I Backpack Canada » Flights http://ibackpackcanada.com A backpackers travel guide to Canada Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Chopper Flight Over the Tombstone Mountain Rangehttp://ibackpackcanada.com/chopper-flight-over-the-tombstone-mountain-range/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/chopper-flight-over-the-tombstone-mountain-range/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:22:42 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4801 Crawling into the rather small helicopter on the tarmac of Dawson City’s tiny airport, I couldn’t help but smile. Up until this point, I had never stepped foot inside a helicopter, and what better way to pop my chopper cherry than in the colossal mountains of the Yukon. Looking at this sophisticated piece of machinery, I couldn’t […]

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Crawling into the rather small helicopter on the tarmac of Dawson City’s tiny airport, I couldn’t help but smile. Up until this point, I had never stepped foot inside a helicopter, and what better way to pop my chopper cherry than in the colossal mountains of the Yukon. Looking at this sophisticated piece of machinery, I couldn’t help but awe at the wonder of flight. Four blades connected to a shell, slicing through the air to provide lift to a handful of men stuffed into its insides. It’s a strange notion the more you dissect it, but as the helicopter got off the ground, I’d never felt more safe, and never felt more alive.

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Trinity Helicopter Tours

I first met our helicopter pilot at a bar in Whitehorse a few days before the flight. While talking over some beer it turned out that we were alumni’s to the same elementary school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – talk about a small world. I had almost forgot about the encounter in Whitehorse until I ran into him again in Dawson City. I laughed thinking “I wonder how many helicopter pilots are in the Yukon, and how come I keep running into this fellow.” As it would turn out, he was fated to blow my mind with the dangerously endearing beauty of the Tombstone Mountain Range.

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Tombstone Valley

Departing from Dawson City, we climbed the currents of air eastward, exploring the hills, valleys, and trees that completely surround this small town. Our pilot provided us with some colour commentary on the way up, explaining some of the work being done in the current gold mines, and briefly informing our group of the geological studies being performed in the area. It wasn’t long before the tree line began to fade into rocky outcrops – which fast became massive slabs of earth that stabbed the sky.

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Yukon Spires

As we flew through Tombstone Valley, it was clear why this area of mountains was used as a landmark for first nations people. The towering spires on each side, the epic beauty of small rivers, colourful greenery, and deep shades of blue, grey, and white make for a scene that can only be described as mind-blowingly-memorable. We hovered in the area, snapping photos, and circling the sharp jagged spires along the Tombstone Territorial Park.

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Tombstone Mountain, Yukon

Flying up to Tombstone Mountain, it’s apparent how the name stuck. The sharp flat face and jagged edges truly do the name justice .Looking over some of the mountains, you could see completely different weather systems lingering, threatening our clear skies. Our pilot seemed sure they weren’t going to sneak our way, but it was something he was going to keep an eye on. As we approached the 40 minute mark our helicopter began it’s flight back to Dawson City; however, not before a quick fly by of the the city & the Dredge Ponds which scour the surrounding area.

What are Dredge Ponds?

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The dredge ponds located throughout the Yukon are remnants from several multi-million dollar machines that clawed through the land, digging for gold. Their method was far from “good” for the environment, but in those days the word eco-friendly didn’t sit anywhere near machines. In order to extract the gold from the land, a complicated process involving washing the soil with water from the rivers and lakes nearby forced the gold to fall to the bottom of these massive machines. While some see the dredge ponds as a scar on Yukon’s past I can’t help but feel they’re a unique piece of Canadian history.

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As our helicopter landed along the Dawson City airstrip I stepped onto solid ground once again. I couldn’t help but laugh in shock of what I’d just seen – taking in the Yukon from the sky is truly the only way to get a grasp of the scale and sheer enormity of this Canadian territory. The Yukon is so sparsely populated by humans, yet so densely populated by wildlife, trees, rivers, mountains and lakes. With helicopter tours starting for under $200, you’d be a fool not to jump aboard.

Trinity Helicopters in the Yukon

Trinity Helicopter Tours offers the most spectacular views of Gold Fields, Tombstone Park, Ibex Valley, Fish Lake, Wheaton Valley, Chilkat Glacier, along with City & River tours in Dawson & Whitehorse.

Dawson City: (867) 993-3971

Whitehorse: (867) 393-3598

Special thanks to Tourism Yukon and Owen at Trinity Helicopters for helping me get up in the air!

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Air Canada VS Westjet VS Porter – A Canadian Airline Comparisonhttp://ibackpackcanada.com/air-canada-vs-westjet-vs-porter-canadian-airline-comparison/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/air-canada-vs-westjet-vs-porter-canadian-airline-comparison/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:52:56 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=3391 The Canadian Airline industry has never been all that friendly to its consumers wallets. Sure they might give you a free coffee & juice on a flight, they might even include some Bits & Bites if you’re lucky. But complimentary service aside, sometimes it doesn’t feel like they have the “people’s interest” in mind. Recent […]

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The Canadian Airline industry has never been all that friendly to its consumers wallets. Sure they might give you a free coffee & juice on a flight, they might even include some Bits & Bites if you’re lucky. But complimentary service aside, sometimes it doesn’t feel like they have the “people’s interest” in mind. Recent headway made in the way airlines are able to promote flights without including taxes & surcharges should help regular folks like us out a bit, but at the end of the day, flying within Canada is and always will be expensive. In an effort to make it easier to decide which Canadian airline deserves your precious Bobby Bordens ($100 notes), I’ve decided to put together my thoughts, along with the thoughts of some fellow Canadian travel bloggers into the ultimate Canadian airline comparison. Let it begin!

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Porter Airlines

I’m starting with the little guy first. If you don’t recognize the name Porter, chances are you’re from Western Canada. Porter is a regional airline headquartered out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. They’re hands down the smallest airline in terms of size and numbers. This can be seen as either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on where you’re trying to get to. Porter operates primarily in Eastern Canada and parts of the United States. So if you’re looking for flights anywhere west of Thunder Bay, Ontario you’re better off looking at the other two airlines. However, if you’re after friendly service, competitive rates, and the opportunity to fly into (or out of) downtown Toronto like a rockstar, Porter could be for you. Did I mention there’s free liquor served on board?

 

Pros

  • If you’re in downtown Toronto, you can walk, take the TTC or better yet the FREE Porter shuttle. This saves a lot of money on cabs out to Pearson.
  • Regular seat sales can save you up to 50% off!
  • Complimentary snacks in the Downtown Toronto Airport lounge (Starbucks Coffee, tea, water, juice & cookies)
  • Complimentary WIFI in the Downtown Toronto Airport lounge
  • In-flight liquor is FREE!
  • Complimentary meals
  • Friendly Stewards & Stewardesses
  • Stylish staff uniforms
  • Planes offer plenty of leg room
  • VIPorter for Frequent Porter customers

Cons

  • If you’re a nervous flyer, the smaller planes might freak you out
  • Less luggage space compared to Air Canada & Westjet
  • No food outlets in Downtown Toronto Airport
  • Propellor Planes are noticeably louder, especially if you’re sitting in the mid cabin.
  • Single Seat Class (Sorry business tycoons, you have to sit with us smelly normies)
  • No in-flight entertainment

Here’s what other Canadian Travel Bloggers have to say about Porter Airlines:

[testimonial url=”http://www.legalnomads.com/” company=”Legal Nomads” author=”Jodi Ettenberg”]I love flying Porter. I confess that I was initially drawn to them due to the sheer adorableness of their mascot, but even without the cute-factor, they’re a great airline. Free WiFi and snack lounges at many Canadian airports, available to all Porter clients (not a business class-only lounge), food box on the flight and a big glass of wine too (if that’s your thing).”[/testimonial]

[testimonial url=”http://www.backpackwithbrock.com/” company=”Backpack With Brock” author=”Brock Groombridge” ]If I had the choice between Air Canada, WestJet & Porter, I would hands down fly Porter. Living in downtown Toronto I can literally walk to the island airport. But that’s just icing on the cake. Their staff are incredible – making you feel very welcome, comfortable and important even if you are paying the lowest fare on the plane. The planes are sleek, they have LOADS of sales so if you are willing to wait for a sale you can often get a substantial discount and as Jodi explained, you never go hungry (or thirsty for that matter). I think they’ve done a commendable job branding themselves with a clean cut, trendy image.”[/testimonial]

 

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WestJet Airlines

Westjet is the second largest airline in Canada, providing flights to 71 destinations across Canada, The United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. They’re headquartered out of Calgary International Airport in Alberta, but also have a hub in Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario. Westjet is a non-unionized airline, which means strikes are practically unheard of. The same thing can’t be said for Air Canada…*Cough..Strike Much?..Cough*.

Westjet is known across Canada as being the “funner” of the three airlines. Stewards and Stewardesses are encouraged to show some personality and have fun on the job, which ultimately leads to a more pleasant flying experience. Flying has become such a sterile activity in recent years, its a refreshing change to see real people behaving like they would with their friends.

While I have nothing but good things to say about Westjet’s people and service, they’re entertainment consoles are sucky in comparison to Air Canada’s. Their satellite TV’s tend to drop often, and don’t even bother turning them on if you catch a redeye flight. Infomercials and News on Repeat will be all that greets you. Not their fault, I know, but if you can’t sleep during the night flights, you might as well gauge your eyes out.

If Westjet were to ever upgrade their entertainment units they could totally drop to one knee and pop the question, and chances are this guy would say yes!

 

Pros

  • Friendly & Fun Staff
  • In-flight Entertainment (Satellite TV)
  • Customer Service that cares (They actually reply via Twitter)
  • Free Coffee, Tea, Pop, Juice, and their famous Bits & Bites
  • More legroom than Air Canada
  • Westjet Dollars to help save on future flights

Cons

  • Satellite TV is occasionally out & if you’re catching redeye flights expect infomercials.
  • Movies are Pay-per-view
  • Less destinations throughout Canada

Here’s what other Canadian Travel Bloggers have to say about Westjet Airlines:

[testimonial url=”http://diversionswithdoreen.com/” company=”Travel Diversions With Doreen” author=”Doreen Pendracs” ]When flying in Canada, I normally try to fly with Westjet. Why? Because the staff is friendlier, they’re more helpful and efficient, and you need to be at the check-in just 30 minutes prior to boarding. I really feel valued as a customer, and now with the Westjet dollars they give you for flying with them it’s even better! I haven’t flown Porter yet as they don’t service my city (Winnipeg) but I’ve heard nothing but good things about them as well.[/testimonial]

[testimonial url=”http://www.nomadicchick.com/” company=”Nomadic Chick” author=”Jeannie Mark”]Despise Air Canada. Always fly Westjet if I can. They were horrid when my ex’s father died. Instead of being helpful, they offered a flight to Winnipeg. My ex is from Saskatchewan. Nor did they offer bereavement rates. Westjet pulled thru, so they had me at “hello”.”[/testimonial]

[testimonial url=”http://one-giant-step.com/” company=”One Giant Step” author=”Gillian Duffy” ]
I also prefer Westjet over Air Canada. Friendly, funny staff who act like real people who just want to help you out. I like the personality. Air Canada is too corporate in their image.”
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[testimonial url=”http://www.skinnybackpacker.com/” company=”Skinny Backpacker” author=”Dustin Main”]
A little bit of an echo in here now, but in the past I have preferred Westjet because they staff were typically more friendly and laidback than Air Canada. Now that points are involved in my life and I’m traveling outside of Canada so often, Aeroplan and the Star Alliance win me over. I just ignore the staff anyways.”
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Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, currently providing service to 178 destinations. They’re headquartered in Montreal, QB and were one of the founders of the Star Alliance Program. For those not in the know, the Star Alliance Program is a network of global airlines, created to offer customers a smoother travel experience when grabbing international flights. While Air Canada remains the most travelled airline in Canada, it’s had a bumpy past. In 2003 Air Canada had to file for Bankruptcy protection, and it seems there’s always talk in the news of its financial difficulties or of an upcoming strike.

This might sound bleak, but if you’re anything like me, smiles and fun personalities won’t entertain me longer than a few minutes. Air Canada‘s on-demand entertainment consoles make those long flights a breeze. They may not win the most awards for happy faces and fun memories, but they get the job done.  I like to compare Air Canada as sort of like ordering a burger & fries. You know what you’re getting every time. It might not be the best item on the menu, but it’s good enough. Seeing as Air Canada has the most destinations, a good points system (if you know how to use it!), and reasonable rates, I see nothing overtly wrong with saying Air Canada is pretty okay!

 

Pros

  • On-Demand Entertainment Consoles on most flights. (Free movies, tv, and music)
  • Largest number of destinations across Canada
  • Frequent Seat Sales
  • Star Alliance Partner
  • Free coffee, tea, juice and pop
  • Aeroplan Rewards for Frequent Travelers

Cons

  • Not the greatest customer service
  • Occasional union strikes
  • No complimentary meal on domestic flights
  • Aeroplan Points Expire so read the fine print or talk to a customer service representative.

Here’s what other Canadian Travel Bloggers have to say about Air Canada:

[testimonial url=”http://candicedoestheworld.com” company=”Candice Does The World” author=”Candice Walsh” ]Westjet has the best customer service, in my opinion. Air Canada, however, has the best rates out of Newfoundland…and beggars can’t be choosers.” [/testimonial]

[testimonial url=”http://baconismagic.ca” company=”Bacon Is Margic” author=”Ayngelina Brogan”]

If Air Canada and I were dating, our relationship status on Facebook would say – it’s complicated. I can’t really decide how I feel and every time I feel like breaking up they win me over again.

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[testimonial url=”http://hikebiketravel.com” company=”Hike Bike Travel” author=”Leigh McAdam”]I will usually fly on whoever is cheapest. As much as I find the folks at West Jet friendlier, I find the AC planes, especially on longer flights more comfortable and I like their entertainment system better. Also points eventually add up with Air Canada and I find their Aeroplan program to actually be pretty good. West Jet now offers an improved frequent flyer program where you get West Jet dollars – I forget the percentage of every fare – maybe 2%. Then you can you use that money towards a flight at anytime. The only downside is the credit takes almost a month to post to your WEst Jet account. If I lived where Porter flew I’d be trying them.”[/testimonial]

[testimonial url=”http://travelingcanucks.com/” company=”Traveling Canucks” author=”Nicole & Cameron Wears”]

We fly out of Vancouver a lot and, unlike most of the responses in this thread, we love Air Canada and avoid WestJet. We has some bad experiences with AC many years ago, but in the past 5 years we have been very impressed. We really like the newer planes that Air Canada has and find its entertainment much better than WestJet. I need a little more than a smile to be satisfied with an airline’s service, expecially on long haul flights.

We also like the fact that Air Canada is a part of the Star Alliance and Aeroplan. We have Aeroplan credit cards, so often times we can double dip the points when purchasing flights and hotels using our credit card. For us, WestJet’s lack of partnerships globally has almost pushed us exclusively to Air Canada.

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So who should you fly with in Canada?

It’s clear there is no right answer. When it’s all said and done, it comes down to what type of things are important to you during air travel. Do you need good customer service, a warm smile to greet you boarding you on the plane? Then you might be best suited for Westjet, or Porter if you’re out east. If you’re an entertainment junkie who partakes on flights longer than a few hours, and just so happens to be an airline points hoarder, Air Canada’s probably your best bet. Regardless of whomever you decide to go with, Canadian Airlines are after all…Canadian. Expect apologies when your flight is delayed, expect a helping hand if your flight is cancelled, and one of my fondest memories, expect an open liquor cart when your plane has technical problems that require a couple hours of mechanical work before departure.

Special thanks goes out to the Canadian Travel Blogging community who helped bring their two cents to the table!

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Travel Tip – Book Flights in Canada with Price Drop Protectionhttp://ibackpackcanada.com/travel-tip-book-flights-in-canada-with-price-drop-protection/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/travel-tip-book-flights-in-canada-with-price-drop-protection/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:00:50 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=3080 Travel Tip – Book Flights in Canada with Price Drop Protection is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Winter-Flights-Price-Drop-ProtectionIf you’re a frugal traveller such as myself, flights have and always will be one of the most expensive part of your travels. Unfortunately Canada has yet to produce any budget airlines like those in Europe & Australia. The most common travel tip I hear when it comes to flights is to “shop around”. However, by spending a few extra minutes on the internet you’ll soon find that airline prices fluctuate. Which means if you’re the go-getting type who books a flight 3 months in advance, you may find  looking at the exact same flight 3 weeks before your flight will turn up cheaper costs. Prices drop, the economy changes, fuel costs fluctuate. I like to call this “the ultimate slap in the face”. It sucks, and apparently I’m not the only one who’s seen this hairy dilemma.

I’ve come across a new program that’s being offered by FlightNetwork. They call it “Price Drop Protection“. Basically, if you book a flight early, then the same flight decides to drop in price a few weeks later, you earn that money back. Its kept on your account and can be used for future flights and/or travel insurance. If you book more than a couple flights a year, this can turn into a decent chunk of savings.

In case my explanation totally sucks, their website has this say:

For example, if you’ve purchased a flight for $500 and the price drops to $400, you can grab that deal and we’ll give you $100 Price Drop Protection Dollars to spend on future Flight or Insurance bookings.

So it turns out I’m not the only one who’s thought about this whole price fluctuation in flights. The scientists, mathematicians and logistic people at Flight Network, whom I assume wear white lab coats did some surveys across Canada and found the leading concern with Canadians booking flights was price fluctuation. So rather than thinking “Oh, bummer…“,  they took the go-get’um approach and said “Let’s fix this!” – and fix it they did! Hello travel savings!

I should also mention that Flight Network is actually the 2nd largest Online Canadian travel company, so you know you’re in good hands. I’ll be using their service to help keep my travel costs low, and definitely recommend you guys give them a try too.

Backflip budget travel team high 5’s all around! Boom!

 

 

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Saving Money with Toronto’s Airport Expresshttp://ibackpackcanada.com/saving-money-with-torontos-airport-express/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/saving-money-with-torontos-airport-express/#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:58:06 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=2237 Saving Money with Toronto’s Airport Express is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Minutes after finding my baggage, I was already deep in convorsation with two Taxi drivers. My question, “Roughly how much is it going to cost me to get downtown from the airport”. They argued between eachother for a minute, eventually settling on “around $45.00″. I thanked them for the information and wished them a good day (how very Canadian of me). I prompty B lined it to the Airporter Express, located just a minutes walk from the exit.
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This big magnificant yellow bus was waiting for me, hailing me. “Come Corbin, it’s cozy in here. And it’s under half of what you would pay taking a cab. Did I mention there’s leather inside me. And power outlets, along with free wifi.” SOLD! I courtly told the lady in the booth as I handed her a crisp Twenty and a ragged Toonie that looked like it’d been through hell and back. Not a bad deal.

The bus driver graciously took my bag and was happy enough to ask how my mornings been thus far. I informed him swell, despite hating the fact that I’d been up since 3:00am, caught a shuttle in Halifax at 3:50, and waited until 6:15 to board my flight to Toronto. He didn’t need to hear that. Heck, I didn’t want to hear that.

So as I’m writing this, I’m currently chilling out in these wicked spacious seats, jacked in to the internets (yea, it’s plural now), and listening to some sweet 80’s slash 90’s radio station. “I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes”. It did indeed Ace of Base.

Toronto, your Airport express rocks. Good choice on sticking Free Wifi up in this sweet-sweet ride.

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Save Big Bucks with Travelgrovehttp://ibackpackcanada.com/save-big-bucks-with-travelgrove/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/save-big-bucks-with-travelgrove/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:16:48 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=1577 Save Big Bucks with Travelgrove is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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There are plenty of services out there to find cheap flights online. By now most people know that this is definitely the way to go when you’re trying to save money on your travels. However, one thing people seem to neglect is how much you can save by shopping around. I’ve recently come across an online flight booking service that not only makes this process as stress free as possible, it does all the work for you.

Travelgrove was established for travelers who are keen on finding the cheapest price, and the best information for their journey to any of the major city centres throughout the world. Their booking engine searches through the most popular booking websites such as Kayak, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia, then allows you to compare the price of cheap flights from one website to another. On top of the money you can save on your flights, the guys at Travelgrove offer travel forums, hotels, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages, along with detailed travel guides.

On top of all these great services they offer, Travelgrove aims to provide a community feel to their website. Registered users are able to socialize with other users and provide travel tips, photos, and general advice through their community section. Be sure to search for me there, my username is Nibroc. Once you’ve got me added, feel free to browse through some of my photos and share any destinations you’d like me to check out.

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The booking process with Travelgrove is simple. Type in the first few letters of the city or airport you’re departing from, along with where you’re heading to, select the dates, and tick off other websites you would like Travelgrove to search through. Within seconds you’ve got a detailed list of flights and costs to go through. This can be a lifesaver for anyone in a hurry to catch a flight but wanting to find some great deals. If you don’t have any destination in mind, take a quick browse through their Deals section to see if anything sparks your interest.

For those considering backpacking Canada, I would highly recommend you check out their cheap flights to Toronto. I recently came across a round trip flight from New York to Toronto for $308. You’re saving over 50%, as those flights are typically way over $600. Toronto’s a great city to start off in Canada. It’s by far the most culturally diverse city we have. Find out for yourself, read through their Toronto travel guide to find out everything from its history, nightlife, popular sights, and browse through some sweet photos. You’ll be on your way in no time!

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Track Cheap Flights with Facebookhttp://ibackpackcanada.com/track-cheap-flights-with-facebook/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/track-cheap-flights-with-facebook/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2009 16:28:13 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=688 Track Cheap Flights with Facebook is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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With the ease of traveling through many countries these days, it’s only natural to want old friends (or perhaps flames) tofacebook-flights make a stop wherever you are. Seeing as Facebook has become the primary means of communication for international friends, it would only make sense to be able to keep an eye out on cheap flights, and be able to share those findings amongst your friends from other countries. Believe it or not, this crazy idea already exists.

For all those Facebook users, check out Mile High Flyer, it is THE application to have to find cheap flights for your friends. And who knows, maybe if they like you enough they’ll actually book the flight and say hello!

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7 Steps to finding Cheap Flights in Canadahttp://ibackpackcanada.com/7-steps-to-finding-cheap-flights-in-canada/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/7-steps-to-finding-cheap-flights-in-canada/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2009 14:05:00 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=508 7 Steps to finding Cheap Flights in Canada is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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7 steps to scoring cheap flights in CanadaScoring a cheap flight in Canada isn’t the easiest thing. By comparison to other countries, flying in Canada can be expensive if you don’t plan it right and use all the services at your disposal. There are several factors to take in when trying to find the best deal on a domestic or international Canadian flight.

The two most popular airlines are AirCanada and Westjet. Both of which run international and domestic flights through Canada. AirCanada Jazz and Tango are their cheapest flights, and occasionally that can be noticeable. However, since AirCanada became the official airline of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the flights are getting much nicer. The majority of airplanes in Canada will have a personal entertainment system built into the seat ahead of you, as well as those awesome fold down trays we all love so much.

Step 1

Check for specials. Airlines will occasionally have specials during certain weeks of the month. If you’re trips not for another couple months, make a habit of looking twice a week for specials. Sometimes its only 15% off, but that 15% could go towards accommodation, food, or drinks.

Step 2

Book your flights to fly during Mid week. A flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday will be cheaper than a flight on Friday or Saturday. Always! Also, try and making the initial booking on a Tuesday or Wednesday, airlines have a habit of lowering their prices mid week.

Step 3

Search Google for Coupon Codes – apply a coupon code to your flight and save sometimes up to 40% off your flight! Check out Smart Canucks and Bargain Moose, they occasionally run coupon codes for flights. I’ve used these several times without a problem.

Step 4

Compare costs of flights between Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz – some will be cheaper than others. Once you’ve found one, don’t hesitate too long. If you think it’s a better deal than what the others are offering, it probably is, dive on it before someone else does. However, check the airlines website for the exact same date. Occasionally it will be cheaper through the airlines as Orbitz takes a small fee (~$6), might save you the cost of a beer.

Step 5

Book ahead – leaving a flight until last minute can cost you quite a bit. Try and give yourself at least 3 weeks, 4 would be preferable. But when you’re Backpacking Across Canada, sometimes schedules don’t always work.

Step 6

If you’re a student or under 25 years of age, apply for a ISIC card. If you fly often, these cards are great to have, they’re valid all over the world, including Canada. With these cards you can use student sales at  http://www.travelcuts.com/ – a great canadian site used by University students for cheap flights worldwide.

Step 7

If you plan on making more than a couple flights throughout Canada, The United Stated, and Mexico, you should consider buying a North American Air Pass through Star Alliance. This pass allows you to purchase coupons (3 to 10) for flights anywhere through North America. There are serious amounts of savings to be had here, definitely worth looking into it. 

Warning

Flights between Labor Day and Thanksgiving tend to be the cheapest time to book flights. Should you try and grab a flight around Christmas, you’re sure to pay some holiday inflation. Same goes for just about any other holiday, as well as the time of the day. Airlines update costs up to 5 times a day. Check the flights as early as possible. Check at least once before 5am, and again at or around 5pm.
Fly safe!

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Air Canada iPhone Apphttp://ibackpackcanada.com/air-canada-iphone-app/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/air-canada-iphone-app/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 04:17:21 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=643 Air Canada iPhone App is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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iPhone-AirCanadaApplications for the iPhone are becoming more and more popular, and many companies are seeing the benefit of using said apps. Air Canada has recently released their own which will help anyone who’s backpacking Canada with an iPhone out.

This iPhone application allows passengers to search Air Canada flights by route  or by flight number. Passengers receive all the information they need, such as flight status and gate numbers. It even allows users to check-in using their iPhone. There have been more and more airlines trying to incorporate the use of cell phone technology to their passengers, however Air Canada seems to have been one of the first to nail it.

Included within the App is the ability to setup a car rental using Avis or Budget, which allows users to grab a rental without ever leaving the Air Canada App. Air Canada has included several other features into their application as well. If you’re an iPhone user, and you plan on traveling Canada, it’s probably worth it to download the app and check it out yourself.

Click here to find out How to Download the iPhone Air Canada App

Air Canada iPhone App is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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