Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners are scheduled to play their first spring training game today in Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Drayer, 710 ESPN Seattle, @shannondrayer)

Spring training is the perfect time for fans to soak up the warm Arizona sunshine as they get close to big baseball stars in small baseball parks.

Robinson Cano by Cole Cosgrove

Robinson Cano sports a lapel pin that says “Yo Soy Alaska” (“I am Alaska” in Spanish). #iamalaska

Through April 4, half the teams in Major League Baseball, including the Seattle Mariners, will play their spring games in the Phoenix area. Now is the time to book your flight.

To make the most of your time before and after games, we sought advice from Robinson Cano, the All-Star second baseman for the Seattle Mariners.

“I’m in work mode when I’m here for spring training, so I don’t get to hang out much,” Cano said Tuesday. “But I do love to eat a nice dinner after we practice.”

So where do you go, Cano?

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Alaska Airlines’ Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson recently sat down to answer questions submitted by Alaska employees.

Caleb Jones (station operations, Seattle): How do you keep up your drive and determination and continue to focus on winning after such a difficult finish to an otherwise remarkable season?

Russell Wilson: I am only 26 years old. I have so much of my career ahead of me. I am excited for the challenge of growing as a player and person, and just getting better every day. I don’t look backward, only forward. Every year is a new opportunity to do great things.

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Inside a small hangar, the parts and components of a two-seat plane are starting to come together, piece by piece, built by teenagers, guided by mentors.

Alaska Airlines supports these next-generation aviators through a fledgling program that teaches high school students how to build a plane and learn to fly it. Called TeenFlight Puyallup, the nonprofit club matches experienced professionals with kids interested in aviation, supported by donations from the airline.

The first aircraft is almost complete, constructed during twice-a-week “build” sessions at Thun Field Pierce County Airport, about 30 miles south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Originally published in the Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2015

By Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines.

NOBODY likes waiting in line. It makes sense that the Port of Seattle would want to improve the international terminal at Sea-Tac Airport so that travelers arriving from Shanghai and Paris can clear customs and retrieve their luggage quickly. But when passengers arriving from Yakima, Walla Walla and every other city across the U.S. have to pay for the new international facility, we have a big problem.

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At Alaska, we believe our Mileage Plan is best in class. But don’t just take our word for it – in 2014, Mileage Plan ranked highest in J.D. Power’s first-ever 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM. This week, the Los Angeles Times recommended Alaska’s Mileage Plan as a top pick for elite status for fliers in the L.A. area.

As many loyalty programs cut benefits or add hoops to jump through, Alaska’s managing director of loyalty marketing and customer care Caroline Boren says the airline is focused on making its program even better for all members.

“Mileage Plan really punches above its weight class, and we want to keep it that way,” says Boren. “It’s a much bigger program than the size of our airline, and with our 14 partner airlines, you can truly earn and redeem miles for travel worldwide.”

Alaska is working on additional Mileage Plan enhancements in 2015.

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For some, traveling can be a real challenge. Airports are hectic with so much happening at once. It’s no wonder that people get stressed out. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are four simple tricks that can help ease your way and get you to your destination in the seat of your choice with a minimum of fuss.

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As snowfall levels at Washington state ski resorts continue to hover near record-setting lows, now’s the time to check out some of the West’s most popular ski destinations. Just pack your skis or snowboard and show your Alaska Airlines boarding pass at any of these destinations for incredible ski deals.

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The airplane that hit a fish is one of the most legendary stories in Alaska Airlines lore.

Like all great fish tales, the size of the fish grows with every telling, but the story that made headlines around the world in 1987 is completely true. (Although it probably didn’t help that newspapers published the story on April Fool’s Day.)

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The temperature was well below zero when the sun began to rise on the frozen Kuskowim River in Bethel, Alaska. The bone-chilling dark slowly gave way to a pink glow that cast a warm light on this rural Alaska community.

When the sun finally peeked over the horizon at 9:45 a.m., residents were well into their daily routines. But this January morning was a bit different: 50 students from Bethel and remote villages gathered with packed bags for a special 12-day journey that could have ripple effects through the rest of their lives.

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In the world of aviation photography, the money shot looks like this: Alaska Airlines’ bright-blue Disney plane soars through billowy white clouds, perfectly spotlighted by midmorning sun. The Boeing 737-900 banks slightly to showcase its colorful fuselage painted with the “Fab Five” – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy – along with the cheerful words, “We’re going to Disneyland.”

In an age of computer-generated everything, the surreal scenes look animated. But this magic is real.

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