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With affordable, nonstop Pittsburgh flights departing Seattle daily, those from the Pacific Northwest can get a feel for why the city is becoming known as one of the country’s most livable. Pittsburgh has reinvented itself. Gone are the days of factories and pollution; instead, the steel city is a hub of culture and innovation set amidst beautiful hills and rivers. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a week, here’s how to… Read More

UPDATE 10/18/18: For tickets purchased on or after December 5, 2018, the first bag fee is $30. This includes exempt sports equipment. ORIGINAL POST 7/19/17: Alaska Airlines has been busy behind the scenes looking for ways to make the travel experience as seamless as possible for our guests. And knowing that adventures are even more fun with the right gear, we’re reducing the charge for most sporting equipment starting today.

people boarding a flight

When you arrive at the airport for a flight, you probably have your routine down. To get to your gate with time to spare, you should be arriving two to three hours before your flight (depending on what airport you are departing from, whether you are checking bags, and whether your flight is domestic or international).  Maybe you check in at a kiosk and self-tag your bag to save a bit of… Read More

It’s mid-November and Cyber Monday is just around the corner. It is not only one of the country’s biggest shopping days of the year, but is Alaska Airlines’ biggest fare sale of the year. Forbes reports 40 percent of Americans say they will shop online on Cyber Monday. So what are they shopping for? In advance of this year’s Cyber Monday deals, Alaska’s data analysts crunched the 2015 numbers to figure out… Read More

Earning Mileage Plan miles is as easy as addi­­ng your member number to your ticket or when booking with Mileage Plan partners. Redeeming miles is just as easy, but if you’ve never done it before, you might not know where to start. Fortunately Alaska’s easy online search tool can find and book almost any Mileage Plan award ticket, including partner awards, and these tips will help you improve on the results.

Pacific Northwest skiers and snowboarders are suffering another winter of discontent. With snow levels remaining at stubbornly high elevations in this El Niño year and local ski areas struggling to stay open, it’s easy to give in to despair. I’ve been an avid skier and snowboarder for the past 30 years, so I decided to cheer myself up by heading to one of North America’s best powder destinations, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It’s… Read More

The busy holiday travel season is winding down, but lines are no fun at any time of year. Seize your own destiny with these three tips to get you through the airport as quickly as possible.

This is the first in a multi-part series about Alaska Airlines’ new service to New Orleans. The last time I was in New Orleans was nearly 20 years ago when I was working as a room steward on the American Queen, a sternwheeler plying the Mississippi River with passengers on a week-long cruise of Mark Twain’s South. During our short shore leave, the boat crew was mainly interested in finding the tallest… Read More

One season in the life of an airline, filmed during the summer of 2013 in Seattle, Washington.