Alaska Airlines Axing Frequencies on Some Transcon Routes
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Alaska Airlines bought out Virgin America in 2016, and with it came lots of new aircraft and routes. On Wednesday, the airline announced that it will be cutting back service on some of those routes that it acquired from Virgin.
According to Routes Online, Alaska will be reducing frequency on its routes between Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK), and San Francisco (SFO) and JFK starting July 6. It will fly between New York and Los Angeles five times a day, and New York and San Francisco four times daily — each route with one less daily flight.
Alaska still has 3-4 daily flights between Newark (EWR) and San Francisco, and another four between EWR and Los Angeles. Earlier this month, the airline announced it’d be expanding its transcontinental service with a new route from San Jose (SJC) and increased frequency to New York from Seattle (SEA).
It’s likely that Alaska is shifting around its aircraft to offer more transcontinental service outside of the former Virgin hubs of LAX and SFO — the same day it’s cutting the aforementioned routes, it’s launching flights from San Jose. Alaska is competing with premium transcon products like JetBlue Mint and some offerings from the big three legacy carriers, all of which offer lie-flat beds in business on some aircraft on these routes.
Alaska and Virgin aircraft both feature recliner seats in the first class cabins, and Alaska plans on retrofitting old Virgin aircraft to feature a new, although less spacious, business class recliner seat.
H/T: One Mile At A Time
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees