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Trying to get home to Canada, can't get through to Aeroplan, advice??

Trying to get home to Canada, can't get through to Aeroplan, advice??

Old Mar 14, 20, 8:17 pm
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Not sure what the situation is in Europe right now with respect to trains etc, but if the OP gets through to Aeroplan and can't get out via CDG, it is worth trying other nearby cities that are within a reasonable train ride ... there may be more availability through BRU, for instance. Good luck, OP ... hope you don't have to use your $2,200 cash booking.
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Old Mar 14, 20, 10:55 pm
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Don't just look at flights from CDG, include ORY in your searches too.

TAP often has cost-effective flights through Lisbon.
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Old Mar 14, 20, 10:59 pm
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I see March 21st Orly-Montreal, round trip ticket, for CAD$412. Direct. But pay a bit more to get the ticket directly from the airline rather than MysteryTravelAgency (Panama) Inc.

Return trip is on March 22nd (lol). Might be able to play with dates for something that works, or immediately request a deferment. Or at least get taxes back.


Figure out your own way from Montreal to Toronto. Train/bus/rideshare/friend/flight. Train runs several times a day and is $57 right now.

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Old Mar 14, 20, 11:15 pm
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Could even leave *TODAY* (or tomorrow) to Montreal, direct on Air France, for CAD$569, round-trip.

You might be able to immediately reschedule the return trip to a later date.

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Old Mar 15, 20, 12:19 am
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Originally Posted by whensomever View Post
A ticket from Paris to Toronto is currently $4000 one-way. So trying to avoid paying that full amount, can't really afford it...

Thanks for replying. Yes, the other threads seem to be about people trying to cancel imminent flights, or people whose flight got cancelled. I'm trying to change a booking, not cancel.
If it was me I would go to CDG and try to rebook at the counter (but not try to buy a new ticket). The Air Canada website is saying the change fee is being waved if the change is made at least two hours before departure. They may want to reprice the ticket or not depending on the fine print in the ticket. Try to be nice and maybe they won't look to close to determine if they need to reprice or not. Not even certain how you reprice an Aeroplan ticket.

I was stranded in Copenhagen on September 11th. The travel agent and AC call center were all saying the return flights were fully booked for weeks. Went to the airport on the 15 and came back standby. Chatted with the SAS agent handling the AC desk, he basically said despite being over booked the daily AC flight was going out with few empty seats every day. All the normal over booking projections built in to the reservation system are not designed for these types of events.
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Old Mar 16, 20, 8:37 pm
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We haven't heard back from you so hopefully you were successful in getting a ticket home.

I read this article earlier and he has some helpful suggestions, and he specifically refers to the challenges of calling Aeroplan and AC.

Coronavirus: Advice for Booking Flights Back to Canada

March 16, 2020 • by Ricky

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