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Alaska Airlines Introducing Portland to Atlanta Service This Fall

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Alaska Airlines has announced that it will begin nonstop service between Portland (PDX) and Atlanta (ATL) this fall, marking a new cross-country route.

Here’s what you need to know.

Alaska’s New Route Adds Competition for Delta

Alaska will start daily, nonstop service between PDX and ATL on October 1, 2024, on the Boeing 737. Here’s a look at the route:

Portland-Atlanta9:37 a.m.5:12 p.m.DailyBoeing 737
 Atlanta-Portland7:59 p.m.10:14 p.m.DailyBoeing 737

Alaska says it will serve 54 nonstop destinations from Portland International Airport (PDX) with the ATL addition. Recent additions include Miami and Nashville, which will start on March 14. Alaska says it has increased capacity from Portland by 25%.

“We’re always looking for ways to connect the Rose City to other destinations across our network,” said Kirsten Amrine, vice president of revenue management and network planning for Alaska Airlines. “We believe our flights to Atlanta will be a popular addition for our guests heading to the South.”

The route takes a direct aim at Delta Air Lines, whose global hub is in Atlanta and flies several daily flights between the 2 cities. Currently, Delta is the only carrier with nonstop flights between Portland and Atlanta.

Tickets will go on sale this weekend, so we’re unable to see how much tickets cost with cash or Mileage Plan miles just yet.

About Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines began offering flights from Anchorage, Alaska, in 1932. Today, the airline serves more than 120 destinations in the United States, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. The airline is based out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and flies more than 1,200 flights daily.

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Image Credit: Alaska Airlines

Alaska offers 3 types of fares: Saver (most restrictive), Main (standard economy), and First Class (most flexible). On select itineraries of 2,100 miles or more, first class passengers receive access to the Alaska Lounge.

Alaska is part of the Oneworld alliance and partners with a slew of airlines around the world. The airline’s loyalty program, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, allows you to redeem miles on Alaska metal and other premium products from Cathay Pacific to Japan Airlines.

Hot Tip:

You can earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles through the airline’s 2 co-branded credit cards, transferring points from Marriott Bonvoy, shopping and dining, and more.

Final Thoughts

Alaska is adding nonstop flights between Portland and Atlanta, a direct challenge to a Delta-dominated route. This is great news for Alaska loyalists who can earn and redeem flights on the route and Delta flyers looking for more travel options.

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Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.


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