Five new Alaska Air routes focus on leisure destinations

Alaska will introduce five new routes -- three seasonal, two year-round -- on Dec. 17.
Alaska will introduce five new routes -- three seasonal, two year-round -- on Dec. 17.

Alaska Airlines has announced five new routes, all focused on capturing leisure flyers.

The routes launch Dec. 17.

Alaska will fly seasonally until April 12 between Los Angeles and Cancun; Palm Springs, Calif., and Boise, Idaho; and Palm Springs and Reno, Nev. Flights are daily, except on Palm Springs-Reno, which will operate five times weekly.

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Alaska will fly daily, year-round between Los Angeles and Reno and twice-daily, year-round between Palm Springs and San Jose, Calif.

Alaska will be the lone carrier on the three Palm Springs routes, according to the website Flight Connections. The carrier will compete with four other airlines on the two Los Angeles routes.

Alaska previously flew Los Angeles-Cancun but has never before flown the four other routes, the airline said.

Also, Alaska will extend middle seat blocking to Nov. 30 from its earlier announced expiration of Oct. 31. The carrier will also continue to offer change fee waivers for its basic economy Saver fares on purchases through the end of the year. The previously announced sunset date was Sept. 30.

Last month Alaska said it would end change fees long-term on all flights for fare classes other than Saver.


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