Alaska Airlines Cheap Flights, Flight Deals & Airline Tickets

Alaska Airlines got its start in the 1930s as McGee Airways, when a pilot flew from Anchorage to Bristol Bay on a plane with only three passenger seats. Flights at the time only occurred as needed: when people, mail or cargo were willing to pay for transportation. The enterprise went through several names and owners, until it became Alaska Airlines in 1944; at the time the headquarters were in Anchorage. After World War II, Alaska Airlines began hiring flight attendants (then known as stewardesses) and expanded its fleet by purchasing surplus military aircraft. Since then, the company has successfully dealt with many challenges: changing technology, deregulation, competition and an economy with its own ups and downs. Now Alaska Airlines flies to 118 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba. Alaska Airlines has also been a player in world events: in 1949 it participated in “Operation Magic Carpet,” helping to airlift many Jews in Yemen to Israel; in 2016 it flew the first commercial flight using a biofuel made from tree cuttings.

Alaska Airlines is part of the Alaska Air Group. It is not a member of any airline alliance but it does codeshare flights with many other airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, KLM, LATAM Chile, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines.

According to Flight Stats for 2016, Alaska Airlines had the timeliest airline in North America, on time 87% of the year.

When Does Alaska Airlines Have Sales?

Alaska Airlines runs sales to destinations around the U.S. each month, and they are sometimes updated as often as every week or every other week. Visit our updated Alaska Airlines Deals page to find details on the latest sale.

Alaska Airlines Deals

Alaska Airlines Destinations

With 92 cities served by Alaska Airlines, and 900 destinations when combined with its Global Partners, Alaska Airlines will take you where you wish to go.

Popular Domestic Destinations:

  • Anchorage, AK (ANC)
  • Chicago, IL (ORD)
  • Dallas Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
  • Honolulu, HK (HNL)
  • Juneau, AK (JNU)
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
  • Seattle, WA (SEA)
  • Tucson, AZ (TUS)

Popular International Destinations:

  • Cancún, Mexico
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Loreto, Mexico
  • Mazatlán, Mexico
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • San José del Cabo, Mexico
  • Vancouver, Canada

Alaska Airlines Airport Hubs

Alaska Airlines flights are worth choosing even more if you fly through one of their hubs.

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): the primary hub for Alaska Airlines, which provides transportation for about 40% of this airport’s passengers. Sea-Tac has thee terminals: Central, North and South.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): LAX is the largest and busiest airport in California. It has 9 terminals, Terminals 1 through 8 and a ninth known as the Tom Bradley International Terminal, TBIT, or simply Terminal B. Alaska Airlines and its subsidiary Virgin America both use Terminal 6.
  • Portland International Airport (PDX): the largest airport in Oregon, this airport serves both civilians and the military. PDX has one main terminal, but it has been divided into the North Terminal and the South Terminal. Alaska Airlines flies out of the North Terminal.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): the largest in Northern California, this airport is the state’s second busiest. It has a total of four terminals: Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and the International Terminal. Take care not to confuse Terminal One (T1) with the International Terminal (TI) as the codes can look very similar on your boarding pass.
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC): located about 5 miles southwest of the city center. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has two terminals: North and South. Alaska Airlines flies in and out of the South terminal.

Alaska Airlines Fleet

Alaska Airlines has more than 200 aircraft in service, with 153 Boeing 737 aircraft and 52 Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The average age of the airplanes is less than 10 years, as Alaska Airlines strives to keep its planes comfortable, fuel efficient and modern.  The aircraft in service are:

  • Boeing 737-700: 11 in service, each can carry 124 passengers
  • Boeing 737-800: 61 in service, each can carry 159 passengers
  • Boeing 737-900: 12 in service, each can carry 178 -181 passengers
  • Boeing 737-900ER: 11 in service, each can carry 178-181 passengers

Some planes are painted to represent who they serve or their primary destination. Some of the Q400s are painted to display universities; a few 737s are painted to show their passengers that they are on their way to Disneyland. Many Alaska Airlines are painted with the face of an Eskimo on their tails, a reminder of the importance of Alaska Airlines to remote communities in Alaska, as travel by air is the only way to reach these places for part of the year, and the only way to get them medicine and other supplies.

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Flying with Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Loyalty Program (Mileage Plan), Discounts and Miles Promotions

The Alaska Airlines frequent flyer program is called Mileage Plan. For every mile flown on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, you earn at least one mile. Mileage Plan members can use their miles for flights starting at 5000 miles. Elite status begins after you have earned 20,000 miles.  With the combination of Alaska Airlines and its partners, you can travel nearly anywhere on the globe.

You can also earn miles when you book at certain hotels or hotel bookers in their network: Best Western, Choice Hotels, Coast Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Honors, InterContinental Hotels, La Quinta Hotels, Marriott Rewards, Rocketmiles, Starwood Preferred Guest and Westmark Hotels. The same is true for rental cars: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty all have partnerships with Alaska Airlines. You don’t even have to travel to earn miles; Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plus is partnered with many restaurants and other vendors, and you can earn even more with an Alaska Airlines credit card.

If you're a resident of Alaska and a Mileage Plan member, join Club 49 and enjoy some extra benefits.

Alaska Airlines: How to Check In, Seat Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

If you wish to be extra comfortable when you travel, before your flight you can make special arrangements for your seats:

  • Alaska Airlines offer a First Class option on most flights, with plenty of legroom, complimentary food and drink, streaming entertainment and WiFi on most flights.
  • Passengers flying in the main cabin can enjoy more legroom if they purchase a seat in a premium class. Because these may be in emergency rows, not all passengers are permitted in these seats.
  • Customers of size – If a passenger cannot sit in a regular seat, which is 17 inches in width, then the customer will be required to buy a second ticket so that he or she can use two seats. If the flights in both directions end up with each having an empty seat the money for this second ticket will be refunded.
  • Comfort seat – passengers wishing to have more room may reserve an adjacent seat next to theirs in order to keep it empty. However, these comfort seats cannot be reserved online and to purchase one you should call a Reservation Agent (the usual fee for this reservation will be waived). Alaska Airlines’ Reservations Agents can only reserve these comfort seats for Alaska Airline and flights operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines. Even if all your flights end up flying with other empty seats, comfort seats (unlike the seats for customers of size) are not refundable.

Alaska Airlines: Baggage Allowance and Fees

Alaska Airlines carry-on baggage policy

  • At no extra charge, passengers can each take one smaller item, such as a purse or briefcase or computer bag, as well as a larger item.
  • The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 24 inches (61 cm) x 17 inches (43 cm) x 10 inches (25 cm). The wheels and the handle must be included when making your measurements.
  • Additional carry-on bags are subject to fees and fines.
  • Occasionally, there may be no more space in the cabin, in which case Alaska Airlines will check your carry-on bag at no additional charge.

Alaska Airlines checked baggage policy

  • For standard flights and fares, the first checked bag costs $25, the second checked bag costs $25, and every additional bag costs $75 each.
  • Bags that are above the weight limit of 50 pounds (23 kilograms) or are longer than 63 inches (115 centimeters) in any direction are subject to a $75 fee, with the exception of some sporting equipment.
  • No piece of luggage may weigh more than 100 pounds (46 kilograms).
  • Strollers and car seats are checked free of charge for people traveling with infants or children.
  • Packed pineapple from Hawaii, if you are traveling from there, can be checked at no additional charge.
  • Certain mobility aids and medical devices can be checked at no additional charge.
  • Important note: even if you appear to be traveling on Alaska Airlines, your trip may be overruled by another carrier’s baggage policy. Review your travel confirmation to see which baggage policy applies.

Alaska Airlines: Service on Board, Meals and In-flight Entertainment

Food generally has to be ordered on board unless you are traveling First Class. If you wish to order a meal in advance, the Alaska Airlines app lets you do that.

Many flights have free TV and free movies to keep you entertained.

Free Chat allows you to communicate with others while flying using one of these popular apps: iMessage, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Free Chat has some limitations; you have to use one of the apps listed; you cannot send photos or videos or text with SMS; you have to be on a flight with Gogo Inflight Internet, and Free Chat is not available on flights to Mexico, to Hawai’i or to Latin America.

Alaska Airlines: Child Fares/Fees, Unaccompanied Minor Service

Traveling with infants

  • Alaska Airlines does not have a minimum age for traveling with an infant, but you may wish to check with your doctor before booking a flight.
  • A child is considered an infant until the second birthday. An infant traveling on a lap (lap infant) travels at no extra charge in the United States but will probably incur charges if you cross international borders.
  • If a seat on the flight is empty, the infant may use the seat at no additional charge.
  • An adult can travel with only one lap infant.
  • You are not required to carry an infant on your lap even if he or she is eligible. You may purchase seats for those under two years of age to give yourself more room.
  • Each row in an airplane can have only one lap infant (this is due to the distribution of oxygen masks).
  • A lap infant is not entitled to additional carry-on baggage; a diaper bag counts as part of the accompanying adult’s carry-on allowance.

Car seats and strollers

These can be checked, either at check in or at the gate, at no additional charge.

Unaccompanied Minor Service

Alaska Airlines offers Unaccompanied Minor service for children between 5 and 17:

  • Available for children aged 5 to 17, and always required for children aged 5 to 12. Children who have not reached their 5th birthday by the time of the flight must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Restrictions apply. For example, unaccompanied minors may not be booked on flights departing between nine at night and five in the morning. Unaccompanied minors aged 5 through 7 may not be booked on routes with transfers or connections; unaccompanied minors aged 8 through 12 may be booked on routes with transfers or connections only if they are operated by certain airlines.
  • Unaccompanied minors may not be booked on routes that have connections of two hours or more.
  • Fees are $25 each way per child for a nonstop or a direct flight, and $50 each way per child for routes with connections.

Alaska Airlines: Pet Policy

Alaska Airlines wishes you the best journey possible, and sometimes that means traveling with your furry or feathered friends. Here are the main things to know about traveling with animals on Alaska Airlines:

  • A pet in the cabin costs $100 each way and counts toward your carry-on baggage and must fit under the seat in front of you during take-off and landing.
  • A pet flying in the cargo costs $100 each way and must be in a kennel that locks, that has adequate ventilation, and has a food and water dish which may be filled without opening the door.
  • If you are transferring during your journey onto another airline, you will have to transfer your pet yourself, even if it was checked.
  • Certain breeds of short-nosed dogs and cats must travel in the cabin, as veterinarians have determined that they may have trouble breathing when in cargo. Examples of dogs that are considered short-nosed are Boston terriers, boxers, bull dogs, Pekingese and pit bulls. Examples of short-nosed cat breeds are Burmese, Himalayan and Persian. Neither list includes all possibilities.
  • Alaska Airlines does not allow pets to be checked into the baggage compartment during the peak travel periods around Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year. Pets are still permitted in the cabin area.
  • Depending on your destination, there may be additional requirements, restrictions or fees.
  • Animals that seem sick may be refused travel. Animals may need proof of vaccinations and overall health.
  • Service animals do not generally have these restrictions and will not incur an extra fee. However, not every species is permitted in the cabin.

Alaska Airlines Contact Information

Alaska Airlines Customer Service Phone Number

Phone number for reservations 1-800-252-7522

Alaska Airlines Email

The Alaska Airlines website has forms for feedback, the mileage program and credit card billing. It also has a chat function if you wish to discuss another matter.

Alaska Airlines Website

You can use the website to send a message to Alaska Airlines via “Jenn,” their chat assistant.

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