Alaska offers double miles on West Coast routes, BA flights to London

Alaska and Delta Airlines battle in Seattle continues, with Alaska offering another round of incentives for its frequent flyers.

Alaska is offering double miles for travel between June 1 through the end of the year on some of its most popular routes out of Seattle - Anchorage, San Diego, 
Las Vegas. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland and Vancouver, B.C. - as it prepares to compete with Delta's new service to those cities.

Alaska frequent flyers who travel on partner British Airways nonstop between Seattle and London will also earn double miles on travel through June 15. Delta began flying that route on March 29. The bonus miles won't count towards elite status, and there are other caveats, but if you're headed to any of these cities soon, it's an offer definitely worth considering.

Meantime, if you're thinking about a trip to Yucatan or Mayan Riviera in Mexico  later this year or in 2015, you might want to hold off a few weeks on making reservations. Alaska plans to begin seasonal nonstop daily service to Cancún on Nov. 6, pending approval by the US. Department of Transportation. 

Flight times and introductory fares will be available on alaskaair.com after the DOT approves the request, which will likely take up to four weeks. Flights will be aboard Boeing 737s.

Alaska already flies from Seattle to six Mexico beach destinations — Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta — as well as Guadalajara and Mexico City. The addition of Cancun comes on a string of new route announcements recently as Alaska goes head-to-head with Delta Airlines which is remaking Seattle as its West Coast hub. Alaska is adding non stops this summer and fall to New Orleans, Tampa, Baltimore, Detroit and Albuquerque.

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