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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. 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.

Flights to Alaska can be expensive and we don’t come across good deals there often. However, that isn’t the case today. As first reported by Fly4free, Alaska Airlines, Delta and United are currently offering flights from across the contiguous 48 states to Anchorage (ANC) from $275 round-trip.

Most of these fares book into basic economy, meaning added fees and more restrictions in return for the attractive price. Fortunately, all of the major carriers, except for United, still allow you to bring a carry-on bag with a basic economy ticket. A co-branded credit card or airline elite status can help get around some of basic economy’s restrictions, including better boarding groups and a free checked bag.

To search for these fares, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline, through an OTA like Priceline or plug those dates into the Ultimate Rewards travel portal.

Airline: Alaska, Delta, United
Routes: ATL/BOI/BOS/DTW/EWR/JFK/IAD/LAX/SAN/SFO to ANC
Cost: $275+ round-trip in basic economy
Dates: September 2019 – February 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boise (BOI) to Anchorage (ANC) for $275 round-trip in economy on Alaska “Saver” fares:

San Diego (SAN) to Anchorage (ANC) for $301 round-trip in economy in Delta basic economy:

Atlanta (ATL) to Anchorage (ANC) for $313 round-trip in economy on Alaska “Saver” fares:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Anchorage (ANC) for $318 round-trip in economy on Alaska “Saver” fares:

Boston (BOS) to Anchorage (ANC) for $347 round-trip in economy in United basic economy:

Washington DC (IAD) to Anchorage (ANC) for $422 round-trip in economy on Alaska “Saver” fares:

New York (JFK) to Anchorage (ANC) for $453 round-trip in economy in Delta basic economy:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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