Alaska Airlines reorganizes Flights to Florida ! Smart Move!

Alaska Airlines will drop its daily nonstop flight between Seattle and Miami in July, and replace it with an overnight flight to Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport, a lower-cost airport and a destination more popular with departing cruise ship passengers.

The airline said it also will add new daily nonstop to and from Philadelphia starting June 11, adding to its growing roster of East Coast nonstop destinations including Boston and Washington, D.C.

"Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports are about 27 miles apart," Joe Sprague, vice president of marketing," said in a statement. "By redirecting our flight to the lower-cost Fort Lauderdale airport, we can serve the same geographic area and continue to offer our customers low fares."

Alaska's last flight from Seattle to Miami will be July 15, with a return to Seattle on July 16. Flights between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale begin July 16. Flights will depart Seattle at 10:10 p.m. and arrive in Florida at 6:55 a.m. The return flight is at 8:10 a.m., arriving in Seattle at 11:25 a.m.

Service to Philadelphia begins June 11. Flights will leave Seattle at 8:35 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at 4:45 p.m. Departing flights will leave at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 9:10 p.m.

The airline is offering introductory fares starting at $190 each way between Seattle and Philadelphia and $170 between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale. Prices include taxes and fees. Members of Alaska's frequent flier mileage plan can earn double miles on both routes by registering at Alaska’s Airlines Website.