Air Canada advertises on their website “Air Canada Lowest Price Guarantee always at AirCanada.com
An opportunity to check this out came today.
There is a return flight in July from JFK – DUS via Air Canada available on Orbitz for $869.00
A quick check at the Air Canada website shows this same return trip, on the same dates (20 July/26July) is priced at $1169.00. The actual trip is JFK-YYZ-DUS, then DUS-YYZ-JFK. $300.00 in savings are available by not using the guaranteed lowest price at Air Canada dot com.
Also, because this trip involves Tango and Lufthansa, Aeroplan miles would accumulate at 50% for part of the trip, and 0% for another part of the trip.
When I eliminate the JFK – YYZ leg of the trip, and using the same parameters, a return flight from YYZ – DUS comes in at a whopping $1818.00
What this means is I could book a return flight from YYZ – JFK on Air Canada’s website, book the Orbitz flight from JFK – DUS, and save $481.00 versus flying direct from YYZ – DUS.
Confusing? Damn right!
All prices converted to Canadian Dollars.
The story is over….
I checked my Aeroplan account today, and my balance has made a considerable jump.
There were two flights remaining from Egypt Air, dating back to September, which had never been credited to my account, despite my jumping through hoops providing proof. My Aeroplan number was even on the boarding pass.
I can’t discern when these credits came through, since they show up on the dates my flights would have occurred. None of credits specifiy Egypt Air – all are from “AE Customer Service”.
- 4,200 Miles dated 31 August
- 314 Miles dated 3 September
- 530 Miles dated 7 September
Having arrived at this point, I won’t pursue this any further. The 4,200 miles must be for JFK – CAI, although I was credited 5,600 miles for CAI – JFK.
Two weeks ago I flew United to Las Vegas, a total of five flights. All but the last connection JAX – TPA have been credited to my account. I don’t think I’ll bother following this up.
Unless Aeroplan does something to piss me off again.
The story continues…
I contacted Aeroplan on 28th November. Still little progress, but the agent (Mark) said all outstanding miles would be posted to my account by 12th December. I’m skeptical, of course.
Turned out I was correct. I waited for the new year before contacting Aeroplan again. This time, I’m told that Mark couldn’t possibly have any idea about when these miles would be credited. This time, I’m told to wait ten weeks from the time I spoke with Mark, so my next call time will be 7th February, unless, for some remote reason, the two remaining flights actually get taken care of.
Since I stated this process last September, the majority of the small flights have been credited. I’d give up, except one flight is worth 5,600 miles – far too much to let go. Aeroplan puts the reponsibility entirely with Egypt Air.
I’m left with these two flights, one in August, one in September outstanding
Next week, I have five flights scheduled on United, another Star Alliance partner. I’m wondering if I’ll have the same problems?
Downtown San Juan is old, crowded, and noisy. Tight streets, I couldn’t find anywhere to park my rented Toyota Yaris except at the parking garage by El Morrow. Beer costs more in these crowded streets. Stumbled across this old wreck of what was once a hotel. Long abandoned.
Reminds me of Belize City, with its burnt out, abandoned or otherwise derelict buildings.
The Key West Lighthouse, located on Whitehead’s Point.
The lighthouse was built in 1848, after the first lighthouse was destroyed in a hurricane. It was deactivated in 1969.
Get familiar with these guys.
Fancy chickens are everywhere in old town Key West. They wander the streets, enter bars and shops, have fights in public. They are protected, so you can’t interfere.
The story goes, that long ago, cockfighting on the island was banned. Since the birds were no longer making money for their owners, out in the street they went.
And there they remain.
Taken at the Daniel Boone National Forest, near Cumberland Falls, Kentucky.
My first road trip, Florida bound.
Cumerland Falls, Kentucky
Daniel Boone National Forest
Entrance to El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico.
I made it to the top, in the intense heat and humidity, wearing flip flops.