I am tired of seeing emails saying, “Seat Sale! Moncton/Vancouver to Beijing.” Because living in China means the seat sale doesn’t apply to me, ever. Now, it did save me $800 because it didn’t apply to me, but still a pain in the neck.
I saw the latest email, “Return: Vancouver to Shanghai, $805.” I thought, “You know what, I’m gonna surprise my cousin at her wedding if I can get the same price Shanghai to Vancouver return. I did the search, and of course my optimism was misplaced. Even though I would be flying during the dates for the sale seats, they gave me the big old high price middle finger. Kind of a way of saying, “Screw you, if you are Canadian, you will fly back eventually, why would we give you a deal.” Now, If I flew Vancouver to Shanghai, or Shanghai to Vancouver, I would be occupying one of those seats on these exact flights. I tweeted in frustration over it, because that is what we do now, and the response was this:
Here’s the thing Air Canada… I wanted to fly on your select dates, on your select route, on the select flights. No matter where I start, I will be taking up the seat to China during these dates, and the seat to Canada during these dates, but because I am flying from Shanghai, I get to pay $545 more.
I know, I need to just cancel the “Look at Our Stupid Specials,” emails from Air Canada, because they always just annoy me because they do absolutely nothing for people living abroad.
Then I just checked the flight from Moncton (NB, Canada) to Beijing, for the purpose of this post. Same stupid thing. Moncton to Beijing, $1062… Beijing to Moncton, $1817.
(These are searches on Air Canada’s website, not a third party website)
I will end up back in Canada sometime I am sure this year or next, just bite the bullet, and let them overcharge me. Over the long run though, I am pretty sure I am not going to make it back there very often. If I could get the sale, then I could justify a trip once every year or two, but at the regular rates, screw it, I’m gonna spend the money on a trip somewhere else. I can pretty much do a month in most eastern countries, plane ticket included for less than the plan ticket to Canada.
This is how it always is. I keep an eye on prices, and if a good price comes up when I have time off I would go back for a quick visit. There is never a good price/sale for the opposite trip, only Canada to the destination.
Thank you Air Canada, for never having a decent sale for anyone who lives abroad.