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Alaska Airlines Adds Two New Nonstop Coast-To-Coast Routes

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Alaska Airlines has just announced the addition of three new daily nonstop flights from San Diego International Airport. The new routes, two of which are transcontinental, will launch later this year. Additionally, the new flights will operate during the day, giving customers who want to avoid red-eyes more options.

An Alaska Airlines plane flies over the San Diego Airport

San Diego to Washington, D.C.

The first new route will whisk passengers between Southern Californian and the Nation’s Capital. Flights will go from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Beginning this summer, passengers will be able to fly direct between the cities on Alaska’s 737-9 aircraft. The flight information is as follows:

A beautiful reflection of cherry blossoms and the monument in Washington DC, Alaska's newest destination from San Diego
  • Eastbound flights have a duration of 5 hours and 10 minutes. Flights originating in San Diego depart at 8 am, arriving at Dulles Airport at 4:10 pm
  • Westbound flights have a duration of 5 hours and 15 minutes. Flights depart IAD at 10:15 am each morning and arrive in California at 12:30 pm
  • Both flights operate 7 days a week
  • This new route will come into operation on June 15, 2023

San Diego to Tampa, Florida

The second new flight route goes from sun destination to sun destination. Flights from San Diego to Tampa (TPA) will launch in the fall of 2023. This new route will also operate on Alaska’s 737-9 aircraft. The San Diego – Tampa flights will operate the following schedules:

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A plane flys nearby the glowing buildings in Tampa, Florida
  • Eastbound flights from SAN – TPA has a duration of 4 hours and 45 minutes. Flights originating in San Diego depart at 8:40 am and land in Tampa at 4:25 pm.
  • Westbound flights from Tampa to San Diego have a flight time of 5 hours and 10 minutes. Departures from TPA are at 5:30 pm, arriving at 7:40 pm in San Diego.
  • Both routes have daily flights
  • The San Diego to Tampa route will begin flying on October 5, 2023

San Diego to Eugene, Oregon

Finally, the third new route that was announced travels up the West Coast to a wonderfully unique college town in the Pacific Northwest. Flights between San Diego and Eugene (EUG), Oregon (go ducks!) will commence this summer. The route will be serviced by Alaska’s E175 aircraft. Helpful flight information includes:

Beautiful Eugene Oregon with Spencer Butte in the background. Alaska Airlines is now flying to this city. Go ducks.
  • Northbound flights from San Diego to Eugene have a duration of 2 hours and 20 minutes. Planes will depart SAN at 2:30 pm and arrive in Eugene at 4:50 pm.
  • Southbound flights from EUG – SAN are 2 hours and 20 minutes in duration. Departures from Eugene are at 11:30 am, landing in San Diego at 1:50 pm
  • Flights will operate in both directions once each day
  • The launch date for the San Diego to Eugene route is June 15, 2023

How Do The Flights Stack Up?

We did a quick search on Google Flights to compare flights between the new Alaska Airlines routes and other carriers. Red-eye options were not included, and we used similar dates to compare airlines. This is what we found:

Alaska airlines aircraft in the sky
  • For the San Diego to Washington D.C. route: While Alaska has a better price, it is worth noting that the comparable United flight is 33 minutes shorter than the Alaska flight. United offers two daytime flights, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, while Alaska only has a morning flight. However, the lowest-priced United flights do not include any carry-on baggage.
    • Alaska Airlines: $359
    • United Airlines: $489 (no carry-on bags allowed)
  • For the San Diego to Tampa route: No other airline currently flies direct from San Diego to Tampa.
Tampa Florida on a sunny day with blue skies and blue water
  • For the San Diego to Eugene route: There are currently no other airlines flying direct between the two cities. However, it was recently announced that Southwest and Allegiant will begin seasonal service in the coming months. Southwest flights will only operate on Saturdays, and Allegiant will fly only on Sundays and Thursdays.
    • Allegiant: $125 (no carry-on bags allowed)
    • Southwest $230
    • Alaska Airlines $458

An Alaskan Love Letter To California

Alaska Airlines is the only West Coast-based national airline, so it is not surprising they give some extra love to Californians. They operate more than 330 peak daytime flights from major cities in California. The addition of the three new routes brings the total number of nonstop destinations from San Diego to 35, more than any other airline.

Interior of food court area of San Diego International Airport

Additionally, Alaska offers California residents an annual subscription service. The company’s Flight Pass program allows passengers to fly within California and to Nevada, Arizona, and Utah for a fixed monthly rate. The program essentially locks in lower-priced guaranteed seats for passengers who frequently fly to those destinations.  

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