Nov072014

Alaska Airline Fly 2, get 1 free deal for Bozeman and Yellowstone

Alaska Airlines Fly 4 segments between California, Oregon or Washington and one of ten ski destination airports by January 31 February 23, 2015 and get one free round trip ticket to any of the ten ski airports February 1 to April 30, 2015 has me looking at new travel plans. Alaska Ski the West promotion.

Loyalty Traveler – Alaska Airlines Ski the West Fly 2, Get 1 for tax only CA, OR, WA residents (Nov 6).

My favorite part of this deal is there is time to plan without rushing to hastily book nonrefundable airline reservations.

Travel from San Jose, California to Reno, Nevada is $116 to $118 round trip. This means two round trips for $235 earn one free flight to a place like Vancouver, Canada for under $60 in taxes.

Kelley had the same response as I did about Reno being a boring destination for two trips when there are other interesting destinations to choose for not too much more in airfare.

Here are low one-way prices to some of the other cities from the San Francisco Bay Area with SFO, OAK and SJC airports. The price is the same in the Los Angeles area for many of these same destinations. Price is same in either direction, except for Canada destinations where the return is more expensive due to taxes.

Alaska Airlines One-Way Low Fares from San Francisco Bay Area

  • MMH (Mammoth, California) $138 ($59 one-way from Los Angeles)
  • HDN (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) $191
  • SUN (Sun Valley, Idaho) $143
  • BZN (Bozeman, Montana) $102
  • FCA (Kalispell, Montana) $103
  • RNO (Reno, Nevada) $59
  • RDM (Bend, Oregon) $103
  • SLC (Salt Lake City, Utah) $79 weekdays, $89 weekends
  • YLW (Kelowna, British Columbia) $350 round trip
  • YVR (Vancouver, British Columbia) $309 round trip.

The Northern Tier Frozen Tour

My developing idea is taking advantage of Alaska Airlines to fly to places I have not been, especially in winter.

Bozeman, Montana is the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. There are two lodges in Yellowstone open in January. Old Faithful Snow Lodge has rooms starting around $100 per night. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel offers rooms starting at $90 per night. Round trip transportation from Holiday Inn Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park is available through Lodge shuttles for $53.50 each way. Rates at the Holiday Inn Bozeman are around $100 per night. TripAdvisor.com Bozeman Hotels.

Kalispell, Montana is near Glacier National Park. Most of the park roads are closed in winter, but there is limited access to parts of the park from the west entrance, less than an hour from Kalispell. The city tourism website for Kalispell shows microbreweries as a popular attraction for the region. Hotel rates are about $100 on weekdays and $90 on weekends with several brand name hotels in town. TripAdvisor.com Kalispell hotels.

Kalispell, Kelowna and Sun Valley are the three destinations participating in the Alaska Airlines Ski the West Fly 2, get 1 free promotion where I have not been before.

I planned a trip in fall 2013 to drive from Monterey to Yellowstone, then my parents wanted me to travel to Ireland with them. My dad’s health kept the Ireland trip from happening and by the time we cancelled Ireland, it was too late in the season for a driving trip to Yellowstone.

In a couple of weeks I will be in Ireland. Looks like Montana trips might happen flying Alaska Airlines in December and January to check out Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park in winter snow.

Two round trip flights on Alaska Airlines to earn a free flight for travel February 1 to April 30, 2015 to one of the ten ski destination airports can be done from the San Francisco Bay Area for about $235 for flights to Reno, $320 for flights to Salt Lake City or $410 for two round trip flights to Bend, Bozeman or Kalispell. The free flight is worth about $350 to $400 for travel to Vancouver or Kelowna.

These are the kinds of frequent flyer promotions I love and the kind of offers that used to be much more widely offered by airlines.

Earn free travel by traveling.

Update: Please note that the screen shot below showed January 31, 2015 as the end date for qualifying flights. This has been changed to February 23, 2015.

Alaska Fly 2-Get 1 promotion

We will email your Discount Code approximately 2 weeks after you complete the offer qualification.

Once you’ve received your Discount Code, use it to book travel for February 1, 2015, through April 30, 2015, between any Alaska Airlines city in Washington, Oregon, or California and the destinations listed above. Discount Code must be ticketed by March 30, 2015.Taxes and fees from $29 apply.

Not a Mileage Plan™ member? Enroll online today.

*Offer Terms & Conditions:
Offer is valid for Mileage Plan™ members who are residents of Washington, Oregon, or California. Registered members who fly 4 qualifying nonstop flights between any Alaska Airlines city in Washington, Oregon, or California and Bend (RDM), Bozeman (BZN), Kalispell (FCA), Kelowna (YLW), Mammoth Lakes (MMH), Reno (RNO), Salt Lake City (SLC), Steamboat Springs (HDN), Sun Valley (SUN), or Vancouver (YVR) by February 23, 2015, will receive a Discount Code for a ticket (taxes and fees starting from $29 apply) valid for travel between any Alaska Airlines city in Washington, Oregon, or California and Bend (RDM), Bozeman (BZN), Kalispell (FCA), Kelowna (YLW), Mammoth Lakes (MMH), Reno (RNO), Salt Lake City (SLC), Steamboat Springs (HDN), Sun Valley (SUN), or Vancouver (YVR). Discount Code will be awarded via email within two weeks of meeting the promotion’s qualifications. Registration is required prior to your first qualifying flight. Flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ account. Not valid on free or award travel. All travel must be completed by February 23, 2015, and credited to your Mileage Plan™ account by March 14, 2015. Maximum of one Discount Code per Mileage Plan™ member will be issued. All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan™ program apply. Offer subject to change without notice.

*Discount Code Terms & Conditions:
Discount Code is valid for one-way or round-trip travel between any Alaska Airlines city in Washington, Oregon, or California and Bend (RDM), Bozeman (BZN), Kalispell (FCA), Kelowna (YLW), Mammoth Lakes (MMH), Reno (RNO), Salt Lake City (SLC), Steamboat Springs (HDN), Sun Valley (SUN), or Vancouver (YVR). Passenger is responsible for all applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges, including checked baggage fees. Discount Code must be ticketed by March 30, 2015. No changes are allowed once ticket is issued. Travel is valid from February 1, 2015, through April 30, 2015. W class of service must be available. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Discount Codes are non-transferable. The recipient of the Discount Code must be the traveler. Not eligible for Mileage Plan™ or other frequent flyer program miles. Discount Code cannot be applied to tickets that have already been purchased and issued. Valid only on flights operated by Alaska Airlines, and flights operated on behalf of Alaska Airlines by Horizon Air, SkyWest and PenAir.

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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