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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have been busy behind the scenes looking for ways to make the travel experience as seamless as possible for guests flying across the airlines’ combined route network. As part of this, some of Virgin America’s travel policies related to boarding and check-in times, bags, pets and unaccompanied minors have been updated. The changes, which are outlined below, and which match policies already in place at Alaska are… Read More

After patiently enduring questionable rumors and countless fake line-up posters during the wait for your favorite music festival to announce their bands, the on-sale day has finally arrived: victory – and festival tickets – are yours!  Now, what’s next? Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned music festival veteran, smart packing choices are key in avoiding frustrations that can distract you from the very thing you’re traveling to enjoy: the music…. Read More

Whether you’re training for a marathon or hoping to break a personal record in an upcoming 5k, continuing your training while you travel is a great way to get to know a city and its notable landmarks. But remember, just like you pack a swimsuit for Hawaii and a parka for Alaska, packing the right gear for training in various climates is equally important. As is having the right food and fuel…. Read More

Being on a plane can be stressful for a lot of people. But for children with autism, it can be an especially overwhelming and even frightening. Alaska Airlines helped make the travel experience easier for 53 families this past Saturday during the “Sky’s the Limit” event at Portland International Airport. The event aims to alleviate some of the stress when flying for families who have a child with autism. Read more: 5 tips… Read More

Over the next two years, internationally known Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang will redesign uniforms for more than 12,000 Alaska Airlines employees. Along the way, Yang will share her favorite fashion-related travel tips. I love to travel, and do so often – both for work and for pleasure. I frequently fly to Europe and Asia and over the years, and I’ve honed my travel and packing skills to make those long international flights… Read More

Planning a vacation is great fun. Packing for that vacation? Not so much – especially if, like many frequent travelers, you prefer to travel light. Next time you pull out that trusty roller bag, streamline your day of travel with these four tips for wrangling your carry-on.

Airport check-in

As turkeys are basted and gifts are wrapped, airline employees are making holiday preparations of a different sort. Every year, the week of Thanksgiving and the last two weeks of December are typically airlines’ busiest travel periods. At Alaska, the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days of the year. According to Airlines for America, 27.3 million people will be traveling on U.S. airlines during the holiday travel period,… Read More

Among the most popular benefits of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card is the annual companion fare. This is a discounted fare of $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22) that can be used on just about any Alaska Airlines itinerary. Cardholders also enjoy a free checked bag for themselves and up to six other passengers (so a total of seven) in their reservation, triple miles on Alaska purchases, and a… Read More

Photo of a Virgin America plane arriving in Maui for the first time under a water arc.

On the heels of our recently launched service to Honolulu, Hawaii, last month Virgin America began service from San Francisco (SFO) to Maui (OGG) with some fun surprises for guests onboard the flight. Upon arrival at Maui, the inaugural flight VX39 was greeted with a “water lei” (water cannon salute) – an aviation tradition used to welcome an airline to a new airline into a destination. Guests were then treated to a… Read More

Before you head to the airport this holiday season, make sure the gifts you’re packing will make it to your destination with you. 5 gifts better left at home Hoverboards. Battery rankings on these self-balancing devices are unreliable and they’ve been prone to fires – that’s why they’re banned from Alaska Airlines flights. Learn more: Hoverboards cannot fly. Drones. These fun, self-piloting aircraft have been all the rage over the past few years,… Read More