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Alaska Airlines adds 40 west coast flights for CES 2019

Alaska Airlines joins the list of airlines adding extra flights to Las Vegas for CES 2019, the big electronics show.

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Alaska Airlines is adding 40 additional flights to Las Vegas from west coast tech hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose for people traveling to CES 2019 (the Consumer Electronics Show) next year.

The extra flights are scheduled from January 7 to January 12 and represent approximately 6,000 additional seats to and from these cities for that week.

While hotels will be very full and hotel room rates may will surely spike during the CES 2019 week, you don’t need to be attending the show to take advantage of these extra flights to and from Las Vegas.

But since these flights just got loaded into Alaska’s system, you might want to book them soon.

Other airlines are adding temporary flights for these days as well. American Airlines and Japan Airlines recently announces extra CES flights between Tokyo and Las Vegas.  Delta Air Lines, which has added CES flighs in the past, will likely announce this year’s batch shortly.

Heading to Las Vegas for CES 2019 or some other event? Be sure to make some time to visit the Neon Museum.

The museum tells the history of Las Vegas through classic, cast-off neon signs and is a great place to visit in the evening when many signs are lit.

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Neon Museum Las Vegas

Free chat + Free movies on Alaska Airlines

Alaska is one of the airlines offering  travel waivers for passengers affected by winter weather this week, which means you may have to wait to try out the airlines’ newest perks:

Free use of iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger on Gogo-equipped flights.

The option is offered in a beta version right now and should be fully functional by January 24th, the airline promises.

Also free (through March 31, 2017): access  – on your devices – to the all the entertainment offered to Alaska Airlines passengers during flight, including Hollywood movies and popular TV shows.

The airline’s new Premium Class service also debut this week on some routes, offering passengers who have purchased this perk extra legroom, early boarding, complimentary snacks and alcoholic beverages. About 40 percent of Alaska’s fleet has been retrofitted with the new premium class section seating so far and the airline promises that 90 of the fleet will offer this option by the end of 2017.


Alaska Airlines hosts Russell’s 12th Fan Airlift

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There are plenty of tailgate parties going on for Super Bowl Sunday, but perhaps only one that took place 35,000 feet in the air.

63,000 residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington entered a contest hosted by Alaska Airlines and Seattle NFL quarterback Russell Wilson for a chance to win two seats on a party plane headed to New York, two nights lodging in the city and a viewing party in midtown Manhattan.

The 56 winners and their guests got to fly to New York on Saturday on a flight dubbed Russell’s 12th Fan Airlift. Along for the ride: the winners of a mileage auction for five pairs of first class seats that, with the airline’s mileage match, means that six million miles will be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

I got to go along for the ride:

Here are some photos from the trip:


Before boarding, everyone got t-shirts and a chance to have a photo snapped with a variety of props. This was the favorite.

The props came out during the flight as well:

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Meals in-flight included a snack back with Skittles and a Volume 12 chocolate bar and breakfast served by Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden:


And, after a trivia contest, drawings were held for two pair of Super Bowl tickets. Here’s one of the lucky winners:

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