I often get asked about flight deals, and for the most part, I use Google flights and track prices to snag a good price on tickets.
When it comes to booking flights, everyone has their own preferences and budget considerations. For my family, I tend to choose Air Canada. I book in advance to get the best deal. Sometimes even though cheaper options are available, I'll still go with Air Canada because of the ease of changing flights and fewer disruptions. There a lot of consider when booking a flight. Who are you travelling with, do you have a tight connection? Are you OK with losing a couple of days of the trip if there is a flight cancellation?
A few of the things I tend to book with Air Canada
Same-day standby option: I love this when I'm travelling for work and have the flexibility to return a little earlier. I like that there are no extra fees or rebooking necessary - we can just make the change on the day of travel.
No Extra Fees: Another thing I appreciate is that we don't have to worry about extra charges for things like carry-on baggage. With some other airlines, you might think you're getting a good deal on the ticket price, only to find out that you have to pay extra for every little thing.
Fewer Disruptions: I've had very few disruptions over the last 15 years of travelling with Air Canada, and that's impressive. When travelling with little ones, I like the comfort of not worrying about last-minute cancellations and whether or not there will be another flight if ours gets cancelled. A few years ago, we decided to go with a budget airline from Buffalo, and while the price was amazing, we had a delay of over 11 hours, and that experience made us hesitant to try that route again. Recently my brother was coming for a visit; he booked the first leg of the trip with a budget carrier which was cancelled, and he ended up unable to visit and then also lost the funds for the second part of the trip. We've all heard the nightmare stories.
Yes, Low Prices too: The best part? If you book well in advance, you can get the price of a discount carrier without disruptions. So, it comes down to a little bit of planning and using services like the Google flights tracking app to find the dates with the best price. And if you plan to travel in high season, be sure to book well in advance.
I like that Air Canada also has the Rouge option with less expensive flights, and yes, less of the comforts, but the same flexibility and fewer disruptions simply because of the number of flights going in and out; there are more options available, and I like that peace of mind.
While Air Canada may not always have the absolute lowest ticket prices, the benefits they offer - same-day standby, no hidden fees, and fewer disruptions - make it worth it for me.