Fly to Denver for as little as $71 during peak ski season

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Getting to and from your vacation destination can be a bit expensive, but during peak ski season in Colorado, airlines are cutting fares to get you into Denver so you can hit the slopes with a little extra money.

Next month, in January, various airlines are offering discounts on airfare to Denver, Colo., to coincide with the peak of the skiing season. (Hint to those traveling for other reasons: You don't have to be a skier to enjoy the discounts; you just might want to have a reason to head to Denver.) According to Travelzoo.com, you can book a flight throughout the U. S. to Denver for as little as $71 per paying adult.

And that's a round-trip ticket, too. With taxes included.

Between Jan. 14 through Febr. 25, major airlines are cutting fares to Denver. Denver, besides being one of the busiest airline hubs in the U. S., is also convenient to nearby ski resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, and Loveland, among others.

Travelzoo provides a sampling of airfares from various cities around the nation. The cheapest flights are to be had in the Midwest and down through Texas. The cheapest of all is out of Houston, Texas, at $71. Dallas, Kansas City, Mo., and Minneapolis all clock in at under $100 ($98, to be exact).

It is a bit a bit more when traveling from farther east and into the northeast. New York City to Denver will cost you $208 and Washington, D. C., as an origination point will set you back $218.

It's slightly cheaper to fly out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ($188) and Atlanta, Ga. ($198). New Orleans and Orlando are comparable to D. C. ($216 and $218, respectively).

Of course, being a state away helps somewhat as well. It only costs $90 to fly from Phoenix to Danver, just $98 to fly from Salt Lake City to the Mile High City.

Burlington, Vt., Boston, Mass., and Fort Meyers, Fla. seem to have the highest prices among the samples ($272, $274, $275 respectively).

Travelzoo also tosses in a tip: To find the best fares, book your flight between Tuesday and Thursday if at all possible.

You can head over to the individual airlines websites as well to check out deals they have on flights and/or flight packages. Right now and until Dec. 18, American Airlines is offering round-trip airfare deals to select ski destinations. The prices are good for traveling between Jan. 6 to Feb. 28. During this sale, you can fly between Durango, Colo. (you know, like Aspen, but without the attitude) to Indianapolis for $217 or Cleveland, Ohio, for $238. It's bit more expensive to go from Vail to Chicago's O'Hare airport ($364) or to Miami ($459) or even New York ($480). Oh, and to and from Aspen? It's also a bit more expensive. Getting to Miami costs $492 and New York requires $514.

Be sure to shop around for the lowest fares, keeping in mind that a few extra miles of ground travel to another airport (that may not be as convenient as the nearest) could amount to considerable savings on tickets.

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