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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 ...

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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

Everybody has spring fever in Alaska, including the airlines that fly north from the Lower 48. As the days get longer, airlines like JetBlue , American , Frontier , Air Canada, Sun Country , Condor and Icelandair bring travelers from around the world to the Great Land...

Scott McMurren

The world of Alaska adventure opens up when you move beyond "road trips” and commit to a visit by air or by sea. Most of the state is accessible only by plane or ferry -- and there’s a lot of state to see...

Scott McMurren

For many Alaskans, the world of travel will change dramatically in May. Not only will airfares from Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks drop dramatically later this month, but Alaska Airlines also is dropping some in-state air fares.

According to Marilyn Romano, Alaska Air’s regional vice president, the lower air fares are not “sale” fares. Rather, they represent the “everyday low price” the airline will offer going forward.

“When we brought the Q400 (turboprop) aircraft to Alaska this spring, we said we were going to lower fares. These are some examples of those lower fares,” she said...

Scott McMurren

Who’s ready for some bargain airfares? This time of year, deals crop up quickly. But there are several twists that means more Alaskans will get the cheap rates across the 49th state.

For the last few years, Anchorage travelers have been spoiled with great rates, particularly between Anchorage and southern California. This is because of JetBlue ’s seasonal service between Anchorage and both Seattle and Long Beach...

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