Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Canada
Reload this Page >

Internal flights in Canada

Internal flights in Canada

Old Jan 2nd 2019, 7:35 pm
  #1  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2018
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 34
Hel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Internal flights in Canada

Hi,
we are over in Canada in Feb and are booked on a westjet flight at around 9am from Toronto to Vancouver. We are looking into paying the extra to make sure we are sat together. Is this necessary? Are the flights busy? I've been told they are more like a bus service over in the UK.....regular and not packed. So any info is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Hel2979 is offline  
Old Jan 2nd 2019, 7:45 pm
  #2  
BE Forum Addict
 
Hurlabrick's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2013
Location: London, ON
Posts: 2,427
Hurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond reputeHurlabrick has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

Originally Posted by Hel2979 View Post
Hi,
we are over in Canada in Feb and are booked on a westjet flight at around 9am from Toronto to Vancouver. We are looking into paying the extra to make sure we are sat together. Is this necessary? Are the flights busy? I've been told they are more like a bus service over in the UK.....regular and not packed. So any info is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
I have flown WestJet quite a bit, both nationally and internationally, including the Toronto to Vancouver flight. Part of the booking process is to select your seats, so that is when you can choose to sit together. WestJet is not like Ryanair with no set seating if that is what you are thinking.

To call it a 'bus service' isn't right IMHO, sure you only get food if you pay for it and for entertainment you need either your own tablet with the WestJet app loaded or borrow one of their tablets on the plane, but other than that, it is like any other airline. Our TO to VYR flight was I would say 3/4 full. I am sure you are already aware that this is a 5 hour plus flight, so I would suggest comfort would be a prime consideration. We flew the WestJet 'plus' class and loved it, but yes, it is a fair bit more.

Last edited by Hurlabrick; Jan 2nd 2019 at 7:49 pm.
Hurlabrick is offline  
Old Jan 2nd 2019, 7:51 pm
  #3  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2018
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 34
Hel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

That's great info. Thanks.
Hel2979 is offline  
Old Jan 2nd 2019, 8:41 pm
  #4  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Jsmth321's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 26,833
Jsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond reputeJsmth321 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

If you dont pay for a seat assignment in advance, prepare to possibly not sit together and/or end up in a middle seat, waiting for check in to get a seat is gambling, may work in your favor, may not.
Jsmth321 is offline  
Old Jan 2nd 2019, 8:43 pm
  #5  
Slightly Canadian
 
Atlantic Xpat's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland
Posts: 9,845
Atlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

Toronto to Vancouver is a busy route. If you want to sit together I strongly advise paying for seats together. Cheapest fare class on both WJ and AC require additional fees to preselect seats. You can choose not too but then don’t be surprised if you are sitting apart (& in middle seats rather than aisle or window!)
Atlantic Xpat is offline  
Old Jan 2nd 2019, 8:57 pm
  #6  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2018
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 34
Hel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

Originally Posted by Jsmth321 View Post
If you dont pay for a seat assignment in advance, prepare to possibly not sit together and/or end up in a middle seat, waiting for check in to get a seat is gambling, may work in your favor, may not.
Hi,
yeah that's the worry. Just wanted to check see what others thought. We'll pay and confirm I think!
Hel2979 is offline  
Old Jan 2nd 2019, 8:58 pm
  #7  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2018
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 34
Hel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

Originally Posted by Atlantic Xpat View Post
Toronto to Vancouver is a busy route. If you want to sit together I strongly advise paying for seats together. Cheapest fare class on both WJ and AC require additional fees to preselect seats. You can choose not too but then don’t be surprised if you are sitting apart (& in middle seats rather than aisle or window!)
will get booking! Thank you
Hel2979 is offline  
Old Jan 3rd 2019, 3:05 am
  #8  
BE Forum Addict
 
Snowy560's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2012
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,182
Snowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond reputeSnowy560 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

What you can do on some Westjet flights is select so called "less desirable" seats for no fee. I think these are either ones which don't recline or may not be exactly next to a window. I'm sure we've done this and I've not even noticed the difference although it might have been on a shorter Vancouver to Calgary flight. I can't recall. Either way, I always reserve seats of some descripton or another, and I'd agree with others, for a 5 hour flight there's no way I wouldn't do this. Every Vancouver/Toronto flight I've been on has been practically full.

Last edited by Snowy560; Jan 3rd 2019 at 3:11 am.
Snowy560 is offline  
Old Jan 3rd 2019, 7:24 am
  #9  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Nov 2018
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 34
Hel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond reputeHel2979 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

Thanks for info. We've reserved.
Hel2979 is offline  
Old Jan 3rd 2019, 1:06 pm
  #10  
Just Joined
 
Joined: Feb 2018
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, rural
Posts: 12
PETEMJ is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

Originally Posted by Hel2979 View Post
Thanks for info. We've reserved.
We usually book our seats 24 hours before the flight using the on-line check in, we have always managed to get reasonable seats together. It doesn't cost extra.
PETEMJ is offline  
Old Jan 3rd 2019, 2:18 pm
  #11  
Assimilated Pauper
 
dbd33's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Ontario
Posts: 38,555
dbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond reputedbd33 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

My wife and I have been on WestJet numerous times including Toronto to Vancouver and back direct and with stops. I don't remember what seats we had or if they were together, I do remember reading a book and trying to ignore the other passengers; same as with all the other airlines. I do think the experience is very much like being on a long distance bus except that aeroplane passengers tend to be on downers and bus passengers on uppers, giving the bus a frisson lacking in air travel. In the case of Vancouver, of course, there's little choice as the bus no longer goes there.
dbd33 is offline  
Old Jan 8th 2019, 9:22 am
  #12  
Just Joined
 
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 2
goegregentry is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

In my experience it really is variable, quite hard to predict. I don't usually pay and often get a seat with my gf on internal Canadian flights together 24 hours prior to flight. If you take this route of not paying, i advise checking in as soon as online check in comes available.
goegregentry is offline  
Old Jan 9th 2019, 12:37 am
  #13  
BE Forum Addict
 
neilcumming's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Merida Mexico and Calgary Canada
Posts: 1,042
neilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond reputeneilcumming has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

On Westjet you can reserve your seats 24hrs before take off for free but it can be a hit or a miss if there are 2 seats together left. Flying in Feb I wouldnt think the flight would be full so for me I would take the chance and if we missed out we would ask someone travelling alone if they wouldnt mind changing seats .
neilcumming is offline  
Old Jan 9th 2019, 9:06 pm
  #14  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 3,274
scilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond reputescilly has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

My daughter and young grandson are flying WestJet from Halifax to Vancouver and return in March, with a change in each direction. Her travel agent will phone WestJet as soon as the online site opens and reserve her two seats on each leg. For her return trip, daughter has to phone the travel agent 2 days before to remind her that this has to be done.

On all previous trips, whether WestJet or Air Canada cheap seats, she has reserved seats herself by phoning early in the morning of the day before. She rarely has a problem!
scilly is offline  
Old Jan 10th 2019, 1:21 am
  #15  
Slightly Canadian
 
Atlantic Xpat's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland
Posts: 9,845
Atlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond reputeAtlantic Xpat has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Internal flights in Canada

A top tip with Westjet is that at T-24 you can sometimes buy an upgrade to Plus seats (more legroom at the front of the aircraft, better food if I recall) for a discounted price. I used to do this flying from St John;s to Gatwick & it was like $100 for a 4.5 hr flight so well worth it.
Atlantic Xpat is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.