As a mother of three living in San Francisco, it’s safe to say that Liz Stanley has a very busy lifestyle! From traveling the world, running the popular Say Yes blog, and trying new recipes, Liz captures the essence of family life in her photos. She just returned from an Instagram takeover in Orange County as part of Alaska’s Weekend Wanderer series. For more Weekend Wanderer posts, be sure to follow Alaska Airlines on Instagram.

6 tips for a perfect family trip to Disneyland

By Liz Stanley of

Surprise trips are some of my very favorites. It’s a tradition my family did growing up. They called them Mystery Rides and we’d all pile in the car with no clue where we were headed. Sometimes it was a movie or an amusement park, and sometimes it was something more exciting like a trip to see our cousins in New Jersey. We loved them!

Last weekend we took our three kids (ages 9, 3, and 1) on a huge surprise trip to Disneyland and Orange County.

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This is a photo of Alaska Airlines More to Love livery. The plane is painted with a red nose, fading into a navy blue tail

Condé Nast Traveler named Virgin America “Best U.S. Airline” in their 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards for the 10th year in a row this morning. Alaska Airlines took the third spot. Virgin America has taken the top spot in the poll every year since the airline began flying.

“This is a celebration of the Best in the World and you are part of it,” the Condé Nast Traveler Team said in the official announcement.

The award is especially significant because it’s based on ratings from more than 300,000 readers. Tens of thousands of readers also submit both positive and negative comments about their recent travel experiences of the world’s cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines and airports.

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After a weeklong fishing trip in Yakutat, Alaska, retired Captain David Olson found himself on one of the last flights of the 737-400 combis – a plane he piloted for two years straight when he first started flying for Alaska Airlines nearly 36 years ago.

The unique cargo-passenger aircraft will officially retire Oct. 18.

“It’s truly nostalgic,” he said aboard Flight 66. “They’ve been around a long time and brought me some great memories, especially fishing holes.”

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Alaska Airlines has partnered with the Salvation Army, donating $50,000 to assist Northern California wildfire victims.

Since Sunday, wildfires burning in Northern California have devastated the area, destroying thousands of homes and businesses. The Salvation Army has set up on-the-ground emergency disaster recovery centers throughout affected areas to provide shelter and meal services.

“Our hearts are with our community, and Alaska Air Group employees and their families in the North Bay, during this devastating time,” said Annabel Chang, Alaska Airlines’ Bay Area vice president. “We hope our partnership with the Salvation Army will bring much-needed relief to those affected by the wildfires.”

Alaska Airlines has provided service to Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport for 10 years. Flights to Sonoma County were suspended earlier this week. Although some flight service has resumed, guests should visit to check the status of their flight.

If you would like to contribute to the Salvation Army’s Northern California wildfire relief efforts, please click here.

Since our first flight to Hawaii 10 years ago today, Alaska Airlines has learned a thing a two about flying across the Pacific Ocean.

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Ten years ago today, a Boeing 737 landed in Honolulu and flight attendant Joanie Spring opened the cabin door to a new era for Alaska Airlines.

Alaska’s inaugural hop across the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands was a dream come true for longtime employees – and for guests who could use their Mileage Plan miles to fly to an exciting new tropical destination.

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Illustration of a hand holding a cell phone with a fork and knife on it. Text reads "Order on-the-go before you're in the air. Introducing First Class Pre-Select Beta. A new, easy way to order your in-flight meal."

Great trips require great planning. Whether you’re traveling for business, or flying some place new with the family, there’s a lot that goes into getting ready for travel.

You’ve scrolled through options for hotels, activities and restaurants, and made your selections. And now on Alaska, if you’ve splurged on a first class seat, or snagged an upgrade with your elite status, you can do the same with your in-flight meal options.

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Update: Oct. 12, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. PDT

Alaska Airlines has resumed some flights in and out of Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport. Due to wildfire dangers in the area, the airport had been closed since Monday. Please go to to check on the latest status of flights through Sonoma County.

Update: Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. PDT

All Alaska Airlines flights in and out of Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport have been canceled today due to the continuing threat of wildfires in the area. It’s unclear when air service will resume. Details will be posted here as they become available.

Update: Oct. 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. PDT

Due to the continuing threat of wildfires, dangerous conditions and infrastructure concerns, Alaska Airlines has canceled all flights for Tuesday to and from Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. Also, several flights for Wednesday morning are canceled.

The airport has been shut down since Monday morning due to widespread fires in the area along with heavy smoke. The airport itself is currently without power and communication networks are unreliable right now. It’s unclear when operations will be safe enough to resume.

Altogether, Alaska has canceled 31 flights through Sonoma County’s airport. Alaska is working to accommodate guests who have had their travel plans disrupted. Guests can check on the status of their flight at

Alaska’s flexible travel policy is in effect for guests who are impacted by the closure of the airport and cancellation of flights. Changes can be made to existing reservations between now and Oct. 15 for travel originally scheduled for yesterday, today and tomorrow. Get more details here.

Original post: Oct. 9, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

The threat of dangerous, fast-moving wildfires has closed Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California.

With airport operations suspended, Alaska Airlines has canceled at least 16 flights through Tuesday morning. Additional cancellations are possible. All flights serving Santa Rosa are operated by Horizon Air.

Alaska is working to accommodate guests who have had their travel plans disrupted.

Alaska has activated a flexible travel policy for guests who are impacted by the closure of the airport and cancellation of flights. Changes can be made to existing reservations between now and Oct. 15 for travel originally scheduled for today, tomorrow or Wednesday. Get more details here.

It’s unclear when the Sonoma County Airport will reopen. Alaska has flights to Santa Rosa from Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Ana.

This is a photo of the Whitechapel Bar. It features wooden floors, a bar on the left with tiling and red sofas on the right. The ceiling is dome-shaped.

Noelle Chun is a San Francisco-based journalist and photographer specializing in food and cocktails. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, The Guardian and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Here, she shares her favorite cocktail bars in San Francisco.

In the early 2000s, San Francisco became one of the cradles of the modern cocktail movement, shaking up fresh juices instead of the sticky mixers we’d become accustomed to in previous decades. Today, San Francisco has continued to carry the torch with new and inventive bars constantly opening across the city. Here is a mix of some of the must-visit cocktail bars in San Francisco:

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Residing in her hometown of San Luis Obispo, Karen Grubb, brings her dreamy California living straight to our Instagram feed. With photos full of nature’s wonders, it’s easy to see why we chose her for our first ever Worldwide Wanderer trip. Thanks to our partners over at Singapore Air, she just returned from an Instagram takeover in Lion City. Get ready for your next international adventure when you use your miles to travel with one of our many worldwide airline partners. For more Wanderer posts to inspire your wanderlust, be sure to follow Alaska Airlines on Instagram.

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