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Hockey fans at the upcoming San Jose Sharks-New Jersey Devils game have a lucky ticket. Alaska Airlines is giving 2-for-1 flight vouchers to attendees at the Feb. 27, 2020, game. Guests will have three days to redeem their voucher for flights to almost anywhere Alaska flies.
Here’s what you need to know to get the voucher and maximize the savings.
How to get the deal
Whether you’re a San Jose Sharks fan, a New Jersey Devils fan, or you don’t know a thing about hockey, all you need to do to get the voucher is attend the Feb. 27 game at the SAP Center in San Jose. When we checked, there were still tickets available for as little as $28 each.
At the game, you’ll receive a flyer with an authorization code that you can use to book your BOGO flight on Alaska Airlines’ website.
The fine print
You can use the voucher for any flight from San Jose (SJC) to any Alaska Airlines city — except Prudhoe Bay.
The discount applies only for new bookings, and there must be two people traveling on the same itinerary. Be aware that you still have to pay taxes and fees on the second ticket.
Valid for travel from April 21, 2020, to June 10, 2020. Travel to Hawaii, Mexico or Costa Rica is limited to Sunday through Wednesday. Travel from those locations is limited to Tuesday through Friday. For all other destinations, you can travel Monday through Thursday and Saturdays.
You must book by 11:59 PST on March 1, 2020.
The biggest discounts on flights
Alaska Airlines offers 15 nonstop flights out of San Jose airport, and you can choose from another 70+ destinations if you include flights with a layover.
If you’re looking for the biggest savings, you might want to use the voucher on busy travel periods, like the days around Memorial Day weekend.
We found round-trip tickets from San Jose to Kailua, Hawaii, for as much as $819.95 in the main cabin — meaning you’d save close to that much after paying taxes on the second ticket.
If you would rather fly internationally, you could save even more — almost $900 — on a flight to Costa Rica.
Other international destinations to look into include cities like Cancun, Mexico, or Calgary, Canada.
However, the biggest savings sometimes aren’t the most exotic destinations. Some of the most expensive flights we found were cross-country nonstop flights from San Jose to Newark. With the taxes and fees for the second ticket, the two flights would cost only about $450 per person, instead of more than $875 for just one ticket.
» Learn More: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Your Complete Guide
The bottom line
This flight voucher giveaway beats rally towels any day, considering you could save hundreds on flights for two. It’s an even better deal than Alaska’s Companion Fare, which is one of the benefits of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.
The Companion Fare lets your travel buddy fly for $99 plus taxes and fees, but with this flight voucher, your family member or friend flies for only the cost of taxes and fees. The wide availability of flight routes and valid travel dates also gives Bay Area residents lots of choices for spring travel.
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