Airlines Have Lowered Fares for Upcoming Holiday Season – Book Your Flights This Week!

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Below is the latest combined booking report. While still a little bit behind for the season we are gaining on booking pace. Additionally with the snow this week AND the fact that the airlines have adjusted pricing inventories and fares for the pre-Christmas, Christmas and Post Christmas and Post New Year’s period…more of the lower fares are available this week than last…which should help gain on pace the next week or two.

TIP:   Have guests look to book this week if traveling during this Holiday period…as noted above I’m seeing fares in the $300-$400 range on some dates that  last week the same dates were showing fares in the $450-$650 or more range! It may take some flexibility and using airline and other web site multi-date checks to find the date combinations that will get the lower fare range but it is more possible this week than last and may not last long based on how the flights are booking up(SEE BELOW).
{On some sites multi-date checking requires you to go to the advanced booking option and then finding an option called “Low Fare Finder” or in the case of Travelocity +/- 3 Days option or something similar. It is pretty intuitive to get to this feature if you are looking}

TIP 2: New Years Eve or later inbound travel dates or Later are seeing more of the lowest fare seats for flexible travel guests!

TIP 3: Atlanta or flights via Atlanta on Delta are showing more of the lower fare range prices…Atlanta has been booking strong, however the last month so don’t have guests wait too long for this option! How full the flights are influences the fares!

TIP 4: Flights into Telluride Airport (TEX) are also showing some good fares…particularly from Phoenix (I’ve seen $292 over the holidays) and So California (I’ve seen $436) right into Telluride! When you factor the added savings on Shuttle and/or Rental car this can be a great deal!

TIP 5: For lodgers and others suggesting travel to guests…A Focus on the non-stop markets will deliver better availability in general and lower fares more often…even one segment of a guests flight trip being full or close to full can drive up the overall airfare for getting in! I saw lots of date combinations from Chicago and Atlanta throughout the holidays and from Houston and Dallas on the Post New Year’s week for example…$300-$400 was found on frequent combinations today!

TIP 6: American, Delta, Continental all have some Terrific First Class Fares! While most of the lowest first class rates are in the Jan 4 – Feb 10 mid-week period other seasonal periods and on weekends also have great first class fares…sometimes only $100-$200 more than the low season mid-week first class rates! More than 25% of our guests make more than $150k…for these guests comfort and convenience can be worth paying more for first class…YOU can actually help them get their unmatched experience by pointing out First Class fares that are often only twice the very lowest coach rates instead of 3-4 times or more the lowest coach rates before we secured lower first class fares from American, Delta and Continental! Sample First Class Rates Below:

Sample First Class Fares:
AA          Dallas Ft Worth                 From as low as:                 $691
AA          Chicago                                From as low as:                 $791
DL           Atlanta                                 From as low as:                 $699
CO          Houston                               From as low as:                 $632
CO          Newark                                From as low as:                 $950

**Many other markets may also have low first class fares…so have guests check!

TIP for Locals: Traveling out 12/22/10 or earlier or on Christmas Day with a return 12/30/10 or later will give you a great shot at good availability and fares! The best dates may be Out Christmas 12/25/10 return on New Year’s 1/1/11!

Combined Airline Booking Information 2009/2010
DOW Date Inbound Capacity Inbound Booked Remaining Inbound Seats Load Factor Outbound Capacity Out bound Booked Remaining Outbound Seats Load Factor Combined Capacity Combined Booked Remaining Combined Seats Combined Load Factor
Thurs 12/16/2010 326 192 134 58.9% 326 68 258 20.9% 652 260 392 39.9%
Fri 12/17/2010 363 245 118 67.5% 363 36 327 9.9% 726 281 445 38.7%
Sat 12/18/2010 975 890 85 91.3% 975 161 814 16.5% 1950 1,051 899 53.9%
Sun 12/19/2010 595 466 129 78.3% 595 154 441 25.9% 1190 620 570 52.1%
Mon 12/20/2010 505 314 191 62.2% 505 67 438 13.3% 1010 381 629 37.7%
Tue 12/21/2010 468 313 155 66.9% 468 147 321 31.4% 936 460 476 49.1%
Wed 12/22/2010 505 341 164 67.5% 505 255 250 50.5% 1010 596 414 59.0%
Thurs 12/23/2010 505 347 158 68.7% 505 333 172 65.9% 1010 680 330 67.3%
Fri 12/24/2010 363 200 163 55.1% 363 198 165 54.5% 726 398 328 54.8%
Sat 12/25/2010 959 660 299 68.8% 959 304 655 31.7% 1918 964 954 50.3%
Sun 12/26/2010 632 618 14 97.8% 632 374 258 59.2% 1264 992 272 78.5%
Mon 12/27/2010 505 461 44 91.3% 505 295 210 58.4% 1010 756 254 74.9%
Tue 12/28/2010 468 370 98 79.1%

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