If you’re an average Alaskan, odds are you fly the SeaTac-based company’s jets frequently, or at least from time to time. (Yes, SeaTac is the name of a city, not just an airport.)
Maybe you’ve memorized your town’s flight schedule. But did you know all this?:
1) Two-thirds of Alaskans belong to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.
2) We earned 530 million miles this summer during a double-mileage promotion, the equivalent of 21,000 roundtrip saver tickets.
3) Half of us are members of the airline’s Club 49 plan, which offers additional discounts, including checked-luggage deals, for Alaskans.
4) The airline has nearly 1,700 in-state employees.
5) 275 staffers are in Southeast.
6) The mileage and Club 49 plans have saved Alaskans $10.7 million so far this year.
7) $8 million of that is from the two-free-checked-bags program for travel in and out of the state.
And here’s one you may have heard of, but decided to forget:
1) Baggage fees raise from $20 to $25 for the first two bags starting Oct. 1. Click here to read more about fare and ticket-change fees.
Source: Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines in-state vice president, during last week’s Southeast Conference annual meeting in Sitka.
- In the past month, the top three leaders at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority have submitted letters of resignation. The shake up comes at a time when the organization, which manages funds for mental health and substance abuse programming across the state, is undergoing a special legislative audit over concerns about financial mismanagement.
- Alaska’s U.S. senators have issued a second round of statements following the rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. This time their criticisms are aimed at President Donald Trump.
- States across the lower 48 will get to see a full solar eclipse Monday, August 21, as the moon slides directly in front of the sun for roughly two minutes. People from all over the world are flocking to towns that will fall under the path of the moon’s shadow.
- A science, technology, engineering, and math program geared towards Alaska Native students has guided one Kodiak local through both middle school and high school. And now, he’s off to college.