Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: May 28, 2008

ALASKA AIRLINES and HORIZON AIR have upped some of their baggage fees and other travel extras, but the airlines said they have no plans to follow American's lead and start charging for a passenger's first checked bag. Effective May 21, the fee for checking overweight bags went up to $50 while the cost to transport a pet rose to $100 one-way. The unaccompanied-minor fee rose to $75 each way. Starting July 1, the airlines will begin charging $25 to check a second bag and $100 for a third bag.

ONE WAY TO SAVE on Alaska travel this summer is to pick up a copy of the Great Alaskan TourSaver coupon book. Available at www.toursaver.com, the coupon book features more than 140 two-for-one offers on cruises, rail trips, adventure travel activities, hotels and car rentals, among other things, throughout Alaska. Among the two-fer promotions is a flightseeing tour aboard Era Helicopters that includes a glacier landing, and a four-hour cruise with Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours that includes an up-close visit to two tidewater glaciers.

THE ALASKA RAILROAD, which will celebrate a half-century in business in 2009, will offer passengers also turning 50 next year a free day of rail travel anytime during 2009. The "Turn 50 With Us" promotion will be available for booking beginning in the fall. The promotion will be valid for one-way and roundtrip travel in Adventure Class service on the Denali Star, Coastal Classic, Glacier Discovery, Hurricane and Aurora Winter trains. To qualify, a customer must have been born in 1959. Call (907) 265-2494 or visit http://alaskarailroad.com/arrc1038.html.

THE MATANUSKA SUSITNA (Mat-Su) Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a new online travel agent tool that enables agents to check real-time hotel room inventory in the Mat-Su region. The online hotel vacancy report is available at www.lodging-matsu.com.

PRINCESS TOURS has unveiled new exterior artwork on its motorcoaches representing specific Alaskan communities the operator serves. Princess Tours' motorcoach designs include images of such things as wildlife, backpacking, flightseeing and biking in Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. Eight motorcoaches were refurbished with a laminate overlay designed by Porcaro Communications in Anchorage and installed by Auto Trim Design in Fairbanks. Princess Tours describes itself as the largest cruise and tour operator in Alaska, employing more than 2,000 people during the peak summer season.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron
Phone:
(973) 898-0011
[email protected]
For promotional opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].

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