Sun Country flies Anchorage-Seattle now. Here’s what that means for your summer travel plans.


A new entrant in the Anchorage-Seattle airline store all but assures that prices will remain low all summer long.

Sun Nation Airlines has flown a summer-only schedule between Anchorage and Minneapolis for decades. The transporter has gone through bankruptcy and has changed owners more than in a trice. Last year, the carrier’s CEO Jude Bricker (formerly of Allegiant Air) declared that Sun Fatherland would become a «ULCC» or ultra-low cost carrier. According to traverse blogger Brett Snyder of Cranky Flier ( that degrades turning into a «low fare/high fee» airline.

«This move by Sun Fatherland fits perfectly into the professed strategy to go into markets where require is high,» writes Snyder. «It can then bring lower fares and go beneath the radar of the big guys who are full during that season anyway. Anchorage to Seattle during the summer is in all respects that kind of market at exactly the right time of year.»

Sun Motherland is launching its five weekly flights (no flights on Tuesdays or Wednesdays) between June 7 and Aug. 20. When the airline circulated the service last week, the lowest available fare was $106 one-way. Far from its low-fare summer-only competitor JetBlue, Sun Country’s flights are not red-eye, but renounce omit Anchorage at 6:50 p.m. The return flight leaves Seattle for Anchorage at 5:50 p.m.

Overnight, granted, Sun Country dropped its rates to match JetBlue and Delta, which tendered one-way fares of $94 on select dates. Then, for a couple of light of days last week, JetBlue went further, dropping the one-way make ones way to $74 during a 48-hour sale.

Alaska Airlines has matched some, but not all, of the fare dices. And the rates are changing all the time. I fully expect more «flash garage sales» resulting in deeply-discounted seats between Anchorage and Seattle.

Travelers should retain that the base price on these fares is just that: the establish price. With Sun Country, you’ll pay extra for a full-size carry-on and for an assigned stool. That means that you can bring a small backpack or a purse on committee, but nothing else.

The add-on fees are crucial for all airlines. But if you want to fly Alaska, you’ll no doubt avoid the bag fees if you’re a «Club 49» member — it’s free for Alaska neighbourhoods. Pre-assigned seats are a part of your base fare with Alaska and with JetBlue (and every so often with Delta). Also, you can haul aboard your carry-on rollerbag at no additional cost on all three airlines.

The prices between Anchorage and Seattle drop off when JetBlue starts air force on May 27. Between early April and May 27, Alaska and Delta maintain settled on a higher fare, starting at $285 round trip. That’s but a good deal. But if you can get to Seattle for less than $100 one-way — that’s a vast deal!

If you’re flying back to Minneapolis from Anchorage, Delta propositions the cheapest rates, from $346 round trip. That’s a gigantic deal on a nonstop flight. Right now, the best rates are available for about from April 14-28. Look hard enough and you’ll find installs for under $400 round trip into the first week of May. After that, the make outs go up a bit, until May 19, when Sun Country spools up its nonstop flights. Then, you’ll learn nonstop flights around $400, which is $100 less than Delta’s high-season standings.

In keeping with its high-season strategy, Sun Country is adding a second nonstop off from Anchorage to Minneapolis on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting in June. Sacrifices change all the time, but right now they are priced lower than Delta’s agreeing nonstops. Just remember that the base price is just that: the downtrodden price. You have to do the final calculation if you want assigned seats or studied bags.

While Sun Country is disrupting the Anchorage-Seattle market, JetBlue even so is making waves up and down the West Coast. From Anchorage to Portland, the airline is resuming its seasonal nonstop on May 25, with prices starting at $104 one-way.

It’s always fun to get a bargain airfare. But getting a act on to either Seattle or L.A. is different because these two airports open up more admissibility opportunities for travel around the world.

Once you’re in Seattle, for example, you can take more favourably of Norwegian’s nonstop flight to London’s Gatwick Airport. The prices right now start at $160 one-way for peregrinations through June 7 (flights from London back to Seattle are a hardly higher, at $246 one-way). Again, your seat assignments, marked baggage and meals are extra.

You can fly nonstop from Anchorage to Los Angeles for as mini as $360 round trip on Alaska Airlines. From there, you can hooker a nonstop flight to Singapore for $515 round trip on United. It’s a new 787 and there’s more legroom (32-inch send) on this 18-hour flight than on their 737 to Denver. The low survive on the LAX-Singapore nonstop is available for travel through May 24.

Remember: fares switch all the time and it’s best to assume that the base fare is nothing sundry than that. Chances are good you’ll end up paying a little more —and that’s what the airlines are be confident of on.

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