It’s back: Alaska Airlines offering 2-for-1 fares again

Sep 15, 2020

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect that this offer has returned.

Continuing the trend of airlines testing the water with big sales, for the next 48 hours, Alaska Airlines is offering “Buy One, Get One” ticket fares to over 100 destinations for travel through Oct. 31. This is just like the deal offered in August.

With the purchase of a main cabin fare (Saver fares excluded), travelers can get a second ticket on the same itinerary for just taxes and fees. You must purchase two tickets to unlock the discount — you cannot just book one ticket and get 50% off.

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Alaska Airlines encourages leveraging this sale to “Get the Row,” as middle seats will be blocked and capacity is capped on Alaska-operated flights, at least through Oct. 31. The airline is also rolling out increased safety measures effective today, including:

  • All passengers over the age of two will be required to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth, with no exceptions.
  • If a traveler does not wear a mask, they will not be allowed to fly. This policy applies to anywhere Alaska conducts business – at ticket counters, gate areas and in flight.
  • In late June, Alaska empowered its flight attendants to issue a final notice to any guest – in the form of a yellow card handed to them – who repeatedly disregards or disobeys the requirement to wear a mask or face covering. With that warning now, the guest’s travel with Alaska will be suspended immediately instead of undergoing a review process.

Related: Do children need to wear a face mask to fly?

(Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Related: What it’s like to fly Alaska Airlines 

Should I book travel now?

There is a risk of booking travel now, as there is no way to guarantee when it will be 100% safe to travel again. The CDC states that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.” While we hope things will return to normal quickly, some parts of the U.S. are still reporting high infection rates.

While all states have at least partially reopened, several have a mandatory 14-day quarantine order in effect. If you’re booking this deal, know that many states, such as New York and New Jersey, have mandatory quarantines for travelers entering from high-risk states, including California.

Fortunately, Alaska no longer charges any fees if you need to change or cancel your trip.

Alaska Airlines deals currently available

Airlines: Alaska Airlines
Routes: Many across the U.S.
Cost: Buy one, get one main cabin seats
Travel Dates: Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, 2020
Book by: 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 16, 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; starting Jan. 1, 2021 earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

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Sample itineraries

Here’s a look at some of the best deals you could book. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so you will be able to find deals between other cities as well.

Short-haul flights are a solid deal, with flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) pricing out at just $116 for two passengers.

Long-haul transcontinental flights offer another opportunity for significant savings. A flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS) will cost just under $320 for two people.

Meanwhile, Dallas flyers can enjoy two round-trip fares to Seattle (SEA) for just under $130 per person.

To find the lowest fares possible, check off the “flexible dates” box in the search field or switch from “schedule” view to “calendar” on the left side of the search page. You’ll see a calendar displaying the lowest fares year-round.

How to book

Since this particular sale is a buy one, get one sale, you’re going to have to head directly to Alaska’s website to make your purchase by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 16, 2020. You must enter the discount code GETYOURROW when searching for flights. Specific sale terms are available at alaskaair.com/GETYOURROW.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit 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® CardChase 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.

Unfortunately, you can’t stack this promotion with the Alaska Airlines Visa Companion Fare for further savings. That’s because you can only enter one code into the “Discount or companion fare code” field. With the Alaska Companion Fare, you can book airfare for a travel companion for around $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees). In some cases, this works out cheaper than Alaska’s two-for-one promotion (see DFW-PDX), while other times, the two-for-one promotion is significantly lower (see the SFO-LAX route above). If you have an Alaska Companion Fare, be sure to compare fare totals for the best deal possible.

Additional reporting by Mimi Wright.

Screenshots by Alaska Airlines.

Featured image courtesy of Vacclav / Shutterstock.com

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