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Flying to US but getting off at Canada

Old Jun 25, 20, 11:57 am
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Flying to US but getting off at Canada

Hello there, I am based in YUL and interested to go to YVR. I realise the pricing from YUL to YVR is around 500 CAD.

However, if I book the following segments: I was able to reduce 200-300 CAD.
YUL-YVR-SEA
YVR-YUL-IAD

If I dropped the YVR - SEA and YUL- IAD segments, it should usually be fine in normal times, but during the lockdown and border closures. I am not sure if the check-in agent will even let me on the flights. Could you please advise.

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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:00 pm
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I wouldn't even consider something like this right now.

The chance of a schedule change that results in something like:
YUL-YYZ-SEA
YVR-YYZ-IAD
is extreeeeeemely high.

And it's not like you'll get a refund in that case.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:13 pm
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If you're a Canadian citizen, technically speaking you shouldn't have a problem doing this. But like cow said, unless you were 99% sure the flights will operate as scheduled (meaning the flights are within the next 7 days), you're setting yourself up for failure.

TBH, this sounds like a great candidate to use the Aeroplan 50% rebate promotion.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:36 pm
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Uh, yeah that's called hidden city ticketing. If the schedule changes dramatically you'd qualify for a voucher anyways. I think it's fine, but understand your risks.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:39 pm
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Also, be aware that you'll need to book this as a one-way. If you book a return ticket with the intent of getting off at YVR, you're return ticket will be cancelled after you no-show for the connecting flight.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 12:40 pm
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Perhaps you might be denied boarding because you can’t get into the US. Perhaps you are rerouted via YYZ. I wouldn’t try this, and on a single ticket it would fail anyway.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 2:02 pm
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Unfortunately I hold UK and Hong Kong passport. I am not Canadian yet, so I just fear that I might have a chance of denied boarding.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by tobiashenry View Post
Unfortunately I hold UK and Hong Kong passport. I am not Canadian yet, so I just fear that I might have a chance of denied boarding.
In which case your plan doesn’t work at all.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
In which case your plan doesn’t work at all.
Isn't everyone allowed into the US unless they've been to EU/China/etc?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...countries.html
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Old Jun 25, 20, 3:11 pm
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OP would be required to prove admissibility to the US at YUL and if somehow made it to YVR, he would have to prove the same for the return.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Isn't everyone allowed into the US unless they've been to EU/China/etc?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...countries.html
Or are trying to activate new non-TN/O1 visas
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Old Jun 25, 20, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Isn't everyone allowed into the US unless they've been to EU/China/etc?
As I mentioned on the virtual Do last week, AC is even playing an announcement on the Aeroplan line that Canadians are free to travel to the US for any reason and encouraging them to book such travel with AC.
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Old Jun 25, 20, 6:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
OP would be required to prove admissibility to the US at YUL and if somehow made it to YVR, he would have to prove the same for the return.
Any AC flyers know if YUL gate agent will even bother checking since it is domestic flight?
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Old Jun 25, 20, 6:03 pm
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Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
Any AC flyers know if YUL gate agent will even bother checking since it is domestic flight?
The old system definitely required them to, but again, it's not relevant to this case.
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Old Jun 26, 20, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
As I mentioned on the virtual Do last week, AC is even playing an announcement on the Aeroplan line that Canadians are free to travel to the US for any reason and encouraging them to book such travel with AC.
Yep, hope that will stay the case and they won't "close the loophole"

Boat owners on lake champlain even have chartered flights YUL-Plattsburgh (45 min drive) just to go to their boats as they can't drive.
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