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Great Deals, More Flights, and Easier Parking

by Jack Penning

Posted on November 3, 2006 at 1:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:45 PM

News and Notes for November

I admit it: it's been way too long since I posted here. It's been a crazy few weeks... which is fairly typical for our lives in the news business. While I've been working on other stories, I've been collecting items to post here. Without further delay, here's my news and notes for November.

Great Deals to Hawaii

Photo Courtesy Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau

If you've been putting off that trip to the Islands... don't wait any longer. Both Northwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are offering some great fares to Honolulu and Maui for December.

I priced the following trips leaving Portland on December 4th, and returning on the 7th... which would give you three nights and three full days on the Islands.

Portland to Honolulu, non-stop, on Northwest is running as cheap as $277 round-trip. On Hawaiian it's running $327.

Portland to Maui/Kahului, non-stop, is running $338 round-trip on Hawaiian. That's cheaper than a flight from Portland to Chicago or Dallas.

These fares won't last long... and they'll be back in the $600 - $700 range by mid-winter. So, for a cheap trip to Hawaii, December is the time to fly.

AirTran: "Where do you want us to fly next?"


Atlanta-based low-fare carrier AirTran Airways wants your input. As it decides where it should expand next, it's put a survey on its website, asking customers to choose which destination they want to see on the route map. Among the options: Portland. Right now, Delta is the only airline offering non-stop flights between Portland and Atlanta.

Alaska Adds Flights in Portland

Alaska Logo.jpg

Alaska Airlines had been considering reducing some flights at its PDX hub. Not anymore. Demand for service in Portland has been so strong, the airline will, instead, add flights on its most popular routes. Look for increased flights from Portland to Oakland, San Jose, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas.

Together, Alaska and Horizon (both owned by the Alaska Air Group) are Portland's biggest carrier. They operate nearly 350 daily flights to more than 30 destinations from PDX.

More Non-Stops to Mexico

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Alaska is also launching new non-stop flights from PDX to a pair of Mexican vacation destinations. Starting this week, Alaska is flying four weekly non-stops to Los Cabos, and three weekly non-stops to Puerto Vallarta. It's the first time Alaska has operated international flights to and from PDX.

Here's the Schedule:

Portland to Los Cabos (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
Flight AS262
Departs PDX 9:30am
Arrives SJD 2:15pm

Los Cabos to Portland (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
Flight AS263
Departs SJD 3:00pm
Arrives PDX 6:10pm

Portland to Puerto Vallarta (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday)
Flight AS264
Departs PDX 9:30am
Arrives PVR 3:50pm

Puerto Vallarta to Portland (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday)
Flight AS265
Departs PVR 4:35pm
Arrives PDX 7:18pm

New Parking System at PDX

Port of Portland Graphic

The Port of Portland is adding a new way of paying for parking at all of the lots at PDX. If you worry about losing your ticket... now you don't ever have to grab one. New machines allow you to insert your credit card as you drive in, then insert it again as you drive out. The Port's computers will automatically calculate how much you owe... and charge it to the card. A good way to go, if you don't want to keep track of a ticket.

But for those of us who are a little skeptical of the whole system, or the use of our credit card number, we can still grab and ticket, and pay with cash on the way out.

That's all I've got for now... but I'm always happy to hear from you. E-mail me at