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Today only: Your ugly Christmas sweater comes in handy on Alaska

Dec. 17, 2021
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Alaska "Merrier Together" plane. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines)
Today only: Your ugly Christmas sweater comes in handy on Alaska
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In case you missed the memo, It's National Ugly Sweater Day and Alaska is in the mood to celebrate.

As you know, there are few things we love at TPG more than scoring special perks on a flight, and early boarding is no exception. Fortunately, there’s an extra festive way to jump the line during the holidays.

For the fifth year in a row, Alaska Airlines is back with its famous “ugly sweater” promotion, so if there were ever a time to flaunt one of your grandma’s old Christmas sweaters, this is it. On Dec. 17 — National Ugly Sweater Day — you’ll get priority boarding on your flight if you don a tacky, festive or just downright merry sweater. The one-day promotion includes all Alaska and Horizon Air flights.

Ugly holiday sweaters. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines)

And that's not all. You can get a lounge pass for 50% off.

Alaska says, "Any guest wearing an ugly holiday sweater this holiday season can purchase a day pass to one of our nine lounges, located in Anchorage (ANC), New York (JFK), Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA) for just $25 for immediate use."

The airline is also celebrating the holiday season in a partnership with Starbucks ... and a specially decorated aircraft that will fly across the carrier’s network throughout the holiday season. Naturally, it’s going to be decked out in plenty of holiday decor to spread the Christmas cheer.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Alaska is rolling out all the stops with festive decorations and boarding music, plus free holiday movies to get you in the spirit. The airline’s lounges will have plenty of holiday-inspired beverages and cocktails.

Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of marketing and advertising, told TPG back in 2019 of the festivities, “We know holiday travel can be stressful for some, which is why we’ve made sure flying with the ‘merrier carrier’ this time of year is an experience that brings nonstop joy to all our guests … celebrating Ugly Sweater Day is just another way we’re making the holidays a priority.”

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Alaska Airlines frequently tops our list of the best airlines in the U.S., and its Mileage Plan program is one of our favorite ways to use points. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to fly in business class for less, even if you don’t live anywhere near Alaska. While the miles are some of the most difficult to earn, they’re also some of the most valuable. Some of our favorite ways to use your Alaska miles are on Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Fiji Airways. If you’re looking to boost your Mileage Plan balance, consider signing up for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.

Of course, if you’re flying Alaska Airlines (don’t forget to bring your ugly sweater!), here’s what you can expect.

Featured image by Alaska "Merrier Together" plane. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines)
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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