Alaska Airlines will fly into Ft. Lauderdale

Alaska Airlines flight © Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines flight © Alaska Airlines

Florida Travel Guide for flights from Seattle

Alaska Airlines announced a new daily nonstop service today between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale today. Starting on July 16, 2012, their Boeing 737-800 aircrafts will fly into the Fort Lauderdale airport, all in an effort to keeps costs down. Fort Lauderdale is also a major departure point for cruise ship passengers.

No more flights to Miami

When the Seattle-Fort Lauderdale service launches, flights will no longer land in Miami, a hub the airline used since 2002. “Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports are about 27 miles apart, so changing the airport we serve should have little effect on our customers,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing.

The Savings

“By redirecting our flight to the lower-cost Fort Lauderdale airport, we can serve the same geographic area and continue to offer our customers low fares,” Sprague said. To kickstart the carrier’s nonstop flights into Ft. Lauderdale, Alaska airlines is offering deals on tickets purchased now (see below).

The Schedule

Starting on July 16th, following is the flight schedule:

Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
July 16 Seattle-Fort Lauderdale 10:10 p.m. 6:55 a.m. Daily
July 17 Fort-Lauderdale-Seattle 8:10 a.m. 11:25 a.m. Daily
All times based on local time zones

 The Deal

To commemorate these new flights, Alaska Airlines is offering the following:

  • introductory fares starting from $170 (one way) between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale. These fares include all government taxes and fees. Note, you must buy your tickets by Feb. 13 and the they must be used by Aug. 29, 2012.
  • if you are a member of, or join, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan, you’ll get double miles on flights between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale through Sept. 11, 2012.

Additional Costs

If you’ve never flown with the airline, here are some of the costs you’ll incur inflight if you want meals or entertainment:

  • Northern Bites meal service, offers a hot meal for $6 or a cheese and fruit platter for $7.
  • digEplayer inflight video-on-demand system is $14.

Tell us…

Which is your favorite airline when you travel to Florida?