Lufthansa and other Star Alliance carriers, such as SWISS and Air Canada, are offering reasonably priced tickets for flights to Eastern Canada. Starting at 278€ you can fly to Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa. Tickets are ‘Basic’ respectively ‘Light’ fares and therefore do not include any checked luggage. Adding a piece (23 kg) of baggage will cost you approximately 50€ in each direction.
Most trips will include a layover in Frankfurt, Zurich or Toronto (if that’s not your final destination anyway). If you’re thinking about skipping a segment of your flight, better have a look into our article on that topic:
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
Search & Book
According to the Fare Rules, you could be able to book this offer until June 15th, 2019. But experience has shown that low priced fares don’t usually last that long. Technically the rate is available for the following periods:
- March 31st through June 26th and
- September 1st through October 26th
But we found minimal availability before summer. Fall is looking better, and you’ll see more flights for the low price.
Minimum stay requirements are either 3 days, or you book the return flight for the first Sunday after your arrival. You have to fly back after 3 months at the latest.
To find this interesting rate, we recommend using Google Flights (instruction). But that will just serve as guidance since you’ll have to use Skyscanner to really get those super cheap rates. So look for flights below the 300€ mark and then go to Skyscanner and search for the exact same flight.
Tickets should be issued in booking class K. This will earn you between 25% and 50% of the actual miles flown with most frequent flyer programs. Some of them even exclude this booking class from collecting miles. So, not really a Mileage Run. You can check WheretoCredit to find out if your member of a program that has a reasonable rate.
Source: SecretFlying.com – Thanks!