About Alaska Airlines (AS)
Alaska Airlines (AS) is the fifth largest airline in the U.S. in terms of passengers, destinations, and fleet size. In cooperation with subsidiaries, regional partners, and codeshare agreements, the airline operates an extensive network of routes that mainly focus on linking the state of Alaska to more than 110 destinations throughout North and Central America, including Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Its primary hub is located at Seattle-Tacoma International airport (also known as Sea-Tac), and the airline has a traditionally strong presence on the West Coast, with secondary hubs in Los Angeles, Portland, and San Diego.
As the name suggests, Alaska Airlines’ most popular destinations are the Alaskan cities of Anchorage, Barrow, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Nome, Prudhoe Bay, and Sitka, and a number of destinations that are not accessible by road. However, a significant number of routes between Lower 48 cities carry an equal number of passengers, including flights between Portland > San Francisco, Los Angeles > Vancouver, and Seattle-Tacoma > Phoenix. The airline offers service to four major airports in the San Francisco Bay Area and three airports in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Choosing your car
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Tips for Alaska Airlines Passengers Renting Cars
To get the best selection of cheap car rentals with Alaska Airlines, you should book as far in advance as possible. With flights to so many popular destinations, car hire fleets get reserved quickly, and supplies are limited in some locations.
Your car hire provider is likely to offer additional third-party liability insurance or Excess Damage Waiver, in addition to standard coverages for Collision/Loss and Theft Protection. Check with your credit card company to see if their travel insurance covers your Alaska Airlines car rental.
Generally speaking, you must be 25 years old to rent a car in North America without incurring any Underage Driver surcharges. Meanwhile, the minimum age to rent a car is 21. Drivers between 21-24 are not allowed to rent SUVs, luxury vehicles, or 7-12 seater minivans.
These days, mobile wireless providers are offering generous roaming allowances, so it’s possible to take a pass on GPS and use your phone as a navigational device. On the other hand, it’s often cheaper to simply rent a GPS from the provider.
Many car rental companies require your credit card to be valid for 6 months after the rental period has expired. Also, the card must have enough available to cover applicable damage excess (deposit) amounts, which vary by location.
Read the terms and conditions of your Alaska Airlines car rental agreement very carefully to avoid any nasty surprises, such as fees for returning the vehicle early, and mileage requirements. Vehicles driven less than 75 miles (45 km) may incur a surcharge.