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post #1 of 13
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I watched airfare to aspen go from $700+ down to 591 and then to over $600 in a just a few days.  I finally booked my flight but had to get a double layover out to aspen to keep prices down.  The pricing for the flights I really wanted were $900+

 

All these before the first local snowfall and before October 1st.

post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by mtebor View Post
 

I watched airfare to aspen go from $700+ down to 591 and then to over $600 in a just a few days.  I finally booked my flight but had to get a double layover out to aspen to keep prices down.  The pricing for the flights I really wanted were $900+

 

All these before the first local snowfall and before October 1st.

 

People that ski Aspen don't watch flight prices, they just book.  

 

Wouldn't flying direct to DEN for about half the price or less be a smarter option that a double layover anyways?

post #3 of 13
Airfares are nuts. Watched Whitefish to Zurich go from $1300 to $1100 to $784 to $1100 to $1000 to... get this.. $683! Unfortunately, 36 hours before that last one appeared, I'd signed up for seasonal lessons. These were all for identical dates.

I am making a note for next year to start checking the end of September.
post #4 of 13

Southwest has some deals. Time to book for SIA in Denver. 

post #5 of 13

Best I am seeing for Wash DC area to Zurich for St. Anton gathering is about 700 via Istanbul on Turkish Air making for 17 hour travel time and adding an extra non-ski day.  Ugh.  Best price on more direct flights is close to 1000.  Unless there is a big drop I don't think I'm going to do St. Anton because if I went I'd bring at least 3 and $3000 is too much for airfare alone when we can do so much domestic skiing for that amount.:hopmad:

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

I did the denver trip a few years ago and could of booked it for half the price.  Car rental was high last time and when I figured the price difference it was easier to fly into aspen.  Plus I don't have the 4 to 5 hour ride. 

 

Luckily the layovers are short (about 1 hour each).  

 

I am just happy to be going.  

 

We were going to Kelowna as well this year but the airfare is still too high and heading to slc area instead

post #7 of 13

Is there a real secret to booking low fares, december/jan to denver, slc, abq??

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Is there a real secret to booking low fares, december/jan to denver, slc, abq??

 

Starting from where?  Southwest has sales in the fall, but they tend to be for only a few days and the low prices for good connections go fast.

post #9 of 13
I've had two widgets reporting current fares from Kalispell to Zurich running on my Nexus since maybe June, whenever the selection of the Epic gathering in St. Anton happened. Since some of the fares are through vendors I've never heard of, I've checked them against the airline itself. Was really surprised when this fare through Delta itself stayed bookable for several days.
post #10 of 13

I have a couple of rules of thumb on this, as someone who typically travels by air only once a year or so and pays his own way without benefit of "miles" or exepense accounts or - for that matter - a lot of cash. 

 

1) When you see a fare that looks good, take it. Right then. Because if you come back in an hour or a day or a week or a month, it won't be there. Plan everything else - lodging, ground transport, etc., - around that after you get the reservation. (My deliberative personality and I broke this rule AGAIN this summer when I had my finger on the "buy" button for SLC and let it pass, like an idiot. Now it's like $500 instead of $300 and I'm on to another round of the wait-and-hope game.)

 

2) Look at the big picture when you're looking at air ticket prices. If you think about how much the total trip is going to cost you, after lift passes, food, bed, etc., you will see that getting all wound up about $50 plus or minus on the airfare is probably myopic. Therefore, spend the extra $50 if it means a better connection or a better fit with your schedule. (Unfortunately, if you don't pay attention to rule #1, then you can end up looking at a $500 difference instead of a $50 difference, and that really can be a showstopper.)

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

great advice

post #12 of 13

Good advice, just booked RT SDQ-SLC 12/24-1/12 for $709, including 12,000 new miles!  Think it's as good as it will get IF we take into account the $385 those "free" miles would cost to purchase...

 

But, IIRC saw it at $650 3-4 months ago...

 

Anyway, done and ready to rip!!!

post #13 of 13

I got Swissair direct Tokyo-Zurich for eq of $1,100, with a good legroom seat both ways.

Could've gone for $100-120 cheaper but that would've meant a stop somewhere.

For me, legroom pretty much trumps everything else; seatguru.com is my bible.

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