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Japan Airlines and Alaska Airlines expand codeshare network

Alaska Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) are expanding their partnership with additional codeshare flights that include former Virgin America routes, such as San Francisco to Boston, to Denver and to Newark. Japan Airlines will start selling tickets for the new codeshare flights on Feb. 6 for travel after May 20, 2018. “Travelers will now enjoy…

The magic of mezcal: 7 cocktails to try in Mexico City

Ah, mezcal – tequila’s smoky sister. Mezcal is derived from various types of agave and is known for its smoky flavor. It’s just something you must drink when you visit Mexico City. You’ll find extensive mezcal collections and incredible mezcal cocktails throughout the bars here, and I enjoyed drinking my way through as many of…

This is a photo of the Whitechapel Bar. It features wooden floors, a bar on the left with tiling and red sofas on the right. The ceiling is dome-shaped.

Must-visit cocktail bars in San Francisco

Noelle Chun is a San Francisco-based journalist and photographer specializing in food and cocktails. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, The Guardian and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Here, she shares her favorite cocktail bars in San Francisco. In the early 2000s, San Francisco became one of the cradles of the modern cocktail movement, shaking up…

View looking south from a top-floor building in Manhattan, with the skyline, including the Empire State Building, in the distance.

5 of the best views in New York City

There’s nowhere in the world quite like New York City.  At once gritty and glamorous, its brash, busy streets filled with a mixture of people from all walks of life, give it a flavor like no other city you’ve been to. From the parks, to the markets, to the unlimited possibilities for art and culture,…

Photo of person wearing brown XTRATUF boots with the tops rolled down, featuring a red Octopus Salmon Sisters design. Person is standing on top of tree stump in front of an old, grounded fishing boat

Look like a local: 5 Alaska fashion must-haves

Alaskans have always had a “unique” sense of fashion – one that combines the practical with local flair. Alaskans may not be overly concerned with the usual frills, but ruining a fishing trip due to a lack of appropriate footwear is a sin that’s not easily forgiven in the Great Land. Far removed from fancy…

A photo of an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card sticking out of a billfold on a restaurant table.

Earn miles every day to get closer to your next award

It’s possible to earn miles from lots of everyday activities — not just when flying with Alaska Airlines or Alaska Global Partners. In fact, these alternative methods are how my wife and I earn the majority of our miles each year. Our strategy for booking upgrades and award tickets depends on earning lots of miles…