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    Security seems lax with shoes now if they're regular sneakers and not above the ankle

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    Got off my flight from Grande Prairie this morning, went to the baggage carousel and my bags had beaten me there... must have been due to my stop at the pisser

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    WestJet looks to be expanding flights to Asia with NRT as the hub via codesharing

    https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/230417-wsjl


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    Quote Originally Posted by flipstah View Post
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    WestJet looks to be expanding flights to Asia with NRT as the hub via codesharing

    https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/230417-wsjl
    I was excited about their direct flights to Barcelona until I looked and discovered they're double the cost of Air Transat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidI View Post
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    I was excited about their direct flights to Barcelona until I looked and discovered they're double the cost of Air Transat.
    Double the comfort/service of Transat too lol.

    I booked into Bracelona out of Paris for the middle of summer for $1400RT. I thought that was pretty reasonable given the seasonality.

    As far as the strike goes - I can't imagine this gets dragged out too long - Pilot strikes rarely do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidI View Post
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    I was excited about their direct flights to Barcelona until I looked and discovered they're double the cost of Air Transat.
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    Interesting to compare the additional charges between my recent flights booked from Spain to Canada:

    Canada - Goods and Services - 1.18€
    Canada - Airport Improvement - 23.66€
    Canada - Security - 17.51€
    GST - 2.36€
    Canada TOTAL - 44.71€

    Spain - Exit Tax - 20.20€
    Spain - Security - 3.27€
    Spain - Aviation Safety - 0.63€
    Spain TOTAL - 24.10€

    Canada's fees are basically double, before even accounting for the lack of competitive airlines.

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    What communist province charges a goods and services fee and GST?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    What communist province charges a goods and services fee and GST?
    You should see what it's like buying liquor in SK. 5% GST, 6% PST, 10% liquor tax. Good thing work pays my bills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidI View Post
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    Interesting to compare the additional charges between my recent flights booked from Spain to Canada:

    Canada - Goods and Services - 1.18€
    Canada - Airport Improvement - 23.66€
    Canada - Security - 17.51€
    GST - 2.36€
    Canada TOTAL - 44.71€

    Spain - Exit Tax - 20.20€
    Spain - Security - 3.27€
    Spain - Aviation Safety - 0.63€
    Spain TOTAL - 24.10€

    Canada's fees are basically double, before even accounting for the lack of competitive airlines.
    Every jurisdiction is different. Have a look at the APD from the UK. Then add the Passenger Service Charge. Flying our of LHR or LGW is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benyl View Post
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    Every jurisdiction is different. Have a look at the APD from the UK. Then add the Passenger Service Charge. Flying our of LHR or LGW is expensive.
    Yea, fees certainly vary, but I could book a return flight from LGW to Milan for less than the taxes charged for my flight into/out of YYC...

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    50k status before the end of the year...double status 2024 baby!
    Got to 25K Air Canada Status so far...chose the 750 qualifying miles per flight as one of my benefits so even a flight to Edmonton would guarantee me 750 miles

    I should hit 50K, so that double status will be nice next year

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    I lost my WJ gold last year, and had to call to book a flight today and talk to one of the "normal" CSRs (not the gold support line) for the first time in many years. It was friggin awful. It took 1h21min to book flights for my family. 40min of that was spent on hold because I was redeeming a voucher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjstare View Post
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    I lost my WJ gold last year, and had to call to book a flight today and talk to one of the "normal" CSRs (not the gold support line) for the first time in many years. It was friggin awful. It took 1h21min to book flights for my family. 40min of that was spent on hold because I was redeeming a voucher.
    Is WestJet strict on calling the gold support line if you're not gold? I can only speak to Star Alliance, but when I had gold through United, the live representative answering the phone always started off by thanking me for being a gold member - as such, now that my United MileagePlus gold status has lapsed, I don't dare call that number anymore.

    However, while stuck overnight at YVR in December, somebody gave me the Air Canada phone number for the 75k line. The recorded message at the start says that you've called the "exclusive line for 75k members", but the live agent who takes your call never asks for or mentions Aeroplan status. Makes a huge difference, as 1-2 hour hold times for Air Canada on the regular line were all too common. Never had to wait more than 3 minutes on the 75k line.

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    Moderate budget 1-2 weeks in July
    What would beyond do, focused on value, dont wanna overpay, deals deals deals

    July normally peak travel ya? But somewhere where its seasonally cheaper in July for whatever reason ahha
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    Only reasonable place to vacation on the continent in July/Aug is PNW. Way too hot everywhere else. For good value I find Whidbey Island just north of Seattle is a gem and very reasonably priced even during peak summer season. Similar to Vancouver Island but less crowds and better value. I'd also stay on the east side of Seattle for a few days (Bellevue/Redmond). Some of the best Asian restaurants outside of Vancouver and an actual DTF, Dolar hot pot, etc.

    Since you're a bball fan something I enjoyed was NBA summer league in Vegas the first few weeks of July. Great opportunity to watch rookies from courtside seats without paying thousands of $$$ during regular season. Seen Giannis, Dame, KAT in the past and it was a great experience. Crazy hot of course but you can do a lot of stuff indoors in Vegas.

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