Ikon Pass Extends Dates with Offering Double Renewal Discounts and Adventure Assurance

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But by January or February, you should know how the skiing, AND traveling will be like.

Anyone who’s not comfortable traveling by then, there’s little reason to wait. It wouldn’t magically get back to normal by April. And even if it does, you only get to use it for 1/3 of the season. You’re better off deferring it to 21/22. What can one hope to gain by waiting till April?
This is just a very minor optimization tactic for the minimaxers. You're right that likely it won't matter. We can flip your question around. If you know you aren't skiing, why would you elect to take the option earlier than the last date you really need to? What do you gain by electing early? There is always a small chance something changes which would change your mind and you use or ski on the pass only in april.
Unless you risk forgetting, or a new deal comes midway, if you're exercising early, you're giving away your timeoption for free. But to reiterate, I agree likely it won't matter.
 

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"What can one hope to gain by waiting till April?"

You never know when that perfect storm will align for you. Best day ever might result. Worth it!

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The perfect storm won’t do you much good if you can‘t get to it.

This was in the context of IKON, and the need to travel to get to an IKON resort.

But suppose you live next to the resort. But for whatever reason (whatever that can be I can’t guess) you didn’t use it by February, will that reason goes away in the next month or two?

And if you didn’t think the pass is worth using (or able to use it) by February, will you use it enough to make it worthwhile in the remainder of the season?

Oh, that perfect storm? You can buy a day ticket for it and come out ahead.
 

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This is just a very minor optimization tactic for the minimaxers. You're right that likely it won't matter. We can flip your question around. If you know you aren't skiing, why would you elect to take the option earlier than the last date you really need to? What do you gain by electing early? There is always a small chance something changes which would change your mind and you use or ski on the pass only in april.
Actually, this lead to an interesting question.

IKON has historically been selling passes with spring benefits.

Say, you deferred your pass to 21/22 in January. In February, a vaccine came out. Then IKON goes on sale in March with spring benefit of able to ski some resorts immediately. You have an inside track (“vulnerable population“?) to get vaccinated by early March. Does that “deferred” pass allow you to start skiing in mid-March?
 

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I can come up with a convoluted scenario. Again it likely isnt going to matter, but theres also no loss on waiting so why not wait.
I fully acknowledge how ridiculous the following may be and the # of people it applies to is near zero.

Say you were not planning on skiing and deferring to 22 and you knew this in Feb.
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But then it comes out in March that your college admissions scam side hustle you were running got uncovered and you will be going to jail in July for a year.
Time to go skiing before you get locked up for the year. Good thing you didn't defer your pass earlier than when you needed to.
Maybe the least of your worries.
A similar vein is you are diagnosed with some incurable terminal disease and your 1year plans are out the window and you now need to switch to bucketlist mode to go skiing before you get really sick.

There was a real case of a guy in a related scenario who was diagnosed with cancer and raised a fuss that vr didnt give him a passrefund as he didnt pay the $20 for pass insurance. He pushed it and made it onto news and tv segments. So it is not unknown for people to get mad over $999 even when you are dying and have huge other affairs 10x more important to get in order. Perhaps this is more about just lashing out as part of the grief cycle of denial/anger/ bargaining before he reached acceptance.

For your other scenario on spring benefits, we discussed this before in this thread, but yes. From their positioning, I would expect the deferral should be as if you never bought the pass so your credit is available to use whenever passes are on sale including spring purchase. However, the big assumption is whether they will offer this same spring-skiing benefit next year. If capacity is still limited likely they wont offer a spring benefit to new/deferral purchasers, or the benefit will be for much later dates.
 
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Well, my comprehension skills seem to be at an all-time low. TO June 17 is not the same as THROUGH June 17. D'oh! I shot IKON an email to see if they can help me out but I understand if they don't. In my defense the website still had the reduced rates showing this morning but once in the cart they disappeared. I took a screenshot and attached to the email. We'll see what happens.
Update: IKON did me right even though it was my mistake. Passes will be purchased.
 

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Anyone else get an IKON pass installment payment email with the wrong last 4 digits of a credit card? Yes, they almost immediately sent a followup message acknowledging the error and with the correct digits, but this doesn't instill confidence..... :doh:
 

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Anyone else get an IKON pass installment payment email with the wrong last 4 digits of a credit card? Yes, they almost immediately sent a followup message acknowledging the error and with the correct digits, but this doesn't instill confidence..... :doh:
Same here.
 

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Anyone else get an IKON pass installment payment email with the wrong last 4 digits of a credit card? Yes, they almost immediately sent a followup message acknowledging the error and with the correct digits, but this doesn't instill confidence..... :doh:
Got one too
 

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I got that today. Weird...I'm just hoping I made the right decision to go for the payment plan. Exchange rate etc..I'm still waiting on refunds/insurance claims on some flights, so disposable income is tight, but could have been done...
 

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I renewed the Base Pass no thanks to Ikon's stupidity.

They bombard my email twice a week with renewal adds but when I go online to renew they say my email
is not on file. They had to reset something. Brilliant !
 

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