There ARE miracles everywhere...especially when looking for seat sales...
There's nothing better for my frugal nature than to have my patience rewarded by finding a seat sale with an airline.
When I'm planning a trip, the very first thing I do is book my accommodation, because the most important thing for me is to have a gorgeous little apartment or B & B to stay in while I'm traveling.
The very next thing I do is book my flights.
Sitting like a vulture, watching for those elusive seat sales, I check the websites of Air Canada and Westjet several times each day. I know that Air Canada posts their seat sales and special fares on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, usually late in the evening. I also know that their competitor, Westjet, follows hot on their heels. So, I'm like a bird-dog, constantly checking, checking, sniffing for a sale.
It pays off in spades, this year!
I finally found a day flight from Toronto to London, England for $199 one way. That was a 5 star day for me! I almost missed it.
A few weeks ago, after my usual many-times-a-day checking the internet, I'd gone to bed to read the latest Jodi Picoult novel. In the middle of a dramatic moment in the book,it dawned on me that I hadn't done my usual midnight flight search that evening. I groaned, crabbily scrunched myself out of my warm, cozy bed and waddled sleepily to my laptop. As Air Canada's website opened, I punched in my travel dates and hit 'Enter.' There, right before my eyes, a delicious seat sale had just been posted! Toronto to London for the amazing price of $199 each way was exactly what I'd been waiting for.
Now, I'll admit...when all the taxes, airport improvement costs, assorted fees and charges had been added up, the flight was no longer $199. More like $979.56 return. Still, a far cry from the $1600+ I'd been seeing for weeks. I'm blissfully happy, the grand-darling's thrilled and Air Canada has 2 more paying passengers to add to their roster!
Toronto to London...that's all well and good, but we live near Edmonton, Alberta. That's not even close to Toronto! So, I've started all over again, scrounging the websites, looking for that miraculous seat sale...
Edmonton to Toronto, Edmonton to Toronto. I've seen the fares go from $239 to $279 to $309...and I've been kicking my Little Irish butt for not snapping up the flights when they were $239.
This afternoon, while taking a break from my clients at work, I idled my way over to my laptop, Googled 'Air Canada' and screeched out loud, "Seat sale! Seat sale!" Kristen, my front office person asked me what was going on.
"There it is, a seat sale to Toronto!" I shouted. "$199 one way, finally!"
I quickly called my favorite travel person in the Universe, Ryan at Flight Center, I asked him to book the Edmonton to Toronto portion of this trip...$301 with all taxes, for each of us! Perfection.
Now, I'll go back to patiently watching for the return portion of this trip to pop up in seat sale mode, and I'll do this all over again.
See, it's definitely worth it! Even though it means spending a few hours on the internet, keeping a watchful lookout for the sales, it makes a huge difference in the end result of the cost of a trip. Less cashola spent on our flights equals more dineros to spend on good food, a special tour, a train trip out of the city to Giverny.
So, our apartment's booked, our flights are almost completely booked, and all that's left to do is to gather my various little pots of money together and see if it's enough to take me there and back again. A small cache in a savings account, the $200 I've been saving from a generous and appreciative client...it all counts. Added together, it should just about be enough...
Paris and London, we're on our way!
"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money." ~ Susan Heller
Chestnut trees in the springtime in Paris...