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Jeffan1ca
07-29-2006, 07:40 PM
Starting September 22 Sunwing has annouced they will have flights to Orlando from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City starting at $99.00. With taxes the total cost is $337.00. Those taxes get us each time. Not as cheap as flying Southwest out of Buffalo, but another alternative for those who want to fly out of Canada. Sunwing currently has a promotion that if you book before August 11, the 2nd ticket is 50% off ($51.00 + taxes). Two can fly for $626.00. Doesn't seem like 1/2 price but again its those taxes. For now it looks as though they have only Friday departures, with Sunday and Monday departures starting mid December.

Flights to St Pete's start Decebmer 15th.

website is flysunwing.com

canron
07-29-2006, 07:44 PM
why would you pay that when you can fly out of buffao $150.00 canadian any time

Jeffan1ca
07-29-2006, 08:50 PM
I hear you.

I have seen Southwest as low as $100.00 return with Dings. We alsways use Southwest but for some, Buffalo is not an option.

Southwest is not alway $150.00. Sometimes higher and sometimes lower. Our Southwest tickets this past February cost $284/person Canadian and I had got that price about 5 hours after they released the dates. All the cheap tickets were sold out by the time I got online and believe me I was checking alot for the dates to be released :). Still the tickets were cheaper than anything out of Pearson. Try as I might, when DINGs came or the price was lowered I was unable to exchange tickets because they didn't have enough seats available at the lower price. I had purchased 6 tickets and they usually didn't have that many seats available at the lower prices.

Currently Southwest flights for the same days I plugged in for Sunwing are $236.00 Canadian. If you stay the night before at a Buffalo airport hotel add anywhere from $75 - 100.00, plus gas/tolls onto at least 1 ticket which puts you at or above the price of Sunwing for that 1 ticket.

BitsnBearsMom
07-29-2006, 08:58 PM
Some people prefer to fly from Toronto or do it for convenience and don't always worry about spending a bit extra to do it - different strokes for different folks - if I'm spending thousands on a Disney vacation what's a few hundred more for the flight?!
There's no way WE could have flown from Buffalo with my fil that has never ever flown before and is incredibly worried about doing so. His comfort for his first flight - being able to sleep at home the night before and flying from his 'home town' is worth the extra we are paying on Westjet - we think we did well to get $347 return!!

Great price Jeffan1ca - thanks for posting about it.

wee-haggis
07-30-2006, 08:11 AM
Sunwing taxes and fees and way more than Westjet and AC.
I did a bit of research and you can see my findings on this thread.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1173805

Scratch42
07-30-2006, 09:00 AM
Are they not a charter airline also, like Air Transat?

j

wee-haggis
07-30-2006, 09:57 AM
Are they not a charter airline also, like Air Transat?

j
Yes...but AT,Skyservice,Canjet,etc,etc are no better priced.
Beleive me...I researched thoroughly (you may luck out in a last minute or sell-off with the Charter companies)

Scratch42
07-30-2006, 10:02 AM
Yes...but AT,Skyservice,Canjet,etc,etc are no better priced.
Beleive me...I researched thoroughly (you may luck out in a last minute or sell-off with the Charter companies)

NO THANK YOU!

They can also change their flights without compensation to you!

Lost a full day due to Air Transat changing a flight from early morning to late at night!

I'll stick with SW!

j

FayeW
07-30-2006, 10:19 AM
I just compared this airline for the flights I have already booked with Jetblue out of Syracuse.

First off, they aren't offering flights to Orlando from Ottawa, at least not yet. So I compared our dates for flights out ot Toronto. At first glance, the price was amazing; $49 from T.O to MCO, and $50. for the flight back! The tax + fees, on the other hand were more than 200%!!! $238 for fees brought our total to $337. Now, that by itself, is not an outrageous price to fly return to Orlando, and if it WAS available from Ottawa, I would probably book with them, but this price was DOUBLE what I paid on jetblue, (I had a credit) and SYR is closer.

Little Miss Liberty
07-30-2006, 01:34 PM
This is a great deal since I have been researching for dates in February and Sunwing is $300 cheaper than Westjet. Do they fly into MCO or another Orlando airport? And for those who have flown Sunwing before, do they have good service, do they generally fly on time and what terminal do they fly out from? (Toronto) Thanks :)

canron
07-30-2006, 08:39 PM
my daughter got ding last friday for $39.00 each way for that price its the only option for me .but i hear you getting up early to get to buffalo is a worrie sometimes but you just prepare for it we fly 3 to 4 times a year on south west .we each got a free flight so its worth the worrie for me .but go any way you can and have fun thar what its all about .i was just trying to help you out

hawkaye19
07-30-2006, 08:53 PM
For those of us in Ottawa, there is a direct flight from Ottawa to Orlando, that so far has excellent departure from Ottawa times (4:30 pm) and departure from Orlando 8:30 pm....a direct flight so that I do not have to break the mile run in going from terminal 1 to terminal 2 ......priceless

Cheers

Bruce

FayeW
07-30-2006, 09:00 PM
For those of us in Ottawa, there is a direct flight from Ottawa to Orlando, that so far has excellent departure from Ottawa times (4:30 pm) and departure from Orlando 8:30 pm....a direct flight so that I do not have to break the mile run in going from terminal 1 to terminal 2 ......priceless

Cheers

Bruce


Bruce, I guess I need some technical assistance. When I go to www.flysunwing.com, and select Ottawa as my departure city, Orlando does NOT come up as one of my options for the Destination. Is there another link I have to go through to be able to find YOW-MCO?

hawkaye19
07-30-2006, 09:03 PM
FayeW,
Right now it's $205 one way..but for me the convience outweighs the cost...just knowing once I get on the plane, I get off in Orlando at for my family are great times (did the 6 am flight one time...never again)

cheers

Bruce

Charleyann
07-30-2006, 09:16 PM
Geez, if only these flights could come into the maritimes. Namely, Fredericton!
We have no chaep flights hear. Cheapest out of Fredericton is 600.00. I'll take 337.00 and be happy with that.....how about you guys in Halifax?

Charleyann

Charleyann
07-30-2006, 09:17 PM
Geez, if only these flights could come into the maritimes. Namely, Fredericton!
We have no cheap flights hear. Cheapest out of Fredericton is 600.00. I'll take 337.00 and be happy with that.....how about you guys in Halifax?

Charleyann

FayeW
07-30-2006, 09:24 PM
Thanks Bruce, I thought I was losing my mind!

I'm willing to pay for a certain amount of convenience, but I just can't justify paying more than $2K for my family of four to fly from Ottawa, when I can pay less than 1/2 that price and fly direct from Syracuse (and that includes the exchange rate!) Saving $1000 for driving 6 hours means I'm "earning" $160. per hour!

hawkaye19
07-31-2006, 09:08 AM
I agree it is always great to save money. We have done the long drive to save the connecting flight cost, and the get up early flight to get to WDW early on our first day. We just decided that we would 'bite the bullet' and take a direct flight from Ottawa


Cheers

Bruce

pxlbarrel
07-31-2006, 06:00 PM
Hmmmm...yet another thread where those who actually prefer to fly out of Canada as opposed to a border city in the States are considered a bit loopy.

I can understand why people with a family of 4 or more (or somebody paying the bill for everybody on the trip) want to save money by flying out of the States. Please extend that same level of understanding to those of us who actually don't mind flying out of Canada. We're not crazy or like to spend lots of money.

I find it interesting that we have to explain in every single thread why we're not flying out of Buffalo. Gosh...it's as if we committed some sort of crime or something. :sad2:

MouseFaninQueue
07-31-2006, 07:30 PM
I know here on the west coast for me to fly out of Vancouver it was going to cost us over $700 per person (closer to $800). Instead we managed to get a flight out of Seattle for $323 CDN return. Add to that the cost of a hotel and fuel of going to Seattle (fuel is pretty much negligible as I have to drive 700 kms to Vancouver anyhow) and I still come out ahead considering I have to buy 4 tickets (wife, daughter, myself and my sister).

Would have prefered out of Vancouver but I can't justify the cost difference.

canron
07-31-2006, 08:25 PM
if you got ding the flights for sept are $39.00 each way on southwest

BitsnBearsMom
08-01-2006, 08:29 AM
thanks for that pxlbarrel!

Jeffan1ca
08-01-2006, 11:15 PM
yes thanks pxlbarrel. My only intent was to make others aware of Sunwings recently announced fare.

FayeW
08-02-2006, 07:45 AM
yes thanks pxlbarrel. My only intent was to make others aware of Sunwings recently announced fare.

I would be more than happy to fly them, if I could book them from Ottawa, but I still can't figure out how to do that on their website! When I plug in Ottawa as the departure city, Orlando does NOT show up in the list of destinations! I guess I'll have to wait until Sept 22 to see what kind of fares they will have.

starseed
08-02-2006, 11:50 AM
I'm also thankful that you started this thread, Jeffan1ca.

And because of this thread, I think we will be flying Sunwing for our upcoming WDW trip in January. There's two of us, we live in downtown Toronto and do not own a car, so Buffalo is not a very convenient option.

I have been checking for fares on different sites and even with the higher taxes for Sunwing, their fares still show at least $100 savings for two of us. I'll be checking their site regularly in the next couple of months to see if they will have additional seat sales for January.

Thanks again! :joker:

pxlbarrel
08-04-2006, 05:01 PM
I didn't even know they existed until this thread so this is great. It's always good to be able to price out competition. And I'm so glad that there IS some competition now. I thought that once JetsGo died, that there would be nothing for us. (When Canada 3000 died, the fares seemed to almost double)

tmli
08-04-2006, 05:26 PM
Just a word of caution...two years ago Sunwing decided to offer MCO flights. So we booked with them and found out through someone here on the boards that our flight was cancelled. They decided to discontinue the route. We received our money back but it was 2 weeks before we were to leave.

There are risks involved with every airline...however with a charter that risk is greater.

Buzz & Woody
08-06-2006, 07:51 PM
I just entered our info for a December flight at $99.00 and with taxes, a $99.00 flight X 4 people comes out to just over $1300! Now that's a complete rip off. I mean $900.00 in taxes-come on!

wee-haggis
08-06-2006, 09:10 PM
Yes...it is a bit of a rip off (taxes and the magic word ...FEES!...can pretty well mean that they can add whatever they want).
However...I was interested to read over the weekend that the deal they have during September and October is pretty good.
One person pay full price and the second pay 1/2.For the dates I plugged in it worked out to the equivalent of about $313 per person including taxes for YYZ to MCO.Not too bad by YYZ standards these days

T&E
08-06-2006, 11:46 PM
Hi there :wave2:
I still think that WestJet has the best prices ... especially if you get them when they are having a seat sale ... besides who doesn't LOVE the extra leg room!!!!
Cheers :joker:

wee-haggis
08-07-2006, 07:29 AM
Hi there :wave2:
I still think that WestJet has the best prices ... especially if you get them when they are having a seat sale ... besides who doesn't LOVE the extra leg room!!!!
Cheers :joker:
I'm a big fan of Westjet as well (going with them on Thursday),but even they are starting to creep up with their prices.
I was going to use them for our New Years trip but their prices were extortionate out of YYZ so, we ended using Tango going out and Westjet coming back to Hamilton (worked out about 1/2 the price !....although Tango to YYZ and Westjet to Hamilton raised their prices shortly after I booked).
Next year....we are shuffling off to Buffalo ...again !

woodstoforrest
09-22-2006, 04:14 PM
I've been patiently waiting for September 22nd, and just got off the phone with Sunwing who doesn't have any $99 return flights coming up from Ottawa to Orlando return.

Does the original poster have any additional information that they could share?

I asked the Sunwing rep on the phone if she knew anything about this rate and she didn't. Also asked if there was a sale coming up that she knew about and she said that there wasn't...

I'm hoping that the original poster could talk to his source once again and maybe give us an update?

Thanks a bunch,
Linda

declansdad
09-22-2006, 05:31 PM
Geez, if only these flights could come into the maritimes. Namely, Fredericton!
We have no chaep flights hear. Cheapest out of Fredericton is 600.00. I'll take 337.00 and be happy with that.....how about you guys in Halifax?

Charleyann

I checked 2 days ago for our flights next summer. I looked at Delta out of Bangor and with the current exhange it was still about $320 Cdn return. Sunwing is going to Fly out of Saint John next spring but I think it is only for March to May.

Jeffan1ca
09-22-2006, 09:04 PM
Does the original poster have any additional information that they could share?

Linda

Linda I no longer have the newspaper article. But it was a writeup in the Saturday Toronto Star back in July. I'm just wondering if the $99.00 was a introductory offer for flights booked by August 11. Sorry if I mislead you with my post.

phabric
09-24-2006, 10:22 AM
I booked SunWing for Aug 19-26/07 for $293/pp Toronto-Orlando.

woodstoforrest
09-25-2006, 10:04 AM
Linda I no longer have the newspaper article. But it was a writeup in the Saturday Toronto Star back in July. I'm just wondering if the $99.00 was a introductory offer for flights booked by August 11. Sorry if I mislead you with my post.

Not to worry. I'll just keep checking - the flights are currently too high for me to book right now, but it seems like most of the airlines' specials are only up for flights until mid-December. I'm hoping the flights for January come down in the next month or so.

There are a lot of us going to Orlando from both Toronto and Ottawa as we're getting married at WDW on January 22nd and the wedding party and our families are mostly flying as opposed to driving. We're all flying in and out on various days, so it's tricky to keep track of everything!

If anyone hears anything about deals from Ottawa, please post! :)

Cheers,
Linda

mom_rules
09-25-2006, 11:02 AM
Holy Cow! I just found a one way from YYZ to Orlando in May for $203 (including all fees and taxes-$89 before)

Does anyone have any reviews on this airline?

madonna31
09-25-2006, 11:24 AM
Does anyone have any reviews on this airline?

I just flew them from Toronto to Orlando for the day this past Friday. :thumbsup2

See my report of the Sunwing flight (with pics) here: Sunwing Airlines (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1206603)