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Allegiant Airway's new route from washington's Bellingham International airport to Reno

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There’s a new way to get to Reno-Tahoe with Allegiant. Beginning June 6, 2013, Allegiant Air offers new, nonstop jet service between Washington’s Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The new flights will operate twice weekly. Flight days and times can be found at allegiant.com.
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This is good news for Tahoe vacationers!

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Maybe we'll get down that way now.  Thursdays and Sundays are the flights.  Bad days for me.  Rats.

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This is good news for Tahoe vacationers!

 

It'd be better if the local tourism boards and casinos and resorts promoted things better, eg the 6 pak for 8 resorts, sale fares to Mammoth on Frontier from San Diego, the Allegiant sale.

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Maybe we'll get down that way now.  Thursdays and Sundays are the flights.  Bad days for me.  Rats.

 

Isn't the Mammoth part of the Gathering on Monday-Wednesday and the Squaw part Thursday to Sunday? ??? You have no excuses Posanewink.gif

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It's also an easy way for Tahoe skiers to get to Baker, probably also less expensive than flying into Vancouver for a Whistler trip.
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What you'll find is that the majority of folks using this flight will be from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland since the flights are cheap and the airport is only an hour south of the city on I-5.  Allegiant has really taken off in Bellingham, with flights to many vacation destinations.  We've taken the flight to Las Vegas a couple of times and we felt like the only Americans on the plane.

 

By the way, for all of you in our region, flying to Vegas from B'ham, renting a car, and hitting the road can make for a fabulous, inexpensive Southwest vacation.

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What you'll find is that the majority of folks using this flight will be from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland since the flights are cheap and the airport is only an hour south of the city on I-5.  Allegiant has really taken off in Bellingham, with flights to many vacation destinations.  We've taken the flight to Las Vegas a couple of times and we felt like the only Americans on the plane.

 

By the way, for all of you in our region, flying to Vegas from B'ham, renting a car, and hitting the road can make for a fabulous, inexpensive Southwest vacation.

But the drive from Vegas to Tahoe, or Mammoth for that matter, is meh. 

The drive from Reno to anywhere you want to ski is pretty gorgeous. 

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Off topic but Andy Wirth is on the Board for the Reno-Tahoe Airport and he wants more nonstop direct flights into Tahoe.

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^^^ That makes a lot of sense!

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It's also an easy way for Tahoe skiers to get to Baker, probably also less expensive than flying into Vancouver for a Whistler trip.


Yes, Those near Tahoe with a Mt. Collective Pass can now fly to Bellingham and drive to Whistler which is on the MCP.

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Off topic but Andy Wirth is on the Board for the Reno-Tahoe Airport and he wants more nonstop direct flights into Tahoe.

A closer airport to north Tahoe is the decent looking one between Truckee & Northstar that once had scheduled flights when PSA was around.

 

PSA= Pacific Southwest Airlines.

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but the Truckee Airport is tiny, out of the way, and doesn't have the security, rental car desks (apart from Avis) or shuttles to north and south shore resorts, or tourism committees backed up by the casinos. (At least Enterprise in Truckee will drive to Squaw, pick you up, and take you to their rental desk in Truckee. Brilliant).

 

Ditto for the airport neaer Heavenly.

 

Reno & Sacramento, on the other hand,  are already served by the big airlines, and it's only 45 minutes drive to Squaw or Heavenly.

 

For foreign tourists who get screwed on car insurance in the US, they're better off a) using the shuttles for about $45 pp one way, or b) renting an Avis etc via Europe with the 'insurance for tourists included' deals. And then they don't use the subsidized and empty public transport.

 

(Do resort marketers know how to walk a mile in a foreign tourist's shoes?).

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