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YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 6:54 am

This is going to be my first time in Vancouver,
I'd like to fly from Ottawa.
AC offers 3 direct flights a day on 767-200 or A320.

Canada 3000 sales agent seems to be lost and ask me to call back on May 1st once the merger is complete!
She said I could probably go via Toronto or direct on a 737-200 bust she wasn't sure.

West Jet offers the following; Ottawa-Hamilton, Hamilton-Winnipeg, Winnipeg-Calgary, Calgary-Vancouver... WooW... on a 732.

Air Canada as the lowest price curiously, followed by C3 and West Jet (800$, round-trip per person +taxes)
So..... which one (I'f you have a good hotel name to give me in the greater Vancouver, It would be appreciated!)
Regards, SafeFlyer. Smile
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 7:35 am

Air Canada having the lowest prices? That's surprising. But I tell you what - if the low price is true, go for Air Canada! You'll get better service, the flights are more nonstop from YOW to YVR - and you get to fly on newer aircraft, and besides, those newer aircraft would have better IFE systems. I don't mind 737-200s personally, but I wouldn't want to be cooped up in one for more than 2-3 hours.

Vancouver's a nice city. You'll like it there. Just remember to give yourself plenty of time to get around - traffic can be very heavy at times. Stanley Park's awesome and so are the views of the mountains to the north of downtown Vancouver.

Which part of the Greater Vancouver area do you plan on staying in? And exactly when are you going to be in Vancouver? I'd recommend staying near or in downtown Vancouver because it's a more centralized location as far as tourist attractions are concerned.
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 7:48 am

Hey Safeflyer,

I am shocked Air Canada has the lowest fares for that flight. I would buy the ticket(s) right this minute because Air Canada compared to the two others is simply the best. It has the much better service, the flight is direct, and the fleet is very nice.

Watch yourself in Vancouver right now there is currently a transit strike that is supposed to last quite a while. It makes traffic awful during rush hour. So plan accordingly.

As for hotels in Vancouver. I am quite familiar with the downtown ones. The best hotel, I feel, is Hotel Vancouver. It is a CP Hotel (now under fairmont).

If you have any further questions just post.

Vancouver, BC
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 8:01 am

Samurai 777, thanks for your interest in my trip. Yes, Air Canada does have the lowest prices (About 499$ round trip, per person and including taxes). C3 follows with about 610$ per person round trip, incl taxes). Staying downtown was my idea, but how are the hotel rates? More like in Montréal or Toronto?
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 8:11 am

Hotel Vancouver, really?
'cause last summer we stayed at the Queen Elizabeth (a CP too) in Montreal and I can assure you, NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Anyone on this site planning to go there, cancel your reservation and look at other places!)And I've asked to about 10 persons who slept there in the last 2 years and their stay was not good at all, like mine... AC not working when 30 degrees (Celsius)..... just one of the things.

Is Air Canada still have it's rude and unfriendly old FA?
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 9:06 am


The F/A on Air Canada have gotten much better. As for Hotel Vancouver, I had a part-time job there for 1 year and I must say the hotel is excellent. The staff is very friendly, and the rooms are very plentiful. I have also stayed at many CP Hotels before, I have never had any major problems with them. Plus since the merger with Fairmont the service and quality has gone up even higher.

Other 4+ Star Hotels in Downtown:
The Sutton Place
Sheraton Wall Center
The Four Seasons
Pan Pacific
The Waterfront

Let me know if you want anymore info,
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AC Flt

Wed Apr 18, 2001 10:42 am

Safeflyer, go for AC, their FAs r getting better now as they hired lotta ppl recently, and it's just so hard for them to get rid of those very old and unfriendly ones... I mean age does not matter, as long as you have good temper and provide good services... Believe me, iespecially if you are going from the east to the west, go for a bigger aircraft and non stop, coz it takes longer and it's just so uncomfortable flying the smaller narrowbody planes. I think a non stop from YOW to YVR will be around 6 hours, so be ready!
Damn I miss Vancouver! Big grin Such a wonderful city, if u have limited budget, get a local motel such as travelodge, but if u have more $$$, and if u love airplane... Try the airport hotel! Big grin
Have a very nice trip!


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RE: AC Flt

Wed Apr 18, 2001 12:10 pm

Vancouver's a beautiful city, I stayed at the Sheraton Wall Center (suite) and it was amazing, we had a nice breakfast room on the 25th floor. I recommend this one and also the Westin (that's the name right?)...
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Wed Apr 18, 2001 1:15 pm


I live in the Ottawa area too, and I visit Vancouver once a year (I was born there and have family there). I have always flown Air Canada or the now defunct Canadian Airlines, and every time, the service was quite good. I flew the evening AC flight last July (AC139), and it was great! The food was actually delicious, the seats were great, the flight attendants were jolly, and I got a cockpit visit! It didn't hurt that the plane was only half full though.

If possible, it would be good to get a hotel in Vancouver which has a view of the harbour. Hotels with good views include the Westin (4*) and either the Four Seasons or the Pan Pacific,(I forget which one has the view, but they are both 5*). These hotels are in great locations, an added bonus.
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RE: YOW-YVR, AC, C3 Or West Jet?

Thu Apr 19, 2001 3:25 am

Well, thanks everybody...

Nobody mentionned the Executive Landmark Hotel. (****) How about that one?
Thank you Wolfy, but I prefer staying downtown.
Those hotels were in my price range, any comments?
(and I will probably take Air Canada but wait until May 1st and call back at C3 because as I mentionned, the girl at their reservation center was kind a lost in her schedules!)
-Westin Bayshore and the Westin Grand
-Delta Pinnacle or Delta Vancvr Suites
-Crowne Plaza Hotel Goergia
-The Sutton Place
-Metropolitan Hotel
-Hyatt Regency
Thanks for helping me Smile

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