Air Fare Deals

Alaska Airlines’ unusual Northern Lights sale

Aurora Borealis near Fairbanks, Alaska. Photo by Andy Witteman via Alaska Airlines

If you want to see the Northern Lights this winter, then the Alaska Airlines science-based sale should be of interest.

The sale runs through January 17 for flights between the Lower 48 and both Fairbanks and Anchorage through February 12. Discounts of up to 35% are being tied to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast.

The more intense the Northern Lights forecast; the more flyers will save on flights.

“Everyone loves a lighter fare,” said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines’ managing director, marketing and advertising, “This is just the start of how we’ll use dynamic data in the future to appeal to our flyers’ passions.”

Here’s how it works:

Alaska Airlines harnesses Northern Lights forecast data for bucket list trip

Through January 17, fares will be discounted daily up to 35% depending on the Kp-index forecast during the travel time period.

Scientists use the Kp-index to help predict how visible the Northern Lights might be. Alaska will discount fares based on aurora intensity:

  • 0 to 3 Kp = 15% off
  • 4 to 5 Kp = 20% off
  • 6 to 7 Kp = 25% off
  • 8 to 9 Kp = 35% off

Want to know more about the Northen Lights before you pack up and go? The University of Fairbanks has an informative webpage on the Aurora seasons that include a real-time Aurora Tracker.

Ready to bundle up and book? On Tuesday evening rates were 20% off, based on the Aurora Forecast.

Late-breaking Black Friday travel deals

It can be a bit overwhelming, but if you’ve got places you want to go in the coming months you can save some serious cash by buying plane tickets and hotel stays during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday.

You’ll find a long list of offers already underway in my CNBC Black Friday/Cyber Monday story from last weekend. But here are some deals that were embargoed until now.

Check back; I’ve got a few more travel deals still under embargo and will update this list as new deals come in.            

Train deal

Amtrak’s fourth annual “Track Friday Sale” runs Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 2, with savings up to 35% on select routes nationwide for travel between Dec. 9 and April 30.

There are additional deals for the Acela, Northeast Regional and many popular routes beginning Jan. 6 through Apr. 30. 

To book see: Amtrak.com/trackfridaysale or the Amtrak app. All fares will be automatically discounted. No discount code is needed.

Airlines

Alaska Airlines is having a big sale on Friday, November 29 ONLY across its network, with some fares as low as $29 one-way for travel between January 7 and March 11, 2020.

Also, throughout Black Friday, Alaska is hosting five giveaways on Twitter using the hashtag #AlaskaHappyHour.  Follow that hashtag for a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to Alaska Airlines destinations across the country.

If you miss the Friday sale, Alaska will also have deals during its annual three-day Cyber Monday sale starting Dec.2nd.

Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday includes deals that are as high as 75% off to a range of destinations from US cities like LA, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago to destinations the Asia-Pacific Region, including Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. The sale runs through December 3 and applies to flights from January 1, 2020 through May 15, 2020.

Delta Air Lines has Black Friday deals on a long list of routes bookable through December 1. Travel dates vary by route.

Hawaiian Airlines is offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday special fares starting on Friday and Monday, respectively, for select U.S. Mainland, international and Neighbor Island flights. Look for Neighbor Island deals and flight deals to other destinations.

Through December 1, Qatar Airways has a Black Friday offer that includes up to $300 off round-trip Business Class fares from the United States to select destinations. Use the promo code: FLYDAY

More to come…