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Minnesota Skiers Take Note!!! Super low airfare alert!! [Frontier to Denver]

post #1 of 29
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Frontier has round trip flights for $105 per person all fees included.  Total cost is actually $104.80!!

 

Too good of a deal to pass up.  My wife and I are booking tonight hopefully once we get the nod from the grandparents that they can come down and watch the kids for a few days.

 

Ever seen it this low recently?

post #2 of 29
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Originally Posted by focker View Post

Frontier has round trip flights for $105 per person all fees included.  Total cost is actually $104.80!!

Too good of a deal to pass up.  My wife and I are booking tonight hopefully once we get the nod from the grandparents that they can come down and watch the kids for a few days.

Ever seen it this low recently?
Where is that to? I'm assuming fees included does not include baggage fees? Last February I got round trip Des Moines, IA-Denver for $108. But that also included 1 free carry-on, which they don't do anymore.
post #3 of 29
In another thread he posted it was to Denver.
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 

Sorry Forgot to mention it was to Denver... ;)  

 

I'm assuming most MN folks knew that was the destination, since no other ski destination would ever be even close to that amount.

 

I'm not sure what the carry on conditions are.   Last year we carried on a roller bag and a backpack.  I'll check what they allow this year.

post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 

Yeah, it looks like it's $25 to carry on a roller bag, so those rates are deceiving...   So total cost would be $130...   Still a great deal IMO.  

 

Note that the cheapest flight ($105 are very very AM to and return flights.  If you want afternoon flights It'll cost you an additional $20...

 

I used Frontier last year and we paid $160 per person so $130 is quite a deal.

 

They only book out until March 1st right now which sucks as we want to go out there when our kids are on spring break (first week of April) but we don't know if these cheap flight rates will continue into March and April...

post #6 of 29

It is cheap, but that's far from all fee's included.

 

$3 seat assignment

$8 print your boarding pass at the airport

$25 in advance for carryon, $50 at the gate.

post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

It is cheap, but that's far from all fee's included.

 

$3 seat assignment

$8 print your boarding pass at the airport

$25 in advance for carryon, $50 at the gate.

 

 

You don't have to pay for the seat Assignment, although for $3 I would since I'll be flying with my wife.  She's worth the $6 total.  ;)

 

Do they have a way around the $8 ticket printing fee?  Can you online check in to avoid that or use your smartphone to get scanned in?

post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 

Carry on is $25 but if you check that bag it's on $20 as well if you pick that option at the time of ticket purchase.  You can save $10 there on two people and take more stuff as well with a bigger bag.   I don't worry about checking bags on a direct flight...

post #9 of 29

Good heads up, thanks focker.

post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by focker View Post
 

Sorry Forgot to mention it was to Denver... ;)  

 

I'm assuming most MN folks knew that was the destination, since no other ski destination would ever be even close to that amount.

 

I'm not sure what the carry on conditions are.   Last year we carried on a roller bag and a backpack.  I'll check what they allow this year.

That's funny because that is exactly what I thought.  Denver is normally in the $200s while everyplace else is around $500 it seems.  Flying to Montana is like buying a small car for a family of four.

post #11 of 29
And yet, statewide, you're our second biggest nonresident category for skiing.

The force must be strong. 😀


Edited by sibhusky - 9/22/14 at 2:58pm
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

Minnesota has more ski vacationers that go out of state for ski trips than any other state in America.

 

That's why Vail bought Afton Alps.   People from here go to Colorado like crazy.

 

Red Lodge, MT also get a ton of MN and ND skiers as it's so 'close'

post #13 of 29

Well we drive to Big Sky instead of flying.  It's a 14 hour drive from Minneapolis to Big Sky. I looked at Amtrak and its a 24 hour ride to Whitefish and you get in around midnight.

post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by voghan View Post

Well we drive to Big Sky instead of flying.  It's a 14 hour drive from Minneapolis to Big Sky. I looked at Amtrak and its a 24 hour ride to Whitefish and you get in around midnight.

If you're lucky you'll arrive at midnight. Last heard, their ontime performance is down to 10% coming from there, zero % the other way. The Bakken oil fields have played hell with the passenger trains. They are going to be adjusting the eastbound arrival time to 4:30 am or something. I WOULD NOT ADVISE COMING HERE VIA TRAIN FROM EITHER DIRECTION ANYMORE.
http://flatheadbeacon.com/2014/08/13/amtraks-broken-builder/
post #15 of 29
If you have the epic local pass (unlike mired skiing at park city w/ some holiday restrictions) and now that vail owns park city I'm sure one will be able to find some good deals to that area.
post #16 of 29
The Welch Village deal with Big Sky is nice. 20% off lodging and $250 for 5 days of lift tickets. Saves me $300 on my trip and no blackout dates.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 

Airfare for my wife and I would be about $20 more than the cost of gas to drive.  The time savings from there really make it a no-brainer for me.

 

I do want to use my Welch deal at Big Sky, but this year doesn't work for us.   We use it for the reduced rates at Lutsen though which is nice.

post #18 of 29
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A big reason why we go to Denver (besides the cheap airfare) is that we have good friends there that go with us up in the mountains (in their car)  :cool with us and make it really fun.   It also gives us a free place to stay before and after we head up into the mountains.

post #19 of 29

I took advantage of this deal.  Hoping my dates work out well. If anyone finds cheap tickets in the future, let me know.  I'm debating if I should buy the Epic 4 day pass or 7 day pass.  I'll be visiting CO twice this year (Frisco area one trip, Crested Butte the second). I'd also get some days at Afton with the Epic pass. Thoughts/suggestions?

 

If I'm visiting Montana, I drive.  You can hit Terry Peak in SD for a warm up too, it's similar to Lutsen in vert with much better lifts  This year I'm hoping to hit Terry Peak, BS, Bridger, and Red Lodge.

 

The last 4 years I've looked into the train to hit Big Mountain/Whitefish.  It's always been way too expensive and takes too long.  Back in the day I guess the train was a much better deal.

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by BaconMeCrazy View Post
 

I'm debating if I should buy the Epic 4 day pass or 7 day pass.  I'll be visiting CO twice this year (Frisco area one trip, Crested Butte the second). I'd also get some days at Afton with the Epic pass. Thoughts/suggestions?

 

 

Consider the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+:

http://www.skicolorado.com/multi-mountain-passes.aspx

 

For $549 you'll get unlimited Copper Mountain and three days at Crested Butte, fitting nicely with your plans.   You'll also get unlimited Winter Park and six days at Steamboat.   No Afton Alps, though :rolleyes 

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

 

Consider the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+:

http://www.skicolorado.com/multi-mountain-passes.aspx

 

Nice, thank you. I'll have to poach Afton.

post #22 of 29

^^^ You're welcome.   A nice thing to note about the RMSP+ is the geographic diversity of the resorts (North, Central, and South)  compared to the Epic Pass resorts (all Central).  If folks have any flexibility, consider buying some plane tickets then picking the destination at the last minute when you see where the best snow is it at the moment.  It's probably best to do that during non-holiday times to assure lodging, or have cancelable reservations.

 

And a little stoke.... some MN yahoo friends at Copper Mountain last year:

 

 

post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 

Tickets are $87-97 again this year in January, FYI.

 

Bag Fees are not included.   Crazy low fares though still.   $87 for three night mid-week?  Round trip.

post #24 of 29

 I'd still stick with SWA at $59 each way.

 

 
 
 
             
             
             
             
             
         
 
post #25 of 29
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That  is a good deal as well.  Southwest has no bag fees as well correct?

 

Good times offered for the $59 deal with a early morning flight in and a noon flight back...

post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by focker View Post
 

That  is a good deal as well.  Southwest has no bag fees as well correct?

 

Good times offered for the $59 deal with a early morning flight in and a noon flight back...

Yes, it is hard to beat SW with the free bags.   Especially when bringing all your gear.   Frontier is now a "low cost" airline.   I've flown both Frontier and Spirit and I thought Spirit was better if that gives you an idea. 

post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 

No excuse to not fly to CO this year.  Multiple airlines with cheap fares and travel dates/times.

post #28 of 29
Is Frontier reliable? I've read that a lot of their flights get cancelled at the last minute.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 

I've flown them 4-5 times with just a few issues Hitman...   Not sure if that's everyone's experience though.

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