7 things you may not know about Alaska Airlines

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.

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