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What's up with prices for flying to SLC this year?

post #1 of 19
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I've been keeping an eye on ticket prices for a partial Xmas week trip. Probably fly out a few days before then head back a few days after the holiday. Stuck with school schedule, so not interested in other dates.

 

Trying to figure out why flying into SLC (from Newark) is actually more money than flying into Hayden or Bozeman for the same days. Still unsure where we are going, but the fares seem backwards compared to most years.

post #2 of 19

What airlines are you checking?  Don't know about the holidays, but the fares to SLC from RDU on Southwest are certainly higher than the last few years.

post #3 of 19
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What airlines are you checking?  Don't know about the holidays, but the fares to SLC from RDU on Southwest are certainly higher than the last few years.


Used Kayak, so everyone except Southwest. But checked that too, and no bargain.

post #4 of 19
Definitely more expensive this year.
post #5 of 19

It's just the opposite flying into SLC from the west: fares from San Diego and Phoenix, at least, are much lower than I've seen them in 5+ years. I suspect that, with Alaska and Frontier putting downward pressure on flight prices from the west, the other airlines are compensating by jacking up prices to the east to try to keep SLC profitable.

post #6 of 19

From Newark, Delta has the $650 direct, 7:15a-10:15 out and 5:30p-11:30 on the way back.  Nice, because you can get an honest 1/2 1st and 2/3rd last day of skiing.  Saves lost work time and hotel/car/food costs. 

post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

What airlines are you checking?  Don't know about the holidays, but the fares to SLC from RDU on Southwest are certainly higher than the last few years.

This is what I'm noticing from Detroit as well.  Right now, I can fly into Denver $150 cheaper than SLC.

post #8 of 19
Denver is always cheaper than SLC when flying westbound, at least since I have been paying attention, here in New England. Also much easier to find a non-stop. I don't think that is new.
post #9 of 19
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From Newark, Delta has the $650 direct, 7:15a-10:15 out and 5:30p-11:30 on the way back.  Nice, because you can get an honest 1/2 1st and 2/3rd last day of skiing.  Saves lost work time and hotel/car/food costs. 


Ooof, I managed to get to SLC for $365 from RDU for a late Jan trip, but only because I'm returning after Feb. 1.  Sundance Film Festival is Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in 2015.  Most Southwest flights on those weekends went up to $250 each way a week or two ago.  The lowest fares on weekends were in late August before the sale ended Aug. 28.

post #10 of 19

Its terrible.  Airline mergers.  there used to be four airlines with nonstop directs to slc out of nyc, then it fell to three when united and continental merged.  and jet blue only has one late night flight, so doesnt impact the market much.  then i believe united very recently decided to drop their nonstops to slc out of newark - they no longer appear on the most recent schedules - so now the only real option is delta.  hence a lot of pricing power, which they are happily using.  i am flying to slc for a trip to alta with my family over president's week/end, and even with making the trip monday to monday to avoid the worst of the pricing, the flights were still more than what i paid 2-3 years ago for the good saturday morning flights.

 

the "consumer-friendly" era of air travel pricing has ended with all of the recent consolidation.  Given the 30-year history of massive cumulative losses and numerous bankruptcies, it is challenging to begrudge the the ftc too much for allowing all of the mergers to pass antitrust review, but it sure isn't fun when you are trying to travel on a route that now has basically one carrier with a monopoly.

post #11 of 19
Two of my family members flew from Wash DC to Denver as recently as Jan 2012 for $144 rdtrp. This winter I'm seeing prices in the $375-450 range for same route at similar non-peak times. I've driven from DC to the Rockies 4 out of the last 6 winters as a form of masochistic protest:-)
post #12 of 19
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Two of my family members flew from Wash DC to Denver as recently as Jan 2012 for $144 rdtrp. This winter I'm seeing prices in the $375-450 range for same route at similar non-peak times. I've driven from DC to the Rockies 4 out of the last 6 winters as a form of masochistic protest:-)

I love it.  Not this winter, but next, I would be interested in riding shotgun, sharing driving and expenses.

post #13 of 19

Airline fares are heavily dependent on competition between the two airports.  And obviously prices are higher over holidays.  If you are flexible, fly midweek.  Wednesday fares are typically the lowest.  My roundtrip non-stop tickets NY to Denver for this coming February were $260, about the same as last year.

post #14 of 19
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Airline fares are heavily dependent on competition between the two airports.  And obviously prices are higher over holidays.  If you are flexible, fly midweek.  Wednesday fares are typically the lowest.  My roundtrip non-stop tickets NY to Denver for this coming February were $260, about the same as last year.


For SLC, the fares are higher this year even midweek.

post #15 of 19

We just booked flights to SLC for mid-April out of the NYC area and everything was around $600.  I had some USAir vouchers to use, and ended up paying $950, for 3 tickets out of White Plains.  It's really not a very good deal, but much better than I could find 3 tickets otherwise.  It's drag not flying direct, but the convenience of White Plains makes up for it a little bit.

post #16 of 19

there is such a marked difference coming from the west.  just for kicks I punched in a trip on Southwest for LA to SLC thursday to tuesday in january and it's possible to do it roundtrip for less than $200.  that's not that different from driving and obviously you save a ton of time.  weird.

post #17 of 19
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there is such a marked difference coming from the west.  just for kicks I punched in a trip on Southwest for LA to SLC thursday to tuesday in january and it's possible to do it roundtrip for less than $200.  that's not that different from driving and obviously you save a ton of time.  weird.


I saw that too.  I was thinking of having my in-laws join us from LA.  Direct flights on several airlines for under $200, even with Sunday flights on both ends.

post #18 of 19

Just purchased Phoenix->SLC tickets. Less than $150 round trip. That's about $75 less than last year.

post #19 of 19

We booked our flights to Denver back in May when Southwest opened up thier winter schedule and prices where higher then usually from Newark to both Denver and SLC. I found the same higher rates from Philly as well. I was able to get a great deal on Southwest from LaGuardia to Denver for $265 roundtrip. Coming from the East this year seemed much harder to find cheap rates then past years. Good Luck, I hope you find a decent rate.

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