Deal alert: Flights to Alaska have dropped to just $214 round-trip

Mar 8, 2020

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Alaska is a destination that sits at or near the top of many travelers’ bucket lists, but it’s often an expensive place to travel to. Not today. Both Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are offering flights from several continental U.S. cities to both Anchorage and Fairbanks from just $214 round-trip.

West-Coast flyers will get the cheapest prices, with some Delta fares for $214 round-trip between San Francisco (SFO) and Anchorage (ANC). But, there are deals to be had from cities across the country including Indianapolis (IND), Washington, D.C. (IAD) and New York (JFK), from $381 round-trip.

If you book a Delta fare, be aware that the cheapest ones are for basic economy tickets, which won’t allow you to select a seat until you check in, but still comes with a free carry-on bag.

To find the best rates, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities, then scroll through the calendar function to find your dates and prices. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an online travel agency, like Orbitz or Expedia.

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Airlines: Alaska, Delta Air Lines
Routes: IAD, JFK, IND, OAK to ANC, FAI
Cost: From $281 round-trip
Dates: March – May 2020
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Here are some examples of flights you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to Anchorage (ANC) for $214 round-trip in Delta basic economy: 


New York-JFK to Fairbanks (FAI) for $357 round-trip in Delta basic economy: 


Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Anchorage (ANC) for $366 round-trip in Saver: 


Indianapolis (IND) to Anchorage (ANC) for $382 round-trip in Delta basic economy:

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