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40,000 Free Alaska Airlines 2 for 1 Discounts Available at Giants Game on Sunday!

It was recently announced that Alaska Airlines will be the official airline of the San Francisco Giants for at least the next seven years, extending the partnership that Virgin America started in 2008. To celebrate they are not only going to fancy up an Airbus 321 with the Giants logo and team colors, have some joint Giants and Alaska Airlines offers, and launch a seasonal 2x daily flight from San Fransisco – Phoenix so that Giants fans can attend Spring Training…

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Delta Flash Sale: Last Day to Book Alaska and Hawaii for Less

My absolutely favorite time to use Delta miles is during their monthly flash sales. That’s how we booked our tickets to the Bahamas for fall break using miles we earned from cards like the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, and it’s how I hope to use more of our Delta miles in the future. Now admittedly there is some humor to their flash sale discounts since they don’t have an award chart with which to compare the discount prices to…

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How to Get a Credit if Your Airfare Price Drops

You know the routine, you want to fly somewhere so you search for airfare prices. Then you search again. You check a different site. A different day. You set an alert. You conduct more searches. If you are the average traveler, you have searched roughly 48 times for flights before you actually book something. Because we are deal hunters, some of us even take a peek at prices after we pressed purchase just to see if we pressed the button at the right…

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Use Annual Alaska Airlines $99 Certificate to Fly Virgin America!

One of the best annual credit card perks comes via the Alaska Airlines credit card issued by Bank of America. It carries with it a $75 annual fee, but it also comes with an annual companion fare pass that allows you to bring one person on a paid Alaska Airlines flight for roughly $121 ($99 + $22+ in taxes/fees) regardless of the price of the firs ticket. It is only valid for coach travel, but it can be used to…

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New Alaska 5,000 Mile Award Flights Even Better Than I Thought!

Yesterday I shared the good news that Alaska Airlines was going to drop the price of many award flights to as low as 5,000 miles based on distance flown. However, at that time the pricing updates weren’t live on their site so I couldn’t test how it would really work in practice. Today’s good news is that the lower prices are now live on Alaska’s website, and unlike with some other distance based programs, connecting itineraries don’t up the award cost! For…

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Big Announcements: Fly for Fewer Alaska Miles and More!

There are lots of big announcements from the Alaska Mileage Plan program this morning with one relationship ending and another really taking off. Learn what relationship ending, what the new transfer ration from Virgin America’s Elevate program to Alaska will be, how to book award flights from just 5,000 Alaska miles, and so much more.

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Five Things to Know About Alaska and Virgin America Becoming One

Alaska Airlines has now officially acquired Virgin America to become the country’s 5th largest airline and we are now starting to learn a bit more about how their new “Different Works” pairing will work. 1. Earn Miles on Both Alaska and Virgin America Flights Starting Monday Starting Monday, December 19th, Mileage Plan members will be able to earn miles on Virgin America flights, and Virgin America Elevate members will be able to earn points on Alaska Airlines flights. 2. Enjoy Some…

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Stack Deals to See the Northern Lights in Alaska for Less

One of my travel wish list items that has yet to be completed is to see the Northern Lights. I’ve been north to Alaska and Norway, but I have not yet seen the Northern Lights. Of course there is no guarantee of seeing the magical aurora borealis even if you plan to be in the optimal spot at the optimal time, but you can certainly increase your odds if you plan your travel strategically. One spot with relatively good odds of…

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What You Need to Know about Alaska and Virgin America Merger

Late last week rumblings were bubbling up about Virgin America being on the market, and now less than a week later, Alaska Airlines has emerged as the victor in purchasing the relatively small West Coast based airline for 2.6 billion dollars. I’ll spare you the details of the purchase amount details, deal analysis, and associated stock market reactions, though you can find plenty of that elsewhere if that is your area of interest. Instead, there are things you need to…

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Kennecott, Alaska: Seeking Answers to the Questions

My dad, Buddy, AKA “Grandpa Points” has a love for travel as fierce as mine, yet our travel patterns are distinctly different. He and my mom are now in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals.  They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an…

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