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Denver air wars II: United jumps in

Jan 11, 2010

A week after No. 3 Denver International Airport carrier Southwest Airlines unveiled a buy-one-get-one-free offer to Colorado customers, United Airlines — DIA’s No. 1 carrier — launched its own two-fer promotion.

United said Monday it will offer a free round-trip ticket with the purchase of a qualifying ticket by Feb. 14.

Colorado customers who buy a qualifying ticket for travel in the United States, including Hawaii; Canada; Mexico; and the Caribbean will get a ticket to any North American destination, the airline said. And customers who buy a qualifying international ticket will get another overseas ticket.

The airline also said it would offer two North American fare-class upgrades with a qualifying purchase.

The offer applies to round-trip economy-class tickets booked by Feb. 14 from Colorado cities served by United for travel completed by March 5. For full details and restrictions, visit

United and its United Express unit provide about 500 daily departures from Colorado cities, including 420 from DIA. The Chicago-based airline, a unit of UAL Corp., employs about 4,000 workers in the state.

On Jan. 4, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines began offering a free flight to passengers booking a “Business Select” fare to or from Denver.

The offer applies to new and existing members of Southwest’s “Rapid Rewards” frequent-flyer program for tickets purchased by Jan. 31 for travel completed by Feb. 28. Details:

And Denver-based Frontier Airlines — DIA’s No. 2 carrier — has been offering discounted one-way, nonstop economy fares from Denver to several cities in the U.S. and Mexico. The sale applies to tickets purchased by 9:59 p.m. MST on Wednesday, Jan. 13, for travel completed by May 27. Details:

Denver air wars II: United jumps in
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