Alaska Airlines advances its ‘sun and snow’ strategy with additional wintertime routes

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

Alaska Airlines announced today five new routes that will better connect Los Angeles International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport to key West Coast markets and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. From fun in the (warm) sun to bright (cool) days in the mountains, the airline is ready to take travelers to locations near and far.

Alaska will begin daily nonstop service on December 17 between Los Angeles and Cancun, Mexico, and Reno, Nevada. Cancun is one of Mexico’s most popular getaways, and Reno is the gateway to Lake Tahoe and its endless possibilities. These additions build on Alaska’s leading intra-West and transborder route network from Los Angeles. On the same date, the airline is adding daily nonstop service between Palm Springs and Boise, Reno and San Jose, California.

Start Date City Pair Frequency Aircraft
Dec. 17 – April 12, 2021  Los Angeles – Cancun Daily 737
Dec. 17, 2020 Los Angeles – Reno Daily E175
Dec. 17 – April 12, 2021 Palm Springs – Boise Daily E175
Dec. 17 – April 12, 2021 Palm Springs – Reno Sun, Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat E175
Dec. 17, 2020 Palm Springs – San Jose, Calif. 2x Daily E175

The daily flights between Los Angeles-Reno and Palm Springs-San Jose will be year-round. The flights between Los Angeles-Cancun, Palm Springs-Boise and Palm Springs-Reno are part of the airline’s seasonal schedule from Dec. 17 through April 12, 2021.

Alaska is also increasing the frequency of service on certain routes from Los Angeles starting December 17:

  • Guadalajara increases to two daily flights
  • Salt Lake City increases to two daily flights
  • Boise increases from one to three daily flights

The newly added service at Los Angeles builds on recent additional routes to cites across the West for a total of 14 new routes this year alone. In July, Alaska announced seven new routes from Los Angeles to further connect its guests between Southern California and key markets around the country, including the first nonstop service from the West Coast to Fort Myers/Naples, Florida, which begins Nov. 20.

Just in time for fall travel, Alaska is also extending physical distancing on board by limiting the number of guests and blocking middle seats through Nov. 30, 2020. Alaska is also extending its flexible travel policy for all new ticket purchases, including Saver fares, through Dec. 31, 2020.