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With airlines competing for Alaskans' dollars, there's lots of "downward pressure" on airfares from the Last Frontier. Choose from wintertime deals, or lock in summertime savings from seasonal carriers.Scott McMurren
More airline competition in Alaska's skies may mean lower fares in 2014 -- but as airlines continue to look at the bottom line, it may also mean getting nickel-and-dimed by higher fees.Scott McMurren
If you're taking a trip this holiday season -- or even into the new year -- give thanks for a well-oiled travel infrastructure and a robust marketplace that just keeps churning out great deals on flights out of Alaska.Scott McMurren
Delta offers all-time low fares from Anchorage to San Francisco and Denver, now down to  $245 roundtrip.Scott McMurren
The "Battle for Seattle" strains the relationship between Alaska and Delta, but that all benefits the traveler looking for a great airfare bargain to the Emerald City.Scott McMurren
Some of these deals aren't exclusive to Cyber Monday, but there are some sweet airfares to be had if you're looking for a wintertime getaway out of Alaska, and some sweet travel planning tips to make the most of the year ahead.Scott McMurren
Portland has new-found popularity among foodies and cycling nuts -- and flights there from Anchorage are sometimes cheaper than those to Seattle.Scott McMurren

Chances are good most Alaskans will arrive in Portland by air -- and sometimes the fares are cheaper than what's available to Seattle. But once you get there, you can choose to ride the train, hike or bike all over town. 

Scott McMurren
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here are some lip-smacking airfares for Alaska travelers. How's a roundtrip flight to the East Coast for a little more than $300 sound.  Scott McMurren
Ready, set, go: Act fast or miss a sweet airfare deal from Alaska Airlines that's good for travel through March 5, 2014 but requires ticket purchase within 48 hours.Scott McMurren



Hassle over $10,000 highlights need for more Alaska budget transparency

In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session Alaska lawmakers introduced, then reduced, then ultimately eliminated a budget item that would have put up money to "influence the outcome" of a ballot initiative vote. It was the right thing to do, though it highlighted the need for a more transparent budget process.Dermot Cole