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Airports will be crowded this summer. This makes finding good direct flights even more valuable for Alaska travelers.

The summer travel season is just around the corner. Cruise ships are pulling into ports and RVs are on the move.

The common denominator of these events is crowds. The longer the days get, the greater the crowds on the excursion ships, in the hotel lobbies and at the airport. And if you're worried about the crowds here at Anchorage Airport, just wait until you get to Seattle.

Seattle is a major connecting airport for Alaskans traveling around the world. But in summer the crowds will be huge. Smart travelers look for nonstop flights to avoid en route hassles like delays, lost luggage, and weather-related cancellations.

Many travelers have already booked their flights for the high season. But things come up and plans change. If you're looking for a flight abroad this summer, let's take a look at who's flying nonstop where – and how much it costs to get a ticket.

International flights

Anchorage-Vancouver with Air Canada. The airline offers one flight per day, departing at 4:55 p.m. Flights begin this weekend and run through September 30, 2024. For most of the summer, the one-way fare is $421. Rates are subject to change without notice. Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance group, which also includes United Airlines. Travelers can collect and redeem their MileagePlus points on these flights.

Anchorage-Frankfurt on Discover Airlines. Discover is also a member of the Star Alliance airline group, so you can use your MileagePlus points. Discover is offering two nonstop flights per week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) from Anchorage starting June 8. Prices start at $799 round trip. Book with United.com.

Anchorage-Frankfurt with Condor Airlines. The Condor's first flight of the season will take place this weekend. For the next three weeks, Condor will fly twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. From June 11, Condor will expand its flight schedule to three times a week and add a Tuesday flight. Fly for $670 round-trip through June 20 before prices go up. Travelers can earn and redeem Alaska Air miles with Condor.

Mileage tickets between Anchorage and Frankfurt with Condor start at 27,500 miles each way. However, additional fees apply: US$49 for the outward flight to Frankfurt and US$193 per person for the return flight.

West Coast

Anchorage-Seattle/Everett with Alaska Air. Alaska has resumed its daily Anchorage-Paine Field nonstop service for the summer. The airline uses Horizon Air to fly the route on one of its E175 2×2 aircraft (no middle seats). There are a few dates in June (June 7-12) where you can get a one-way fare of $119. After that, most days are available southbound for $167 one-way (northbound one-way for $169).

Anchorage-Seattle/Tacoma. Alaska Air's schedule from Anchorage to Seattle is impressive: 18-21 flights per day. To get the best price of $167 one-way (Saver Fare), purchase your tickets at least 21 days in advance. A main cabin ticket is an additional $35 each way. Same seat, but you can select it in advance and get full mileage plan credit.

Delta offers six daily flights to Seattle. The cheap seats cost the same price: $167 one-way. Advance seat reservations and full SkyMiles credit are an additional $30 for Headquarters. But for $50 more ($217 one way), you can get Comfort+ with a little more legroom.

Anchorage-Portland with Alaska Air. Travelers can choose between three daily departures from Anchorage. Two of the flights take place with Horizon E175s. Again, I have a preference for these planes because there is no middle seat in the coach. In first class there is only one seat on the left side and two on the right side. Saver tickets start at $177 one-way, with main cabin seats $35 more each way.

Anchorage-San Francisco. Daily nonstop service on Alaska is available for $197 one-way for Saver seats when booked 21 days in advance. Add $40 each way for the main flight. The seasonal non-stop services operate until September 30th.

United's nonstop Anchorage-San Francisco flights will resume May 23. The price for Basic Economy is $197 one-way. For economy class, add $40 one-way to allow you to bring a rolling bag or other in-cabin items on board.

Anchorage-Los Angeles/LAX with Alaska Airlines. The airline offers a daily Red Eye flight from Anchorage starting at $197 one-way. You must purchase your ticket 21 days in advance to get this price for the southbound flight. Flights northbound are more expensive in the summer, starting at $341 one-way (saver fare).

Anchorage-San Diego with Alaska Airlines. This is a new route for the airline, operating once a week on Saturdays from now until September 28th. Plan ahead and get tickets for just $219 one-way (Saver).

Mountain states

Anchorage-Las Vegas with Alaska Airlines. Non-stop service is available twice a week on Fridays and Sundays. Plan ahead and get tickets for $197 one-way (saver fare).

Anchorage-Phoenix with Alaska Airlines. Daily service will be available throughout the summer until Alaska returns to four times a week on August 19. Tickets are available in mid-June for just $187 one-way (savings). Tickets northbound cost more, but some late June dates are available for $199-$221 one-way.

Anchorage-Salt Lake City. Delta and Alaska Airlines are resuming seasonal flights this weekend with three times weekly service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. After June 10, Delta is adding two more days: Thursday and Monday. One-way tickets cost about $217 if purchased 21 days in advance.

Anchorage-Denver. United flies the route all year round. Alaska has resumed nonstop seasonal flights through September 28. On May 23, United will add a second daily nonstop flight. Plan ahead and tickets are available for $187 one-way southbound. Tickets northbound cost more, ranging from $189 to $289 one-way in late June.

Midwestern States

Anchorage-Minneapolis. This is the most competitive destination with three airlines competing for customers. Early season flights on Sun Country Airlines are cheapest: $119 one-way, starting May 25 for southbound flights. Flying north costs more: starting at $179 one-way.

Alaska Airlines begins seasonal service to the Twin Cities this weekend with three flights per week: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Alaska begins June 13 with daily flights starting at $219 one-way.

Delta flies nonstop year-round, with prices starting at about $210 one-way.

Anchorage-Chicago. In midsummer, three airlines also fly this route: American, Alaska and United. Starting next month, both United and Alaska will add an additional flight, offering two per day. All three airlines offer one-way economy tickets for about $195 each way.

Anchorage-Dallas. American has resumed its nonstop flights for the summer, currently scheduled through January 6, 2025. On June 6, American will add a second daily flight that will fly through September 2. Prices are extremely high throughout most of June and don't relax until June 25th when you get a one-way economy ticket for $548 round trip.

Anchorage-Houston with United Airlines. United's seasonal daily service will resume May 23. Prices are high despite advance notice: from $741 round trip starting June 13th.

Eastern States

Anchorage-Detroit in the Delta. Starting June 7, Delta will operate three flights per week, Friday through Sunday. Prices are high, starting at $717 round trip.

Anchorage-Atlanta in the Delta. Starting May 23, Delta will resume daily nonstop flights from Anchorage to Atlanta. Prices are extremely high, starting at $1,117 round trip.

Anchorage-New York/JFK. This is a new route for Alaska Airlines – the longest in its system. Nonstop flights begin June 13 and cost from $551 round-trip.

Anchorage-Newark on United. Seasonal nonstop service from Anchorage to Newark resumes May 23, starting at $571 round-trip (departing June 7).

Anchorage-Washington, DC/Dulles on United. This is a new flight for United. Dulles is a major hub for the airline. Seasonal daily service begins May 23rd. Plan ahead to score round-trip tickets for $741 (departing June 7).

Hawaii

Alaska Airlines is suspending nonstop flights from Anchorage to Maui and Kona. But Anchorage-Honolulu continues to operate every day. Flights in June are available southbound for $197 one way. Flying north costs more: starting at $279 one-way.

There are fewer nonstop flights between Fairbanks and the Lower 48, but they are important.

Fairbanks-Seattle: Delta offers two daily flights and Alaska has five daily flights, starting at $179 each way.

Fairbanks-Denver: United is offering daily flights starting May 23 starting at $291 one-way.

Fairbanks-Minneapolis: Beginning June 7, Delta flies daily to Minneapolis, starting at $479 round-trip.

Fairbanks-Chicago: United's daily flights are scheduled through September 25. Prices start at $573 round trip.

All fares (and timetables) are subject to change without notice. Sources: Google.com/flights, Alaskaair.com, Delta.com

Anna Harden

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