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Scott McMurren

Many travelers are poised with their calendars close at hand for the annual Permanent Fund dividend airfare sales. In particular, I fully expect a fare sale from Alaska Airlines closer to the distribution date of the annual dividend. If it’s like previous years, that sale will offer some great deals for travelers in Alaska Airlines cities such as Kodiak, Nome, Petersburg and Bethel.

While we’re waiting on the big event, let’s take a look at some of the great deals now available for fall travel until early December. Many of these deals are also available between January and April 2015...

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Many Alaskans have grown up visiting Kenai Fjords National Park. Specifically, we’ve taken the boat trips from Seward to go see the glaciers, the mountains and the spectacular wildlife: whales, otters, puffins, seals, sea lions -- even the occasional mountain goat...

Scott McMurren

The kids are in school. Labor Day has come and gone. Still, are you ready to say goodbye to the sizzling summer of 2014?

All together now: “N-o-o-o-o-o-!”

September is a glorious month for summer’s last stand. Here are a few tips to enjoy a few more fun times before getting to the messy business of putting studded tires on your car.

One of the best features of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is the in-state award. For as little as 15,000 miles, you can fly from Anchorage or Fairbanks (or any jet city) to Juneau or Ketchikan. Along the Inside Passage, summer lasts for another month due to the cruise ship schedule. That means all the fun activities are still open for business...

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My friend Alan Swensen had a great phrase regarding airfares: “Fare wars are like buses. One comes around every few minutes.”

That’s true in Anchorage, but not so much in the rest of the state. As summer-only airlines pack their bags and head south, fares are going up in Fairbanks and Juneau. In Anchorage, more complex competitive currents point to a nice collection of destinations on sale between mid-September and mid-October. Here’s a “Top 10” list of the best deals.

1. Get lucky with flights to Las Vegas. Delta Air Lines is offering a $386 roundtrip fare between Anchorage and Las Vegas, Sept 15-Oct. 12. Or, you can pay a little more ($413 roundtrip) to fly on Alaska Airlines nonstop...

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Getting around Alaska can be a daunting process. We live in a big state, and the roads stop short of some of the best destinations. Mind you, road trips are great. But if you want the best views, you need to “get high," up in the air. Grab your camera and buckle your seatbelt...

Scott McMurren
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Getting around Alaska can be a daunting process. We live in a big state, and the roads stop short of some of the best destinations. Mind you, road trips are great. But if you want the best views, you need to “get high," up in the air...

Scott McMurren

Many Alaskans have grown up visiting Kenai Fjords National Park . Specifically, we’ve taken the boat trips from Seward to go see the glaciers, the mountains and the spectacular wildlife: whales, otters, puffins, seals, sea lions -- even the occasional mountain goat.

But the truth is that unless you have a boat the park is tough to navigate. You can hike into the park at Exit Glacier just outside Seward. But the most popular trail just leads to the toe of the glacier. There’s a more strenuous trail that leads up to the Harding Icefield. It’s impressive -- but it’s impossible to get the same spectacular views that you get from the water...

Scott McMurren

There is good news and bad news for Alaska travelers this month. Let’s start with the bad news: The days are getting shorter. I’m not sure why, but this always comes as a surprise!

The good news is that August heralds the onset of the “shoulder season” around the state. Princess has a couple of great deals which combine rail, bus and hotel...

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Italy claims her, but Sicily definitely stands alone. The island kingdom was settled by Greeks in the seventh century B.C. The ancient cities of Siracusa and Messina prospered long before Italy existed as a nation. Palermo, the regional capital, once was the richest city in the Mediterranean. The island, which is south of Italian peninsula and just off the coast of North Africa, has been conquered and settled not just by the Greeks but also by the Arabs, the Spanish and the Norman kings, among others...

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Today, travelers have more choices than ever regarding their airline travel. That’s the good news. The bad news is most of us never imagined that we would have to pay extra for some of those choices. After all, they used to be available at no additional charge. I call it “the great unbundling.” Sandwiched in between all of these optional charges are extra fees over which we have no control: fuel surcharges, passenger facility (airport) charges, TSA fees and such.

While budget-minded travelers may chafe at the idea of being nickel-and-dimed to death, there are a few extra charges that can help you be more comfortable on your trip...

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