Cheap Flights: Dallas to/from Aspen ($114 no bag) ($174 with bag) r/t – United Basic Economy

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United has round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW/DAL) to Aspen (ASE) for $114-$174 with a connection. $57 each-way. Flights February to June. No Friday departures. No Sunday or Monday returns. Origin/Destination reversible.

Note: A checked bag will cost +$30 each-way in “Basic Economy”.

Note: “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a tiny personal item (like a laptop bag) is allowed for free. United’s personal item allowance of (9in x 10in x 17in) is smaller than most other airlines. Seats are randomly assigned prior to boarding. If you have the United MileagePlus credit-card, use the “free checked bag” perk.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot was taken when this post was created. See timestamps at the top of the post.

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