I’ve got a trip from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) coming up and two flight options…I need your help deciding on which routing to take.
WestJet Premium Or Air Canada Economy?
Air Canada has a flight via Montreal (YYZ) in economy class for about $200. I like Air Canada because it is Star Alliance and what I like about this particular itinerary is that since the first sector is a a domestic flight, I can use the Air Canada Café, a lounge that I love.
I also like that Air Canada sells leftover business class meals in economy class and has seatback screens, particularly because my son will be coming with me on this trip. Both flights would be on a 737 MAX 8.
Plus, I’d earn miles and EQDs toward my Premier 1K status with United (though not very much since it is a discounted fare).
Meanwhile, WestJet has a nonstop 737-800 flight with space in its Premium class (I’d say the product looks closer to business class…but I’ve never flown it) for $600. It would probably be a no-brainder to try it if it were traveling alone, but since my son will be with me that doubles the cost.
He’s 7 years old…he hardly needs a premium seat. Then again, when else will I ever going to be able to fly WestJet? It seems to me a good opportunity to review a product that is not widely reviewed.
Ultimately, either option will probably do the job well.
WestJet nonstop in Premium or Air Canada economy with a stop? Seems like a no-brainer until you consider the WestJet flight is 3x the cost of the Air Canada flight.
Ultimately, this is not about cost as much as it is about whether the extra cost is worthwhile. I don’t mind paying $600 x 2 instead of $200 x 2…I’ve never flown WestJet and although this is not the 787 Dreamliner, it would give me a chance to sample a new carrier and avoid a stop in Montreal (my least favorite Canadian airport).
Plus, it lets me sleep in an hour later and gets me to my destination an hour earlier…and I don’t have a lot of room for delays.
I really enjoyed the discussion surrounding my upcoming trip to Tahiti and would appreciate any advice you can offer concerning two carriers I rarely get to fly.