7 Reasons Why I Fly Alaska | The Best [Luxe] Budget Airline

13 March 2016

1 | THE CHEESE AND FRUIT PLATTER
I'm not gonna lie about it. My very favorite part about flying with Alaska Airlines is that cheese and fruit platter. At $7.50 a pop, it's like being spoiled in the sky. Really, there's no turbulence I can't handle when I'm stuffing my face with three kinds of cheese.

2 | THEY CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Not only does Alaska Airlines recycle in flight (something I find to be rare for airlines, despite the overwhelming need for it), they also package most of their meals and drinks in compostable or recyclable packaging. I'll support that.

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A $121 companion pass. Every year. Anywhere they fly. ...Need I say more?

This card may give you one mile for every dollar spent, but truly best perks come from travel-related expenses, like Alaska Airlines flights that give you 3 miles per $1 spent. In addition to the companion pass, you also get your first checked bag free of charge, there's no mileage cap, and your miles never expire. And once you reach 75K miles, you up your status and uncover a whole new basket of great benefits. (I'm so close, I can't even wait!)

4 | LOW-COST FLIGHTS, EVERYWHERE THEY FLY
I know there are many airlines that claim they have low-cost flights. And maybe they do. But the airline that keeps me coming back, because they're always within my budget, is Alaska Airlines. From Seattle, I've flown nonstop, roundtrip to Cabo for under $350; nonstop, roundtrip to Kauai for less than $300; nonstop, roundtrip to Milwaukee for under $250; and nonstop, roundtrip to Vegas for just $130. It's a steal of a deal, people.

And now I've got more money for cheese platters. Amen.

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5 | FREE DRINK PERKS
Just before landing in Hawaii, all age 21+ coach passengers get a complimentary Mai Tai, courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Helloooo, vacation! And on some brief, evening flights, you often get a complimentary glass of wine or beer. I'll be wined and dined, Alaska Airlines. I'm OK with that.

6 | THEY GIVE YOU OUTLETS, PEOPLE. OUTLETS.
This is how you really know that an airline gets you. On most Alaska Airlines flights, even coach passengers get an outlet, including a USB outlet, on the seat-back in front of them. No more dead tablets, laptops, phones, or whatever you travel with. And with inflight WiFi at $9.99/flight, I admit that I sometimes treat myself. A girl's gotta blog, you know?

7 | BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE INDUSTRY
From canceling a flight less than 24 hours after booking to requesting a price adjustment on a flight price that dropped, and from in-flight service to Alaska Airlines credit card calls, I've had nothing but top-notch care from the folks at Alaska Airlines. They are a group of great people.

Delayed flight? They'll text you. And if it's super delayed, like hours? They'll even give you some money back. Plus, you can sign up for text notifications for all situations, like when your frequent routes go on sale. So handy.

Honestly, all of their incredible perks make me enjoy boarding my flight each time I fly with them. And for an anxious flyer like me, it really makes a difference.

But, really, that cheese platter...

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10 comments

  1. I've never flown Alaska Airlines. Sounds great, though, and one I'll check out for future flights.

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    1. They recently merged with Virgin Airlines, so within the next year, they'll have a lot more options for flights! Definitely keep an eye out.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! This is definitely an airline I will look into when booking my next trip!

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  3. Excellent evidence for loving Alaska airlines. I wonder if the proposed merge with Virgin america will increase your loyalty. JetBlue has been my favorite domestic US airline the past ten years or so but I one flight each on Virgin and Alaska in 2015—and both were superb.

    Travel Happy!

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    1. Good point! I can't wait to hear more about the perks of their merge.

      And we share your love for JetBlue. We never have to miss a Packer game in the sky. ;)

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  4. I have never flown via Alaska Airlines. The price from Seattle to Hawaii is unbelievable! Sounds like they are doing everything right. Now I can't wait to try the cheese platter.

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  5. Interesting, we've never flown Alska Airlines, but will certainly think about them in the future. AA is on our never again in our lives list so it is nice to hear about a US carrier giving great service!!

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    1. Oh really? Curious about your experience with AA. I'm a fairly frequent flier and have had a few hiccups but nothing serious. Have heard a lot of people increasingly complaining about their service, though.

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