Frequent flying to Canada

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    Jul 08, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    I plan to fly every weekend from Boston to Toronto (leave Friday nights & return Sunday nights). I did a lot of searches for frequent flight passes. I found two (Porter & Air Canada) for around $36K per year. But, I know that there are much cheaper flights (I mean per round trip) offered by a lot of airlines. Does anyone know of any other airlines or frequent flying programs that maybe cheaper? I'd really appreciate any help you guys can provide.
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    Jul 08, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    Oh that sucks. Flying over the border is expensive. A lot of people here in Ontario will drive across the border to take a flight from NY or Detroit to another place in the USA. For some reason, the ticket prices SOAR when there's a border crossing, even if it's half the distance as a US-to-US flight.
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    Jul 08, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    I was wondering if any of the American airlines (not just AA) have any frequent programs. I tried looking, but all I came across were air-miles point systems.
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    Jul 09, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    jet blue flies to buffalo airport.

    to get from buffalo airport to toronto takes about 2hrs drive (including border crossing).

    there are megabus routes from buffalo airport to downtown toronto for $15 each way.

    alternately you can hire a car and drive yourself.

    good luck!

  • dantoujours

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    Jul 09, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    Canadian airport taxes are very high. Toronto, in particular, has some of the highest taxes in the world. So it's going to be very hard to get around that. Flying into Buffalo and taking the shuttle to Toronto is more economical (albeit slower.)


    ...the Americans subsidize their airports while the Canadians charge them rent and expect users to cover costs like security and air traffic control.

    "The Government of Canada should stop treating airports as a source of public revenue," Dawson said.

    People flying out of Canadian airports often pay 60 and 75 per cent above the airline's base fare to cover taxes and charges, compared to between 10 and 18 per cent in the U.S., the senate report found.


    http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Millions+Canadians+flying+airports/6799426/story.html
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    Jul 09, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    you can also fly to detroit cross over to windsor and fly windsor to toronto on porter
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    Jul 09, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    kingmo saidjet blue flies to buffalo airport.

    to get from buffalo airport to toronto takes about 2hrs drive (including border crossing).

    there are megabus routes from buffalo airport to downtown toronto for $15 each way.

    alternately you can hire a car and drive yourself.

    good luck!

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  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 09, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    See if you qualify for a United World Card. Has great benefits for frequent flight travelers! This is there top card not gold not platinum but world. You'll need a great credit score to get one.icon_idea.gif
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    Jul 14, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    Can I ask why? Boston is a great city! icon_smile.gif

    Don't think that a pass program is going to be your best deal simply because it's a "pass."

    You should probably do some math and see what fares are for your travel dates, and book them ASAP.

    In general, airlines are running at full or near-full capacity today, so there's no real incentive to offer a pass program to fill empty seats. They'd rather sell everything on the plane at $300-$500/each than take your $3K-$4K for unlimited flights.
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    Jul 14, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidOh that sucks. Flying over the border is expensive. A lot of people here in Ontario will drive across the border to take a flight from NY or Detroit to another place in the USA. For some reason, the ticket prices SOAR when there's a border crossing, even if it's half the distance as a US-to-US flight.

    It's the canadian taxes. Canadians tax the users of the airports in their ticket prices to pay for maintenance and improvements to airports. So the tickets are way expensive in Canada. Americans pay for improvemens with general tax revenues.