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flights for ND and SD HiPoints?

Postby fsclimb » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:27 pm

OK, trying to get to SD and ND, but flights into RAP (Rapid City) are like $1300 pp.
What are other cheaper alternatives with a drive? Denver looks like 6 hr drive, Minneapolis looks like 10 hours, which is a bit much.
Would prefer Delta, United or Southwest...
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Postby Tonka » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:40 pm

By your profile it looks like you would be coming from the east coast. You could look at flying to Fargo/Grand Rapids. Minneapolis is a Delta hub so connecting flights between Fargo and Minneapolis are common. I'm not sure where the high points are in each state but I would think they are on the West side. You're still talking about a long drive. What about Montana?
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Postby fsclimb » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:49 pm

will try that. So far it looks like Denver $478 with a 6 hr drive, or Minneapolis $318 with a 10 hr drive.
Bismarck may be the answer.
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Postby alpinejason » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:17 am

There's better mountains to climb within 6 hrs of Denver, no?
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Postby Arthur Digbee » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:45 am

How about Billings? That's the nearest city on the Montana side, and both highpoints are close to the border.
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Postby jeffh25 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:08 am

If you still need Panorama Point in Nebraska try Denver or Cheyenne, WY and it's on your way'ish to the Black Hills.
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Postby Scott » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:06 am

So far it looks like Denver $478 with a 6 hr drive, or Minneapolis $318 with a 10 hr drive.


Looks like to me Boston to Rapid City is actually $460-480 RT (depending on dates) on United, Delta and American (one stop in either Chicago or Denver) through Orbitz.com. :?:

It's only $425 RT on united.com

Are you flying last minute or something?

Where did you see $1300?
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Postby maddie77777 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:21 am

This probably won't help you much, but I'm flying to Denver in early August to do the NE, SD, and ND highpoints, and I got a direct flight from Indianapolis to Denver for $220 roundtrip. I was watching flights for quite a while before I booked, like 3-4 months, and at one point, they were around $170, just not on the dates I wanted. Try looking for Tuesday flights, I think flights are cheaper around Tuesdays. I go to www.kayak.com and love the site when looking for flights. You can have it search 3 days before and after your dates to see if other flights may be cheaper.
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Postby fsclimb » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:44 pm

OK trying to go from BDL(CT) to RAP...mebbe try BOS. I am outside of the 21 day window, I don't know why so expensive.
We are going to Yosemite middle of Sep, those tix are like half of what I am seeing.

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Postby fsclimb » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:01 pm

Scott wrote:
So far it looks like Denver $478 with a 6 hr drive, or Minneapolis $318 with a 10 hr drive.


Looks like to me Boston to Rapid City is actually $460-480 RT (depending on dates) on United, Delta and American (one stop in either Chicago or Denver) through Orbitz.com. :?:



Where did you see $1300?


Just did the Orbitz search, prices are $828 from BOS> RAP, $871 BDL>RAP

So I booked into Bismarck, $428, close to home airport, free parking. I had a $300 voucher for Delta.

AlpineJason- agreeance, but working a $#%@#$ list...and will visit Sturgis Bike Week while I'm there.

Arthur Digbee- Delta into Montana is >$741...

JeffH25- been to Panorama Point...loved herding the buffaloes with my rental car!
One of my favorite highpoints.

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