Here are some of the best Alaska flight deals, boosted by fare sale and airline competition

Summer is approaching, and so are visitors to Lower 48.

Some of these visitors may inadvertently bring the COVID-19 virus with them (or one of its variants) on their trip to Alaska. This is one of the reasons why it is important for Alaskans to get immunized early.

If the air service increases take effect on time, local residents will have more flights to choose from, including more direct flights. In addition, there is a nice sale which is valid until Sunday April 4th, for travel between May 1st and June 30th this year.

Alaska Airlines launched the sale earlier last week to encourage visitors to fly north in May and June. But the rates work both ways.

Sometimes the airlines reduce the price of tickets. Sometimes they offer a flat percentage discount. And sometimes when the stars align, they do both: they offer a discount on top of a really cheap rate. Today is one of those special days.

The Alaska Sale offers discounts between 10% and 21% on the base price of its tickets. The cheapest tickets are available for flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is when travelers can get the full 21% discount. On other days, or for first class tickets, the reduction is 10%.

To get the lowest fares, travelers should shop on the Alaska Airlines website and enter the discount code TRAVEL2AK21. Using the discount code reduces the price of a ticket from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Seattle to $ 75 one way. From Anchorage to Los Angeles, the fare is $ 83 one way.

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I know there is an urgent need to plan a trip when the fare sale expires so quickly. But that’s part of the game when it comes to negotiating airline tickets. Airlines are afraid to come up with an offer that lasts longer than a few days, lest a competitor come in to match the price or come up with a better deal.

This is exactly what Delta did. Delta waited a few days before offering the same rates, without the discount codes. They also added other markets besides those identified by Alaska. For example, Delta and American offer fares from Anchorage to Tucson, Arizona, for just $ 92 one way. Alaska charges $ 107 one way, even with the discount code applied.

Travelers to or from Texas can come from San Antonio or Austin for the best deal – just $ 116 one way. Delta, United and Alaska (with discount code) offer these rates.

Florida is another state where the rates are very inexpensive. From Anchorage to Fort Myers, Florida, Delta, American and United offer flights for $ 112 one way. Anchorage-Tampa costs $ 116 one way on Delta, American, or United. Alaska charges a little more, at $ 131 one way.

Reminder: these prices are valid for “Saver” or basic economy tickets, which are the most restrictive. If you want to get a pre-booked seat near the front of the plane or want more legroom, you’ll pay more.

There are several notable destinations east of the Mississippi including Nashville, Tennessee. Delta and American offer tickets starting at $ 116 each way. The fare from Anchorage to Washington, DC, slipped to $ 132 each way on United, Delta, or American. Although fare rules state that the offer is valid until June 30, it is difficult to find a seat at this price after June 15.

One of the best deals available for several weeks is between Anchorage and New York. American and Delta offer tickets for as little as $ 102 one way. Right now, this offer is available almost every day between May 6 and June 17. Alaska Airlines charges a little more: $ 124 one way.

Cash is not the only currency accepted by airlines these days. Frequent flyer miles are a powerful tool in building frequent flyer loyalty. Delta and Alaska both have great deals using miles.

Last week, Delta offered Anchorage-Seattle or Fairbanks-Seattle tickets for as little as 4,000 Skymiles round trip. This chord is gone (they change all the time). But right now, you can fly to Seattle between May 1 and June 3 for 6,000 to 6,500 Skymiles.

If you have a few Alaska Airlines miles and want to take a trip right away, you can fly today (no upfront purchase) from Anchorage to San Francisco for 10,000 miles each way (20,000 round trip). This special lasts until July 19.

Do you want to visit the heart of the Californian vineyard? The same mileage amounts apply at the Santa Rosa Airport in Sonoma County: only 10,000 miles each way. Or, fly to Oakland or Sacramento for the same amount.

The “no up front” element is really useful if you want to plan a last minute getaway.

When plane tickets are so cheap, I think it’s wise to pay cash and keep earning frequent flyer miles. However, many people are sitting on many frequent flyer miles that they haven’t been able to use in a year. In that case, it might be a good idea to burn some of those miles and take a trip.

Just make sure you get the vaccine before you go.