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What is a reasonable / cheap airfare price from CT to BC?

Clinton, Connecticut
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Hello, We have never traveled west or to British Columbia. The airline prices seem to be quite expensive to travel from CT to Vancouver (though Vancouver was less expensive than Seattle and about the same as Calgary). Any thoughts or history as far as what a `good' price from where we are coming to Vancouver? We are a family of 5, so it adds up..

Any advice would be much appreciated!! It looks like a beautiful place to vacation.

SE Ontario
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It's a mug's game ... prices change constantly and are driven by demand and by season. Best to use a site like google flights and play with that according to your departure airport. Sign up for airline email seat sale alerts. Realize you may have to transfer. The major airlines in Canada are Air Canada and Westjet. Both have service from US cities to destinations in Canada. When you see a price you can live with, take it and don't look back.

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subscribe to Air Canada's and any other airlines that fly there and you will get the specials as they occur.

Vancouver, Canada
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Ask this question on the Air Travel forum. Those people are the experts at sorting out fares.

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I use Cheapo-air to see prices and routes, then book directly with the airline. The airports within an hour of Vancouver are YVR, YXX and BLI .

Penticton, Canada
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By using Kayak.com you get to see the choices from each airline for routes and a range of prices. Trying to get tickets with the same airline (or partners) all the way if there is a transfer means that way will look after you if there are issue of delays etc... and they will not issue tickets with short connections that you can not make.

Your starting airport in CT also could make a difference in prices.

Advantage of flying to Seattle is that it is a domestic flight and that you then have a land entry into Canada. Car rentals are allowed to travel to Canada as long as you let the rental company know and they give you the correct documentation. Car rentals in US are suppose to be cheaper then Canada which could make up the price difference of flying to Seattle but you need to do the research.

+ make sure you have proper documentation; passports is the easiest but not the only choice. Reentry to US seems to be more of an issue then entry into Canada which is where the passport eliminates the question of will this piece of paper be good enough.

Chicago, Illinois
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What airport or airports would you be flying out of?

Clinton, Connecticut
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Thank you for all of the tips. We would like to fly out of Bradley (Hartford, CT) ideally; Boston or New York would be the other options.

SE Ontario
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You won't get a direct flight out of Hartford. You'll have more luck, and likely a cheaper fare out of the larger hubs like Boston or a New York airport.

Vancouver, Canada
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Google flights, as mentioned, is great for sussing out flight options. Once you enter the basic information in the 4 fields, you can then sort by: Stops, Price, Airline, Times and "More."

A website that I find very versatile is Matrix. http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

Once you get through to the flights display page, you can sort by Price, Airline, Depart, Arrive .... and display by "Complete Trips" or "Time Bars." The time bars themselves are brilliant as hovering the mouse in the colours of the bars shows each flight time and each connection time. Not to mention the bars, compared to each other, show not only the length of the overall journey, but the length of each flight and each connection. Plus the airlines are colour coded as well.

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I live in a regional location not close to a hub. After many tries I now always start flying from home to a hub when going across the continent. The cost of driving +parking and often a hotel at the hub rarely comes out cheaper then flying unless you are really lucky to find connection that does not need a hotel stay.

from some quick searches using kayak.com looks like flying via Montreal to Vancouver comes out the best for some random July dates.

and a note: August 03 is a long weekend and busiest weekend of the year in British Columbia.

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