Free lift tickets are always a great offer, but a ticket valued at up to $450 is nothing short of a steal. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering two ways to earn a free plane ticket if booked by Dec. 1, 2012.

Purchase one plane ticket on American Airlines and fly into the Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) between Dec. 13-21 and receive a second plane ticket for free. If your plans include skiing or riding between Dec. 13-19, you’ll even receive two free lift tickets per reservation. Discounted lift tickets will be available for skiing on or after Dec. 20. A four-night stay at the Elevation Hotel & Spa, Lodge at Mountaineer Square or Plaza Condominiums is required.

Visitors don’t need to hop on a plane in December to take advantage of a free airline ticket. Book two airline tickets on American or United Airlines and arrive at the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport anytime between Dec. 13, 2012 and Apr. 1, 2013 and receive one free airline ticket. A four-night stay at a Crested Butte Resort property or the West Wall Lodge is required.

Both offers must be booked through Crested Butte Vacations by Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport services non-stop flights on United and American Airlines to/from Denver, Houston and Dallas.

To book a free flight to the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport, call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-810-7669 or visit their website for additional details.