Vail Covers Your Airline Fees
Well, sort of covers them. I glanced at this story and typed in that post title. After reading a few articles I realize it should really read “Vail gives you a $50 discount on select vacation packages.”
One of the greatest laments of the skyrocketing trend of baggage fees has not been from those who check an extra bag for clothes or a second bag due to a grand shopping spree. Rather the gripes are from adventure travelers who take with them their own gear such as skiers, cyclists, and scuba divers. Today Vail Resorts offered the (ripped from the headlines,) “Baggage Bailout” program in which they will receive a $50 credit when booking a package to Vail Resorts.
The online ski magazine First Tracks reports more details and has this quote:
“At Vail Resorts, we have decided to help carry the load for our guests by addressing airline baggage fees,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer for Vail Resorts.
The downside? The package MUST include a four days lift pass, and MUST include lodging. Many savvy and repeat visitors to the high country prefer to hunt around and find their own accommodations while piecemealing, (sometimes discounted,) tickets at various resorts. The Vail Daily News cynically calls the offer “symbolic,” as many visitors spend upwards of $350 in baggage fees alone.
However you word it a discount is a discount, but I just don’t find this one that staggering: The marketing and creativity behind it is more impressive than the deal itself. But with the savings you can buy lunch for four at Mid-Vail. Chili bread bowls for all!