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Era promos take off

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2004

Thirty-nine dollar round-trip airfares between Kenai and Anchorage were among the travel deals and promotions Era Aviation's marketing director described to people attending Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting.

This weekend, travelers can purchase the low-price tickets for flights leaving Kenai on Saturday at 8:55 and 10:25 a.m., returning on Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 8:15 p.m.

This is the second weekend the $39 fares have been among Era's weekly Web specials. Other specials include $99 round-trip fares between Anchorage and Homer and $119 between Anchorage and Kodiak.

The weekly specials are listed on Era's Web site, flyera.com, and are offered on specific flights only.

Michael LeNorman, director of sales and marketing, also told the business leaders at the Riverside House Restaurant meeting that the air carrier is eliminating Friday and Saturday night stay requirements on many of its sale fares, and he introduced Alaska Airlines' EasyBiz travel program for corporate customers. Era is a business partner with Alaska Airlines.

"EasyBiz is a fantastic product," LeNorman said.

"Your business will earn two miles for every dollar spent on employees' travel," he said.

The traveling employee also earns the Mileage Plan miles for their company travel, as always.

In addition to the mileage credits, businesses that qualify for the EasyBiz program receive savings on travel booked online and receive printed travel management reports that can be coded to a company's departments and contain specific employee trip information.

LeNorman said another feature of the program is that ticketing fees are eliminated. EasyBiz also provides travel itineraries when flights are booked.

During a question-and-answer session after LeNorman's formal presentation, he said Era is beginning to advertise the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games on its ticket jackets and will begin putting the AWG logo decals on its planes.

He told the group about special tour packages the company offers, such as its Land's End Resort Flyaway package, which includes round-trip airfare from Anchorage to Homer and accommodations at the Homer Spit resort.

LeNorman also said Era has tour packages that include Aspen Hotels stays.

When asked which travel destinations he personally finds interesting, LeNorman quickly replied, "Soldotna, of course ... and Kenai."

In earnest, he said he finds the coastal villages of Platinum and Eek in the Bethel area fascinating.

"Especially when you fly into Eek, possibly so-named because the runway is 30 feet wide and 1,000 feet long," he said.



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