The Best Deals to Denver in Time for the Democratic Convention

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Sen. Barack Obama clinched the democratic presidential nomination June 3, and though Sen. Hillary Clinton has yet to formally concede, democrats are starting to make plans for their National Convention. The University of Colorado at Boulder’s mascot may be the buffalo, but from August 25 through August 28 the Pepsi Center (PEP) in Denver, Colo. will be transformed into donkey country, hosting an estimated 35,000 democrats from across the country.

You might not be a member of Congress or in the media (the typical ways to attend), but there are other ways to get in on the action. Visit the Colorado Democratic Party website and learn how to become a volunteer, or just head to Denver to soak up the atmosphere.

But getting to Denver will be the easy part. Most hotels located in the Denver area are booked solid for convention week. Even budget hotels like The Howard Johnson (WYN) and The Best Western, which usually charge around $69 a night, are completely sold out. Rooms are available through www.eventhotelrooms.com, but you’ll be paying primo. The Best Western and Howard Johnson are currently going for $369 a night. If you want your Democratic Convention experience to be a little classier than the Hojo, then you can shell out $449 for a night at The Holiday Inn (IHG) in Denver-Littleton, advertised as 20 minutes to the Pepsi Center.

Not interested in an overpriced motel room? Consider staying with locals. Denver's Craigslist is abound with housing swap deals from folks looking to ditch the crowds in favor of a stay in your home, assuming it’s in an appealing location. Denver homeowners are currently most interested in exchanging their space for an opportunity to visit the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Napa and Sonoma wine country, or a New York pied-a-tierre.

Once you’ve got accommodations, book your flights. Here are some of the best nonstop deals, including taxes and fees from Expedia (EXPE), Orbitz (OWW) and Travelocity.

FROM LOS ANGELES TO DENVER

Via Expedia
  • Delta - $281
  • American - $312
  • United - $312
  • Alaska - $442
  • US Airways - $442
Via Orbitz
  • Delta - $287
  • Frontier - $312
  • American - $339
  • United - $339

Via Travelocity

  • Delta - $288
  • Frontier - $300
  • American- $314
  • United - $314

FROM PHOENIX TO DENVER

Via Expedia
  • US Airways - $193
  • United - $226
Via Orbitz
  • Frontier - $221
  • United - $241
  • US Airways - $253
Via Travelocity
  • US Airways-$222
  • Frontier - $241
  • United -$254

FROM TAMPA (Fla.) TO DENVER

Via Expedia
  • United – $258
  • US Airways - $499
Via Orbitz
  • United – $285
  • Frontier – $286
  • US Airways - $519
Via Travelocity
  • United - $286
  • Frontier - $286
  • US Airways -$466

FROM NEW YORK CITY TO DENVER

Via Expedia

  • Continental (via Newark) - $406
  • United (via LaGuardia) - $416
  • Jet Blue (via JFK) - $493
Via Orbitz
  • Continental (via Newark)- $412
  • United (via LaGuardia) - $422
  • Jet Blue (via JFK)- $445
Via Travelocity
  • United (via LaGuardia)- $411
  • Continental (via Newark)- $413
  • Frontier (via JFK) - $424

FROM COLUMBUS (OHIO) TO DENVER

Via Expedia

  • United - $483
  • US Airways - $613
Via Orbitz
  • Frontier - $328
  • United - $431
  • US Airways - $554
Via Travelocity
  • United- $407
  • US Airways- $472

 

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