Holiday airfares likely to cost more this year

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Local Tourism Partners,

Below is a story that touches on the situation this year of more passenger demand and higher fares…particularly over the holidays. As your selling Telluride for this winter I would recommend encouraging guests to book as early as possible to insure getting here and at the best rate possible. When passenger Holiday travel demand grows and airline seats remain the same this pushes up the price faster as seats are sold on the flights. This is especially critical for any guests traveling in from a city that is not a non-stop from MTJ/TEX. These guests will have (4) legs of their flights over a holiday period where they have to have low bookings to get a good price versus just (2) legs for travelers traveling non-stop. Just one leg being pretty full can raise the overall air ticket price!

Holiday Flying Tips: (For Travelers looking for the Best Rates) AS OF 10/19/10

1) In most cases Avoid Traveling in 12/26 & 12/27 (Flights already pretty full)
Exceptions: Flights on USAirways to Telluride has some moderate availability on some of the flights on these
dates.
2) In most cases Avoid Traveling out Jan 1, Jan 2 & Jan 3
Exceptions: USAirways from Telluride on Jan 1 & Jan 3

3) Do Travel on the Holiday itself (Christmas Day/Christmas Eve/New Years Eve)
These tend to be lightly traveled days where good availability and deals can be found!
4) Do consider traveling in the week before Christmas leaving on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to return!

Often…not only are there better air prices but also lodging prices…as well as smaller crowds on the slopes
and in the airports!
5) Do consider a trip Jan 4 and later…See #4 above…you can get a better value trip and smaller crowds on the slopes
and in the airports!

6) Do Be Flexible with Travel Dates

Sometimes adjusting just a day can get you a better airfare.
Los Angeles to Montrose on the Peak Dates of Dec 26 inbound Jan 2 outbound comes to $1700
Los Angeles to Montrose on Dec 25 inbound Jan 1 outbound comes to $448 or over $1200 less!
7) Do book airfare with lodging and lift tickets
When you book airfare in a package you get access to wholesale air rates which are sometimes better than the
non-package booked airfare.
8) Do consider traveling non-holiday! (January 5 – February 10 period offers some great deals! Lodging is often
less pricey during this period as well!) (Below example is based on seat availability as of 10/19/10)
Indianapolis (IND) to Montrose (MTJ) in on Dec 26 return on Jan 2 costs $1006 per ticket when last checked
Indianapolis (IND) to Montrose (MTJ) in on Jan 12 return on Jan 18 costs $310 per ticket when last checked

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Holiday airfares cost more this year

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Prices on flights near Thanksgiving and Christmas, on average, are up as much as 18%. Passengers Shouldn’t wait to see if prices will drop

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times

October 18 2010

Airline passengers can expect ticket prices to be 7% to 18% higher this holiday season than last year, as an economic recovery however modest; spurs growing demand for air travel.

The complete article can be viewed at:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-holiday-airfares-20101018,0,987686.story

NEED ASSISTANCE BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT?  Call the Telluride/Montrose Air Concierge @ 866-850-5286

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