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20 Jun 2017

Still Looking for Good Airfares for ANA Denver?

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It seems that affordable airfares from the East Coast to Denver in the week of the ANA show are few and far between. Usually, I like to take Southwest Airlines to most destinations, but that is not a low-priced option from the northeast this time.

Take a look, instead, at Frontier Airlines this time. But there is an important caveat. Unlike Southwest, whose base fare includes a checked bag and a carry-on, Frontier uses a strictly a la carte pricing model. The base fare is embarrassingly low. But all amenities are extra. Checked bag? Extra. Carry-on? Extra. Want to choose your seat? Extra. Want to sit with your family? Maybe extra.

The pricing is designed to appeal to a person flying alone who can travel light enough to fit everything in a backpack that can be stuffed under the seat in front. If I were coming to Denver for a day or two, I could carry that off, but I'm not. I'll be in Denver a full eight days. I chose Frontier anyway. As someone who wanted "The Works" (checked bag, carry-on, seat selection, fully refundable), the total package still came out below the other options, including Southwest.

But really, if you're still considering whether to come to Denver, you're likely considering a quick in and out to see that special coin your favorite dealer has for you to look at. And if that's your situation, look at the options on Frontier. It may tip the scales of the decision in favor of doing it. See you in Denver!


Conan Barbarian

Level 5

me and my dad are taking united but he is a frequent flier so we got discounted tickets

Thanks VKurtB, I looked at flying for my trip to Denver but was in the same position. I decided cut out the cost of renting a car or paying for public transportation by just making it a road trip. This is easier for me though because I live in Texas and it is only about a 12 hour drive.


Level 4

I almost never rent a car for ANA shows. I use public transportation and my widdle hoofies. I especially recommend those options for next year in Philadelphia and 2019 in Rosemont/Chicago. Who needs to drive anywhere? Both cities are served by ridiculously good train service from their respective airports. But then again, so is Denver.


Level 4

Thank you for the useful tip!


Level 4

Good travel info though - Have a great visit

Thanks for the information!


Level 6

I don't travel anymore because it's become so much of a hassle. Takes away the joy of the trip.


Level 6

It's gotten beyond crazy!!!


Level 7

The price of an event. Never new the airlines charge so much since I can't travel. I know though you will make the best of it and have yourself a great time. Don't forget to tell us about it when you get back. Thanks Mike ENJOY!


Level 5

Every thing you have said about airlines, prices and extra charges for the northeast seem to be true from the southeast too.

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