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Anyone notice how off-the-charts airfare is to SLC??

post #1 of 18
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Booked my lodging back in October for Park City for the first week of March, and have been tracking air (from Philadelphia) ever since.  Figured once we moved into the 90-day-to-arrival window, the airfare would drop.   When I booked that March lodging back in October, as a reference I began looking at what similar Sunday-to-Sunday airfares were for January and February, as a clue for what the March rates would be when we got closer.  Before the election, round-trip from Philly to SLC in January or February was ~$250.  However, those January and February rates skyrocketed to $500 RIGHT after the election, and have stayed there ever since.  

 

Now I'm thinking I'll have to wait til after the New Year before I see any movement in that needle, but what a swing it was.  

post #2 of 18

I can see airfare for $350 r/t on Southwest PHL-SLC (with a connection).

 

Note that Frontier recently announced they are dropping service to PHL, which often was setting the low prices with their connections over DEN.

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Originally Posted by kitchener View Post

Booked my lodging back in October for Park City for the first week of March, and have been tracking air (from Philadelphia) ever since.  Figured once we moved into the 90-day-to-arrival window, the airfare would drop.   When I booked that March lodging back in October, as a reference I began looking at what similar Sunday-to-Sunday airfares were for January and February, as a clue for what the March rates would be when we got closer.  Before the election, round-trip from Philly to SLC in January or February was ~$250.  However, those January and February rates skyrocketed to $500 RIGHT after the election, and have stayed there ever since.  

 

Now I'm thinking I'll have to wait til after the New Year before I see any movement in that needle, but what a swing it was.  

 

I fly back to DC or Pittsbuurgh 2-3 times a year and usually its about $500 non-stop. If you saw flights for $250 and DIDN"T pull the trigger you have only yourself to blame. 

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I fly back to DC or Pittsbuurgh 2-3 times a year and usually its about $500 non-stop. If you saw flights for $250 and DIDN"T pull the trigger you have only yourself to blame. 

 

I've been thinking the same thing -- the catch was we're going in the first week in March, and those low rates were (then) the first week in February.  I might have just re-scheduled, but going the first week in March is squeezing a little more ski season out of our mid-Atlantic season.

post #5 of 18

The airlines aren't dumb, they know when spring break periods are for travel.  It is difficult to compare fares as Jan-early Feb is overall the slowest travel period of the year.

 

That being said, I can see $330-$360 roundtrips on Southwest PHL-DEN-SLC.  Depending on where you live and the time/cost trade-off, BWI-SLC nonstop on Southwest is $260.

 

Those all seem like good fares for flight 75% of the way across the country.

post #6 of 18

There were some decent fares to SLC from the east coat on Southwest until sometime in the last few days (maybe Dec. 1 ?). I'd been on the fence about heading out for a few days to burn some vacation time I have to use before Christmas, but wasn't quite convinced that the conditions were going to make it worth it. It's moot now because the $350 - $400 round trip fares from Boston or Manchester have now suddenly all skyrocketed to double that.
 

post #7 of 18

My wife and I are paying about $600.00 ea to fly out over Christmas on Southwest (we have to fly out of Buffalo-about a 60 mi. drive).Going to spend the holiday with our daughter and granddaughters, so it's worth it and it's our Christmas present to each other. I was able to book an early March trip for about 400.00 again on SW out of Buffalo (booked in October). Southwest is offering service out of Rochester starting in April, so it'll save us a drive if the rates are comparable.

 

I like SW's no charge luggage policy-saves when you're dragging skis along.

post #8 of 18

Agree with the OP. I've been monitoring flights from New York City to western ski destinations for the week of March 15.  We don't have lodging yet and are waiting to get a good airfare.  Salt Lake seems comparatively high, unless you make a stop somewhere, which eliminates one of the best things about flying to Salt Lake.  United has low fares in the $200's, but only with a stop.  Delta's fares are in the 400's or 500's.  I've actually seen lower fares to other, smaller destinations, like Jackson, Hayden (Steamboat), or Durango.  Bing has a function that predicts whether fares will rise or fall.  It says SLC will rise and Jackson will fall.  Jackson has since gone up, so I'm not too confident of Microsoft's fortune telling skills.  Airfare to Denver is very reasonable, but I'd really like to try other venues.

 

Albuquerque has low fares now from New York (via Denver on United), and I'm tempted to visit Santa Fe and stay at Taos for most of the week, but not sure how snow holds up there in mid-March.  I have a friend at Taos, as well as in Jackson, which would be nice.  I'm of the mind that it's all good.  Jackson, Taos, Steamboat, Telluride, Whitefish, Big Sky....

 

Even from a major city like New York, there are very few non-stop flights to ski destinations.  Denver, Salt Lake

post #9 of 18

I was tracking flights from Balt & Wash airports since late Sep to Northern Cali airports via Kayak, Expedia, SWA, etc. for late Dec/early Jan trip.  SWA had a modest sale for a few days around Columbus Day (40th anniversary of SWA?) in the $300 range, when my plans weren't firm enough to take advantage of it.  Other than that prices have been higher and bargains scarce.  I had slightly irregular requirements for 4 people flying in pairs on different, but overlapping travel days.  On Black Friday I saw a dip in fares for two in my party and pulled the trigger on all four rdtrp fares for just under $1500, not including baggage fees.  Used Orbitz.  Not flying SWA, it was $400-600+ each most of this period. 

Last Jan 2012 I had two family members fly from Wash DC to Denver for $139 each rdtrp.

post #10 of 18

I just booked for early February from Harrisburg PA to SLC for $275 (it's usually $550+) which I have never seen before from our small airport. We live 15 minutes away so it will be nice getting dropped off instead of driving 2 hours to DC and paying for a week of parking. I haven't even found $275 from DC in the past.


Edited by MattL - 12/7/12 at 6:43am
post #11 of 18

I'm in the mid-west and  noticed they were much higher this year than last. Frontier dropped rates considerably this week, now they look like they're going up again. But the drop surprised me.

 

Overall, rates look to be about 20% higher than last year.

post #12 of 18

Question, somewhat related. Has anyone found one travel websites price notification emails to be better than others? I just signed up for Kayak, but I'm wondering if there may be others out there that are better?

post #13 of 18

i got denver to slc for 202 return... very happy with that... shame about the price of the Aberdeen to Denver flight before that... 

post #14 of 18
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i got denver to slc for 202 return... very happy with that... shame about the price of the Aberdeen to Denver flight before that... 

haha!

post #15 of 18
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Question, somewhat related. Has anyone found one travel websites price notification emails to be better than others? I just signed up for Kayak, but I'm wondering if there may be others out there that are better?

Probably not.  Maybe use one of the individual sites like travelocity, expedia, orbitz in addition to kayak??  I recommend for air and cars to also check the websites of favorite/discount individual airline carriers or car rental businesses because they sometimes beat the general travel sites.  And check often/daily when in hunting mode.  Also, the priceline or hotwire bid/advance pay process can be very competitive, but may require you to give up control over sometimes critical details when you make the semi-blind purchase commitment.

Of course, the folks who successfully game the frequent flyer programs are in an entirely different universe. 

post #16 of 18

Don't forget the Sundance Festival is in late January. I'm sure they up the rates for all those visitors.

post #17 of 18

im flying delta from Philly to SLC next week and paid 375 round trip.

post #18 of 18

It definitely sounds like its reduced competition.  I booked non-stop NY to Denver last fall for this February for $214.  I see those fares are now $188(!).  Unbelievable deals!!

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