American offers a fairer fare for locals |

American offers a fairer fare for locals

Daily file photoAmerican Airlines is offering fares to Eagle County residents flying through the Eagle County Regional Airport that are competitive with Denver International Airport. You have to be an AAdvantage Program member.

EAGLE ” The good folks at American Airlines don’t want you to drive that nasty old highway to the Denver airport.

American is cutting fares for Eagle County residents traveling from the Eagle County Regional Airport to cities throughout the U.S., at fares competitive with Denver International Airport ” especially after time, travel and airport parking costs are factored in.

The fares are subject to availability and will be offered only at American’s Web site,

Eagle County residents will be eligible for these fares by enrolling in the American Airlines AAdvantage program by Dec. 4. The process is simple and can be accomplished by filling out a registration form at Once registration is complete and the member logs onto the Web site, eligibility will be recognized for the local fares.

“By offering competitive fares out of EGE to the same destinations as those fares out of DIA, Eagle County locals will be able to save time, frustration and money by avoiding travel down I-70, paying for gas and parking,” said Kent Myers, president of Airplanners, who negotiated the program. “American Airlines continues to be a terrific partner with the Eagle County Regional Airport and we are pleased that they are extending this partnership to the residents of the region.”

The special resident fares will be published for travel from the Eagle County Regional Airport on Tuesday through Friday and into Eagle on Saturday through Wednesday. Existing AAdvantage members, with an Eagle County address on their AAdvantage account, are already eligible for the fares.

“AAdvantage is the world’s largest frequent flyer program. Signing up is quick, easy and free,” said Tim Smith, American’s director of Corporate Communications. “We’d also encourage residents to sign up for e-mail products, such as AAirmail and NetSAAver Fares, to receive other special offers for local residents.”

Residents who are not current members, but who join the program by Dec. 4 will become eligible for the fares for bookings made on or after Dec. 8. The last day to sign up and become eligible will be Dec. 4. Existing members who need to update their address with the AAdvantage program to reflect they are Eagle County residents can also do this by Dec. 4 and be eligible for the fares for bookings made on or after Dec. 8.

“The entire community has been a major supporter and contributor to securing American Airlines’ service. This locals’ fare program is a wonderful way for the community’s generosity to be recognized and rewarded,” said Michael Robinson, President and CEO, Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau (VVCTB). “The VVCTB is proud to be part of this initiative that provides the residents of Eagle County with such giving benefits.”

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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