Saturday, August 29, 2009

Save up to 15% off Air Canada flights with VISA, book by Aug 31

I just took advantage of this offer booking my flights to LAX for the FFP-ARAC conference in October and realized I had not posted it here on Iflycalgary. The offer runs for bookings made by Aug 31 for travel Sep 1 - Nov 30

Save 15% within Canada**
Travel from September 1 and November 30, 2009 on our Tango Plus, Latitude, Executive Class Lowest and Flexible fares within Canada. To get your exclusive discount, simply enter this promotion code when booking and pay with your VISA card: NQKWANZ1.

Save 10% to the U.S.**
Travel from September 1 and November 30, 2009 on our Tango Plus, Latitude, Executive Class Lowest and Flexible fares to the U.S. To get your exclusive discount, simply enter this promotion code when booking and pay with your VISA card: 4QMVDGR1

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

20% off Air Canada flights to FLL, MCO or TPA

20% off between Canada & Fort Lauderdale, Orlando or Tampa.
Book by Aug 30, 2009
For travel Sep 1 - 30, 2009.

Enter discount code 4C4V3GQ1 at

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Air Canada to launch service to Honolulu and Maui

Calgarians can now avoid connecting in Vancouver (or LAX, SEA, SFO) to get to Hawaii as Air Canada announced today that they will launch direct service from Calgary this winter. Both cities will start with once weekly service on Dec 5 and by mid to late December will be running at twice weekly to Honolulu and three times weekly to Maui. The flights will run until the end of April and be operated onboard Air Canada's Boeing 767-300ER's. Hopefully they will run the XMed planes with the new interiors and not one of the three they did not retrofit. However as the non-retrofitted planes do get quite a bit of rotation on sun/vacation routes due to lower yields, chances are the route will see them at least some of the time. No matter what I think my family will be hitting Maui again this year (even more then once perhaps)

Flight times are as follows:
YYC-OGG Dep 1420 Arr 1835
OGG-YYC Dep 1955 Arr 0515+1
YYC-HNL Dep 1405 Arr 1820
HNL-YYC Dep 1940 Arr 0510+1

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

YYC June Passenger Numbers down 6.8%

For the sixth straight month, passenger numbers at the Calgary International Airport dropped from the same period in 2008. The decline however stems further with 10 out of the past 11 months seeing negative numbers. The 6.8% overall decrease seen in June was the third biggest drop since August of 2008 with the domestic market being the hardest hit. Domestic passengers flying in/out of Calgary dropped 7.7% to 703,155. International and Transborder markets also saw negative figures at -4.9% (93,834) and -4.6% (172,676) respectively. Overall for the first six months YYC saw just over 5.8 million passengers which is 6.2% less then 2008 and even 4% lower then in 2007.

With continued talks that the recession is pretty much over, the indicators from YYC still seem to show otherwise. Couple this with lower earnings for Canada's major airlines and pledges to reduce capacity or slow growth in the case of WestJet, chances are we won't see positive numbers at YYC for the remainder of the year.

Source: YYC Passenger Statistics (PDF File)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Emirates 2 Day World Sale for Toronto departures

Not exactly a deal from Calgary but there are still quite a few travelers from here who like to connect to Emirates in Toronto, so if you are planning a trip with EK, this offer is for you:

Receive an additional $150 off roundtrip Economy Class fares and $1,000 off roundtrip Business Class fares when you book online. Save on flights from Toronto to any one of Emirates over 100 destinations worldwide. Bookings must be made Aug 11 or 12. Travel is valid until Mar 10, 10 with Dec 5-Dec 24 blacked out.

Book online at Emirates

Thursday, August 6, 2009

WestJet sale for Quebec City, Fly there from $159 o/w

WestJet has put Quebec City on sale and you can save 50% off regular fares. From Calgary, one way fares to Quebec City start at $159. Bookings must be made by Aug 7 for travel Monday through Thursday and Saturdays until December 10.

Book online at WestJet

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

WestJet selects RBC and MasterCard to supply the new WestJet Travel Rewards Credit Card

WestJet announced today that they have selected RBC and MasterCard to be the supplier of the credit card for the upcoming WestJet Travel Rewards program. The card itself will be the first MasterCard issued by RBC, who have been solely a VISA provided to this point. The card should be released in line with the launch of the yet to be named WestJet Frequent Flyer program this fall.

It will be interesting to see what the card offers and if different versions will be available, for example a no/low fee version, a higher fee version with a full suite of benefits. The card will definitely have a significant role in changing the rankings of next years Top Travel Rewards Credit Card (see 2009 rankings here) as WestJet is such a key player in the Canadian market.

Aug 6 update: I have posted on the Rewards Canada blog my opinion on the whole WestJet-RBC-MasterCard connections

Source: WestJet

Monday, August 3, 2009

Exclusive online sale: Summer of deals from Air Canada - Week 6

WEEK 6: Aug 3 - Aug 9

20% off all Economy class fares and 15% off all Executive First fares

Valid between Canada and Australia.
Valid on AC operated flights only.
Travel completed by Dec 11, 2009.
Enter 4F7HCUG1 under Promotion Code.

Discount code will be valid until Aug 9, 2009.