Denali National Park, the Kenai Mountains, fishing and hiking: There’s no shortage of adventure waiting in Alaska. And airlines are eager to get Americans up there this summer and fall.
Summer 2021 travel is shaping up to be a season unlike any other as Americans return to the skies – and head to new, different places. Airlines big and small are flying to Alaska in record numbers, with new nonstop routes popping up across the country.
All that competition means one thing: Flights to Alaska are cheaper than ever, with fares regularly under $300 roundtrip and sometimes half that price. We’ve seen cheap fares to Alaska from over 160 airports – and yes, that includes even smaller regional airports.
See just how cheap these flights have gotten and what Thrifty Traveler Premium members are doing in Alaska once they get there.
Cheap Flights to Alaska from $117 RT?
Yes, flight prices to Alaska this year are cheaper than we’ve ever seen them. We’re talking as low as $117 roundtrip from several airports, and under $300 roundtrip from almost every single U.S. airport!
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That’s just one of the several hot Alaska deals that dropped over the past month. And we’re not just seeing deals into the main hub of Anchorage (ANC).
We’ve seen deals to Ketchikan (KTN), home of the Misty Fjords National Monument as low as $157 roundtrip. Or head to Fairbanks (FAI), the closest airport to Denali National Park, for as low as $117 roundtrip!
To say Thrifty Traveler Premium members were excited about the Alaska deals we found would be an understatement…
And it’s not just cash fares, either. We unearthed an unbelievable Delta SkyMiles flash sale to Alaska with fares as low as 5,000 SkyMiles roundtrip – and 10,000 SkyMiles nationwide.
Small Towns Get Deals to Alaska, Too!
You don’t have to live at a major airport hub to snag a cheap flight to Alaska. Small towns are getting the love, too.
Here’s a sneak peek at the start of this nationwide flight deal we recently found (all the way down to Wichita!) This deal is no longer live, but shows you the crazy rock-bottom prices we’ve been finding from nearly every airport, big and small:
The best part? Almost all of these deals have had peak summer availability into fall and winter. There’s no shortage of sites to see during any season in Alaska.
Just ask Thrifty Traveler Premium member Chris V., from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He never thought he’d see the day where flights to Alaska were cheap.
But when he got the flight deal email alert for $279 roundtrip flights from Sioux Falls (FSD) to Anchorage (ANC), he booked as fast as he could. See where this cheap flight took him.
Chris’s Trip to Alaska
Alaska has always been on Chris and his partner’s travel radar. But after 2020 upended all their travel plans, the Alaska deal that popped up a few months ago was the perfect deal at the perfect time.
They shared their trip highlights with us and fellow Thrifty Traveler Premium members in our community group. Chris said a major highlight was horseback riding on Resurrection Bay (including traversing through the Resurrection River on horseback!)
They also loved drift boat fishing the Kasilof River, hiking the Kenai Mountains, and visiting the Alyeska Mountain and ski resort.
Chris said they couldn’t get enough of all the fresh seafood, since South Dakota doesn’t have any coasts! They ate fresh crab, halibut, rockfish, prawns, salmon, and reindeer sausage (okay, that last one isn’t a fish!) They recommend exploring the port cities of Whittier and Seward and eating your fill of the fresh stuff.
“Previously, we’d pick a location and hope to find a deal. Now we let the deals dictate where our adventures go!” Chris said. “With Sioux Falls being a regional airport, we’ve learned to also be open to positioning flights out of neighboring airports.”
They’ve used positioning flights to score crazy deals out of Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). Back in 2018, they booked a two-for-one flight to Paris and Iceland for $500 roundtrip. In 2019, they flew from Minneapolis to Hawaii for just $320 roundtrip. In January 2020 before the world shut down to travel, they flew on a Premium deal from Des Moines, Iowa (DSM) to Cape Town, South Africa (CPT) for just $550 roundtrip.
These Alaska deals have been crazy good, with some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen to fly to this bucket list destination. But what makes these cheap flights to Alaska come to life? Seeing what fellow travelers do once they get there and the memories they make. And it all starts with a flight deal.