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Flying to Anchorage

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a major hub, providing flights to Anchorage from all over the world.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines provides frequent service to/from Anchorage with direct or connecting flights from cities in the U.S. (e.g. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, Denver, Chicago, New York, Miami), Canada and Mexico.

Alaska Airlines is offering a 5% discount on fares to Anchorage from US (except Hawaii), Canada, and Mexico between August 23 and September 3, 2012. Enter the Fare Code below when making your reservation.

Details:

  • Fare Code: ECMG662
  • Departure City(s): Any AS/QX US (except Hawaii) or Canada or Mexico
  • Meeting City: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Beginning Travel Date: August 23, 2012
  • Last Travel Date: September 03, 2012

Meeting Fare Rules:

  • Your group is entitled to a 5% discount off Alaska Airlines published fares (except companion and other promotional fares).
  • You may book and ticket on the blackout dates but no discount will apply.
  • Any change or cancellation after ticketing is subject to a service charge.
  • All fare rules and additional blackout dates of the fare apply.
  • All tickets must be issued online or the Alaska Airlines Group desk at 1-800-445-4425. A $15.00 ticketing fee will apply to any tickets issued by the Group Desk.

Please advise all travelers to verify all current baggage allowances and fees as well as travel policies on http://www.alaskaair.com prior to travel.

Other U.S. Airlines

Please see: http://dot.alaska.gov/anc/travelerInfo/airlineInfo.shtml

Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines offers direct flights to Anchorage from Europe (e.g. Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London).

Other International Airlines

Please see: http://dot.alaska.gov/anc/travelerInfo/INTLairlineInfo.shtml

Driving to Anchorage

The Alaska Highway traverses a vast wilderness in a remote expanse of North America on a mostly two-lane highway (i.e., no freeways). It’s beautiful, but one must allow enough time to enjoy the scenery and be aware of where the next gas station is. Attendees planning to drive should consult The MILEPOST®, ‘one of publishing’s longest-running guides for one of North America’s most famous roads.’ www.milepost.com

A typical driving route would be: Seattle, WA via Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Anchorage 2500+ miles

Traveling by Boat

If you have the time, traveling by boat is a wonderful way to experience coastal British Columbia and Alaska. Below are a few options – if you know of others, please email sally.taylor@ubc.ca

By Ferry

Travel by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway System. Two options are:

  • Depart Bellingham, WA (near Seattle) on Friday, August 17 6:00pm and travel on the MV Columbia to Haines, AK (arriving Monday, August 20 9:45am). Drive from Haines to Anchorage (2 days).
  • Depart Bellingham, WA (near Seattle) on Saturday, August 18 6:00pm and travel on the MV Kennicott to Whittier, AK (arriving Thursday, August 23 6:00am). Drive from Whittier to Anchorage (through shared car/train tunnel and then 60+ miles).

By Cruise Ship

For a more luxurious experience, there are northbound cruises to Alaska. Here are two examples from Vancouver, BC.

  • Royal Caribbean – Radiance of the Seas departs Vancouver Friday, August 17 4:30pm. Arrives in Seward Friday, August 24 4:00am.
  • Princess Cruises – Diamond Princess departs Vancouver Saturday, August 18 4:30pm. Arrives in Whittier Saturday, August 27 12:30am.