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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect that this offer has returned.
Alaska Airlines loves a good BOGO sale and has brought back a really great one that’s valid for travel on select dates until May 2021. If you purchase your paid ticket by Dec. 28, 2020, your friend can fly with you for just the cost of taxes and fees.
Just how good is this sale? There are flights from California to Hawaii for $55 each way, per person and mainland flights (such as Seattle to Las Vegas) from $25 per person, each way.
Both main cabin and saver fares are valid, so travelers can get a second ticket on the same itinerary with those fare types for just taxes and fees. You must purchase two tickets to unlock the discount — you cannot just book one ticket and get 50% off, however you can purchase one-way or round-trip tickets.
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This sale has travel dates from Jan. 12 – May 19, 2021. You can use it to travel to Hawaii, Mexico or Costa Rica Monday – Wednesday and travel back from those destinations on Tuesday – Thursday. Otherwise, the BOGO sale is valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, other than on a few blackout dates.
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Should I book travel now?
While we have lots of hope for travel in 2021, at least the very early parts of the year are shaping up to potentially be some of the worst months we’ve seen yet in terms of case counts as we await a wide-scale vaccine roll-out. Multiple states have new restrictions on travel. Quarantine and testing requirements are also present in many states and countries — and the rules can change quickly.
Keep in mind that on Alaska Airlines, all passengers over the age of two will be required to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth, with no exceptions. Alaska is also phasing out the blocking of middle seats in early-January.
We are really crossing our fingers that things will start to turn the corner by the spring months, though we all know that there are no guarantees. Fortunately, Alaska no longer charges fees if you need to change or cancel your trip, other than the fare difference between your old ticket and new.
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Alaska Airlines deals currently available
BOGO seats are valid on saver or main cabin fares valid for itineraries with a minimum of two passengers and maximum of six passengers traveling together ticketed at the same time in the same reservation and at the same fare. You can book one-way or round-trip fares.
Airlines: Alaska Airlines
Routes: Many across the U.S. (including Hawaii) and into Mexico and Costa Rica
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How to book: Buy one, get one seats using code LETSGOBOGO
Travel dates: Jan. 12 – May. 19, 2020 valid on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday for most flights. Valid for travel to Hawaii, Mexico, or Costa Rica on Monday – Wednesday and back from those destinations on Tuesday – Thursday. Blackout dates: Feb. 11-15, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 2021.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 28, 2020.
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; starting Jan. 1, 2021 earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Here’s a look at some of the deals you could book. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so you will be able to find deals between other cities as well.
Short-haul flights are a solid deal, with flights between Seattle (SEA) and Las Vegas (LAS) pricing out at just $25 each way, per person. That comes to $96.40 for two passengers to fly round trip. (Here are some great road trips you can take from Las Vegas to see some natural wonders!)
Long-haul transcontinental flights offer another opportunity for significant savings. A flight from San Francisco (SFO) to New York – JFK starts at $53 each way, or $208.40 for two people round trip.
Meanwhile, those looking to head to Hawaii can do so starting at $55 per person from San Jose (SJC). If you plan to head to Hawaii, be sure and familiarize yourself with the state’s entry requirements. For two people that comes to $216.40 for round-trip flights to Hawaii.
Related: Here’s what it is like to travel to Hawaii right now
To easily find the lowest fares possible, check off the “flexible dates” box in the search field or switch from “schedule” view to “calendar” on the left side of the search page. You’ll see a calendar displaying the lowest fares year-round.
How to book
Since this particular sale is a buy one, get one sale, you’re going to have to head directly to Alaska’s website to make your purchase by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Dec 28, 2020. You must enter the discount code LETSGOBOGO when searching for flights. Specific sale terms are available at alaskaair.com/LETSGOBOGO.
Related: How to find cheap airfare
Maximize your purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Unfortunately, you can’t stack this promotion with the Alaska Airlines Visa Companion Fare for further savings.
That’s because you can only enter one code into the “Discount or companion fare code” field. With the Alaska Companion Fare, you can book airfare for a travel companion for around $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees). In some cases, this works out cheaper than Alaska’s two-for-one promotion, while other times, the two-for-one promotion is significantly lower. If you have an Alaska Companion Fare, be sure to compare fare totals for the best deal possible.
You could, however, pay with discounted Alaska Airlines gift cards. No matter how you pay, getting flights to Hawaii from $55 each way is an amazing deal. While no one knows if travel will be easier and safer by May 2021, we are certainly crossing our fingers.
Screenshots by Alaska Airlines.
Additional reporting by Benji Stawski
Featured image courtesy of Vacclav / Shutterstock.com
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