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Old Oct 5th 2017, 10:27 pm   #46
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That's weird. Curious as to why, I googled expedia.ca together with Cuba and a page came up with "all Cuba" as search destination. I put the same details in that I've been using for dates and numbers and I got some results. Quite a bit more expensive than Mexico, although I did find one for just over $1000 each going Feb 8.
Heres where it get weird. Look at the tabs Flights, Hotels, Flights&Hotel and All Inclusive.
If you pick the Hotel& Flights All Inclusive Cuba will show up but not on Flight only. Only selected ones show on Flights&Hotel but more show on All Inclusive.
Most Canadians choose All Inclusive as only Chartered flights by companies like Sunwing, Signature Vacations, Air Transat etc offer flights to Cuba.
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Old Oct 6th 2017, 1:05 am   #47
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Nothing before March
You might have to fly from Toronto...
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Old Oct 6th 2017, 1:50 am   #48
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You might have to fly from Toronto...
Looks like that adds about $350 plus 1 or 2 nights accom depending on flight times.

So far expedia looks the better bet although I have usually found better overall deals by booking flight and hotel separately, albeit for Canada only.
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Looks like that adds about $350 plus 1 or 2 nights accom depending on flight times.

So far expedia looks the better bet although I have usually found better overall deals by booking flight and hotel separately, albeit for Canada only.
That's a shame. What about Halifax? Flight from Toronto is only 3 1/2 hours so would you really need a hotel?
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That's a shame. What about Halifax? Flight from Toronto is only 3 1/2 hours so would you really need a hotel?
By flight time I meant take off rather than length. You know, a 9.00am flight from Toronto for example would likely mean having to be in Toronto the day before. Possible reverse on the return, arriving late and having stay until next day to return to Moncton.

Halifax (on Expedia) is a similar price/selection to Moncton (and two Canadian stops instead of one ) and on transat still not until Feb.

The flights on Expedia from Moncton go via Toronto anyway but with not too much layover time (although I did see one with about 10 hours )

Could be weather issues too at that time of year - Toronto open while we have a big dumping.

I'm only thinking of this for 2019 not next year. I think I'll look throughout the winter and see what happens to prices as a guide for later.

Perhaps I should just move in time for 2019....and then not feel the need for a winter break quite so much
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By flight time I meant take off rather than length. You know, a 9.00am flight from Toronto for example would likely mean having to be in Toronto the day before. Possible reverse on the return, arriving late and having stay until next day to return to Moncton.

Halifax (on Expedia) is a similar price/selection to Moncton (and two Canadian stops instead of one ) and on transat still not until Feb.

The flights on Expedia from Moncton go via Toronto anyway but with not too much layover time (although I did see one with about 10 hours )

Could be weather issues too at that time of year - Toronto open while we have a big dumping.

I'm only thinking of this for 2019 not next year. I think I'll look throughout the winter and see what happens to prices as a guide for later.

Perhaps I should just move in time for 2019....and then not feel the need for a winter break quite so much
You wouldn't want a connection in Toronto with an airline change or switch from international to domestic flights) of less than about 3 hours. I came in on Saturday with someone who had a 2 hour connection to Montreal who missed it (plane 20 minutes late, 2 hours at the baggage claim). I would avoid the Toronto airport if at all possible, maybe hub through Boston?

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You wouldn't want a connection in Toronto with an airline change or switch from international to domestic flights) of less than about 3 hours. I came in on Saturday with someone who had a 2 hour connection to Montreal who missed it (plane 20 minutes late, 2 hours at the baggage claim). I would avoid the Toronto airport if at all possible, maybe hub through Boston?
We have also had 2+ hours wait at baggage claim...but that was with Air Transat in Pearson’s crappy terminal 3.
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...I would avoid the Toronto airport if at all possible, maybe hub through Boston?
That's interesting.

At a similar price level, flying from Moncton is via Toronto while flying from Halifax involves Montreal and Calgary. Flying Moncton to Boston seems to involve Toronto or Montreal.

Perhaps suspended animation might be a better option.
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You wouldn't want a connection in Toronto with an airline change or switch from international to domestic flights) of less than about 3 hours. I came in on Saturday with someone who had a 2 hour connection to Montreal who missed it (plane 20 minutes late, 2 hours at the baggage claim). I would avoid the Toronto airport if at all possible, maybe hub through Boston?
The Swiss know how to do tight flight connections. We flew Nice - Zurich and then Zurich - Montreal at Christmas time. In theory we had 45 minutes from scheduled touchdown in Zurich to get off the plane, get on a little shuttle bus to the terminal, run through 1 terminal, get on a inter-terminal train that goes between terminals on a very precise timetable, get in a lineup for passports to be stamped, run through 2nd terminal without lingering in the duty free shops you invariably run through and get to the gate for the Swiss Air flight to Montreal.

Our plane landed in Zurich 10 minutes late (I think we left Nice about 15 minutes late so we gained 5 minutes over the Alps) and we arrived at the gate for the Montreal flight at the exact scheduled departure time. With Swiss efficiency the staff at the gate said 'ah, we were waiting for you to arrive and we can now leave. Less than 10 minutes later the plane pulled away from the airport.

I can't see YYZ or Air Canada running an airport or airline with that type of efficiency and infrastructure within an airport for that to happen.
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