Alaska shared news about their Cyber Monday Sale late last night and this morning. It’s got some good fares, especially for those of us in the Pacific Northwest. But if you don’t see a destination you want on sale, check out other departure cities. San Jose has several cheap fairs to the Hawaiian Islands even though I didn’t see such routes advertised from Seattle and Portland. (It helps to know the city names and not just the islands, e.g., Lihue for Kauai.)
I suggest pairing this sale with Alaska’s double-miles promotion, which continues into next year. Round-trip flights from Seattle to cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Santa Rosa get double redeemable and elite-qualifying miles under that promo. And the sale prices today are as low as $79, $69, and $69 each-way, respectively. Philadelphia is not part of the double-miles promo but is still only $99 each way during the sale. That’s almost low enough to be mileage-run material and get you off to a great start for 2014.
Fortunately it’s not a true Cyber Monday as you have until December 9 to book. But book early to get the best availability. Travel must be between January 7 and March 5, 2014. Be sure to check out the complete terms and conditions on Alaska’s site. Here are some blackout dates and other limitations that you should consider. But if you have MVP Gold status, you can at least book flights speculatively and cancel them at a later date with the funds credited to your online wallet.
Fare Rules: Purchase by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on December 9, 2013. Travel is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from January 7, 2014 through March 5, 2014, including flights within the state of Alaska, with the following exceptions: Travel to and from Puerto Vallarta must be completed by February 4, 2014. Travel from all other Mexico destinations must be completed by February 19, 2014. Travel to and from Phoenix, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Tucson must be completed by February 13, 2014. Travel to Alaska is valid Thursdays through Saturdays. Travel from Alaska is valid Sundays through Tuesdays. Travel to Hawaii is valid Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Hawaii is valid Mondays through Thursdays. Travel to Mexico is valid Mondays through Thursdays. Travel from Mexico is valid Tuesdays through Fridays. Tickets must be purchased 14 days in advance.
Blackout Dates: Sale fares are not available for travel from February 14-22, 2014, with the following exceptions: Sale fares are not available for travel to Mexico from February 12-17, 2014, or from Mexico January 7-10, 2014.