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Deal alert: Save up to 30% on Alaska Airlines flights for travel from Aug. 30-Nov. 17

Aug. 17, 2021
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Alaska Airlines is giving you all the incentive you need to get your fall travel on the books. The airline is having a sale where you can score up to 30% off coach fares or 10% off first-class bookings to all destinations it serves (excluding Prudhoe Bay, Alaska). This includes such sun-baked locations as Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica.

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Book your fall flights

As summer winds down, this offer is meant to entice travelers to figure out where they want to go for some R&R in the fall. The fare sale only lasts until Wednesday, Aug. 18, for travel between Aug. 30 and Nov. 17.

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As you might expect, some of the best deals are for flights that originate at the airline's home base in Seattle. But considering no one has more flights from the West Coast than Alaska Airlines, we found several fares from other key cities the carrier serves.

(Photo by Blue Poppy/Getty Images)

Airline: Alaska Airlines.
Routes: SEA to MIA/JFK/ANC/LIH; LAX to SJD/HNL; SFO to SJO; PDX to LIR; and more.
Cost: From $82 one-way (with saver restricted fares) using discount code FUTURE.
Dates: Book until Aug. 18 for travel between Aug. 30 and Nov. 17.
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

As mentioned, some of the best bargains involve travel that begins in Seattle.

Seattle (SEA) to Miami (MIA) from $128 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

Seattle (SEA) to New York City (JFK) nonstop from $88 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

There are lots of great prices to fly from Seattle to NYC this fall without having to make a connection. The best prices are through Alaska's saver restricted fares, but we want to remind you that it's their basic economy tier and comes with a lot of restrictions. If you prefer more flexibility, you can upgrade to main cabin on the departing flight for just $45 more, and $35 to upgrade on the return flight.

Two other notable routes out of Seattle we wanted to let you know about involve Anchorage, Alaska, and Lihue, Hawaii.

Seattle (SEA) to Anchorage (ANC) nonstop from $82 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

Seattle (SEA) to Kauai (LIH) nonstop from $213 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

If you call Los Angeles home, here are two fares to consider.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Cabo San Lucas (SJD) nonstop from $85 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) nonstop from $98 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

If you're in Portland and have been thinking about a trip to Costa Rica to enjoy the surfing and fishing, then this deal should be on your radar.

Portland (PDX) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), from $183 one-way

(Screenshot courtesy of AlaskaAir.com)

Once again, the very best price is with Alaska's saver restricted fares, but for as little as $36, you could upgrade to the more flexible main cabin tier.

How to book

Visit Alaska Airlines' website and input your desired departure and destination cities. Use the calendar function to search dates and prices that work for you. I spent a good amount of time looking up prices, but the best advice I can give you about this is to not hesitate about a price you find on the date you want. Otherwise, you risk tickets being scooped up if you wait too long to lock it in.

Remember, the fare sale ends Wednesday night, Aug. 18, so start planning that trip!

Related: What it’s like to fly Alaska Airlines

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier Card (3x on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express Gold Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

You can also pay with discounted Alaska Airlines gift cards.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases