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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Shedding Some Light On The Midnight Sun

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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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At Last, Alaska

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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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Save 20% on Alaska Airlines + $99 Flights to Iceland

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Fly to Iceland from $99, London from $202: Low-cost carrier WOW Air had some seriously great prices when they started selling tickets for their soon-to-launch service from US destinations Boston and Washington DC (actually BWI) to Reykjavik, Iceland.  If you don’t want to go to Iceland (and what is wrong with you?), they do sell flights that continue on to London so you can explore Europe for a pretty low cost. They are again selling tickets for $99 (all-in, one-way),…

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