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I cant imagine its worse than Air Canada....I'll take my chances as I could book 3 flights for the price of one with Air Canada....hopefully one of the 3 flights will make it for me....lol

 

From Eastern Canada its insane to fly..so we always have to drive to Maine and then get a deal with a low cost carrier there...I am willing to give Flair a chance to see just how bad or good they are..I have looked at their add-ons...seems reasonable compared to the rest of the industry out here so to save almost $1000 per trip for us I will take a chance!

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14 minutes ago, monctonguy said:

I cant imagine its worse than Air Canada....I'll take my chances as I could book 3 flights for the price of one with Air Canada....hopefully one of the 3 flights will make it for me....lol

 

From Eastern Canada its insane to fly..so we always have to drive to Maine and then get a deal with a low cost carrier there...I am willing to give Flair a chance to see just how bad or good they are..I have looked at their add-ons...seems reasonable compared to the rest of the industry out here so to save almost $1000 per trip for us I will take a chance!

I hope everything works out for you! You definitely can’t beat that price! My bit of advice is to be sure to review their check in policies. We had to arrive 2.5-3 hours early for a domestic flight from Vancouver to Calgary in order to check in our luggage. ?‍♀️ The check in counter closed earlier than traditional airlines to allow the staff to work the gate counter. It was a gong show. And due to the age of their planes headsets were not permitted for most of the short flight. My son and I were relieved when we touched down safely in YYC. LOL I am hoping that they may have addressed this with their recent expansion with a newer fleet and more airport staff.  To be fair, the low cost carrier model is not for me. I wish flights weren’t so expensive in Canada. ? 

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5 hours ago, monctonguy said:

No sailing till 2022 now for me..its just turning into one delay and frustration after another.......

 

It's all absurd..if they were "following the science", Canadians should be allowed into the US but not the other way around.....but even if they did, I am not vactionign with a mask on so no bueno!

 

And with Cayman Islands not opening till at least  2022 to cruise ships, we have decided to cancel our November cruise on Brilliance......so it will be 2.5 years before we hope to cruise since the last one...holding out hope for our cruise booked in April 2022 out of San Juan.

Simply go to Mexico and then walk/drive across the boarder.

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1 hour ago, Matt said:

@Lovetocruise2002 Is the issue with flying from Canada purely price (more expensive to fly from Canada than drive and fly from USA)? I'm just trying to understand the issue better, no judgements!

Pretend there is an international border between you and MCO.  MCO is in another country, a circle is around MCO that places it in a foreign country. 

In this make believe Florida, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Miami don't have airports.  For airports in your home country the closest airport is Atlanta, or Key West.

MCO is so close and much cheaper to fly from, but to get to MCO you have to cross an international border that's closed right now.  So Atlanta is it.  

Landing fees are crazy at Canadian airports so airfare is more costly relative to US airports and for her the closest Canadian airport is a long drive away.  

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2 hours ago, Matt said:

@Lovetocruise2002 Is the issue with flying from Canada purely price (more expensive to fly from Canada than drive and fly from USA)? I'm just trying to understand the issue better, no judgements!

 

51 minutes ago, twangster said:

Pretend there is an international border between you and MCO.  MCO is in another country, a circle is around MCO that places it in a foreign country. 

In this make believe Florida, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Miami don't have airports.  For airports in your home country the closest airport is Atlanta, or Key West.

MCO is so close and much cheaper to fly from, but to get to MCO you have to cross an international border that's closed right now.  So Atlanta is it.  

Landing fees are crazy at Canadian airports so airfare is more costly relative to US airports and for her the closest Canadian airport is a long drive away.  

Yup. What @twangsterexplained. For me, I would have to drive about 4x the distance and 4x the cost to fly out of Canada. Even a suite snob like me cannot justify that ?

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Quick question for my Canadian friends or anybody else that knows the answer. And I apologize in advance if this has already been asked and answered.

To enter Canada now, if I read correctly, you need proof of vaccination AND a negative Covid test?

Thanks

 

Happy Cruising!

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16 minutes ago, FManke said:

Quick question for my Canadian friends or anybody else that knows the answer. And I apologize in advance if this has already been asked and answered.

To enter Canada now, if I read correctly, you need proof of vaccination AND a negative Covid test?

Thanks

 

Happy Cruising!

For us Canadians to come back we need vaccination proof and a PCR no more then 3 days before. No more PCR at airport but will be a random lottery ( a negative lottery) for some that may have to. I think a qc issue.

In aug when they let US citizens come in I believe the rules are the same.

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US announced that they will NOT be re-opening the border to international travel anytime soon due to Delta...just announced this on Friday...so at this point it would be now be at least Sept or October at the earliest.....not booking any trips or cruises for the rest of 2021..

 

Now, lets see if 2022 is a write off....I wouldn't count on anything at this point the way things are going in the USA.. ?

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On 7/22/2021 at 1:26 PM, monctonguy said:

From Eastern Canada its insane to fly..so we always have to drive to Maine and then get a deal with a low cost carrier there...I am willing to give Flair a chance to see just how bad or good they are..I have looked at their add-ons...seems reasonable compared to the rest of the industry out here so to save almost $1000 per trip for us I will take a chance!

Where are you from in Eastern Canada?  I assume it is the Maritimes if you are driving to Maine to fly?  I am in Saint John, NB.

Edit:  Never mind.  Apparently I am a bit slow on the uptake today. I just noticed your handle. I think I figured it out. ?

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Not only are flights from Canada way more expensive than flying from the US, but an issue that @monctonguyand I have is that we live in towns with pretty small airports.  There are 0 direct flights to the USA from Saint John where I live.  I don't think Moncton has any either and if they do, they are minimal. If I fly out of Saint John, I have to route through Montreal or Toronto with potential additional stops in Halifax & US airports before I can get to where I am going.  It is usually less expensive and takes less time to drive to Bangor or Portland ME and grab a direct flight to the US destination I want to get to.

Despite the fact that we cannot drive across the border right now, I did manage to get lucky and was able to use Aeroplan points to book flights for my next couple of cruises directly out of Saint John.  I still have to connect, but I should be arriving in Florida around noon.  My next few cruises are B2B2Bs so it will be nice to fly from home and not have to pay for parking for 3 weeks ?  Next up is Odyssey starting 8/22.  I cannot wait to get back on the water.

Here is a pic to show you just how small my airport is.

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