It's a day that nearly every Alaskan has circled on the calendar. This upcoming Thursday, Oct. 3 marks the day Alaskans will receive a $1,606 Permanent Fund dividend check.

With the PFD payment comes much debate over how people will use it. Some put it toward savings, some pay the bills and some like to reward themselves with a nice vacation.

 
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If option number three sounds right for you, you'll want to check out the one-stop-shop for all the best travel deals this weekend.

Scott McMurren of Alaska Travelgram appeared on Daybreak for Travel Tuesday to discuss the 2019 PFD Travel Fair. He says there are more airline deals around this time to attract those who received a PFD, but also because these are down months for the industry.

"Between now and Christmas there's a little bump around Thanksgiving, but it's typically a slow time," McMurren said. "So our friends at the airlines and other travel companies, cruise companies, the railroad, the mighty Alaska Railroad, you know, they all line up with their special deals and we, you know, host them out there at the airport for  one-day extravaganza."

 
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McMurren says that on top of the traditional fun included in the PFD Travel Fair, like prizes, food trucks and entertainment, there are a few surprises in store as well.

"We actually have some people coming in from overseas, from the Cook Islands, in the middle of the South Pacific, who have got some great PFD deals which they're going to reveal," he said.

The PFD Travel Fair takes place this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Tickets are $13 in advance or $20 the day of.

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