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I’m a huge, huge fan of using miles and points for family ski trips since otherwise that type of trip can be extremely expensive. I’m also a big fan of flying directly into airports near the mountains whenever possible to keep things simple and avoid wasted time and sometimes the dangerous winter drives, but flying directly into smaller airports near Aspen, Vail, Telluride and Steamboat can often be pretty pricey if you aren’t able to fly using miles.
That is until an awesome sale comes along and cuts the price in half! I had to share that nonstop flights on United from Houston to Steamboat/Hayden, Aspen, and Vail are on sale for travel this coming weekend from just $278 round trip! At that price I would not want to use 25,000 United miles for a saver award and instead would use cash or a card with fixed value points.
This is around half the regular price for these flights during the winter, so it is a great chance to put together a last minute ski vacation to one of these destinations. Best of all, the snow looks great!
All of these ski areas have points-friendly hotels where you can use points to stay on or near the mountain just like we have to enjoy a ski vacation for a fraction of the regular price. In fact, we just got back from a ski trip using SPG points at the Sheraton Steamboat a couple of weeks ago! You can view other points-friendly hotel reviews near the mountains and beyond here.
Congrats if you are able to get in on this or another discounted fare this weekend! I have to admit I’m at least a tiny bit jealous of anyone that can hop on this!
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