Airfare to Vancouver from Pittsburgh

Frwinkley

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Jan 10, 2016
We will be spending a few days in Vancouver prior to an Alaskan cruise in mid June.

Airfare is currently about $670 per person. Yes, there are cheaper options (2 stops, red-eye, etc.)

I am currently looking at Air Canada; early a.m. flight from Pittsburgh, with a 12:30 departure from Vancouver following the cruise.

Anybody have any experience with such an itinerary?

Just wondering if I should wait a bit or take the plunge now.
 

Marc D

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Aug 27, 2016
Did you try Hopper? It’s an app where you enter your desired routing and dates and they tell you if the current price is the lowest it can be. Looking at Google flights, it looks like you can get flights a bit cheaper, but many factors specific to you are not taken into account.

Also, try calling DCL and check their prices. They let you pick your flights, unlike before, and they are sometimes cheaper than the airlines.
 
  • ABCanada

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    When you fly a Canadian airline your connection will be in Canada. This means your connection time will need to allow for clearing customs over the connection. You clear Canadian customs on your first landing in Canada and clear US customs on your last departure from Canada. If you fly a US airline your connection will be in the US so you will clear Canadian customs on arrival and US customs on your departure in Vancouver so your connection times can be sorter. If I cannot get a direct flight I usually take a US airline to avoid clearing customs on the connection.

    Another option would be flying into SEA and taking the train to Vancouver. You might be able to get a direct flight to SEA.
     

    Frwinkley

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    Most likely we will be flying Air Canada with a connection in Toronto.

    I’m assuming I will also go through customs in Vancouver prior to heading for Toronto (in addition to clearing customs once off the ship).

    We toyed with the idea of flying in and out of Seattle, but it doesn’t really work. Train only operates twice per day to Vancouver, once in the early morning and again in the evening.
     

    Disney_Alli

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    Nov 4, 2010
    Most likely we will be flying Air Canada with a connection in Toronto.

    I’m assuming I will also go through customs in Vancouver prior to heading for Toronto (in addition to clearing customs once off the ship).

    We toyed with the idea of flying in and out of Seattle, but it doesn’t really work. Train only operates twice per day to Vancouver, once in the early morning and again in the evening.
    More than likely you'll actually clear customs into Canada in Vancouver and then clear US Customs in Toronto prior to boarding that flight. There's no need to clear customs in Vancouver prior to boarding the plane as that flight won't leave the country.
     

    Sue M

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    I live in Vancouver and avoid flying AC, I’ve been held up too many times transferring in Toronto, and worse landing in Toronto only to look at the board to see my connecting flight canceled. I’d look at US airlines. I use Alaska a lot but don’t know if they fly into Pittsburg. United?
     
  • Frwinkley

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    Alaska does have a non-stop flight to and from Seattle to Pittsburgh.

    I may consider flying into Vancouver, but than flying home from Seattle.
     

    BLAZEY

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    May 29, 2006
    Alaska does have a non-stop flight to and from Seattle to Pittsburgh.

    I may consider flying into Vancouver, but than flying home from Seattle.
    You'd probably save a bunch of $$$ flying to seattle and renting a car, or taking the train up to Vancouver. Air Canada is $$$.
     

    ccudmore

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    Apr 9, 2009
    Another option is to do the trip with multiple airlines. See what you can find with a US based carrier for Pittsburgh to Toronto and then do Toronto to Vancouver on a discount airline like FlairAir or Air Transat. Flair is showing prices around $350cDN for June for YYZ to YVR return.
     



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