Oliver and I decided to fly to Ontario for the weekend (actually, I decided, and forced Oliver to come with me; he happily complied).
We made the decision to take this trip last Sunday, which meant reserving tickets 5 days in advance. The Air Canada round-trip fare from Charlottetown to Toronto was approximately $700 per person, for a total of $1400. A lot of money for a weekend trip.
I surveyed the alternatives: WestJet from Moncton to Hamilton, and CanJet and JetsGo, both from Halifax to Toronto. I left out Tango because I figure Air Canada itself is bad enough — do I really want to see how they act when they admit they’re being cut rate?
By far and away the best website, with the best price, and the best flights, time-wise, was JetsGo. Total fare for Oliver and I together, return, was $560, a saving of almost $900 over the Air Canada fare from Charlottetown, and certainly enough to get us to go to the trouble of driving to Halifax.
The JetsGo experience was great: no lineups at check-in, very friendly and helpful staff, on-time departure, friendly flight crew (very snappily dressed in custom tailored leather jackets), lots of room between the seats, and a clean airplane (most Air Canada flights are missing at least two of these items these days). We arrived at the relatively uncrowded and modern Terminal 3 about 15 minutes late due, the captain told us, to a fierce head wind.
The downside? Well, no free drinks or food. But that’s not really a downside: on Air Canada you get either tasteless pretzels or a uninspired boxed lunch and 1/2 a can of soda. On JetsGo, Oliver and I shared a Montreal bagel with cream cheese, a fruit cup, an iced tea and an orange juice (both with the full can) for $5. Given that I was saving $900, I had no problem paying this, and I could have just as easily brought my own food.
JetsGo is coming to Charlottetown early in the new year, and I, as a new and satisfied customer, welcome them with open arms. Based on our experiences today, I’d have no hesitation recommending the airline.