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5 Ways of Next-Level Care when Traveling

SPONSORED — If you need to fly whether it be for the holidays or because you’ve planned a safe trip somewhere, experts now say airplanes are among the most low-risk indoor environments in the world. And with Alaska Airlines Next Level Care, the airline is prepared to give you the safest, cleanest and most enjoyable travel experience from start to finish.

Alaska’s Next-Level Care includes 100+ ways to maintain the highest standard of safety throughout your travels, including mask requirements, enhanced cleaning, blocked middle seats, hospital-grade HEPA filters on board and no change fees.

Breathe Easy on every flight with advanced air filtration systems.

While the thought of being in a confined space with other people may seem daunting, recent studies have shown flying isn’t as dangerous of COVID-19 spread as once thought—thanks to the use of HEPA filtration systems that remove 99.9% of airborne contaminants, aircraft cabins have cleaner air than most homes, grocery stores, office buildings and some hospital rooms.

Not only is each Alaska Airlines aircraft cleaned after every flight, but every aircraft is equipped with HEPA filters that recirculate fresh air from outside and through hospital-grade HEPA filters every 2 to 3 minutes keeping the air you breathe germ-free. Learn More.

Enjoy peace of mind with flexible travel options like zero change fees, plus free onboard meditation and more.

Now more than ever, it’s important to have the option to change your mind, which is why Alaska Airlines is allowing you to change your flight, paying just any fare difference—no fees. If you book a trip and decide to cancel, Alaska will credit your account for a trip in the future when you are ready to fly.

And, if you need some extra peace of mind while flying, you can find your zen by listening to our free inflight meditation sessions brought to you by Headspace. Just look for Headspace in our entertainment portal, breathe deeply and let the stress melt away.

Have travel anxiety or aren’t used to flying? Alaska has a free app called Fly for All. Designed for first-time flyers, guests traveling with children, unaccompanied minors and those with cognitive and developmental disabilities, including autism, the app will help ease the anxiety of air travel by walking guests through the steps they’ll follow when getting ready to fly. Download it on Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Know before you go and pack the essentials.
When it comes to travel restrictions and information like testing requirements or quarantine rules, every state is different. Alaska Airlines recommends researching and getting the lay of the land before you arrive. Check out alaskaair.com for the latest travel updates.

Does the destination you’re flying to require a COVID-19 test? Alaska is offering its guests COVID testing optionswith multiple testing providers that offer rapid and standard COVID-19 testing.

Most importantly, DO NOT forget to pack a mask. Masks must be worn at any Alaska touchpoint such as in Lounges, the gate or onboard the aircraft. While their policy allows guests to not wear a mask while eating or drinking, research has shown mask-wearing is the most effective way to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. Alaska crew members are supplied with extra masks in case you need one.

Pro tip: Bring a travel sized bottle of hand sanitizer. TSA now allows you to bring even more sanitizer – one 12 oz. bottle is allowed in your carry-on until further notice. Alaska also offers complimentary EO hand sanitizing wipes to all travelers that are 99.9% effective at killing germs.

Travel touch-free with the Alaska Airlines app.

Alaska’s mobile app allows you to buy tickets, retrieve your boarding pass, check-in for flights and print your bag tags all without having to touch the airport kiosk. You can also use the app to pre-order meals on select flights and store your payment preference using your Alaska Airlines account so when it comes time to pay for your meal in the air, you can do so touch-free. Learn more.

Due to COVID-19, our food & beverage service is still limited to reduce the interactions between our flight crews and guests. To see what we’re currently offering on board visit alaskaair.com. Download the Alaska app on iPhone or Android.

Due to COVID-19, our food & beverage service is still limited to reduce the interactions between our flight crews and guests. To see what we’re currently offering on board visit alaskaair.com. Download the Alaska app on iPhone or Android.

Mind your wingspan and spot cleanliness that exceeds expectations.

While experts and science affirm that flying is safe Alaska aims to make guests feel more comfortable by blocking middle seats on mainline flights and limiting the number of guests on our flights through Jan. 6, 2021.

The airline is also equipping gate agents with the ability to scan boarding passes from six feet away—if the conditions are just right. And, to better allow for personal distancing, guests board by row numbers in smaller groups from the back to the front.

At the airport, travelers might also notice plexiglass shields at multiple touchpoints, including the ticketing and customer service counters, the gate areas and Alaska Lounges. And, you’ll likely spot “Mind Your Wingspan” floor decals and signage at check-in as a reminder to stay six feet apart.

Between every flight, Alaska cleans the most critical areas of its aircraft with cleaning crews and electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, which emit a safe, high-grade EPA cleaning solution that sanitizes high-touch surfaces, such as overhead bins, armrests, tray tables, seatbelts, lavatories and more. Alaska’s cleaning procedures are in line with guidelines and cleaning recommendations from manufacturers and exceed CDC recommendations.
For more tips, check out Alaska’s latest blog “10 tips for safe air travel during the holidays” and to land the best deal on flights the next time you book your next trip visit www.alaskaair.com.

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