or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Are there any tricks to find cheaper airfare NYC -- SLC?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Are there any tricks to find cheaper airfare NYC -- SLC?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Might be a stupid question. We are planning a Utah vacation for a family of 4 (based near NYC), and I am shocked at how expensive airfare is. We are pretty much locked into the second week of March, which I'm aware is spring break time....But even so, I thought JFK/LGA and SLC are major airports and there should be plenty of flights. In reality, there are few non-stop flights, all are $400+ per person (round trip), and the more convenient ones (arriving midday as opposed to 10-11pm) are $550+. Am I missing something? Thanks!

post #2 of 12

Did you play around with Kayak and alternate dates or consider Denver?  Sun to Sun seems a little cheaper, but I agree flights seem to be up all around.  I'd watch things for another month or two before pulling trigger, but what do I know of the mysteries of airfare wars:dunno 

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yeah... In terms of alternate dates, Weds-Weds would be cheaper, but we only have one full week, and playing with Fri-Sat-Sun doesn't give much. Denver's a bit cheaper, but the resorts I looked into are harder to get to, have more expensive lift tickets, charge $$$$ for ski school - so all in all it's cheaper to go to Utah (we're thinking Solitude/Brighton).

post #4 of 12

Yep, airfares are noticeably higher this season.  Worth checking Southwest and look at the Flexible Dates option to see which days are less.  May not fit your schedule but a good reality check.  Note that with two free checked luggage, that's another reason folks fly SW for ski trips.  For future reference, the SW Fare Sale that is worth keeping track of for ski trips is in August.  But usually that does not include all of March.

 

When my daughter was little, sometimes we would travel midweek either going out or back.  Meaning we went for more than a week and she missed a couple days of school.  That's what happens when a parent is a ski nut. :rolleyes

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

The children would totally miss a few days of school - they don't even have spring break in March.:) But it's a lot harder for a parent to miss a couple of days of work....

 

Thanks for pointing out the Southwest August sale. Will check it out next year!

post #6 of 12

We have been organizing a SLC trip for several years abn the east coast guys always complain about the cost and inconvenience of their flights. The way airline structure their routes makes some places harder and more expensive to get to than others. I think what you are finding may be fairly normal for scheduled flights unless you get lucky with a deal. The chance of a deal goes down when you are pre planning for a family.

 

Using the Google flight search engine usually brings up all the available options.

post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post
 

We have been organizing a SLC trip for several years abn the east coast guys always complain about the cost and inconvenience of their flights. The way airline structure their routes makes some places harder and more expensive to get to than others. I think what you are finding may be fairly normal for scheduled flights unless you get lucky with a deal. The chance of a deal goes down when you are pre planning for a family.

 

Using the Google flight search engine usually brings up all the available options.

My experience has been that Southwest is not part of any third-party methods for finding cheap airfares.  The SW fare may be comparable but if checking a suitcase and a ski bag, that's a consideration for the total cost.  Of course, it helps to live near an airport with lots of SW flights.  Can't get to too many ski destinations without changing planes but the connections are usually pretty decent.

post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by hamster on skis View Post
 

The children would totally miss a few days of school - they don't even have spring break in March.:) But it's a lot harder for a parent to miss a couple of days of work....

 

Thanks for pointing out the Southwest August sale. Will check it out next year!

Ah yes, being a ski nut who is both a parent and working is much more complicated.  I've taken full advantage of being retired when it comes to getting more time on the slopes. :D

 

By the way, if you want to get totally spoiled, kids stay free at Alta Lodge in April.  The free kids' program means that parents can be on their own from 4:30-8:15pm to relax and enjoy the included dinner.  Snowbird and other lodges in Alta have comparable deals late season.  The dates vary depending on when Easter falls.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you. Yes, I read your posts/reviews and am aware that the Alta Lodge is wonderful. But there's no way for me+husband to get out of work in April. We even briefly considered Alta Lodge for March (that would be a neat solution to the groceries question) -- but the lodge stay alone would be as much money as lodging+lift tix+ski school at Solitude, plus Alta charges for kids' lift tickets and has an expensive ski school.... resulting in a pretty different price point for the trip.

post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by hamster on skis View Post
 

Thank you. Yes, I read your posts/reviews and am aware that the Alta Lodge is wonderful. But there's no way for me+husband to get out of work in April. We even briefly considered Alta Lodge for March (that would be a neat solution to the groceries question) -- but the lodge stay alone would be as much money as lodging+lift tix+ski school at Solitude, plus Alta charges for kids' lift tickets and has an expensive ski school.... resulting in a pretty different price point for the trip.

Solitude is a perfectly good place for a first trip out west for a family.  Have fun!

post #11 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

My experience has been that Southwest is not part of any third-party methods for finding cheap airfares.  The SW fare may be comparable but if checking a suitcase and a ski bag, that's a consideration for the total cost.  Of course, it helps to live near an airport with lots of SW flights.  Can't get to too many ski destinations without changing planes but the connections are usually pretty decent.

 

Good point. The Google flights link will list the SW flights, but redirects you to their website for the actual prices. The free baggage does make a difference to the final price. We use Phoenix Harbor but rarely find that SW is the best deal. They are great for one way weekend specials, but the regular flights are a little pricey. I got to Reno and SLC last year for $180 round with US and Delta, SW couldn't even come close.

post #12 of 12
Not sure how low you are expecting to get them but $400 sounds pretty near the bottom for a flight at a relatively peak time of season......
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Are there any tricks to find cheaper airfare NYC -- SLC?