Alaska Airlines is inaugurating daily service between Portland, Oregon and Chicago on November 16. The service will be Alaska Airlines' third nonstop route to...

Alaska Airlines is inaugurating daily service between Portland, Oregon and Chicago on November 16. The service will be Alaska Airlines’ third nonstop route to Chicago.

The carrier is offering introductory $99 one-way fares (not including taxes and fees) on the new route for tickets purchased by August 31, for travel by January 31, 2010. Fares are available for purchase on alaskaair.com or by calling (800) ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228).


“This new nonstop service provides customers with a critical link between Portland and the nation’s second-busiest airport, which has recently experienced significant capacity cutbacks by other airlines,” says Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of planning and revenue management. Harrison notes the Chicago area is popular with business travelers and is also among the top 10 most-visited destinations from Portland International Airport.

Alaska Airlines has painted a numberof its aircraft in special color schemes, such as this Disney-themed 'Make a Wish' Boeing 737

Alaska Airlines has painted a numberof its aircraft in special color schemes, such as this Disney-themed 'Make a Wish' Boeing 737

Flights will depart daily from Portland at 10:10 a.m. and arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 4 p.m. Flights will depart Chicago at 4:45 p.m. and arrive in Portland at 7:10 p.m. Times are based on local time zones.

Travelers can earn double mileage points in Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan loyalty program on the new flights from November 16 through January 31, 2010. To qualify, customers must first register at alaskaair.com.

Alaska Airlines will operate the new route with Boeing 737s. All flights will offer Alaska’s Northern Bites meals-for-purchase service for $6. Inflight service also will include Alaska Airlines’ digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features. Complimentary in first class, digEplayers are provided for the flight at $6 apiece in the main cabin.

Alaska Airlines inaugurated service to Chicago in June 2000 and today offers daily nonstop service to Chicago from Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska.