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26k Delta RTs - Zürich Winter - all USA

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:41 am
by ChrisC
Amazing DELTA deal - 26k frequent flier trips from anywhere in USA.

Easy 3+ hr trains to Austria (St Anton, Lech, etc), Zermatt, Andermatt, Davis, etc.

Better deal than flying anywhere out west.

My year for Austria - but not much of a loss (redopisit fee) if snow is bad.

Re: 26k Delta RTs - Zürich Winter - all USA

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:20 pm
by Tony Crocker
That mileage deal is consistent with the cash price we paid a week ago.

We fly LAX - GVA Jan. 16 and return Feb. 3, both trips via Amsterdam. $566pp round trip.

Since our trips are longer, we rent a car and go where weather/snow looks appealing. Last year that meant we landed in Geneva Thursday and were skiing 600 miles distant in the Dolomites by Saturday because it was raining to 2,000 meters in the NW quadrant of the the Alps that weekend.

Hopefully we can stay within that NW quadrant in 2019. Liz' ski club is in Verbier the last week of our trip. We may try to go there but we don't want to stay at the $600/night hotel they are using. We have done just fine in the $300-$400 range in the Alps the last two seasons. Verbier is one of the most expensive resorts, but Lech, Saalbach, Arabba and Val d'Isere aren't exactly downscale either.

Re: 26k Delta RTs - Zürich Winter - all USA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:35 pm
by jamesdeluxe
Unbelievable deal. I wonder what is possessing Delta to give away FF awards like that? I see that they're routing you through JFK, so that's a full day of travel from SFO -- still, you can't look that gift horse in the mouth.

Re: 26k Delta RTs - Zürich Winter - all USA

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:25 am
by ChrisC
Tony Crocker wrote:That mileage deal is consistent with the cash price we paid a week ago.

We fly LAX - GVA Jan. 16 and return Feb. 3, both trips via Amsterdam. $566pp round trip.

Since our trips are longer, we rent a car and go where weather/snow looks appealing. Last year that meant we landed in Geneva Thursday and were skiing 600 miles distant in the Dolomites by Saturday because it was raining to 2,000 meters in the NW quadrant of the the Alps that weekend.

Hopefully we can stay within that NW quadrant in 2019. Liz' ski club is in Verbier the last week of our trip. We may try to go there but we don't want to stay at the $600/night hotel they are using. We have done just fine in the $300-$400 range in the Alps the last two seasons. Verbier is one of the most expensive resorts, but Lech, Saalbach, Arabba and Val d'Isere aren't exactly downscale either.


I wished I had the chance to ski Verbier last winter - so many excellent steep lines. But I could not get my brother to go there in early February (not enough marketing) - and had to see my Patriots try again at a Super Bowl. And in April - they closed down all their great lifts a week or two before I go there - Mt. Gele specifically.

Hotel rooms at Verbier seem really high. You can always do better in Zermatt or Chamonix. However, a traditional chalet experience in Europe - don't they have a lot?

And James - your expert knowledge on all these mid/small European resorts. I don't know how you track them down?!

Re: 26k Delta RTs - Zürich Winter - all USA

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:48 am
by jamesdeluxe
ChrisC wrote:James - your expert knowledge on all these mid/small European resorts. I don't know how you track them down?!

Good artists copy; great artists steal:
https://www.alpinforum.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=9

Click on any of the countries/regions and there are hundreds of geeky reports (they're as nuts about lifts as bestsnow.net is about snow quality) from virtually every ski area imaginable on that side of the pond, including Scandinavia, Russia, the Balkans, Caucasus, the Middle East, Western/Central Asia, etc. Enough to make your head spin.