Crested Butte Entices Visitors With Airline Discounts Up To $400; Buy By Oct. 15
If Crested Butte-lovers book the right flight and place to stay, they can get up to $400 off the price of an airline ticket.
Until Oct. 15, the southern Colorado resort has stepped up its effort to get more vacationers to fly into the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport and take the short ride up to the mountain.
Already this summer, resort officials have negotiated with United Airlines for a Chicago-Gunnison flight on selected Saturdays this winter.
Now they sweeten the pot with a $400 credit that applies to inbound flights on Mondays and Tuesdays from Jan. 1 to March 31 on either American or United. Booking a flight on other days of the week still qualifies for a $200 credit.
For Chicago fliers, that means their airline ticket price is cut in half; for Dallas-ites, the full credit nearly wipes off the $407 regular cost of a seat.
Visitors with $400 credits also must stay at one of selected Crested Butte Resort properties: The Grand Lodge, The Lodge at Mountaineer Square, the Plaza Hotel and CBMR Properties condominiums. Those with $200 must stay in select room types at the Elevation Hotel & Spa for Monday through Sunday arrivals.
“The thought is to drive early bookings on airline seats,” Crested Butte's Erica Reiter told SnoCountry.com. “Regardless, we end up having to pay towards our minimum revenue guarantee, whether there is someone sitting in that seat or not. So our feeling is that having someone in that seat is more beneficial than not, driving volume.”
Reiter said the resort wants to get more people to arrive on Mondays and Tuesdays, typically days less traveled.
“It’s a commitment to our air program, in an effort to continue to increase flights, raise the number of seats coming into the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport and of courses, bring more visitors to the valley,” she said.