Worried about luggage fees on your ski vacation?
If you've got a ski vacation planned this winter, are you wondering how much extra it will cost you to bring along all your gear? Man, I sure am. Though these fees may likely increase business at local ski rental shops, since it may make even more sense to rent, it will definitely increase the frustration level for ski travelers. I remember the good ol' days when you could bring two checked bags, a ski bag and a boot bag for free. Then, they cut things down recently to just one bag plus skis. Now, I have no idea what the costs are going to be should I choose to travel to Whistler or home to Seattle for a ski trip. I just saw this news report out of Vail that they are offering an extra bag fee refund by staying at their resorts. Sounds like a great short-term fix that's worth looking into. Here are the details: Broomfield, Colo., Oct. 6, 2008�o help offset added airline fees, Vail Resorts is offering a Baggage Bailout for skiers and snowboarders staying at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly this winter. Guests will receive a $50 credit when they book a stay of least four days and nights by Dec. 1 through Vail Resorts reservations system. Children may also receive a $25 baggage credit, if at least four days of children lift tickets are purchased. We have decided to help carry the load for our guests by addressing airline baggage fees, said Rob Katz, chief executive officer. It is not necessary for travelers to actually carry their own bags to earn the credit: the offer applies even to fliers who are not checking bags or who are traveling on an airline that does not charge baggage fees (such as Southwest Airlines). Looks like a great little gimmick that just might work. The trick would be to fly Southwest and pocket the extra cash. More Info: Visit the Baggage Bailout Program from Vail Resorts