Mammoth Lakes' tourism bureau is offering a discount for those who prefer to fly rather than drive to the Eastern Sierra this spring. The offer, in partnership with Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, takes about 20% off airfares between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) through the end of June.
The deal: The airport is a stepping-off point to Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain ski resort, June Lake and, of course, the town of Mammoth Lakes. Use the code "EC9348' when making a reservation online or by phone; see special note below.
When: Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. PDT May 1. The deal is good for travel from May 1 to June 30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Tested: I went to Alaska Airlines' website, used the code and found fares of $48 plus tax each way for a June 14-16 round trip. Without the discount, the lowest-priced tickets displayed were about $59 each way.
Note that the promotion code and terms of the deal don't appear on Alaska Airline's website, but tickets must be booked through the airline to get this rate. Spokesman Clint Ostler explained in an email that the promotion isn't on the airline's website because it is exclusive to selected partners such as VisitMammoth.com.
Tip: Check out the airline's national parks page, which also offers deals on lodging, food and other services.