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Deal Alert: Round-trip fares to Alaska from $135

Dec. 04, 2021
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Deal Alert: Round-trip fares to Alaska from $135
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Alaska is not only one of our most beautiful states, it's one whose appeal changes with the seasons. Summer (for obvious reasons) is the peak time for visitors. But the Northern Lights, dog sled races and ice-carving contests of winter may beckon the more adventurous among us. With these deals on Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines, basic economy fares are available for as low as $135 round-trip for much of 2022.

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Anchorage Skyline (Photo courtesy of Visit Anchorage)

We heard about this deal from our friends at Thrifty Traveler Premium, who first sent it out to their subscribers. Premium subscribers are notified about cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals by email for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.

If you aren't a Thrifty Traveler Premium member, you can find these basic economy rates on Google Flights and the airline sites.

Delta basic economy includes a free carry-on but not a checked bag, no refund options and no seat assignment selection. Alaska Airlines' basic economy options are called Saver Fares which also include a carry-on but not a checked bag and fliers can only choose a seat when booking directly through the airline.

Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines
Routes: SEA/LAX/EWR/MCO/ORD to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
Cost: From $135 round-trip
How to book: Search flights via Google Flights and then book on Alaska or Delta airline sites
Dates: January - October 2022; availability varies but best deals are throughout January and February

Related: These are the best times to visit Alaska

Sample flights

This deal includes round-trip flights from various major U.S. cities, such as Cincinnati (CVG), Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), New York (LGA), Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX), to Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Atlanta (ATL) - $335
  • Boston (BOS) - $310
  • Chicago (ORD) - $246
  • Cincinnati (CVG) - $334
  • Denver (DEN) - $250
  • Houston (IAH) - $318
  • Los Angeles (LAX) - $298
  • New York (LGA) - $212
  • Newark (EWR) - $207
  • Seattle (SEA) - $135

The most affordable deal was a nonstop, round-trip, basic economy ticket from Seattle (SEA) to ANC for $135 available through Alaska Airlines and Delta on Google Flights.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights).

We also found options on Google Flights and Alaska Airlines for Newark (EWR) to ANC. On Google Flights prices ranged from $207-211 round-trip in late January to early February. The Alaska Airlines site had the same flight for a similar price at $206.10.

(Screenshot Courtesy of Google Flights).
(Screenshot Courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

We also found one-stop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to ANC flight via Alaska Airlines at $259 and Delta at $261 for a basic economy round-trip ticket from the middle to the end of January.

(Screenshot Courtesy of Google Flights)

Related: Everything you need to know about booking a trip to Alaska on points

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: You can book 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. You can also earn points by paying 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 — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.

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.

Bottom line

World Championship Sled Dog Race. (Photo courtesy of Visit Anchorage)

Whether you're interested in skiing, salmon fishing, glacier hiking or simply relaxing in a luxury lodge admiring the wildlife, a trip to Alaska will change you. Don't miss the opportunity to admire the Great Land at these great fares.

Updated on 4/27/22.

Featured image by jodyo.photos
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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Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • 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.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023