Hey, I did the same thing, only it cost me LESS.
I booked my YYC
trip two days before departure, but I had some option in the matter. It was like that 1970s game show "Let's Make a Deal".
Option one was fly AC YYC
for $1,154, and with accommodation in Barbados, a total of $2,800, which was, as the crow flies, 3,500 nautical miles. With a stop in YYZ
, a total time of 10h26
Option two was to fly WS YYC
for $1,221 and increase my price of the trip to $2,867, same distance, roughly same departure and arrival times for both Canada flights leaving from YYZ
. Total flying time on WS
Option three (the winner), for $751 r/t, was to fly AA
, make two overnight stops on the way down and back (via Dallas on the way down and Miami on the way back). Total time, including transit stops in DFW
on the way down, was a staggering 30h22 (only 10h was dedicated to actual flying. 11 hours was spent sleeping in Dallas, the other 9 was spent in Miami). Total cost of the trip was just over $2,600, including two hotel stays in DFW
Excessive? Sure. Worth it? Definitely! Take the long way around, who knows what adventures await you!
I need a drink.