasionally in the summer, and especially in the winter, AK Fam likes to throw our gear in a few duffels and soar into snowy clouds with the services of two local airlines, who also offer rewards programs, by the way.
Era Alaska flies us to Fairbanks, or down to Homer (and a lot of other places, too), with great service and an excellent FlyAway Rewards program. Accumulate points during every trip; 50 points will earn a one-way ticket. During December, passengers can earn double points and really rock and roll. We’re especially looking at Anchorage – Fairbanks in March for the IceAlaska festival, a glorious display of ice carving and general frigid hilarity.
Grant Aviation is another excllent choice for regional travel. Alaskan-owned Grant cracks me up with their simple, no-frills, but very satisfying Real Rewards program. For each dollar one spends, it is translated to one point. Rack up 1,000 points and earn a round-trip ticket from Anchorage – Kenai. It’s just 1,200 points for a round-trip ticket to Homer. Even I can do that math.
Ready to pack your bags, yet?