Oneworld member British Airways is currently selling cheap business class tickets from Luxembourg to Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa (in cooperation with American Airlines). These flights are only available during the Christmas holidays and in April 2021. Nevertheless, if you can plan ahead, that shouldn’t really be a problem. On the contrary: at least the Coronacrisis will hopefully be over by then.
You’ll always start your trip by flying to London-Heathrow. From there, you can either fly directly to Toronto or Montreal (presumably) on British Airways’ Boeing 787-Dreamliner or fly to Philadelphia on American Airlines’ Boeing 777, from where you’ll fly to Ottawa (also with American Airlines).
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Apparently this deal will expire on August 20, 2020, but that seems unlikely. You can either fly between December 18th and January 2nd, or between April 8th and April 22nd, always respecting the minimum stay requirement of 6 days.
You can use Google Flights to find the dates that suit you best, and we then strongly recommend that you book directly on British Airways’ website, just in case there happens to be another Coronavirus wave when your trip starts, or that Canada still won’t let tourists enter the country.
The short-haul flights are issued in booking class J, and the long-haul flights are issued in booking class I, meaning that, e.g. a roundtrip to Toronto would get you:
- 21,230 Award Miles + 13,138 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 15,548 Points on Finnair Plus
- 13,138 Avios + 360 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 13,138 Avios + 1,150 TP on Iberia Plus
- 12,232 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 9,980 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 9,664 Qmiles + 84 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 9,664 Award Miles + 120 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 9,664 Award Miles + 17,184 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 9,660 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 9,660 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 9,660 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 9,660 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,660 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 9,660 Miles on LATAM Pass
British Airways’ Club World Business Class
BA’s Business Class is subject to some mixed reviews. While it offers lie-flat seats in most aircraft configurations, they are deemed to narrow by some costumers. Since not all seats are facing forward, you might have to endure a long trip facing to the rear end of the cabin.
Further, that some business fares do not include free seat selection is critized, as it may cost €60 to select the seat of your choice. A more detailed review of BA’s 777 Business Class can be read here. Their Boeing 787 features a similiar layout that is reviewed here.
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.
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