While searching last year for Condor Air deals, I stumbled across Scott McMurren’s Alaska Travel Gram site. McMurren’s blog lists deals for both in state and outside travel. I subscribe to his weekly email newsletter and e-column emails. Not that I actually do a lot of traveling, I just like to keep up on how other people travel 🙂 Some highlights from this week’s e-column:

my friends at Alaska Travel Industry Association have launched a new “deals” website: “Alaska’shottestdeals.com” with bargains around the state.

There are five categories for the discounts, including packages, transportation, accommodations, activities and “50th Anniversary” specials–a curtsey to Alaska’s 50th anniversary of statehood.

On the accommodations front, there are bargains all around the state. Even RVers can take advantage of the deals. Up in Chicken, Alaska on the Top of the World Highway, there’s a 50 percent discount on any RV site.  They also have cabins and rooms, which are available at 25 percent off.

The Knik River Lodge is a great place to visit. Spend two nights between May 15 and June 15 and you’ll get a free Glacier Tour. This is a great trip–a $100 value.

Transportation specials include a 5-10 percent discount on Alaska Airlines. Enter this discount code: EC16408 at alaskaair.com . Travel between April 1 and May 31 and save 10 percent. Fly between June 1 and Sept. 30 and save five percent.

Alaska Tour and Travel is offering a free bus ride from Anchorage to Seward when you also make a reservations to sail in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Lifetime Adventures is offering a 50 percent discount as a 50th Anniversary Special on bike rentals and kayak rentals at Eklutna Lake near Eagle River.  To qualify, bring an item with Alaska’s date: 1959. A coin, a newspaper, a license plate–even a letter with a cancelled stamp!

The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau also has a site  (www.anchorage.net/specials.html ) with specials, including:
a. Cruise West discounts of up to $675 per person on the Gold Rush Inside Passage Cruise.
b. The Ascending Path, a guide service in Girdwood, Alaska, is offering $40 off their Snowshoeing Tour in the Chugach Mountains.
c. 2-for-1 Admission to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum over near the airport. This is a great museum!

Finally, keep an eye on cruise prices. Already, May departures from Whittier are available for less than $500 for a seven-day cruise on Princess Cruises. It’s fair to say we’ll see more specials between now and summer. Be prepared to act fast when you see the deals appear. Folks still are going to travel to and from Alaska this year–perhaps with a sharper eye for bargains!

A seven day cruise for less than $500? Who cares if I used to live in Southeast, I’d be tempted to steal my hubby away for a week if we didn’t have two kiddos under three. Of course, that $500 doesn’t include airfare back from the point of debarkation (likely Vancouver). Or, you could just plan the dates to cruise back on up to Whittier. Wouldn’t that be the life?!