Boutique Air, a commuter carrier that is a partner of United Airlines, has started offering flights to beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Boutique Air has private flights that seat eight to nine passengers from more than 25 locations.
One of the key luxuries of using a private or charter service is skipping the lines at the airport. Boutique Air says you can check in with its agent from 30 to 45 minutes before your flight, based on location. That’s a substantial time savings over the recommendation of an hour to two hours in advance of domestic flights at major airports.
Other major carriers, such as Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines, also offer private or charter jet services. There are other private flying options, including SurfAir and Air Chicago, which require a monthly or annual membership fee.
Boutique Airlines offers two main advantages: the lack of membership fees and the ability for travelers to earn frequent flyer award miles with United.
The Telluride Airport is less than 8 miles from the famous Telluride Ski Resort, which reports an estimated average snowfall of 280 inches per year. Before this new route, the nearest airport was the Montrose Regional Airport, which is 65 miles away.
For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, there is good and bad news about taking luggage on Boutique Air. It has no baggage fees, including on specialty/oversized items. But don’t get too excited, yet. It allows only one personal item and either one carry-on or checked bag. And the maximum linear length — the total of the length, width and height — of any item is 62 inches, but there’s more: Boutique Air warns that items over 48 inches may not fit on the aircraft. Many skis and snowboards go well beyond this length, so keep this restriction in mind. Also, Boutique Air says the combined weight of all bags should be under 50 pounds.
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