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I first read on TravelSkills that Alaska Airlines is adding 3 new non-stop flights from its Seattle Hub.  The airline will shortly be offering direct flights from Seattle to

  • Nashville, TN (starting Sep 23)
  • Raleigh / Durham, NC (starting Oct 1)
  • Charleston, SC (starting Nov 16)

Alaska is offering for a limited-time only fares as low as $139 on their website


Still stuck in the Alaska dead zone..

But… I’m still stuck in the Alaska dead zone


While these 3 new destinations do close up the Dead Zone circle a bit, for me (in Cincinnati), the closest Alaska Airlines flight is probably a 4 hour drive to Detroit (i.e. too far)

Alaska Airlines mileage partners

I used to think that living in the Alaska Airlines dead zone meant that Alaska Airlines miles weren’t that useful to get, but that was before I realized the huge value of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan partners.


Although they are not in an airline alliance, they are partners with several useful airlines, and have some pretty attractive award charts.  I’ve got my eye on maybe some First Class with Emirates, now that availability is showing again on the Alaska website.

The big downside though is that you can only use 1 partner on any given award ticket.  So while they do partner with both, say, American and Emirates, I couldn’t use an American flight from Cincinnati (CVG) to Chicago (ORD) and then an Emirates flight from Chicago to Dubai (DXB).

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