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    Starting to plan trip for next spring. Best I can determine JetBlue, frontier, united and southwest all fly direct. What experiences have people had? Frontier is cheap and there is some kids fly free gimmick but I get the feeling they wil killl you on bags and booze. Southwest let's you check two free bags and they count skis and a boot bag as one bag. It will be my wife plus 3 and 7 year old daughters.
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    Southwest is best for skiers and baggage in my experience. Bos-Den is about as cheap as western flights get.


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    I know nothing about Boston market. But as gar as airline goes, Southwest has one other big advantage which is you can change or even cancel your ticket without penalty. 2 season ago, when the terrible season in Colorado was evident, I was able to cancel the ticket altogether. Ended up using it to go to Colorado a year later (credit was good for 1 year)

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    I know nothing about Boston market.
    Chick-Fil-A's a hundred times better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Chick-Fil-A's a hundred times better.
    Lobster, fish, (beef) steak, veggies. In that order.

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    Not a big fan of Southwest...usually try to fly JetBlue or Delta and both go direct to Denver, usually around $200-250 RT unless it's a premium week. Bag fees are $25 for both and never had a problem with ski bags. I know Southwest is free for bags but I've read a few stories about them giving people issues (but doesn't sound like it happens often). I'd avoid Frontier as they nickel and dime you wherever they can to make up for the cheap airfare. Good enough for a short flight if you're going somewhere for the weekend but I would never try them for a ski trip.

    Southwest only has dates through the first week of January right now so I played around with December for them and JetBlue. Cheapest Southwest RT was $232 and cheapest JetBlue RT was $250 (make it $300 if you include the bags). IMO that $68 is more than made up by the quality of a JetBlue flight compared to Southwest. If it was $100+ or I was doing it many times per year I could see taking the savings.

    Forget Delta, they go nonstop to SLC but not Denver (from what I could find). Also saw American RT for $180 but I would never fly with them again. Take it as you may.
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    quality of a JetBlue flight”

    What on earth are you talking about?



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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    quality of a JetBlue flight”



    What on earth are you talking about?


    In comparison to Southwest? Literally everything.
    2003-2004: 21; 2004-2005: 27; 2005-2006: 31; 2006-2007: 31; 2007-2008: 38; 2008-2009: 43; 2009-2010: 42; 2010-2011: 46; 2011-2012: 33; 2012-2013: 26 2013-14: 18; 2014-15: 17; 2015-16: 7; 2016-17: 14; 2017-18: 23

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    Sugarloaf: 2/24, 2/25; Stratton: 3/5, Stowe 3/11, Smuggs 3/12

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    I can only speak for JetBlue out of Newark, but I would call their operational efficiency out of EWR, quality of airplanes, service, etc... every bit as solid as the majors (Delta, United, American, etc...).
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    I used to fly Jet Blue quite a bit. Even though their schedules don’t suit me the best, they were slightly cheaper than the “majors”.

    Then one year, a snow storm hit, and I was stranded in Colorado for 3 days, while all the “majors” cleared their backlog in 24-36 hrs. At the time, my ski buddy out there happened to work at JB. I got the inside scoop of why. At the time, I was an hourly contractor. I lost 3 days pay. At least my buddy was able to fast track me for compensation of my hotel/rental SUV bill.

    I also knew a friend got stranded at Jackson by Southwest for A FULL WEEK! Same scenario. I flew out only 1 day late on a “major”. He missed his second trip that was scheduled a week later because he couldn’t get back. No compensation.

    Knowing what I know, I will only fly JB or SW when there’s a significant price difference. They’re not in the same class as the majors. I see little difference between the two.

    Now Frontier, that’s a whole other level of risk!
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