It's free, and it gives you all sorts of fun statistics. Like the fact that we sat in airplanes for a total of 64 hours during the year!
And they keep track of your flights on a map.
Our flight map from 2014
We love flying. Some people find it a chore, having to deal with security and lineups, but 95% of the time, we simply love it. Even layovers in airports. We find that time passes quickly, and just sitting watching the people coming and going is fun.
And our regular readers know that we also love getting the best price.
Recently, we flew from Las Vegas to Ottawa, and because it was a surprise we didn't talk about it when we bought the tickets. We've also got a few more flights coming up that we haven't discussed yet.
We knew that we would be flying back to Canada last year. What we didn't know was our route. But because we had the motorhome with us, we could essentially drive to whatever airport was reasonably close. I started checking prices from Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Denver. We could leave the motorhome in any of those cities in order to fly back to Canada and it would be waiting for us when we returned in mid April for the drive back to Saskatchewan in time for us to get there May 1st.
We did manage to get a decent price, but not a screaming deal like we've had for some of our past flights. Still, we paid $141 USD for the one way flight from Las Vegas to Ottawa, which actually would have been a great price until we had to pay for it in Canadian dollars, which ended up being $185 CAD each. Still, not bad. We had to fly Vegas to Philadelphia, and then to Ottawa from there.
Next up, we're flying Ottawa to Halifax on April 1st. It's tough to find a flight deal that both originates and arrives in Canada because Canadian airport taxes and fees are so high. This time, I had enough air miles to help pay for the flight itself, but with the Canadian Air Miles program we still have to pay the taxes and fees, which amounted to $71.33 CAD ($55 USD) each. That's for a direct, one way flight.
On April 14th, we need to get back to Vegas. I watched the flight prices for almost three months waiting for a deal that never came. It had been sitting at about $275 CAD ($212 USD) and not moving at all. One day, I saw it drop to $268, and I bought it. That's the lowest it ever went, and shortly after that it went up to $300 where it currently sits. Sometimes a deal just doesn't come along, but at least we paid the lowest price that I saw.
That flight is a real milk run though. We'll be flying Halifax to Philadelphia, then Philadelphia to Dallas, then Dallas to Las Vegas. Still, we leave in the morning, and arrive late afternoon so it's not like we have any overnight layovers.
So, four more flights coming up over the next three weeks or so. Good thing we like flying!
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