I just wanted to get your opinion on this, I am trying to use aeroplan points to book travel during March Break in 2013. I thought I was booking early, but discovered that all the direct flights to Atlanta for that week are 82000 points. The normal points fee is 15000. I checked all the surrounding airports within the short-haul level (15000 points) and they are all booked and at crazy high amounts.
I am in disbelief that the flight is already that fully booked with aeroplan fliers, so I checked the seat map on the AC website and there are 3 booked seats for that flight. It is the same case for Charlotte and Raleigh.
Is this just a case of people booking already or does aeroplan have them blocked off to take more points for the booking....
Let me know your thoughts and hopefully if I wait a little, maybe the seats will open up.
Those are Classic+ seats. You should wait for availability.
That is awesome advice.
We all know that March Break flights always have more seats available later rather than fill up months/weeks in advance
OP, what you are seeing is tickets that are going to be in high demand, and AC knows it, thats why they are charging ridiculous points. There are however, lots of connecting flights on UA/US for 25,000 - I guess they havent caught onto gouging for March Break like AC does to Canadians year after year.
I cant get a business seat in the afternoon of Fri, March 8 on YYZ-YUL either
Programs: AC-SE100K, AC MM, SPG-Plat, MR-Gold, Hyatt-Platinum, IHG-Gold
I agree with using a US carrier...the issue is that the 'Spring Break' in the US is not necessarily the same week as our 'March Break'...FOr example, schools in PHL are off in April, not March at all.
I often fly out of the US around our March break- for example- this past year, YOW-MBJ was $1,100 the week of our March break...I paid $315 ai for EWR-MBJ (there are five of us travelling)...Huge $$ savings.
So, depending on where you are based, check on the possibility of paying for flight from cross-border towns...
Which is odd -- who overbooks flights on the Sunday of March Break? How many no-shows can there be?
Everyone wants to get home - flights are notoriously overbooked - noone is willing to go home on Monday, gotta get the kids back in school, get back to work, flying into YYZ or BUF on that Sunday has netted me VDBs for the last 3 years straight.