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Deal alert: One-way fares starting at $39 via Alaska Airlines fall sale

Sept. 29, 2021
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As if you needed another reason to love fall even more, how about we "do fall right with a low-fare flight" courtesy of Alaska Airlines' Just-Leave Sale?

"Book an autumn adventure now before these low fares fly away," says Alaska Air, which is currently offering one-way deals for travel booked now through Sept. 30. Saver fares are available ranging in price from $39 to $129 each way, departing from 91 U.S. cities to various West Coast cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

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Airline: Alaska Airlines.
Routes: AUS/ORD/DEN/JFK/DAL and others to LAX/SFO/PDX/SJC/BOI/SJD/SBA and others.
Cost: Starting at $39 each way for select routes.
Dates: Varies by route, but deals can be found for travel through March 2022.
Pay with: The Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card or Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card to earn an unlimited 3 miles for every $1 spent on eligible Alaska Airlines purchases. If you're not an Alaska loyalist, try 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.

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Some of the best routes included in Alaska's fall sale are:

  • Austin, Texas (AUS), to Los Angeles (LAX) for $59 each way.
  • Denver (DEN) to Seattle (SEA) and Portland (PDX) for $59 each way.
  • Dallas Love Field (DAL) to San Francisco (SFO) and LAX for $79.
  • DAL to SEA for $89.
  • Chicago (ORD) to SFO for $79 each way
  • ORD to SEA and PDX for $89 each way.
  • New York City (JFK) to SFO for $89 each way.
  • JFK to SEA/PDX/San Diego (SAN) for $99 each way.

One-way fares for $39, $49, $59, $69, $89 and $99 can also be found, depending on the route, and many of them are nonstop, which makes this deal even more valuable.

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Before you start your search, which you should do ASAP as you must book your travel by Sept. 30, note that the sale is restricted to certain terms and conditions, including blackout dates over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. As always, Alaska's saver fares are nonrefundable, come with limited seat selection and mean you will be the last to board. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies to all fares, including these.

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

We will start with this nonstop flight from Austin (AUS) to Los Angeles (LAX) in mid-October for just $59 each way, a deal for a three-hour half-cross-country flight.

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

In booking a flight such as this, you'll be given the option to pay to upgrade to the main cabin for $80 round-trip. The choice is yours of course, but note that doing so would lessen the savings inherently offered by the fare price a bit.

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

Another great flight for our friends departing from the Midwest is this flight from Chicago (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) for $79 each way, Oct. 16-23.

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)
(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

Not bad for an almost 2,000-mile journey.

Related: Credit card showdown: Alaska Airlines Visa Signature vs. Alaska Airlines Business Visa

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

And of course, West Coast travelers are likely to find fares to their liking to other West Coast cities, including travelers in Denver (DEN) looking to go northwest to Seattle (SEA). Fifty-nine dollar one-way, nonstop flights from DEN to SEA and SEA to DEN are plentiful starting in October, as illustrated by the flight below departing DEN Oct. 19 and returning Oct 26.

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)
(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

The $39 flights are the lowest in this deal, and the majority I found were for flights up the West Coast, such as the one-hour flight from San Diego (SAN) to Santa Barbara, California (SBA), over MLK Day weekend in January.

(Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

Passengers on Alaska Air flights are allotted one carry-on bag plus one personal item. Checked baggage starts at $30. All in all, this wide-ranging sale of mostly nonstop flights is a great deal. Catch it before it expires in one day!

Read more: You can now earn and burn Alaska Airlines miles on regional carrier Ravn Alaska

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express Gold Card (3x on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel), Citi Premier Card (3x on air travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Updated on 4/27/22.

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