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No, it's not summer yet. But the increasing daylight and relatively warmer temperatures are bringing folks out from beneath their wintertime garments to celebrate in a variety of ways around the state...

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Buying airline tickets from Anchorage to the Lower 48 is a lot like a game of "chicken."

We, as travelers, are making vacation plans, cruising down the trip-planning highway and betting that if we wait long enough, air fares will come back down to earth. Alaska Airlines is driving the car in the other direction in earnest -- keeping fares high in the face of declining demand. Their hope is travelers will simply give up and pay the prevailing rate.

Who will blink first?...

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While everyone is in the hunt for a cheap airfare (myself included), we shouldn't let that make us miss out on big savings available on cars and hotels.

There are plenty of tools now available to help you get some cheap sleep -- in a nice place.

"Priceline" is one of the first words that comes to mind when you're thinking about cheap hotel rooms. Sometimes the magic works -- and sometimes it doesn't. But there are some additional tools that help bring sky-high lodging prices down to earth...

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The Star Alliance is one of three worldwide airline alliances that includes United Airlines, Lufthansa, USAirways, Continental and Air Canada, among others. Competing alliances include SkyTeam (Delta, Air France, Korean Air) and OneWorld (America, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Australia's Qantas).

Alaska Airlines has its own alliances, which used to include Continental, but still includes Delta (including Northwest), American and Qantas...

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Usually, Anchorage gets the best air fare deals in the state. Why? Simple: competitive pressures force airlines to woo travelers on several fronts: flight frequency, service and price.

So, when Frontier Airlines decided to begin service from Fairbanks to its hub in Denver on May 12, 2010, there was a flurry of activity. The result? Significantly lower prices for summertime travel.

Frontier Airlines is not part of Frontier Flying Service, which is based in Fairbanks. In fact, Frontier Flying Service is changing its name to Era Alaska, following the merger of those two companies last year...

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As 2010 gets started, it's clear there will be some winners and losers on the travel front. Let's take a look at some of the most popular topics and see what we can expect:...

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If you haven't heard the news, a suspected terrorist attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on final approach into Detroit on Christmas Day.

That's bad news for travelers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued some new directives, most of which apply to international flights inbound to the U.S. Some of the highlights include:...

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Sure, Santa Claus is comin' to town this week. But what are you doing New Year's Eve? Inquiring minds want to know -- and here are some great ideas.

A. Head north. Sure, it's counter-intuitive. Just when you think it's impossible to get any colder, try imagining New Year's Eve in Fairbanks. Then, grab one of Era Aviation's web specials up to the Golden Heart City and join the crowd at the Fairbanks Princess Lodge ...

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Scott McMurren photos. Busy runway on Ruth Glacier, below Denali's peak, on May 20, 2008. The fly-in was in Talkeetna Air Taxi's Turbo Otter.

The second picture is of leaving the Don Sheldon Amphitheater on the same day.

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