Deal alert: Flights to Canada from $171 round-trip

Sep 17, 2019

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Flights to our northern neighbor have dropped as low as $171 round-trip. Despite the fact that Canada is just across the border from many U.S. states, it can be pricey to fly there, so this is a deal to take advantage of.

I just recently re-routed a trip from my original destination of Charleston, South Carolina, to Montréal, Quebec, instead due to Hurricane Dorian, and was pleasantly surprised. While the two cities couldn’t be more different from each other, I was happy with our last-minute change and surprised I hadn’t heard more people gushing about the city. After all, Montréal is probably the closest you can get to France in North America without actually going to France, so it feels like a European getaway.

Photo by Steven_Kriemadis/Getty Images
Photo by Steven_Kriemadis/Getty Images

Note that you will have to pay additional fees for any checked baggage on most of the carriers, but many will allow you a carry-on.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: WestJet, Alaska, American, United, Delta, Porter
Routes: LGA/LAX/SEA/MIA/CMH/MDW/PHX/IND/DEN/DTW to YUL/YYZ/YVR/YOW/YTZ/YYC
Cost: $171 round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: 
October 2019 – April 2020 depending on route
Pay With:
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (LGA) to Toronto (YYZ) for $171 round-trip on WestJet:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Vancouver (YVR) for $188 round-trip on WestJet:

Seattle (SEA) to Vancouver (YVR) for $190 round-trip on Alaska:

Miami (MIA) to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) for $200 round-trip on American:

New York (LGA) to Montréal (YUL) for $207 round-trip on American:

Columbus (CMH) to Ottawa (YOW) for $212 round-trip when booked separately on American and United:

Chicago (MDW) to Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport (YTZ) for $216 round-trip on Porter Airlines:

Phoenix (PHX) to Vancouver (YVR) for $218 round-trip when booked separately United:

Indianapolis (IND) to Ottawa (YOW) for $238 round-trip on Delta:

Denver (DEN) to Calgary (YYC) for $239 round-trip when booked separately on WestJet:

Detroit (DTW) to Calgary (YYC) for $240 round-trip on United:

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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