Each year, we get contacted by many of you, wanting to go to Canada in Christmas school holidays, whether it be to go skiing or visit friends or relatives or whatever.
Some almost have a heart attack, when we tell them the fare to fly nonstop from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne is $2800 to $4000 plus, or they are thinking we're quoting business class fares.
So we say, go via the USA & save up to $2800 per person.
If a family of 6, that could be a $16,800 saving or more.
OK, you can't save $16,800 without a little hassle.
So you fly to Los Angeles or San Francisco on a much better fare & then get separate paid or frequent flyer tickets from there.
For example, frequent flyer tickets from any of the 5 major Los Angeles airports or the 3 major San Francisco airports or near the Napa Valley or San Diego start at only 14,000 Qantas or similar number of Virgin points, one way. There are probably another 1/2 dozen or more major airports in California you can fly from, plus Las Vegas, a 4 hour drive from LA. It's only a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon South & roads in USA are wide, very wide up to 8 lanes or more.
It might require a minimum overnight in USA, but $16,800 pays for a lot of airfares from USA to Canada, accommodation, car rental etc.
& you cannot find all airlines on an internet search engine. In fact the biggest U.S. domestic airline, Southwest, can only be found on their own website. Southwest fly to Seattle, 2 hours easy drive south of Canadian border & Bellingham 20 mins drive. You can get an Uber, coach or from Seattle, either near airport or downtown, a train to Vancouver.
Yes you can. A few large multinational rental car companies allow you to pick up in the USA & drop off at a Canadian location. Only a certain percentage of cars can go one way & you might have to pick up & drop off at an airport or major city, but not always. It all depends on where their depots are.
& yes you will pay a one way fee, which could be USD$150, but if 4 of you sharing the car, that's not a lot, as you would then avoid paying Canadian airfares taxes of a very similar amount. it's actually cheaper to rent from Canada to USA one way.
Once in Canada, rental cars can be very inexpensive. For example, you can get a Toyota Rav 4 for 24 hours one way from Vancouver to Kelowna (airport for a number of ski resorts) for as little as AUD$150.
That's right, book a minimum of 7 nights accommodation & we'll give each adult a FREE pair of ski gloves per adult, worth up to $150 each. Just pay $19/pair postage & handling. (conditions apply)
Best just to email us with any questions to
& we'll get back to you fast, normally within a few hours