JetBlue will start service to Anchorage in summer 2011

One of the nation's major discount airlines announced Wednesday it will begin seasonal nonstop flights to Anchorage next year.

JetBlue Airways said that it will fly a single daily flight between Anchorage and Long Beach, Calif., from May 26 to Sept. 6.

It looks like tickets south are selling quickly -- by the end of the day Wednesday, no seats were available on the 26th, according to the company's website.

To entice customers, the New York-based airline is offering a round-trip rate of $274, including fees, to fliers who buy their tickets by Friday evening. That fare is higher on some days of the week.

It didn't take long for other air carriers to respond to JetBlue's cheap offer.

By Wednesday afternoon, Alaska Airlines had slashed its prices for round-trip, one-stop travel to Long Beach, starting May 26, to $295 including fees. Delta Airlines was offering one-stop flights for $309.

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