Are Staycations Still the Best Deal in Denver?

July 2009

Earlier this month, airfares sunk so low that it was hard to argue with anyone who wanted to buck the staycation trend and book a flight. Sales on tickets for short routes, such as Chicago-Minneapolis, were as low as $81 round-trip, including taxes and fees, as USA Today reported. While fares from Denver to popular cities aren't quite as cheap, tickets from the Mile-High City are lower than they have been in nearly a generation. Domestic airfares from Denver International Airport cost an average of $292 in the first quarter of 2009, which, as the Denver Business Journal reports, are the lowest in 14 years of record-keeping by the feds. And that's also better than the average U.S. fare, which is $315. One related bit of news: As of today, new taxis without meters---but a higher fare---will be stationed at the airport, ready to whisk you downtown, to the Tech Center, or to Boulder. The cost of a ride from DIA to downtown, for example, will increase to $51, according to 7News.