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Mexico: Fall airfares to La Paz, Loreto and more on sale

August 10, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The pristine shores of Coronado Island in Mexico's Loreto Bay National Marine Park, about an hour by boat from Loreto.
The pristine shores of Coronado Island in Mexico's Loreto Bay National… (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles…)

Mexico's ongoing wave of drug-cartel violence has kept some Americans away, but deep discounts in less-affected areas, such as southern Baja California, have helped keep tourism humming. Alaska Airlines has launched a sale on fall airfares from Los Angeles to beach cities La Paz and Loreto for $119 each way.

The deal: The Low Fare Fiesta deal includes each-way airfares from Los Angeles to Guadalajara for $92, Mazatlan for $109 and Loreto and La Paz in Baja for $119; prices exclude tax and fees.

When: The offer is generally good for travel Aug. 22-Oct. 7; service to some cities has different travel periods. Airfares must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. PDT Monday.

Tested: I checked availability on flights from L.A. to La Paz. I found a flight leaving Sept. 5 and returning Sept. 10 for $349 round-trip, including tax and fees, about $100 less than fares on other airlines, according to a quick check on

The warning: The U.S. State Department issued an updated warning in April that detailed areas of Mexico where deadly violence continues to take a toll. It also contains this sentence: "Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes."

Contact: Alaska Airlines, (800) 252-7522

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