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No matter how you slice it, our big holidays include a generous helping of travel, two scoops of friends and family and a dollop of good cheer and gratitude. For me, that gratitude extends to the big travel machine at "The Ted" -- otherwise known as Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, in addition to a robust competitive market for travelers.

For those who celebrate Christmas, it's the “big daddy” of travel holidays. Think about it: Santa and his sleigh laying in some major tracks around the world. Or Mary and Joseph doing their best to track down a place to stay in Bethlehem. And what about those three wise men? Everybody’s on the go...

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Just when you thought airfares from Alaska to San Francisco and Denver couldn't get any cheaper, Delta dropped them again overnight. Anchorage-San Francisco is now $245 roundtrip (down from $264 roundtrip), Jan. 7 through June 16, then $264 roundtrip throughout the summer and fall of 2014. The airline also reduced the Anchorage-Denver to $245 roundtrip (down from $264 roundtrip) Jan. 7-June 5. These rates also are available starting in the Lower 48 and flying north to Anchorage. It appears to me Delta is turning up the heat on Alaska Airlines following Alaska’s announcement of new service into Salt Lake City from San Diego, Los Angeles/LAX, San Francisco and Portland (plus more flights between Seattle and Salt Lake City)...Scott McMurren

If you’re a traveler on a budget, there’s one law that stands above the rest: “When airlines are mad at each other, the traveler wins.”

For a long time, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines have had a cozy partnership . They sell space on each other’s flights through code share arrangements. The two airlines cooperate on their frequent flyer plans . And because there isn’t too much overlap on their route systems, the airlines fed traffic to each other...

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As you’re picking through the last of the pumpkin pie and cranberry dressing, Cyber Monday is upon us. Get your credit card ready for some travel bargains from Alaska Airlines . After you’re done lining up your trip, though, consider some “extras” to make the trip a smoother one.

Although the airfare deals were released yesterday, you have until Dec. 9 to purchase these fares for travel through March 5, 2014. For the most part, the rates are not much different than those Alaska offered for the Permanent Fund Dividend sale or the weekly “Club 49” deals. Still, if you're hoping to travel to select destinations, the Cyber Monday deals are worth checking out. Here are some of my favorites:...

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PORTLAND -- There’s lots going on in Portland these days. And that matters to Alaskan travelers because fares from Anchorage to the Rose City have dipped below those to Seattle several times this year. That means Oregon’s largest city gets a turn at being the least-expensive gateway to the Lower 48.

Portland is a great city. I grew up there, but things have changed quite a bit since I left 35 years ago...

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Smart Alaskan travelers know that fares from Anchorage to the Rose City have dipped below those to Seattle several times this year. That means Oregon’s largest city gets a turn at being the least-expensive gateway to the Lower 48. Portland is a great city....

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Just in time for Thanksgivakkuh, here are some tasty air fares for your consideration:

• Anchorage-Los Angeles $378 roundtrip most of the winter. Here’s the catch: You have to fly via Phoenix on USAir. Be careful and pick your flights wisely, or you could end up with a nine-hour layover. Alaska and Delta cost a bit more: $428 roundtrip.

• Anchorage-Charlotte $316 roundtrip on United Airlines. The first date I found was Dec. 31, but there are plenty of dates available in January and February — even into mid April (April 16-21)...

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Miss the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend airfare sale and it's sequel, special rates from Alaska Airlines on flights to Seattle from Anchorage? The bargains may as well have been a mirage for some people who waited to snatch the deals and ended up emptyhanded.

Two suggestions:...

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The Battle for Seattle is heating up again. This week, Alaska Airlines put Seattle on sale in its weekly “ Club 49 ” airfare sale. From Anchorage, the rate is as low as $360 roundtrip for travel between Dec. 3 and March 5. Don’t count on the discounted rate during the peak Christmas dates, but if you’re flexible, you can save a bundle off of the regular $544 roundtrip air fare. Just last week, Alaska was offering Anchorage-Seattle flights for $400 roundtrip as part of the Permanent Fund Dividend sale.

Discounted rates to and from Seattle are available from many Alaska cities, including:...

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For travelers in Anchorage, the airfare chase always is at full throttle. We have several carriers competing for the business: USAir , Delta , United and Alaska . All the summertime carriers have gone home for the winter -- so that’s who’s left.

For the rest of the state (Fairbanks, Kodiak, Nome, Bethel, Juneau, etc.) it’s Alaska, Alaska and Alaska...

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