Air France has significantly lowered its prices for premium economy tickets to Toronto – practically giving them away for €369. Flights to Montreal cost €40 – €80 more, depending on the point of departure. Other destinations are sadly not possible. You’ll be flying in a comfortable seat on the long-haul flights, while taking up to 2 x 23 kg of luggage, 2 carry-ons and a personal item with you, among other benefits.
You’ll fly to Toronto or Montreal via Paris Charles de Gaulle airport with Air France. You can also fly Delta with two stops (e.g. Paris and New York JFK) – but be aware that all short-haul segments will be in economy class.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
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It is unknown until when these cheap tickets will remain available. You can fly from October 2020 until June 2021. There’s a minimum stay requirement of 6 days (or a Sunday) and a maximum of 3 months.
The long-haul flights are issued in booking class A, the feeder flights in booking class Y. If you’re flying the Oslo – Toronto roundtrip, you can expect the following mileage credited to your account:
- 17,760 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 14,750 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 14,750 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 13,330 on Delta SkyMiles
- 12,910 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 11,040 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 9,910 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 9,170 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 9,170 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 9,170 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,170 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 9,170 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 9,170 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 9,170 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 9,170 on Korean Air Skypass
- 9,170 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 9,170 on Saudia Alfursan
- 9,170 on Air Europa Club
- 5,420 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,200 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
At Flying Blue you’ll get 50 XP for the roundtrip, but sadly only 1,000 – 2,000 award miles, depending on your status.
Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
All Dealz for Canada
Translated by Ditmar Lange