Canada: WestJet Flights Starting at €232 from Amsterdam (w/o Luggage)

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Until tomorrow, WestJet is offering significantly reduced tickets for flights to western Canada. You can reach Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg with departures from Amsterdam for as little as €232. There are also some smaller airports, e.g. on Vancouver Island, for which the prices are absolutely fantastic. Incidentally, flights to Calgary are non-stop.

The cheapest fare includes a personal item and hand luggage. Checked baggage costs about €60-70 extra in each direction.

Info

From April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers entering Canada no longer need a pre-entry test. You will still need to use the ArriveCAN service in addition to your eTA or visa.

You can also simply use our search form to find and book the flights. Enter your desired route dates and let yourself be redirected to Skyscanner. The tickets cost around €60 more if you book them on WestJet’s website. Please note that the cheap flights are only available in November and December:

You can fly to the following destinations:

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e.g. €238 to Medicine Hat

First, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner will fly you non-stop from Amsterdam to Calgary. If that is not your destination, the onward flight usually takes place in Boeing 737 or Saab 340B planes. Sometimes there is also a second stop.

By the way, Delta SkyMiles Silver members (and higher) get one free piece of luggage. From Gold onward, you also get lounge access in Calgary and access to preferred seats.

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, the fare can be booked until October 31, 2022 for trips beginning before December 15. There is no minimum stay requirement (you could fly back directly on the next day), and there is theoretically no upper limit. If you travel with an eTA (travel authorization for around €5), you can stay in Canada for up to 6 months. You can also add a stopover in Calgary of up to 7 days for a very small surcharge, e.g. for €286.

You can find available dates very easily with the help of Google Flights (instructions). You can book the flights via Skyscanner or directly on Westjet’s website (about €40 more expensive).

Mileage

The booking class is E. Since the airline is not a member of an alliance, the opportunities to earn miles are very limited, especially for this discounted economy class. You’ll probably only be able to earn miles at WestJet’s own program.

Destination

Hotel prices in Canada usually start at roughly €70, depending on the city and hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

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 CA$7 (~€5) and is valid for up to 5 years.

Currency

Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately CA$1.33. 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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