Deals herald PFD payout

  • By PAULA ANN SOLIS
  • Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:50pm
  • News

Checks from the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend won’t arrive until Oct. 1, but a few businesses are planning ahead.

With the return of the PFD comes the seasonal travel of Alaskans, and Delta Air Lines is the first company to release special rates.

Each-way fares out of Juneau, based on round-trip purchases, range from $118 to $237, according to the Delta PFD sale website.

Several destinations are sure to peak the interest of Alaskans hoping to escape the colder months, or as the Delta advertisement suggest, go “from seeing your breath to taking your breath away.”

A few restrictions do apply to deals from Delta, however, such as booking a flight by Oct. 19 and the travel period has to be between Sept. 30 and May 25, 2016. Popular holiday dates from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5 are also blacked out.

Although Delta is the only airline to announce a sale so far, Halley Knigge, a media relations consultant with Alaska Airlines, said customers can expect to see more deals as early as Sept. 22.

The Alaska Marine Highway System has not participated in a PFD-specific sale for some years, but special fares that coincide with the PFD release are available, such as the winter driver discount of 50 percent from Oct. 1 to April 30, 2016.

Escaping Juneau isn’t the only way to cash in on PFD sales. So far, local deals include a $399 unlimited season pass for the Eaglecrest Ski Area, only available until Oct. 11.

Bruce Goetz, a licensed optician at Specs in the City, said the eyeglass shop inside the Nuggett Mall Shopping Center is also planning ahead with its first ever trunk show from Oct. 6-9, which will showcase an additional 300 frames from manufacturers, all on sale.

Katie Marquette, press secretary for Gov. Bill Walker, said an official announcement for the PFD amount has not yet been scheduled.

• Contact reporter Paula Ann Solis at 523-2272 or at paula.solis@juneauempire.com.

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