Since I just wrote a post about a couple of airlines canceling flights to Alaska because of rising fuel costs (that scoop came from Alaska’s travel expert and my buddy Scott McMurren), it reminded me that Scott offers a coupon book filled with incredible deals and he’s been doing it for 22 years.
So if you or someone you know is in the midst of planning a trip to Alaska this summer and are going to do some serious sightseeing, here’s a great way to save some money. The Alaska TourSaver includes more than 90 money-saving offers around Alaska, from Ketchikan to Fairbanks, with more than $10,000 in redeemable value.
The TourSaver comes in the form of a coupon booklet and an app. For the TourSaver App there are three packages of coupons that contain offers for specific regions of Alaska. There is a package for Inside Passage, another package for South Central & Interior Alaska and their 9th annual publication of the Statewide Alaska TourSaver coupon package.
To give you some idea of how much value it offers, here’s Scott’s Top 10 list with some of the best things to see and do around the state.
1. Save 25 percent on your Alaska Airlines summertime tickets between Alaska and the Lower 48 for up to four people.
2. See Denali from the air with a flightseeing tour from K2 Aviation. Depart from Talkeetna’s airport and get up-close to Denali on your tour. Have your camera ready! Save $63 per person for up to four people.
3. Sail with Major Marine Tours to see Kenai Fjords National Park. Get ready to see lots of wildlife, including whales, porpoise, seabirds—maybe even some sheep or moose on the shore. Get up-close to massive glaciers in the heart of the park. Save $40.
4. Ride on the Mighty Alaska Railroad. Choose a summertime trip to Denali National Park or from Anchorage to Seward or Talkeetna. There’s also the “Aurora Winter Train” between Anchorage and Fairbanks through February 2022. Save up to $362.
5. Visit the iconic town of Talkeetna, on the banks of the Susitna River. Go on a jetboat ride with Mahays Jetboat Adventures (save $34). Float the river with Talkeetna River Guides on a two- or four-hour float (save $80-$145). Go on a “Bike & Brew” tour with North Shore Cyclery (save $120). Tip: Get a free cookie from Mimi’s Haus of Cheese (priceless!).
6. Cruise on an authentic sternwheeler riverboat in the heart of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Riverboat Discovery sails each day and includes a stop at the Chena Indian Village. Save $79.95.
7. See the whales in Juneau. Sail with Alaska Galore Tours on a three-hour cruise to see the humpback whales that are feeding in the nearby channels! Save $149.
8. Enjoy a one-hour narrated sightseeing tour of Anchorage on the Anchorage Trolley. Save $20.
9. See Alaska’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Stay at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, in the midst of the Kennicott Mining District (save $100). Go flightseeing with Wrangell Mountain Air for a bird’s eye view of the park (save $50). Take a guided hike on the Root Glacier with McCarthy River Guides (save $95).
10. Bear viewing at Snug Harbor Outpost. Depart Homer by boat for the historic cannery at Chisak Island. Get some fishing and beachcombing in during your overnight stay, too. All transportation, guiding, accommodations and meals included! Save $750.
Obviously, before you purchase the app’s package deals, you want to make sure it will save you money. Depending on what you do just one tour or excursion could pay for the price of the coupon package.
Here’s how to take advantage of Scott’s deals:
-Download the Free TourSaver App (iOS and Android)
-Find Your Region of Travel in Alaska
-Purchase Coupon Package for that Region
-Choose Statewide Package or Regional Package
-Pick Tours You Like in the Coupon Package
-Reserve Tours by Phone with your Personal Book Number
-Present & Redeem Coupons at Alaska Tours or Attractions