Your holiday shopping budget may be expensive but winter flights don't have to be. Check out Alaska Airlines' latest airfare offerings with one-way fares starting at under $50. Though the booking deadline is a long one through December 30, don't delay because the most-affordable flights and best seat selection sell out first. I found fares to be cheaper than advertised on several routes, so shop and compare to find the best deal for your specific itinerary. Roundtrip is not required, and one-way flights start at around $49.

Travel Availability

  • Travel Period: January 7 - March 11, 2020.
  • Travel Days of the Week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for most routes. Other days may be available for transcontinental flights.
  • Blackout Dates: February 12 - 23, 2020.

Travel days on international routes and specific domestic markets (like Hawaii) vary depending on when service is offered and the direction of travel. Click on the fare details below for more booking info.

Sale Period

Tickets must be purchased by Monday, December 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm PST.

Sample Fares

All fares are nonstop and also work in the reverse direction.

San Jose, CA, to/from Los Angeles $98 roundtrip

San Francisco to/from Portland PDX $118 roundtrip

San Francisco to/from Phoenix $138 roundtrip

San Diego to/from Austin $158 roundtrip

Seattle to/from Milwaukee $178 roundtrip

Boston to/from San Diego $197 roundtrip

Dallas to/from Seattle $198 roundtrip

Boston to/from San Francisco $238 roundtrip

New York City to/from Los Angeles $238 roundtrip

San Jose SJC to/from Kona $278 roundtrip

Los Angeles to Mazatlan, Mexico $298 roundtrip

Baggage

These fares include one carry-on bag plus one small personal item. Checked bag fees start at $30 each way.

Seat Assignments

Saver Fares allow for limited seat selection in the back of the aircraft. However, finding seats next to a travel partner may be difficult on some routes. If you choose not to select a seat, one will be assigned to you during check-in.


Related: How to Fly Alaska Airlines


Alternate Fares

Alaska's Main fares are usually around $10-$35 more each way and include a wider selection of seats to choose from and allow ticket changes/upgrades for a fee. Checked bag fees are the same $30 each way.

Other major airlines that are matching are mostly Basic Economy fares with similar restrictions. The main difference is that United's Basic Economy only includes a small personal item. Southwest does not sell Basic Economy and includes two free checked bags.

A few routes may have lower fares on connecting flights or for travel on ultra-low-cost carriers like Allegiant, Frontier, Spirit, or Sun Country.

Example Booking

As an example, fares on the San Jose SJC to Los Angeles LAX route departing January 7 with a return on January 14 sell for $57 roundtrip. A second example features fares occasionally lower than advertised in the sale, so be sure to compare rates.

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