Alaska Airlines is adding two new nonstop coast-to-coast routes

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Alaska Airlines 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. In addition, the new flights will operate during the day, giving more options to customers who want to avoid the red eye.

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San Diego to Washington DC

The first new route will carry passengers between Southern California and the nation’s capital. Flights will operate from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Starting this summer, passengers will be able to fly directly between the cities on Alaska’s 737-9 aircraft. The flight information is as follows:

A beautiful reflection of cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument, Alaska's newest destination from San Diego
  • Eastern flights are 5 hours and 10 minutes long. Flights originating in San Diego depart at 8 AM and arrive at Dulles Airport at 4:10 PM
  • Westbound flights take 5 hours and 15 minutes. Flights depart IAD at 10:15am each morning and arrive in California at 12:30pm.
  • Both flights operate 7 days a week
  • This new route will enter service on June 15, 2023

San Diego to Tampa, FL

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

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An airplane flies near the glowing buildings in Tampa, Florida
  • Eastbound flights from SAN – TPA are 4 hours 45 minutes long. 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. Departure from TPA is at 5:30 PM, arriving at 7:40 PM in San Diego.
  • Both routes have daily flights
  • The route from San Diego to Tampa will start 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 will begin this summer. The route will be served by Alaska’s E175 aircraft. Useful flight information includes:

Beautiful Eugene Oregon with Spencer Butt in the background.  Alaska Airlines already flies to this city.  Come on ducks.
  • Northbound flights from San Diego to Eugene are 2 hours 20 minutes. Flights will depart SAN at 2:30 PM and arrive in Eugene at 4:50 PM.
  • Southbound flights from EUG – SAN are 2 hours 20 minutes long. Departure from Eugene is at 11:30 a.m., landing in San Diego at 1:50 p.m.
  • Flights will operate in both directions once a day
  • The start date of the route from San Diego to Eugene is June 15, 2023

How are the flights arranged?

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

Alaska Airlines plane in the sky
  • For the route from San Diego to Washington: While Alaska has the better price, it’s worth noting that United’s comparable flight is 33 minutes shorter than Alaska’s flight. United offers two flights during the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, while Alaska only has a morning flight. However, United’s cheapest flights do not include carry-on luggage.
    • United Airlines: $489 (no carry-on allowed)
  • For the route from San Diego to Tampa: No other airlines currently fly direct from San Diego to Tampa.
Tampa Florida on a sunny day with blue sky and blue water
  • For the route from San Diego to Eugene: There are currently no other airlines flying directly 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 only fly on Sundays and Thursdays.
    • Allegiant: $125 (no carry-on allowed)

A love letter from Alaska to California

Alaska Airlines is the only national airline based on the West Coast, so it’s no surprise that they give extra love to Californians. They operate more than 330 peak flights a day from major cities in California. The addition of the three new routes brings the total number of direct destinations from San Diego to 35, more than any other airline.

Interior of the food court at San Diego International Airport

In addition, Alaska offers California residents an annual subscription service. The company’s Flight Pass program allows travelers to fly within California and to Nevada, Arizona and Utah for a fixed monthly price. The program essentially locks in guaranteed seats at lower prices for frequent flyers to those destinations.

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