Let's face it, going on a trip sounds awesome until you realize just how expensive flights can be. But luckily, Flair Airlines "[believes] Canadians have been paying too much for too long" and decided to make travelling across the country and to certain American cities way cheaper than some other airlines.
If you're flying from Montreal (YUL), you have the choice between the Canadian destinations of Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), Abbotsford (YXX), Halifax (YHZ) and American destinations of Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Orlando (SFB).
If you're flying from Toronto, you have the option between the above places and the additional destination options of Calgary (YYC), Charlottetown (YYG), Edmonton (YEG), Fort McMurray (YMM), Grande Prairie (YQU), Las Vegas (LAS), Ottawa (YOW), Phoenix-Mesa (AZA), Regina (YQR), Saint John (YSJ), Thunder Bay (YQT), and Winnipeg (YWG).
When I showed up, tennis player Genie Bouchard was at the gate modelling Flair's new grey, green and purple uniforms. So she got to look like a flight attendant for the day.
Bouchard is an ambassador for the new airline and she claimed to love what it represents. When speaking to the passengers on the flight, she said she loves that Flair "disrupts the Canadian airline industry."
"I think travel is amazing and we want you guys to be able to travel across Canada at low prices and see family and friends in our beautiful country," she continued.
Flair Airlines staff was extremely friendly and welcoming
In regards to the real flight attendants on the plane, they were nothing but nice.
I also got the chance the meet the CEO of Flair Airlines, Stephen Jones, on the flight, who said "I'm so proud to have this flight going today, you wouldn't believe the amount of work that's gone on in the last nine months" and then continued to thank everyone on the flight for flying with Flair.
Overall, every single staff member I met was kind and helpful.
When boarding a Flair flight, every passenger is allowed one personal bag for free. But, unless you're flying for a quick business trip, you'll likely be bringing at least a carry-on with you, which is an extra $39-59 plus tax if you add the baggage option while booking your flight on the airline's website.
A checked bag is an additional $39-$59 plus tax, and a second checked bag will cost you between $59-79 plus tax.
The moral of the story: the lighter you pack, the more money you save! Plus it's always helpful to have the least amount of stuff to trek along with you while you're on your trip.
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So if you've been hoping to plan a trip, Calgary in September is definitely one to consider. With Air Transat, departing September 8 from the Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport and returning from the Calgary International Airport on September 30, the total for a round-trip flight would be $332 with taxes and fees included.
The only catch is, to get a flight at this price, you'll need to fly "Eco Budget," which means no checked bags and you'll have to pay $34.49 to bring a carry-on, plus another $51.74 if you want to bring a second bag. Moral of the story: make sure to pack light so you can fly cheap.
You may have already missed the Calgary Stampede, but this city in Alberta still has all kinds of beautiful spots to see and exciting things to do. Plus, Banff is only an hour away, so you could totally make a pit stop there, too!
Flight prices were accurate at the time of writing this article but are subject to change.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
In a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, over half of Quebec respondents said that Canada should reach a vaccination rate of at least 75% before opening the U.S. border.
With many Canadians already envisioning a life post-COVID-19, the poll found that a "vast majority (69%)" are willing to wait it out until "at least three-quarters" of the country are fully vaccinated before opening the border to travel.
Only 22% of Canadians would be willing to open the Canada-U.S. border immediately, according to the survey.
Thirty-five percent of Quebec respondents agreed that the country should wait until over 75% of the population has two vaccine doses. Thirty-seven percent agreed that having 75% of the population fully vaccinated is adequate.
Only 20% of Quebec respondents agreed that the borders should open immediately.
Respondents in Alberta and Saskatchewan were the most interested in welcoming back Americans, according to the poll, as 42% and 30% of respondents, respectively, want the border to open immediately.