Just in time to ring in the 2016 New Year, Alaska Airlines is discounting some of their west-coast short haul routes.
You can fly from San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento to either Portland or Seattle for $49 one-way, $98 round-trip. (Fridays and Sundays excluded)
At this rate you are saving about 50% off the normal fare which is always a good thing!
I prefer to use google.com/flights to find the best dates and prices. Here is a little shortcut to help you find the best fares:
Seattle – SEA
Portland – PDX
Sacramento – SMF
Oakland – OAK
San Jose – SJC
The great part about these Alaska routes is that they run 4-5 flights a day so you should be able to find a convenient flight time.
If you want to score a first class seat, you can do so between SMF and SEA for only $133 one-way. Considering that will include a meal and alcohol, that may be worth paying the extra $80 or so.
$133 one-way for a first class seat is a nice score. You will get to board first, free TV, and a ton of space. No more rubbing elbows!