Alaska Airlines joins Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the fight against childhood cancer.

By Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director of Community Relations, Alaska Airlines

We may be closer than ever to curing childhood cancer. Imagine a world where a child who has cancer will receive treatment and no longer have to endure radiation or chemotherapy as part of the process. This is the new focus of research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. They believe they are on the brink of a new cure based around immunotherapy – a revolutionary treatment that harnesses the power of a child’s immune cells to fight cancer. Clinical trials are now underway and are producing exceptional results in quickly eliminating childhood cancer. Having our hometown children’s hospital be a part of the cure is nothing less than exceptional.

Today is the nationwide launch of the Strong Against Cancer campaign during the Seahawks-49ers game. Along with our Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson, Alaska Airlines is proud to partner with The Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation with financial and marketing support. You will see many instances of this partnership in the media and on our social channels through the month of December and well into the new year.  You can also follow the Strong Against Cancer campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We need your help to be a part of the team and give hope to thousands of families and save lives today. Be a part of the launch on social and join in the text donation campaign and be sure to share the news with your friends and family.  We have much to be thankful for this holiday season and it starts with good health.

By Scott Mackenzie, Travel Codex

Scott Mackenzie blogs at Travel Codex, teaching travelers how to get the most from their airline and hotel loyalty programs. Based in Seattle, Scott flies on Alaska often and holds elite status with several airline and hotel loyalty programs.

Today Alaska Airlines announced new enhancements to its award-winning Mileage Plan program. These changes will increase the number of miles earned by its highest-tier elite members and those customers who buy higher-priced tickets. Other changes are necessary so that Mileage Plan can continue to award miles based on the distance flown while some carriers transition to revenue-based models that consider the price of the ticket.

Sometimes you book a ticket at the last minute or decide to fly first class for a special occasion. When you do this on Alaska Airlines, the hard-earned money you spend will be rewarded. And if you’re the planner, someone who books travel far in advance and would never consider flying first class, Alaska is keeping you whole – a mile flown is a mile earned. It’s that simple.

New Tier Bonus for MVP Gold 75K Members

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For 25 years, Tom Douglas has been at the epicenter of Seattle’s restaurant scene. Now, this three-time James Beard award-winning chef is partnering with Alaska Airlines to bring his iconic flavors to Alaska Airlines customers.

Beginning this December, Alaska customers flying from our Seattle hub will be treated to a rotating selection of Tom Douglas signature items. The iconic chef and his team work to bring a flavor ‘punch’ to each item in his 15 Seattle restaurants and knew whatever they brought to the table would need to have that same punch of flavor.

The partnership kicks off with a smoky brisket chili – tender chunks of brisket in an ancho-chile-tomato sauce, topped with melted cheddar and a charred pepper, and served over a baked Yukon Gold potato.

In the coming months, Douglas also plans to weave a new element into the items he and his team develop: a spotlight on a cool northwest seasonal ingredient: the cranberry.

“We had kind of forgotten about the lovely cranberry until recently we were reminded of their perky brightness by a farmer in Longview who has a big harvest to sell. She asked that we think of more ways to use this fruit than just a condiment one day a year,” says Douglas.

Right now, Douglas and team are testing a cranberry chocolate chunk cookie that Alaska will be sharing with customers in various ways this holiday season – beginning this morning, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

And now to kick off the holidays, Tom Douglas offers these simple tweaks to take your Thanksgiving meal to the next level.

Tom Douglas’s holiday cooking tips:

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A businessman flags down a cab for a ride to the airport.  As the lethargic cabbie asks ‘what airline,’ and learns it’s Alaska, a high-speed chase ensues, while the businessman, sliding back and forth as the cab hugs the turns, yells, “but airlines never leave on time!” Arriving at the airport, the flight has already left.

Alaska Airlines seized upon the humor of travel pains in its TV ads from the 1980s, and if you’re in the Seattle area , you may see a throwback to what the airline called its ‘Atrocities’ campaign, re-airing on TV this winter.

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When the powerful Category 3 Hurricane Odile hit Mexico’s Baja Peninsula on Sept. 14, Alaska Airlines responded immediately.

Through a series of humanitarian relief flights dubbed Operation Ayuda – “help” in Spanish – Alaska evacuated more than 2,000 people.

This video is a tribute to the more than 1,000 Alaska and Horizon employees who offered their skills, their expertise and their compassion in Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Loreto and in the United States.

Thank you for showing the world what it means to say, “I am Alaska.”


The District of Columbia – it’s a city of history, culture and fabulous dining. There’s so much to do that a first-time visitor might not know where to start. For help, we turned to Ginny Carruthers, Alaska’s District of Columbia-based director of government affairs. She’s been with Alaska for 27 years, the past 10 of which have been in the District, and offers these insider tips to Washington D.C.

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Alaska Airlines wrapped chicken banh mi sandwich

Fresh, spicy, delicious. Three words you might not necessarily associate with airplane food – unless, of course, you’ve been flying Alaska Airlines.

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Nearly 10 weeks after Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabos, Alaska Airlines will return to full, scheduled service to the region – plus some.

On Nov. 20, Alaska launches a brand-new, seasonal nonstop flight from Portland, Oregon, to Los Cabos four times per week.

The hurricane damaged buildings and the airport, and thousands of tourists were stranded. Led by Alaska, several airlines were able to operate a limited number of relief flights to transport stranded passengers home while local authorities worked to reopen the airport.

But now, Los Cabos is back in action. The airport reopened to commercial air service in early October, and since then Alaska has been ramping back up to full, scheduled service.

Beginning Nov. 20, Alaska will operate multiple daily and weekly roundtrip flights between Los Cabos and San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Portland.

Alaska Airlines began flying to Mexico a quarter century ago and now operates more than 240 flights a week during the winter between the West Coast and Mexico—more than any other carrier. Alaska flies an average of 1.5 million passengers a year to seven Mexico beach destinations—Cancun, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta—in addition to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Customers with tickets to Los Cabos between Sept. 14 and Nov. 20, 2014 have a variety of options to rebook their travel or request a refund. To learn more, visit our travel advisories page at Tickets for future travel to Los Cabos are available at

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is walking distance to popular sites and home to a collection of historic ships.

The first verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner” echoed through Oriole Park at Camden Yards – the traditional opening to sporting events across America. But here in Baltimore, the national anthem carries added significance. Three miles away is Fort McHenry, site of the battle that inspired the song’s words exactly 200 years ago.

“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

That connection wasn’t lost on my 7-year-old son. Visits to the battlefield and then the ballpark tightened the strings between past and present. The anthem was tangible – he had touched the cannons and explored the bunkers. Overhead in a breezy blue September sky, our flag really was still there.

Making history come alive is one of the things that Baltimore does best. Here are five places we enjoyed during our visit after Alaska Airlines launched daily nonstop service between Seattle and Baltimore.

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Students take notes at an Airport University class. Photo courtesy Don Wilson, Port of Seattle.


Connie Aguilar is nothing if not ambitious. She works full-time at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where she’s tackling the added responsibility of a recent promotion, takes college-credit classes through a special program for airport workers, has two grown children, spends her day off volunteering back at the airport to help travelers, and is planning to go back to school to get a second bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She is also a fierce advocate for her fellow airport workers, encouraging them to take advantage of the resources available to them through Port Jobs, a nonprofit committed to preparing workers for the Port of Seattle economy.

“If I can do it, anyone can,” Aguilar repeats like a mantra.

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