United Stakes Its Claim As The Skier's Airline [Baggage Policy + New Flight Schedules]

United Stakes Its Claim As The Skier's Airline [Baggage Policy + New Flight Schedules]

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United Stakes Its Claim As The Skier's Airline [Baggage Policy + New Flight Schedules]

A United Express jet at the Aspen airport | Photo: Daniel X. O’Neil | Cover Photo: David Sifry

If you’re going skiing and don’t mind being beaten half to death, United is the airline for you. Apparently some United executives loves to ski, that or flying big airplanes into some of America’s most remote towns is somehow profitable.

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The airline recently announced that it would be increasing its ski town presence by adding flights to airports in close proximity to Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Crested Butte, Vail/Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Aspen, Whitefish, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, and nearly all of Lake Tahoe (*Reno).

“United offers customers the most service to the most ski destinations across the U.S…Regardless of which hub our customers fly from, world-class skiing is just a short flight away.” –  Jake Cefolia, United Airlines VP Of Sales

The scheduling is likely a way for United to market themselves above what has largely been a Christmas dominated travel season. By adding all these ski destinations, they can promote winter time vacations beyond the xmas holiday. In addition to the many marketing opportunities, many of these flights are subsidized by each town/resort, which make these flights economically sustainable for the airlines themselves.

Ski Baggage Policy:

  • $25 Check bag fee
  • Checked bag fee waived if you’re a United MileagePlus Explorer cardholder
  • Ski/boot bag counts as one checked bag. 
  • 50lb weight limit (*both bags combined)
  • $100 charge for overweight bags

 

Find the entire PR Newswire release here: United Airlines Has Your Lift Ticket to the Most Ski Destinations in the United States

 

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