Alaska Airlines is at it again and offering big savings on flights to Hawaii and California. There’s just one catch, the saving is determined by the size of the ocean swell. The bigger the waves, the bigger the discount. The discounts and wave measurements begin today. Make a purchase between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 for travel through Feb 10, 2021.
Alaska Airlines will use dynamic ocean data to determine the discount. Similarly to the 2019 swell deals, Alaska is again partnering with global surf forecasting site Surfline. Based on the height of ocean waves in Hawaii and northern and southern California, Alaska will discount flights up to 30% off. At time of writing, we’re already at 20% off!
How the Deal Works
Surfline will pull data from five different locations that monitor minute-by-minute forecasts around the Hawaiian Islands. The subregions for data tracking, recommended by Surfline as having the highest surf during this ticketing window, include: San Francisco; Oahu, North Shore; North Orange County, California; Oahu, South Shore; and Santa Cruz, California.
To purchase tickets or find more information on the discount, visit alaskaair.com/swell. The discount will change daily at approximately noon and 5 p.m. PDT as Alaska gets the latest forecast information from Surfline. Throughout the course of the promotion, the discount level will never drop and can only increase as swells grow.
Book flights to the Hawaii Islands between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23, for travel starting on Oct. 20. Alaska will discount fares based on the following max swell heights tracked by Surfline:
- 0-3 feet = 10% off
- 4-6 feet = 15% off
- 7-12 feet = 20% off
- 13+ feet = 30% off
This data will then be used for fare sales to and from the following locations:
- The Hawaiian Islands
- California, including Santa Rosa (STS), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Monterey (MRY), San Luis Obispo (SBP), Santa Barbara (SBA), Burbank (BUR), Los Angeles (LAX), Ontario (ONT), Santa Ana (SNA) and San Diego (SAN).
Fly from anywhere in the Alaska Airline’s network to/from the destinations above to save big money!
If you’re looking to travel to Hawaii, remember that you need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel to avoid quarantine upon arrival. Alaska has their own page to help you through the PCR testing requirement.