Rich people like to ski in the winter or escape the cold to the beautiful California sun. In a match made in heaven, United Airlines is adding flights this winter between Orange County, CA and Aspen, its latest point-to-point route.
United Airlines Adds Orange County – Aspen Service
The new daily service will launch on December 16th and run through March 26, 2022. SkyWest will operate the service on behalf of United under the United Express banner and utilize a Bombardier CRJ-700 for the service, featuring:
- 6 first class seats
- 64 economy class seats (including 16 extra-legroom “Economy Plus” seats)
The flight will operate according to the following schedule:
- UA5450 Depart Santa Ana (SNA) 4:00pm, Arrive Aspen (ASE) 7:08pm
- UA5707 Depart Aspen (ASE) 2:00pm, Arrive Santa Ana (SNA) 3:24pm
Fares start at about $259 one-way for economy class or $459 for first class. Mileage space, including “saver” space, is currently available on many dates.
Aspen joins Honolulu as the second of United’s so-called “point-to-point” flights from Orange County / Santa Ana. While network carriers usually operate flights via a hub and spoke model, United has improvised and experimented during the pandemic as it sought to meet demand where it was, which was not always via its seven hubs in the continental USA.
Orange County – Aspen will not be the only ski destinations United serves this winter from Southern California. The carrier will also offer nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to:
- Eagle, Colorado (Vail)
- Hayden, Colorado (Steamboat)
- Montrose, Colorado (Telluride)
- Bishop, California (Mammoth)
- Sun Valley, Idaho
- Bozeman, Montana (Big Sky, Bridger Bowl)
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If you detected a bit of facetiousness in the opening paragraph, it is only because many of our dear Award Expert clients from from both Orange County and Aspen are very wealthy and very high-maintainence. Just an observation…but I had to chuckle at the new route because I do believe it will be a hit.