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Old 03-23-2023, 08:49 AM   #876
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Crazy, almost like that was a choice? Lol

Bring crying kids everywhere, the theatre, a broadway show, etc. why not
You dunce, the choice to have kids doesn't mean you automatically need to self-exclude yourself from certain parts of society.

Also this notion that small kids cry everywhere all the time is stupid. I will agree that there is a small % of parents who will willfully let their kid cry while they're eating their steak, and yes that's both shitty and annoying as a bystander. But trust me, most parents hate the sound of their children crying far more than you do.
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Does anyone use any website for price tracking of flights?

Looking to fly to LA in sept but it’s like $500+ each round trip right now.. seems high
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Does anyone use any website for price tracking of flights?

Looking to fly to LA in sept but itís like $500+ each round trip right now.. seems high
I usually use google flights, they have a chart option to look at different pricing.
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Flying anywhere these days seems high.
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I usually use google flights, they have a chart option to look at different pricing.
This is the way. I would say you have 2 months to book before prices "start to climb". Keep an eye on the prices a few times a week, eventually it will drop to the "green zone" pricing,
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You have to be careful on the frequency of your search. Each search triggers a counter with the airlines and they will see it as interest/demand and artificially increase prices. It's a bad double-edged sword.
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You have to be careful on the frequency of your search. Each search triggers a counter with the airlines and they will see it as interest/demand and artificially increase prices. It's a bad double-edged sword.
I usually search once every two or three weeks, and just keep a screenshot of the chart to see what has changed or what not. Keep an eye on the chart and also keep an eye on promotions that airlines do - such as random Fathers Day X% off etc.

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Also not sure if this is allowed, but if not then just delete this post.

But for those who are starting to travel, I started using a Wise card (can refer those who DM me). Thought I would share:

- Essentially it acts as a prepaid debit/credit card.
- You deposit CAD into your Wise account and you can instantly convert it to any other currency via the app. I find the rates are pretty good - same as google rates.
- You can also take out cash at the ATM in foreign countries using the card as well.
- If you travel to multiple countries, you can convert leftover currencies into the next location so you never really 'lose' out on random leftover cash.
- The app is well made in which you can see how much is on the card, apple pay capabilities, etc. Only downside is you can't get any cc points...
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I’ve known other people using that card but I don’t really see what the benefit is?

The rates I get pulling either cash advances off a credit card or pulling money from my bank account are always very close to the given exchange rate at the time and some CC’s like the Scotia infinite travel card have no international transaction fees. So I don’t really see the benefit in using cards like the Wise one?
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I’ve known other people using that card but I don’t really see what the benefit is?

The rates I get pulling either cash advances off a credit card or pulling money from my bank account are always very close to the given exchange rate at the time and some CC’s like the Scotia infinite travel card have no international transaction fees. So I don’t really see the benefit in using cards like the Wise one?
Personally, I don't use a travel credit card, but I realized my card has the foreign transaction fees tied into the conversion which adds up a bit. I typically use Wise when its a sketchy place and I know they can't really cause any problems in the future. I also hate carrying cash so the peace of mind of just grabbing it whenever I need it is easier when moving around.
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Does anyone use any website for price tracking of flights?

Looking to fly to LA in sept but itís like $500+ each round trip right now.. seems high
I did a quick google search for LAX in Sept and i'm getting about $400 for a non-basic fare on Air Canada, United or Westjet. Flair is a bit cheaper.

You can choose flights in Google and then setup Alerts to email you when the price drops.

I feel like there's a lot of seat sales lately from AC/Westjet, so between now and Sept, I'd probably wait a bit still.
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Yea I think I’m just going to keep an eye on it and try to get a sale.

Worst case I’m paying 500-600 each, best case I get sub 400 each
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Anyone know what the most optimal way to spend 150K aeroplan / 175K BA points are?

I've been consistently scanning Van to TKY via JAL / AC / ANA but the business flights are roughly 150 - 175,000 points. Prince of Travel recommends that best pricing is around 60,000 points and I haven't seen anything close. Booking for Mar 2024. Maybe I need to expand a year earlier aka Sept 2024.
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Yeah, you need to book really early or really close in for the best deals on Aeroplan. Avoid AC metal if you can as the dynamic pricing really screws things up. You're aiming for ANA flights for AP, and JAL for BA.

Use sites like Awardnexus to track flight availability.
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Ahh, I was trying to directly look via aeroplan and ba portal and it was super slow trying to reinput day by day to find no dates.
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Ahh, I was trying to directly look via aeroplan and ba portal and it was super slow trying to reinput day by day to find no dates.
The best tool is called Cowtool but it's not easy to be granted access.
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Yeah, you need to book really early or really close in for the best deals on Aeroplan. Avoid AC metal if you can as the dynamic pricing really screws things up. You're aiming for ANA flights for AP, and JAL for BA.

Use sites like Awardnexus to track flight availability.
I've heard ANA releases seats about a year out and usually only a couple at a time. I was hoping next year to book 3 business class seats using points but if they only release 2 at a time that's not gonna work well for me. Maybe I'll do premium economy instead.
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I've heard ANA releases seats about a year out and usually only a couple at a time. I was hoping next year to book 3 business class seats using points but if they only release 2 at a time that's not gonna work well for me. Maybe I'll do premium economy instead.
They'll release 2 at the start of schedule, and then might release more close-in if they aren't sold. Your best bet is to do 2 biz 1 PE, and then upgrade PE close in if possible.

Guys, Flyertalk is a great resource for these sort of things, good forum for points tricks and tips too (look at Air Canada Aeroplan specific forum).
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Ditto to FlyerTalk. I used to be an FT rat but my corporate frequent flyer days are over. I look for lowest economy now.
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Ditto to FlyerTalk. I used to be an FT rat but my corporate frequent flyer days are over. I look for lowest economy now.
I think age is really altering the way I fly. I used to do just econ and try to go as many places I possibly can. Now I just hunt for good business class deals and arrange my trips around those. And instead of many trips in a year, I do one in a year or 2.

My last few flights were $1700 business class to EZE, $2100 to CDG, and a $4000 mini-around the world trip that involves CDG-YVR (long pause)-AKL-TYO-CDG that I'm going to do later this year.

Sure, you can find econ for cheaper, I'm sure. But I just physically don't think it's worth it anymore. On a long haul, it usually takes me a 2-3days to adjust the jetlag, and with econ, I arrive physically destroyed because it's very hard for me to sleep onboard, so I basically spend the first few days like a zombie.

Now I just do less trips but travel more comfortable. Budget is more or less the same... just done differently.
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So ended up getting 2 round trip flights to LAX with WJ in sept for $760 taxes in, acceptable..

However.. comparing prices with AC where they show you the full break down in fees.. what in the fuck lol.. there’s over $500 in individual fees including a “9/11 security fee” ? Lol fuck me..
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I started paying for exit row, still hard to sleep being 6'3 lol. Every body part goes number or I keep waking up when my neck falls down from being asleep. Not sure what to do.
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I started paying for exit row, still hard to sleep being 6'3 lol. Every body part goes number or I keep waking up when my neck falls down from being asleep. Not sure what to do.
Fly biz class or chop legs off.

EDIT: You know you can raise the headrest on most planes now? And the wings can be folded in to kind of keep your head straight?
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neck pillows are a life saver

we got a memory foam one off amazon. stuffs into a bag around the size of a small football. bit of a pain to carry around but it amazing for trying to sleep.....oh and a good eye mask.
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