By Harriet Baskas
January 30, 2019
Anchorage, Alaska
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Stop thinking about the winter weather and start thinking about the fun you're going to have this spring. These recently-announced airline routes could be just the ticket if you’re headed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl showdown, to Traverse City, MI for July’s National Cherry Festival or just poking around for a hip and happening destination for that spring vacation.

North to Alaska?

Allegiant Air is all for it, with new seasonal service starting May 22, 2019 between Bellingham, Washington (BLI, 97 miles from Seattle and 55 miles from Vancouver, B.C) and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

The budget airline recently announced 15 other new nonstop routes to roll out this spring, including seasonal service between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and four cities, including Niagara Falls, NY, and new year-round service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) and both Grand Junction, CO and Kalispell, MT (FCA).

Speed to the Super Bowl or Coast to Coachella

Though not quite spring, football fans headed to Atlanta to watch the New England Patriots battle the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3 will get transportation assists from Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and others.

JetBlue will add flights between Boston (BOS) and Atlanta (ATL) from Friday, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb 4. One-way fares to Atlanta on Feb. 1 and 2 are running about $350, but if you’re willing to hang out in Atlanta until at least Feb. 6, fares back to Boston might be as low as $53.

Delta will add additional non-stop flights between Atlanta and both Los Angeles (LAX) and Boston on Friday, Feb. 1 and Monday Feb 4. On Friday, Feb. 1, Southwest will offer two extra nonstop flights (for a total of four) between Boston and Atlanta; a second flight between Los Angeles and Atlanta; and five flights (instead of four) to Atlanta from St. Louis (STL). On Monday, Feb. 4, the beefed-up schedule will be the same in reverse.

To make it easier for music fans to get to and from the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, American Airlines will be adding nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA (PSP) on April 12, 15, 19 and 22. The flights will be short (just 45 minutes), but they won’t be cheap: We found basic economy round-trip flights starting at $429.

Frontier is on the fast track

Denver-based Frontier Airlines will be rolling out almost two dozen new non-stop routes in spring 2019. The additions include new flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), plus the addition of a new city, Boston (BOS), to the airline’s route map. Find more details here.

Sun Country spreads its wings

Low-cost Sun Country Airlines bursts forth with 19 new seasonal nonstop routes this spring. The airline will add eight flights from its home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to Washington Dulles (IAD), Newark Liberty (EWR), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and others cities. From Nashville International Airport (BNA), Sun Country will add Portland International (PDX), Los Angeles (LAX) and T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, RI. The airline will add service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) as well. See the full list here.

Summer fun with United

United Airlines will give travelers added summer vacation options with the June 2019 roll-out of 11 new seasonal routes.

From Chicago (ORD), the airline will add flights to Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountains (EUG), to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (DRO) and to both Destin (VPS) and Panama City Beach in Florida . (ECB). There will be summer service from Houston’s George Bush International Airport to Durango, CO (DRO) and a new daily, year-round flight from IAH to Ontario, CA (ONT). And, just in time for July’s National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (TVC), United will begin seasonal service between Washington, D.C. (IAD) and the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World.