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Delta Deals to Steamboat - Deal or NoDeal?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
 I get weekly newsletters from Delta, as many of you probably do....
I recently got one about a deal to Steamboat(Hayden) from select cities.  The "select" cities won't help me and, quite frankly I'm not sure if this is such a good deal, but here it is.



Between Hayden, CO (HDN) and: Each-way Sale Fare* based on round-trip purchase
Atlanta, GA (ATL) $129
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) $129
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) $149
Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) $129
Oakland, CA (OAK) $149
Orange County, CA (SNA) $149
Portland, OR (PDX) $149
San Diego, CA (SAN) $149
San Francisco, CA (SFO) $149
 
post #2 of 18
It's an excellent deal,  but check dates of availability. Usually their specials are for a limited time, and not during ski season to a ski destination.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
 Here are the terms of this deal.  Bold where date restrictions apply....

*Terms & Conditions

Restrictions:
Fares shown are available at delta.com. Tickets cost $20 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited.

Tickets:
Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days prior to departure, but no later than November 25, 2009.

Travel Period:
Travel may begin on or after January 3, 2010. Travel must be completed by March 28, 2010.

Blackout Dates:
February 14, 2010

Fare Validity:
Fares shown are valid for travel to Colorado on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and from Colorado on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on nonstop Delta/Northwest/Delta Connection carrier flights only.

Minimum Stay:
Saturday night

Maximum Stay:
March 28, 2010

Cancellations/Refunds/Changes:
Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta's cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or see Ticket Changes for details.

Taxes/Fees: 
Federal Excise Tax of $3.60, Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $4.50, and the September 11th Security Fee of up to $2.50 for each flight segment are not included. Fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation Tax of up to $32.20 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $299, depending on itinerary. Taxes and fees must be paid when the ticket is purchased.

Baggage Charges: 
For travel within the United States, $15 fee for 1 checked bag and $25 fee for second checked bag when bags are prepaid during online check-in at delta.com. There is a $5 surcharge for each of the first two bags when checking in via ticket counter, kiosk, or curbside. Allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent or see Excess Baggage for details.

SkyMiles Partner Offers:
Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. Partners subject to change. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, see Membership Guide & Program Rules.

Miscellaneous: 
Fares, taxes, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

post #4 of 18
That's a pretty good deal from Atlanta!
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
 You know someone from Atlanta?
post #6 of 18
I've flown in and out of Hayden many times over the years. Probably as many as 30 times. If you live in on of the fly from cities, it can be a good deal. Unfortunately, flying from Buffalo or Erie, there have never been any real deals for us. Cheapest I can remember was $279 RT and that was in the Summer time.

Seems to me that Steamboat monopolizes the flights with their packages to restrict price breaks. Always seemed to me that flights were cheaper when packaged with their Snowsaver specials. Which aren't bad deals.

Northwest always had the cheapest fares into Hayden and you didn't have to fly through Denver. jmho
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
 With Delta and NW merged, I'm sure that is why they have the Delta Deals on this.
IIRC from the website these were all direct flights from those hubs.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 With Delta and NW merged, I'm sure that is why they have the Delta Deals on this.
IIRC from the website these were all direct flights from those hubs.

I would seriously doubt that they have daily directs from each of those cities.  I would bet most of the California cities connect thru SLC.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post




I would seriously doubt that they have daily directs from each of those cities.  I would bet most of the California cities connect thru SLC.
Its entirely possible you're right(in fact, its probable that you're correct).  I didn't dig too deep because none of them are my cities. 
post #10 of 18
Hah. It costs twice as much to fly from SLC to Steamboat direct.
post #11 of 18
I have flown into Steamboat/Hayden many times, including on Delta through SLC.  It is really a nice flight from the west coast as it avoids the Denver airport and you aren't on United.  I usually consider anything under $300 R/T to be a pretty good fair and save my frequent flier miles for years like this when I could not get a better fare.  Unfortunately, at least via SLC, Delta only flies Thurs. through Monday, not daily, this year.   My trip is Wed. through Sun so I had to book on United.
post #12 of 18
great deals, to bad they didn't include the east coast. hayden is the way to go,to steamboat.They need to put boston on that list.
post #13 of 18
I've done the Delta trip to Hayden many times and it's always via Atlanta, and the connection from NYC leaves VERY early am.

The good news about it is that there's a deal like the QuickStart pass in PC - show your Delta boarding pass from the same day at the ticket office at Steamboat and you get a freebie.

They've had this for the past two or three years, and I'm trying to get confirmation from Steamboat for this year, but getting them to respond to email or phone messages is like pulling teeth.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 You know someone from Atlanta?

My family.....and most of my lifelong friends since that's where I'm from....thus my familiarity with the costs of flying there.

UGASkiDawg  (University of Georgia Bulldogs)  where did you think my handle came from?
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



Its entirely possible you're right(in fact, its probable that you're correct).  I didn't dig too deep because none of them are my cities. 
 

The only directs on that list that I saw were MSP and ATL.  You could connect thru MSP, but they are flying E 175's and they are really small planes. 
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post




My family.....and most of my lifelong friends since that's where I'm from....thus my familiarity with the costs of flying there.

UGASkiDawg  (University of Georgia Bulldogs)  where did you think my handle came from?
 

See, there is an assumption that I think.  THAT was your first mistake 
post #17 of 18
just read a update on baggage charges, delta just raised $5.00 per checked bag, that could add $60 bucks each way if you check two bags. update wasn't clear on oversize bag {ski bag}.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post




See, there is an assumption that I think.  THAT was your first mistake 
  I've been know to make quite a few....mistakes that is.....but I make up for it by never learning from them
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