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Vancouver vistas

For a prairie boy who grew up without proximity to any appreciable bodies of water save for the North Saskatchewan River I’ve found in adult life I’m drawn to the ocean by some invisible force so wasn’t surprised a few spare hours during a recent business trip top Vancouver found me wandering the waterfront  walkways around Canada Place stopping to watch a float plane take off or land at the Coal Harbour with Stanley Park in the background.

 

To Vancouverites these views must be very commonplace and to some degree taken for granted or at least not viewed with quite the same awe as someone from out-of-town but they still are enough to get me to watch all day long were I able.

Everything is relative I suppose as  I remember one Autumn day a few years ago when some young interns from the Hawaiian Tourism Bureau visited Edmonton as a stop one a western Canadian trade show tour and marvelled at the vibrant valley colours which they’d never seen before but to me was just a normal seasonal cycle. Seeing our cityscapes through a visitors eye helps us appreciate how amazing our hometowns really are regardless of whether they are on the coast or inland.

Aircraft tour: Air Canada Boeing 787 “Dreamliner”

I was fortunate to have toured Air Canada’s newest aircraft, the 787 “Dreamliner“, in between flights recently at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and was impressed by the comfort and features of this advanced aircraft.

When the Dreamliner concept was announced in 2003 it was a radical departure both from Boeing’s 747 Jumbo Jet design and rival Airbus A380 “Super Jumbo” as it was a smaller, midsize twinjet aircraft with innovative design elements such as the extensive use of composite materials such as layered carbon fibre in the wings which help deliver a 20% fuel reduction over Boeing older 767 model. A smaller midsize aircraft that would allow airlines to open up point-to-point routes instead of relying on the “hub-and-spoke” model has, it turns out, been proven correct in the last 15 years as the future of the A380 is uncertain according to recent news articles such as this one in Forbes as  demand for really big airplanes plummets.

Incorporated into the pioneering design of the Dreamliner is passenger-friendly features such as larger windows, less cabin pressurization and higher cabin humidity which help reduce the effects of jetlag.

The Air Canada aircraft I toured is a Boeing 787-900 model deliver to the airline in May 2017 and painted in the newest livery with a more black, white and red colour scheme in contrast to the more minty green colour of the Boeing 777 in the background.

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While far from spacious the cockpit of the Dreamliner is by comparison larger than the Boeing 747 cockpit I’ve visited on a few occasions.

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Air Canada has configured the 787 with 247 seats in Economy, 21 in Premium Economy and 30 in International Business Class.

The Executive Pods feature an 18-inch touch-screen, large stowaway tray table, power ports for electronic devices and lie-flat bed that stretches out to 6 feet 7 inches in length.

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Premium Economy is in its own separate cabin behind International Business Class and offering passengers an upgraded flying experience with wider seats by 2 inches,  greater seat pitch (the distance between rows of seats) by 8 inches and an extra 2 inches in seat recline than Economy seats.  Other Premium Economy perks include an 11-inch touchscreen TV, power ports for portable devices in each seat, amenity kits and boarding in Zone 2 ahead Economy passengers. Depending upon airfares at times the upgrade in price to Premium Economy is relatively small making it a great value for the extra in-flight creature comforts.


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Take in the Dreamliner economy cabin in 360 degree view but note it only works in newer browsers such as Google Chrome.

All windows on the Dreamliner are 40% larger than the average aircraft window and don’t have the normal plastic window shades but are instead dimmed electronically using a button below the window.

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One advantage of these high-tech windows is the flight attendants can control the dimming leaving the cabin dark during overnight flights and preventing any  one passenger from affecting others by leaving their window shade up allowing light to flood in.

For those more interested in the engineering of the Dreamliner and other aircraft windows there’s an excellent video by Real Engineering.

Those of us on the tour stepped around groomers who were readying the plane for its next overseas flight and so I stepped out onto the catering truck to snap this picture of the Dreamliner’s “shark fin” tail with the familiar Air Canada red  Rondelle logo.

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The Air Canada sponsored tour of the Dreamliner was very much appreciated as I was able to try out the hard product like seats but also peek into areas normally off limits to the flying public like the cockpit and pilot rest cabin and see this aircraft from many different angles.

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Hotel Review: Fairmont Vancouver Airport

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport offers 386 well appointed and fully soundproofed accommodations spread over 14 floors that is a short walk away from airport gates as it is the only hotel located within Vancouver International Airport. It is also among my most favorite hotels, airport or otherwise, for its exceptional service that perfectly compliments its understated luxury rooms and quality amenities.

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I was reminded of that high level of service upon check-in when the staff member welcomed me back and noted the date of my last visit which had been several years earlier.

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I was assigned room 818, a 400-sq. ft. Fairmont Room with one king bed, an easy chair by the window and a desk with enough plus-ins for a number of devices. The desk proved quite useful in working from a laptop with the complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

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The room boasts a large bathroom enclosed with two sliding doors, one at the room door with another near the bed and a big vanity with no drawers but enough counter space for toiletries. A wall hook for hanging a toiletries bag would be handy but probably somewhat out of place in a luxury hotel bathroom.

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A deep soaker tub which had to measure seven feet long filled quickly with good water pressure and ample hot water for a soak after a long day of travelling.

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There is also a large shower stall with big rainfall shower head should you not have enough time to linger with a long bath. The Le Labo bath amenities completed the bathroom features.

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There is an in-room safe but it’s mounted on a side wall of the closet and is a wide but shallow shape which may not fit all sizes of laptops.

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Views from the room are over the hotel’s terminal entrance, Canada Line Sky Train metro rail line to the downtown and south runway.

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Rooms on the north side of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel offer North Shore Mountain and airport terminal views.

Higher floors house Deluxe and Signature rooms while Fairmont  Gold occupies the 14th and top floor and comes with a host of extra perks such as private lounge with continental breakfast and snacks during the day, free North American calling and a dedicated concierge.

With a soaring wall of window the Jetside Bar offers a scenic space to relax with a cocktail and features live entertainment nightly so it’s common to walk back into the hotel lobby in the evening and hear some the crowd singing along to the performers.

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The Globe @YVR offers a more formal dining option with its signature Pacific Northwest cuisine.

All hotel guests have access to an on-site fitness facility within the Health Club which and also includes a sauna, whirlpool, children’s wading pool and lap pool for swimmers to swim against an adjustable current.

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The Absolute Spa offers over 130 treatments including facials, massage, manicures and pedicures.

There are virtual tours of the hotel rooms and public spaces here and a hotel fact sheet here.

Sadly my stays at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport are all too short and infrequent but when I am able to enjoy its warm hospitality and stare out at the scenic views from its rooms I appreciate every moment. This isn’t just a great airport hotel, this is a great hotel. Period.

A very Vegas wedding

There’s nothing that screams old school Las Vegas like an Elvis wedding chapel wedding ceremony so it was my pleasure to have a front row seat for a friend’s wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel which bills it self as the largest freestanding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Arriving a little early I watch another happy couple customize their ceremony with the full Elvis add-on although the King isn’t the only themed wedding option as the chapel’s slogan is “if you can dream it, we can theme it!” as everything from Star Trek to Zombie is possible.

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While fun-filled these wedding ceremonies are completely legal as the groom, David, explained about obtaining the marriage licence from the Clark County Marriage Licence Bureau in downtown Las Vegas near Freemont Street as proper identification, a completed application and $77 are the requirements to obtain a wedding licence. Bureau statistics show the number of licences issued has dropped by as much as one third in the last decade but tourism officials hope adding gay marriages and more advertising will help reverse the trend.

David and bride Karen welcome our small group before they were whisked away and guests were  invited into the wedding chapel were we chatted until the 2001: A Space Odyssey Theme Song (Also sprach Zarathustra)   music swelled, lights dimmed and dry ice fog built the excitement which climaxed with the opening of large double doors at the rear of the chapel to reveal the happy couple seated in the back of a pink convertible Cadillac driven by a sequined jumpsuit 70’s Elvis who breaks into That’s All Right. Talk about an entrance!

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After the formal vows were exchanged and Elvis sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” the 10-minute ceremony ended with fun promises from Elvis song titled and lyrics for David to always love Karen tender and never leave her at Heartbreak Hotel while Karen pledge to never return him to sender and never step on his blue suede shoes followed by the signature Elvis song Viva Las Vegas song.

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The wedding reception was held at another classic Las Vegas venue, the Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge whose chrome, neon and velour interior is a throwback to 1972 when it opened its doors.

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The Peppermill, which features a sunken fireside lounge, has been used as the setting in a number of movies and TV shows including Casino, CSI Las Vegas and Showgirls.

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The night ended with a few cocktails and wishes for a long and happy marriage for David & Karen and thanks for having included guests in their fun-filled ceremony which was the highlight of my Vegas trip.

Flight review: Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767

Thanks to an Air Canada travel credit earned by accepting a voluntary bump I was able to parlay part of it into a  quick trip to Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding and made my virgin voyage on Air Canada Rouge, a charter airline-like subsidiary Air Canada launched on Canada Day 2013, whom I’d heard much feedback about with very little of it being complimentary. Happily for me however my luck in picking seats on Rouge was far better than my luck at picking numbers at the roulette table and so came away with a more positive impression of the airline-within-an-airline.

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When describing Rouge to others I’m always careful not to use the term ‘low cost airline’ because it really is only low cost to Air Canada as it operates without unionized flight crew enabling it to better compete with real ‘no frills’ and charter airlines on mainly leisure routes. Passengers flying on Rouge will notice some big differences compared to mainline Air Canada aircraft such as no seat back in-flight entertainment screens (iPads can be rented for $10 but availability is limited), older aircraft and at 30 inches a much tighter seat pitch by 3 – 4 inches.

It was because of the compressed economy seats that I opted to spend $30 to assign a roomier Rouge Plus  Preferred Seat on the Boeing 767 for the Vancouver – Las Vegas flight but  this investment is well worth it as these seats at the front of the economy cabin deliver an extra 5 inches of legroom as well as boarding in zone 3 ahead of other economy passengers. This is window seat 14A on the Boeing 767 which features two seats on either side of a center section of three seats.

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Note the green light of the shared power port between the seats.

For my return flight I opted for the Rouge Plus bulkhead window seat 12A which offers as much legroom as the other Preferred seats however the seat itself is a little narrower because the tray table is tucked away in the armrest.

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I purchased my Rouge Plus seat assignment months in advance on the outbound flight but it was only while in Vegas that I opted to upgrade my seat on the return flight for the following day being unable to convince myself to try Rouge economy seats in the name of travel research and I was lucky the upgraded seats were still available for purchase as they can fill up well in advance. I would definitely recommend securing these seats on longer overseas flights as while I would’ve survived a 2.5 hour Vancouver – Las Vegas Rouge economy flight am less sure how I’d fare on a 7+ hour journey in a tight Rouge economy seat.

The Rouge stewards  – all trained by Disney and sporting hip Canadian-made uniforms – were universally polite in making the rounds with food & beverage service. The Air Canada Bistro menu offers a selection of hot foods and snack items but having had an early morning big breakfast at an Edmonton Airport eatery opted for the bag of cashews and a large 475 ml can of Mill Street Organic Beer which at $9.50 for the combo didn’t strike me as overly expensive compared to airport pricing or even pricing around Edmonton.

I’ve always preferred a window seat for the views and enjoyed watching the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest give way to the arid brown landscape of the Nevada desert.

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The pilot and first officer on the Vancouver – Las Vegas flight was all female which was another travel first for me.

While my preference would’ve been to fly non-stop from Edmonton – Las Vegas instead of connecting through Vancouver my first experience flying Air Canada Rouge was far from horrible as the flight was on time, the in-flight service efficient and the Rouge Plus seats comfortable so there was little for me to dislike. Whether I’d fly on Rouge again would depend on a number of factors including cost, destination, alternate airline options and availability of Rouge Plus seats but wouldn’t rule out a future flight.

Hotel review: Four Points by Sheraton Las Vegas East Flamingo

Hotel loyalty programs can be a safety net for those rare times when it makes sense to spend your hard-earned  points to avoid having to pay out of pocket for a hotel stay and a recent two-night escape to Las Vegas was one such case as I was able to avoid a hefty hotel bill by blowing some banked Starwood Preferred Guest points for the Four Points by Sheraton Las Vegas East Flamingo, a moderate hotel off Las Vegas Boulevard aka “The Strip”.

Scanning the online reviews in the months leading up to my stay had me a little concerned as the picture many  painted was of, well, a dump in an unsafe neighborhood but happily can report those reviewers were a long Vegas block off the mark as the 129- room hotel deserves to be seen for what it is rather than what it isn’t. Yes, this hotel is a mile off the strip and yes, it’s an older, moderate hotel and yes, I did notice some transients nearby but if that’s all that makes some people consider an area unsafe the same could be said for many, many urban hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. The walk from the hotel to The Strip on a warm October Saturday afternoon was a casual 25-minutes but guests not feel like walking there’s always Uber which arrives quickly and costs around $6 for a one-way ride so it isn’t so isolated a location as to be even a small problem.

My “Traditional Room” #343 overlooks the small pool and whirlpool and features a king bed, flat screen TV with DirectTV instead of cable, laptop-friendly safe in the closet and a white noise generating machine in the form of an old AC unit below the window.

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One small upside to the noisy AC unit that runs constantly is that it helps block out the road noise from the busy East Flamingo Road that is a few hundred feet from the hotel.

Despite the warm weather there wasn’t a single swimmer in sight on the pool deck.

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The room was comfortable and the typical chain hotel furniture however lacked a mini-fridge which given how hot Vegas can become in Summer seems an odd omission however there is free bottled water in every room.

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The bathroom was a pleasant surprise and easily the best thing about the room as gone is the dinky short and shallow tub & shower combination found in almost every chain hotel room to be replaced with a large shower stall which I very much prefer.

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Water pressure and availability of hot waster is good and despite the standard shower head I enjoyed having enough elbow room to enjoy a refreshing shower without stepping into a small tub and having the shower curtain clinging to me. Mounted to the wall was a user-friendly rack with hair and body wash products in easy to use dispensers.

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Buffet breakfast is served in PJ’s Bar and Grill from 6:30 – 10AM weekdays and 6:30 – 11AM on weekends. The breakfast is pretty standard fare with hot sausages, scrambled eggs, choice of cereals, bread and pastries, coffee, tea & juice was augmented by a waffle maker for those intrepid morning diners.

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As I was staying on a hotel loyalty award assumed that  breakfast was included in the room rate however after I was already half way through my meal found out it wasn’t after giving the waiter my room number. After a moment checking with the front desk manager the waiter said they would comp. me the breakfast that morning, a generous goodwill gesture I very much appreciated.

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To one side of the restaurant area is Best Brews, a small lobby bar meant to highlight the many local breweries best beers however I discovered only one local beer on tap, an excellent Porter style dark beer from Henderson, Nevada’s Joseph James Brewing Company.  The large pillar in the middle of the bar is an odd design feature but it’s a comfy enough space to down a point or two while winding down watching some sports on the big screens after a long day in Vegas.

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The hotel has a sort of modern Rec. room décor with leather chairs on the guest room floors and in the lobby.

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The lobby features two PC’s for guest use for online airline check in or checking emails but having a laptop I connected to the in-room Wi-Fi to check-in for my Air Canada flight home and select a seat. Just to one side of the front desk is “The Pantry” with sodas and snack food but beware the cost of convenience as a can of Coke and small bag of chips cost $6 much to my dismay which is easily double what the pair would cost off-site.

As I had a very limited amount of free time during my two-night stay I didn’t use the hotel’s fitness facility which features a pair of treadmills, elliptical and stationary bike along with free weights and yoga mats.

The hotel staff helped make my stay a little warmer with a really positive attitude and friendly approachability.

For a moderate hotel that really didn’t stand out as being outstanding in any one area, the Four Points by Sheraton East Flamingo did enough of the little things right and delivered a comfortable enough stay that I would return but probably only under the right set of conditions where it was enough of a value compared to more luxurious accommodation on The Strip.

One of those conditions changed after I confirmed my Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG for short, hotel loyalty program award stay and this Four Points became less of a value as it had been classed as a category 2 hotel for award redemption requiring only 3,000 points per night for a standard room but has been upgraded to a category 3 hotel which now requires a minimum of 7,000 points per night for a standard room award stay. As with many things in Las Vegas good timing never hurts and in that respect my SPG award redemption timing was in hindsight excellent because I might not chose to spend coveted SPG points if paying out of pocket to stay elsewhere becomes a better bet.

Statistics out showing the Iceland tourism industry’s portion of GDP doubling since 2010

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Having many warm memories of my visit to Iceland I was interested to recently read just how big tourism to this Nordic nation has become.

According to figures from Statistics Iceland the share of tourism in Iceland’s  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) doubled from 3.3% in 2010 to 6.7% in 2015, the last year for which the government department has final figures. A leading Icelandic financial institution, Landsbankinn bank, has estimated the 2016 tourism percentage of GDP at 8.2%. Despite the dramatic growth of tourism it ranks as the fifth biggest industry behind others including fishing and fish processing, manufacturing and social work.

In terms of international arrivals in 2009 Iceland welcomed 464,000 tourists, a number dwarfed by the 2016 count of  nearly 1.8 million however there’s some evidence the numbers have started to plateau based on overnight hotel stays in July 2017 compared to the same month the year prior. To put those numbers into some perspective remember that Iceland’s population is only 330,000 and are easily outnumbered by the annual number of Canadian visitors alone.

The current tourism boom started in 2010 when the volcano nobody except Icelanders can pronounce Eyjafjallajökull erupted shutting down transatlantic travel and focusing the world’s attention on Iceland. Turning adversity into an advantage the country’s tourism bureau promoted the wildness of the country and rather than reacting negatively the waiting world responded with interest and has beat a mass tourism path to the country’s door every since.

The country’s tourist board has launched a brand new video campaign having some fun with Iceland’s notoriously difficult-to-learn language dubbing their song  “The Hardest Karaoke Song in the World”.

Any travellers contemplating a visit to Iceland should plan it well in advance, especially for the peak Summer season between June – September when hotel occupancy rates run 92% keeping nightly rates high.

 

What’s in a name? WestJet calls a new ultra low cost carrier Swoop

WestJet recently announced the name of its Ultra Low Cost Carrier, or ULCC for short, set to take off in early 2018 and the chosen name, Swoop, left me quite underwhelmed.

For a company with an excellent track record in its first two decades and hit a home run with the moniker of its regional airline, Encore, naming this new division something more befitting  a liquid laundry detergent brand seems a misstep for WestJet. While the name wasn’t to my or a number of my friends, family & co-worker’s liking the name was chosen for a reason according to Bob Cummings WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop in this press release. “The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do. It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel.”

ULCC’s typically flourish in markets with large populations aiming for a subset of leisure travellers wanting low costs above all and are willing to pay fees for additional services such as checked bags or advance seat assignment but given Canada’s large size and sparse population it remains to be seen whether there’s a large enough consumer base to draw upon to make Swoop a viable alternative. Other airlines have tried to go after this market including NewLeaf which in recent months morphed into Flair Airlines but none have had the big brand backing of such a major player in the Canadian aviation industry as WestJet and all the economies of scale that go with it.

Beyond the name, business model, and Calgary headquarters however little else is known about Swoop including possible routes. WestJet executives have said that they would target border airports in an attempt to  capture Canadians flyers who cross the border to fly on U.S. ULLC’s but that trend is on the decline according to WestJet CEO Greg Saretsky noted in this article. “There is less leakage, mostly a function of the bargains having gone away with the weakening of the Canadian dollar,” Saretsky said. “It’s great to see Canadians flying from home and WestJet is benefitting from that.” The appreciation of the Canadian Dollar relative to its American counterpart in recent months may alter that falling cross-border traffic but is it really enough to feed a start-up ULCC?

In addition there’s the matter of route network as should existing mainline WestJet routes such as Edmonton – Winnipeg for example be replaced with Swoop operated flights it’s possible WestJet could simply be moving current customers from its full service brand to its no frills division rather than  attracting new passengers.

There’s much that remains to be seen about this ULLC experiment but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in watching WestJet evolve over two decades it’s that it has a knack for defying the naysayers and charting its own course onward and upward so the gamble might just pay off despite the perceived pitfalls and clunky name.

 

The problem with airline mistake airfares

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I like getting deals on airfares around the continent or around the world and have jumped on a number of airline mistake fares over the last fifteen years from a $120 roundtrip flight to  New York City to a $400 hop to Hong Kong over Chinese New Year but recently have seen novices make major errors in their rush to grab the deal so will share some tips to avoid possible problems.

Mistake fares are airfares that are incorrectly priced when made available for sale to the public  or “published” whether through online sales channels or travel agent global distribution system (GDS) . It could be a missed decimal point that makes a $5,000 fare into a $500 fare, one-way fares inadvertently loaded as round-trip fares or hefty fuel surcharges excluded dropping a fare by hundreds of dollars.  These mistake fares are different animals than airline special one-day sales or deeply discounted seat sales although at times it can be hard to tell the difference.

As the error fares are usually spotted quickly and promoted widely by a growing number of websites and blogs their lifespan can be as short as a few hours to as much as one day so there is a degree of urgency for those eager to grab a deal before it is withdrawn or corrected. That urgency however shouldn’t prevent consumers from doing a little due diligence to educate themselves on exactly what it is they are purchasing because by the Latin maxim ‘caveat emptor’ it’s a case of let the buyer beware. Here are a few tips to avoid possible pitfalls:

  • research the airline or airlines(s) to find out whether there are checked bag or advance seat assignment fees as these can easily add up to $100 per person
  • check the airline and type of economy seat. One recent deal from Edmonton to Osaka to Nagoya for $668 round-trip with taxes included the trans-Pacific flight from Vancouver on Air Canada Rouge which is a charter airline-like airline division of Air Canada with fewer in-flight comforts and tighter seat pitch than other airlines which could make the 11-hour flight uncomfortable for an unsuspecting flyer
  • ensure you book the ticket in the exactly the same way you name is shown on your passport. It may sound elementary to know your own name however once recently I heard from someone who hadn’t taken the time to check how their name was shown on their passport and confirmed the ticket as Mike instead of their given name of Michael which turned out to be an $400 lesson as the ticket became useless since the airline and security would not allow the passenger to board due the name error and no changes on the very restrictive ticket were possible
  • once you have a ticket-in-hand don’t go too far planning expensive add-ons such as hotels, tours, concerts or shows because while fare errors are the airline’s fault and are usually honoured there have been cases where they aren’t and the tickets cancelled and the amount paid refunded
  • don’t expect to be able to make changes to a ticket issued on an mistake fare as either changes aren’t permitted or if they are the airline will charge you both a change fee which can as much as  $200 plus the difference in fare between your new travel date and your original ticket which since it was stupendously low could also cost several hundreds of dollars or more. Where there are problems is when flyers buy error fares 10 months in advance, for example, and find down the road the date confirmed conflicts with other plans but I would suggest thinking of these as one-shot deals not easily or cheaply changed. Sometimes the prices are so low, like my $120 roundtrip to New York, that the not using the ticket as planned isn’t a huge financial penalty but when the amount is several times higher it makes throwing it away unused much harder
  • if you have a relationship with an experienced travel agent it can’t hurt to get their input and if possible have them issue the ticket to take the onus for entry errors off you. Even if there’s a small service fee applied to issue the ticket the travel agent may point out things you weren’t aware of or didn’t appreciate so isn’t that small cost worth the piece of mind knowing you’ve covered all your bases? There could even by a chance the agent may spot concerns and recommend against going ahead with the error fare ticket purchase saving you not only money but a possible horrible holiday
  • weigh time vs. money as cost and convenience rarely come together so ask yourself if an inconvenient set of flights is really worth the cost. For example, just because the scenic route on the air deal back from Glasgow via the U.S. is the lowest price is 6 hours longer and enduring U.S. Customs really worth $60 over a shorter and more direct routing that avoids a U.S. connection? Time literally is money and within reason I’ll trade the latter for the former.

These are some things to consider when browsing for air deals as you want to ensure you are getting a deal and not an ordeal. Do you have stories about flying or buying mistake airfares or outrageous airlines airfares? If so please post your comments as I’m always interested in hearing feedback from others.

 

Tier One Travel & G Adventures “Travel Talk” on Machu Picchu & Tanzania safaris

Mark your calendars and save the date for the 1st annual Tier One Travel & G Adventures Travel Talk!

Join us in the Otter Room of the Valley Zoo for an evening of exotic travel with G Adventures Alberta expert Gary who recently returned from a Machu Picchu expedition and will share insights on his journey as well as exotic African safaris in Tanzania.

Learn more about G Adventures, the small group adventure tour industry leader and its continued commitment to helping travellers experience authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner that preserves the unique cultures of the countries visited.

Admission proceeds are being donated in full to the Planeterra Foundation, a G Adventures founded charity.

Event exclusive discounts are available to those attending along with great prizes so confirm your ticket today on Eventbite as space is limited!

 

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