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Alaska Airlines to offer early boarding for ugly holiday sweaters

The one-day only offer is timed to coincide with National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. And, did you see KLM's airline-themed Christmas-style sweater?
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If you are flying Alaska Airlines on December 15th, the carrier will celebrate what it is calling “National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day.” Passengers wearing “festive holiday sweaters” will get early boarding. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60

Be prepared for a lot of ugly holiday sweaters if you’re flying Alaska Airlines on Dec. 15. 

The carrier will celebrate what it's calling “National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day” by offering early boarding to customers wearing “festive holiday sweaters.” Alaska says the one-day promotion will be offered across its 115-city network, including flights operated by Virgin America and Horizon Air.

"Travel during the holidays can be stressful for guests, especially those who do not travel often,” Natalie Bowman, Alaska’s managing director of marketing and advertising, says in a statement. “This fun promotion not only allows guests to board early on that day, but gives people another opportunity to dust off that ugly holiday sweater hanging in the back of their closet.”

For those unaware, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a thing, “celebrated” on the third Friday of December. 

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Sporting the airline's recently updated livery, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 lands at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in May 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Special for USA TODAY

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Virgin America operated its busiest hub in San Francisco, where it has become one of the city's most notable carriers.  AP

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An image showing the tails of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America aircraft.  Alaska Airlines

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Alaska Airlines planes with the company's newest livery and tail logo, left, and the old livery are shown April 4, 2016, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Ted S. Warren, AP

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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America aircraft are seen at Washington Dulles International Airport on Aug. 12, 2016.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

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A new Alaska Airlines 737 painted with a Boeing centennial theme arrives during a kickoff celebration for Boeing's 100th anniversary month on June 30, 2016, in Seattle.  Genna Martin, AP

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Alaska Airlines' newly painted jet supporting veterans is readied for departure to Portland, Ore., on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2016 at Chicago O'Hare.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAY

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Virgin America's distinctive red tails have become a common site at San Francisco International Airport.  JOHN G. MABANGLO, EPA

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Alaska Airlines says it will post its customers’ ugly sweater combos to its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

Early boarding or not, Alaska Airlines also is reminding customers that they still should arrive early to the airport “given anticipated congestion at the airport due to the holidays.”

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However, Alaska Airlines isn’t the only big carrier getting in on the ugly sweater craze.

In November, Dutch airline KLM unveiled its own KLM-inspired Christmas sweaters.

Unfortunately for holiday sweater enthusiasts, KLM’s “Christmas jumpers” appear to have been so popular that the carrier is now out of stock in all sizes.

Dutch carrier KLM unveiled these airline-themed Christmas-style sweaters this fall. (Photo: KLM via screenshot)

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