AK Marine Highway System adopts scaling fares

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) released its 2019-20 winter schedule today. Reservations are now available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling the AMHS Reservations Center at 1-800-642-0066, or by visiting ferry terminals throughout the ferry system.

The AMHS winter schedule covers ferry travel from Oct. 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

When compiling the winter schedule, AMHS staff worked diligently to meet community needs as much as possible. The winter schedule is fiscally constrained and AMHS funding for the fiscal year 2020 was reduced by $43 million. This 31% budget reduction from previous fiscal years left little room for flexibility in the schedule.

In an effort to maximize revenue and create a more self-sustaining system, there are new features included with the 2019-20 winter schedule:

  • Dynamic pricing – As availability decreases the published fares will increase.
  • Event pricing – For some special events there will be a 10% fare increase four days before and after the event in that port.
  • Change fees – Change fees to existing reservations will increase as the scheduled travel date approaches. Fees will be $20 up to two weeks before departure, $50 two weeks to three days before departure and $100 within three days of departure.

Passengers are encouraged to book early for the best fares.