Alaska Airlines will be launching service from Portland to three Midwest airports early next year, and as they usually do, they are offering discounted fares and the opportunity to earn double miles during the first months of service.
All three flights will be operated by SkyWest on Embraer E175 aircraft with 12 first class seats and 64 economy class seats. I previously detailed the addition of the E175 to Alaska’s fleet.
|Start Date||City Pair||Departs||Arrives||Frequency|
|February 18||Portland-Kansas City||9:35 AM||2:59 PM||Daily|
|February 18||Kansas City-Portland||3:40 PM||5:45 PM||Daily|
|February 18||Portland-Minneapolis||10:55 AM||4:16 PM||Daily|
|February 18||Minneapolis-Portland||5:00 PM||7:08 PM||Daily|
|February 18||Portland-Omaha||6:50 PM||11:49 PM||Daily|
|February 19||Omaha-Portland||7:00 AM||8:45 AM||Daily|
None of these cities are new destinations for Alaska Airlines. All currently have non-stop service from Seattle’s main hub in Seattle. But there are many destinations that Alaska doesn’t serve from Portland. In the map below, nearly ever dot you see has non-stop Seattle service. Many fewer have lines connecting them to Portland. I’ve always found it annoying when I travel and have to start or end my trip with a 30-minute connection. This should make things more convenient for those passengers in Portland.
Alaska is offering discounted fares starting at $139 each way (plus taxes and fees) when purchased by August 5 and for travel by March 18. That’s some extreme advance planning, but keep in mind MVP Gold and 75K members can cancel their trip at any time for a full credit toward a future flight.
Double Miles will be available for all travelers who fly the new routes from Portland to Kansas City or Minneapolis (but not Omaha) by March 18. This is regardless of when they purchase as long as they register before they fly. Some of the new routes could be good mileage runs between discounted prices and bonus award miles, but do know that these double miles are not elite-qualifying.