United States: Airline Extends ‘Oregon Wines Fly for Free’ Promotion

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Alaska Airlines extends its popular "Oregon Wines Fly for Free" promotion, which allows Mileage Plan members to check a case of Oregon wine without charge from 5 airports in the Pacific Northwest.

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Oregon vineyard. Photo Credit: Jeff Wright.


Alaska Airlines, the Oregon Wine Board, and Travel Oregon will extend the popular "Oregon Wines Fly for Free" promotion, which allows members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan departing from airports in the Pacific Northwest to check a case of Oregon wine without charge.

Inbound travellers, meanwhile, are entitled to free wine tastings at participating wineries if they present an Alaska Airlines boarding pass within one week of arrival.

The programme was launched in September 2013. It will be extended through 2017, with more than 300 Oregon wineries taking part.

Alaska Airlines serves 4 travel destinations in Oregon: Eugene Airport (EUG), Rogue Valley International Medford Airport (MFR), Portland International Airport (PDX), and Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM).

Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW) in Southern Washington also forms part of the scheme because it is the closest airport to wineries in Eastern Oregon.

Oregon has several wine producing regions and more than 300 wineries. Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Umpqua Valley, and Rogue Valley are situated totally within the state. Parts of the Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla Valley, and Snake River Valley are situated partially within the state.

Wine has been produced in Oregon since the 1840s. Commercial wine production began in the 1960s. Wineries have become one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions in recent years.

Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesing are most widely grown grape varieties in state in that order.

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