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Scott McMurren

In a recent article , the Wall Street Journal cast its gaze on a dust-up in Seattle between Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Journal reporter Susan Carey does a good job on the metrics between the two airlines at Sea-Tac airport, including a few of the initiatives to win passengers as Delta works to establish an international hub smack in the middle of Alaska’s primary hub.

At the height of the summer travel season, the “Battle for Seattle” is yielding rich rewards for Alaska travelers, especially those in Fairbanks and Juneau...

Scott McMurren

In a recent article , the Wall Street Journal cast its gaze on a dust-up in Seattle between Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Journal reporter Susan Carey does a good job on the metrics between the two airlines at Sea-Tac airport, including a few of the initiatives to win passengers as Delta works to establish an international hub smack in the middle of Alaska's primary hub.

At the height of the summer travel season, the "Battle for Seattle" is yielding rich rewards for Alaska travelers, especially those in Fairbanks and Juneau...

Scott McMurren

Where have all the low airfares gone? As the solstice passes and the sun begins to weaken in Alaska, it appears all the best fares are fading as well, at least from Anchorage.

In truth, some fares are still low, particularly between Anchorage and Seattle. But fares from Fairbanks and Juneau to Seattle are lower. All summer long, Delta is keeping the fare at $244 round-trip from either city. From Anchorage, the rates during July are between $300 and $400 round-trip.

Anchorage travelers will have to wait until Aug. 21 for the lower fares, when JetBlue drops the Anchorage-Seattle rate back down to $224 round-trip. Then, between Sept. 11 and Sept. 27, the fare sinks to $196 round-trip on JetBlue...

Scott McMurren

Where have all the low airfares gone? As the solstice passes and the sun begins to weaken in Alaska, it appears all the best fares are fading as well, at least from Anchorage.

In truth, some fares are still low, particularly between Anchorage and Seattle. But fares from Fairbanks and Juneau to Seattle are lower. All summer long, Delta is keeping the fare at $244 round-trip from either city. From Anchorage, the rates during July are between $300 and $400 round-trip.

Anchorage travelers will have to wait until Aug. 21 for the lower fares, when JetBlue drops the Anchorage-Seattle rate back down to $224 round-trip. Then, between Sept. 11 and Sept. 27, the fare sinks to $196 round-trip on JetBlue...

Scott McMurren

It's a big world out there -- and planes fly to and fro all day. While many of the price-cutting airfare battles are fought close to home, occasionally the war spills into international markets.

This is one of those times.

As Delta Air Lines spools up its international hub in Seattle, Alaska Airlines is focusing on some of its partnerships with other carriers including American Airlines, British Airways and Emirates. Emirates, by the way, flies a daily nonstop between Seattle and Dubai on a Boeing 777-300ER (extended range). The 7,410-mile flight takes 14 hours and 15 minutes...

Scott McMurren

Correction: I missed a crucial piece of information while dissecting the latest airfare/mileage deals from Alaska Airlines in this column.

The fares from Anchorage, Fairbanks and other Alaska communities to Africa and the Maldives are still pretty good. But my calculations on the elite qualifying miles you can earn are way off.

For example, the miles between Anchorage and Johannesburg really do add up to 25,838 roundtrip. However, only about half of the miles you fly on Emirates (11,390 roundtrip) will count toward your MVP status on Alaska Airlines ...

Scott McMurren

USTravel, the largest travel agency in Alaska, has been sold to Corporate Travel Management of Brisbane, Australia. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Corporate Travel Management, though based in Brisbane, has a global presence with offices in 26 cities in 15 countries.

While USTravel is based in Anchorage, the company has a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Portland and Spokane.

USTravel's founder, Mark Eliason, died last September. Since then, his wife Linda Eliason has assumed leadership of the company.

"The opportunity to become a part of the wonderful team that CTM has built will allow USTravel to enhance our product and service offering to our many clients," Linda Eliason said in a press release...

Scott McMurren

USTravel , the largest travel agency in Alaska, has been sold to Corporate Travel Management of Brisbane, Australia. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Corporate Travel Management, though based in Brisbane, Australia, has a global presence with offices in 26 cities in 15 countries.

While USTravel is based in Anchorage, the company has a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Portland and Spokane.

USTravel’s founder, Mark Eliason, died last September. Since then, his wife Linda Eliason has assumed leadership of the company...

Scott McMurren

Anchorage travelers are spoiled. That's right. Spoiled rotten.

More than any other community in the Great Land, Anchorage enjoys unfettered access to nonstop flights and robust competition.

Aside from the occasional Alaska Airlines sale (including the weekly Club 49 offers), other Alaska communities miss out on the best deals.

All of that is changing, in large part because of Delta's new service to Juneau and Fairbanks from Seattle. In fact, Juneau and Fairbanks have some of the best available fares. Delta resumed seasonal service between Anchorage and Seattle last summer. This year, they're offering three flights per day. Let's review:

The battle for Seattle...

Scott McMurren

Anchorage travelers are spoiled. That’s right. Spoiled rotten.

More than any other community in the Great Land, Anchorage enjoys unfettered access to nonstop flights and robust competition.

Aside from the occasional Alaska Airlines sale (including the weekly Club 49 offers), other Alaska communities miss out on the best deals.

All of that is changing, in large part because of Delta ’s new service to Juneau and Fairbanks from Seattle. In fact, Juneau and Fairbanks have some of the best available fares. Delta resumed seasonal service between Anchorage and Seattle last summer. This year, they’re offering three flights per day. Let’s review:...

Scott McMurren

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