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Alaska Airlines Offers Permanent Fund Dividend Sale

Specials include discounts on airfare, Alaska Airlines Vacations and shipping

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines launched a Permanent Fund Dividend sale today, with ticket prices as low as $89 for travel to and from Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as savings on select routes between Alaska and the lower 48 states, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico.

"This sale stretches our customer's travel budget further and makes travel to the sunny beaches of Mexico and Hawaii even more affordable," said Bill MacKay, the airline's senior vice president for the state of Alaska. "With these specials, it pays to plan ahead and purchase travel now, for use throughout most of next year."

MacKay noted that the discounted fares will be available for purchase through Nov. 2, 2009, allowing residents receiving their PFD check by mail plenty of time to participate.

The fares are one-way, valid for travel through August 25, 2010, and require a 10-day advance purchase, except for travel to Mexico and between Anchorage and Honolulu.

Sample one-way fares:

City pair One-way fare:
Anchorage-Juneau $119
Anchorage-Seattle $199
Anchorage-Honolulu $209
Fairbanks-Los Angeles $319

Fares are available for purchase today at alaskaair.com/pfd or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD 800-392-0228). Reservations may also be made through travel agents.

Alaska Airlines Vacations is offering $50 off per adult on any vacation package, including packages to Mexico, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Southern California, among other destinations. Vacation Packages include air transportation, hotel accommodations, optional ground transportation and tours. Each passenger who purchases a package on alaskaair.com receives 1,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Bonus Miles in addition to the miles flown.

Alaskans can save 5 percent on cargo tariff rates for packages shipped on Alaska Air Cargo from Anchorage or Fairbanks to any city within Alaska. Visit alaskacargo.com for more information.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

Fare rules: Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 2, 2009, for travel between Oct. 9, 2009, and Aug. 25, 2010. A 10-day advance purchase is required, except for travel to and from Mexico, and between Anchorage, and Honolulu. Blackout dates for travel from Alaska are: Nov. 20-21, Nov. 25, Nov. 28-30, Dec. 16-23, 2009, and March 4-9, 2010. Blackout dates for travel to Alaska are: Nov. 20-21, Nov. 25, Nov. 28-30, 2009, Jan. 1-7, 2010, and March 11-16, 2010. Travel is valid Monday through Thursday and Saturday only, except for travel to and from Mexico and on nonstop flights between Anchorage and Honolulu, which is valid daily. Travelers are responsible for the following taxes and fees, as applicable: Airport Passenger Facility charges of up to $9 (amount depends on itinerary), Federal Segment Tax of $3.60 per segment (takeoff and landing) and U.S. Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement. Additional fees apply to travel to Mexico: U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, U.S. Aphis Fee of $5, U.S. International Transportation Tax of $16.10, Mexico International Departure Tax of up to $33, Mexico Tourism Tax of up to $24, and Mexico Transportation Tax of 3.75 percent of the fare. Fees may fluctuate with dollar-peso exchange rates. Additional fees apply to travel to Canada: U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, U.S. Aphis Fee of $5, Canadian Airport Improvement Fee of up to $20 (varies by airport), Canadian Security Fee of $9 (fluctuates with exchange rate) and Canadian Goods and Services Tax (GST) of less than $2. All taxes and fees shown are based on one-way travel and may be doubled if traveling roundtrip. Tickets purchased at Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air airport locations or through Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air reservation call centers will cost $15 more per person than the advertised fare. Tickets are nonrefundable but can be changed. Changes made at alaskaair.com or horizonair.com will incur a $75 (USD) per person change fee and any difference in fare. Ticket changes made through Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air reservation call centers or airport ticket counters incur a $100 (USD) per person change fee or a $125 (USD) per person change fee if originally booked through a travel agent and changed through Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air reservation call centers or ticket counters, and any difference in fare. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some flights may be operated by or in conjunction with Horizon Air, PenAir or an Alaska Airlines' alliance partner. Some flights may not operate daily service. Travel on Alaska Airlines flights 4800-4999 operated by Era Aviation are not permitted. All fares, taxes and fees are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice, and other restrictions apply. Vacation discounts are offered for new, complete vacation package bookings made on alaskaair.com by Nov. 2, 2009. Travel must originate from the state of Alaska and be completed by Aug. 25, 2010. Promotional code ASVPFD9 must be used for all vacation bookings. This offer does not apply to reservations made by a travel agent or packages that include more than one destination. The $50 discount per paying adult will be applied before taxes. The discount is not applicable with any other offer and may not be used if any changes are made to the original reservation. All terms and conditions of Alaska Airlines Vacations apply. Baggage fees of $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second bag apply. If travel is solely within the state of Alaska, passengers can check up to three bags free of charge. Additional fees apply to check more than two bags or for overweight or oversized items. See checked baggage policy at alaskaair.com for more details. The 5 percent cargo discount is valid for shipments that originate in Anchorage or Fairbanks to any destination within Alaska between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2009. The discount applies to Priority and General Air Freight published rates only. GoldStreak, Animal Express, SCRs and contract rates do not apply. Customers must mention PFD Sale (SCR PFD09) to receive the discount. Cargo rates are airport-to-airport and subject to taxes, fees, and fuel and security surcharges.

Other important information: Daily nonstop service to Atlanta begins Oct. 23, and service to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., begins Dec. 17, 2009. Seasonal service is valid to the following cities: King Salmon and Dillingham, Alaska, between June 6 and Aug. 21, 2010; and to Sun Valley, Idaho, from Dec. 19, 2009, to March 21, 2010, and also from May 28 to Sept. 6, 2010. Travel must be nonstop from Anchorage to Chicago or Honolulu.

Source: Alaska Airlines

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