Status The Hard Way?

Old Oct 14, 02, 10:44 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2000
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Thanks for your responses. I fly full-fare or close to it on my short hauls, so for example $700-$800 YVR-YCG, $800-900 YVR-YCR, up to $1200 YVR-YXN. Almost all of this is on DH-100s so no J available for upgrades. If I play my cards right I can use a certificate on a Ba-146 to YXJ. New fare rules with big time change fees mean I will be paying more up front as I really can't schedule more than 10 days ahead.

I tread lightly on the land: coffee and bagel is all I get out of the MLL in the 6:30-7:00 Am time frame I use it one to two days a week. (Sometimes I long for a trip with a 2-3 hour evening layover).

For cost savings I will use WJ for Prince George or Grande Prairie when I can make the times work. But the schedule is generally the problem.

150 is a brutal number of segments to consider flying in a year for SE. Yike. I bet some senior FAs don't do that many (well, until this year maybe).
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Old Oct 15, 02, 2:24 am
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Join Date: May 2002
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Ungrounded, the fare structure to Grande Prairie out of Vancouver has changed. It is based on 1-way fares starting at $135.
Code:
       CAD     FARE       
   CX  FARE    BASIS    AP
 1 AC  135.00  N10OW    10
 2 AC  153.00  L7OW     07
 3 AC  188.00  Q5OW     05
 4 AC  236.00  V3OW     03
 5 AC  283.00  H1OW     01
 6 AC  320.00  BOW      --
 7 AC  320.00  C3OW     03
 8 AC  626.00  Y1       --
 9 AC  732.00  J1       --
10 AC 1732.00  Y        --
Here is a sample 1-way itin up for 3 segments:
Code:
1 AC 200N 29OCT YVRYYC SS1   700A  920A *         TU
2 AC8318N 29OCT YYCYEG SS1  1000A 1050A *         TU
        OPERATED BY AIR CANADA JAZZ                 
3 AC8310N 29OCT YEGYQU SS1  1210P  125P *         TU
        OPERATED BY AIR CANADA JAZZ
or you could leave 90 minutes later and do 2 segments if segment count doesn't matter. Here's the fare:
Code:
YVR AC X/YYC AC X/YEA AC YQU Q28.00 135.00N10OW CAD 163.00 END
FARE CAD 163.00 TAX 12.20XG TAX 11.22CA TOT CAD 186.42
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Old Oct 15, 02, 7:52 am
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Boy, has that changed. Shows how WJ's competition has challenged AC on some routes. I was flying to Grande Prarie regularly in 2000-2001 and the AC fare was close to $700.00. When I was last there a couple of months ago it was on AC (Jazz) fare was ~$300.00 (basically same as WJ w/ better schedule).
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Old Oct 15, 02, 5:51 pm
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The more I read about how the AC Elite level is worthless, the happier I am I switched to LH M&M earlier this year. In the last 4 months alone, already but 35K of Q miles into that account.

Could be SuperPrestige if I wanted to, but that would mean I might have to value AC - something I refuse to do. Most of my flights are on UA now. (and Canjet of course)

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