Trip Introduction: Skiing at Vail, Colorado, USA via Alaska Airlines

This post is one chapter on our trip to Colorado, United States on Alaska Airlines. This trip was booked and credited to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan using a two for one Companion Fare courtesy of the Alaska Airlines credit card. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Trip Introduction: Skiing at Vail Colorado, United States via Alaska Airlines

Every other year, I try to get WT73 jr out and about to experience some travel. I traveled a lot growing up with parents from the United Kingdom and Singapore so summers for me meant traveling to Asia or Europe.

Since we spend many weekends on the hill at Whistler, most of our winter time is spent up there. Sometime last year, Vail Resorts purchased Whistler Blackcomb and brought their vision of skiing to our home hill. This has been a much more corporate exercise since some of the decisions seem to be less about skiing, and more about returning value to their shareholders. The rumour about reducing the terrain parks from two to one sent waves throughout the Whistler valley. One of the benefits was that the ski passess that we had purchased at Whistler Blackcomb would be allowed to be used at Vail Resorts at no upcharge.

The routing ended up looking like this

YVR-SEA-DEN-SEA-YVR (Alaska 2 for 1 companion fare)

We traveled over Spring Break; a peak travel period. We used an Alaska Companion Fare provided with the Canadian MBNA Alaska Airlines Master Card for two tickets from Vancouver to Denver via Seattle. I had a large amount of Starpoints and with the program’s future looking less bright than it used to be, I exchanged them over to Marriott Rewards and redeemed a 7 day Flights and Nights package.

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