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Is there an Alaska vs. Delta fare war going on in the Pacific Northwest?

Is there an Alaska vs. Delta fare war going on in the Pacific Northwest?

Old Aug 25, 19, 4:37 pm
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Is there an Alaska vs. Delta fare war going on in the Pacific Northwest?

Looking up PDX-SEA flights on the AS site and noticed the saver fares were only $40 one-way this Fall....not sure who is matching who, but DL is the same price. Upon closer review, it appears that all of the Pacific Northwest routes where AS and DL compete are for sale for $49 (SEA-RDM, SEA-PSC, SEA-EUG, SEA-MFR, etc.).....the AS website shows PDX-SEA on "sale" for $59 but of course prices out lower. This might be a good time to purchase if you frequent these short-haul routes which are typically more expensive. As a side note, I noticed SEA-RDM is on the E175--for those that have flown that flight, is this typically a slam dunk upgrade (worth paying an extra $15 or so for main cabin)?
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Old Aug 25, 19, 4:40 pm
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The cheapest DL fares are probably Basic Economy.
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Old Aug 25, 19, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
The cheapest DL fares are probably Basic Economy.
True, but even Basic Economy rarely gets down to $40 on PDX-SEA.
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Old Aug 25, 19, 6:46 pm
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SEA-LAS and SEA-SNA are pretty reasonable at $59 and $69 also. They have been that way for a while. When I see rates like this it makes me wish I were retired. Maybe I will take a short trip to PDX on my days off if I can find a reasonably priced hotel.
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Old Aug 25, 19, 7:39 pm
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PHX-SEA is $59 Saver, $79 Main, $289 First in late October. There is even U space if you are 75K and want to pay $337 for an immediate upgrade out of Main and forego the 75% COS and lounge access. lol Here is an example for October 24th.




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Old Aug 25, 19, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by tatterdema View Post
When I see rates like this it makes me wish I were retired.
When I wake up every morning I wish I was retired
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Old Aug 25, 19, 9:02 pm
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Iíve bought SEA-PHX for under $250 OW in F on DL recently. This or the reverse was available at similar prices until EOS.
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Old Aug 25, 19, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post
Iíve bought SEA-PHX for under $250 OW in F on DL recently. This or the reverse was available at similar prices until EOS.
My husband got F for $189 each way on AS for SEA-PHX for the first week in September a couple of months back. Haven't checked rates recently, though.
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Old Aug 26, 19, 11:51 am
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I'm coming from the DL side of this, but I've definitely noticed DL and AS matching their lowest fares (usually BE on the DL side) with AS on short-haul routes out of SEA. I'm less familiar with how AS structures their fares, but it definitely means for some cheap tickets for things like SEA-GEG/RDM/MFR at times.

Frequently, though, I've found that DL doesn't match the frequency AS provides on a lot of these routes - it's impossible to return from RDM or MFR on a late Sunday night without flying AS for example, and that AS flight is priced significantly higher in both points and dollars.

It's unclear to me whether it's sustainable to have so many daily departures to tertiary airports like this, but while it lasts I'll happily buy $49 OW tickets to Bend
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Old Aug 26, 19, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post
I’ve bought SEA-PHX for under $250 OW in F on DL recently. This or the reverse was available at similar prices until EOS.
Just bought a PHX-SEA r/t in F on DL for $444 during the peak Christmas/New Years holidays. Honestly, coach was $270 (regular Economy , not Basic), plus bag fees. I haven't flown DL in years, but at this price for the holidays, I couldn't resist! If AS had similar fares, I would have purchased on AS.

And, yes, there is a fare war going on in the PNW. In SEA and PDX, Spirit and Frontier also factor in.
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