If you are a Lower 48 or international visitor to Alaska you should already be reserved and ticketed. If you haven't made up your mind for the 2010 season you need to act now or it may be too late. The summer cruise ship industry fills many air carriers in the Lower 48, and your flights need to be made at the earliest opportunity.
It's even tougher if you plan on using credit card air miles for free trips. They are capacity controlled and the later you try, the harder to find a
My summer assignment came in late, and I almost didn't make it in flying for free. Everything from my gateway city was filled, and that was for a trip six months from now. I made it, but in order to do so I had to pay out of pocket to another gateway. (I paid $200 and saved $800 as compared to conventional ticket buying and no travel voucher use)
Interestingly enough, as I used the web and paid for the flight, a promotional opportunity for a free round trip flight popped up for this carrier and came in the way of a new credit card application. If spend $750 on that plastic, a free round trip comes my way, and I took that in a heartbeat.
I've been flying back and forth to the Great Land since 1988 and I live in Florida. I have not paid for flight north in over 15 years. What I can do, you can do.
Six months from now I'll be in the Bristol Bay drainage in behalf of an owner of two lodges on a split assignment. If I had not followed my own advice, I never would have made it.
Good luck to all of you...