Anyone who knows me, knows I am a seasoned traveler. I have close to 2 million (actually 1,781,907 to be exact) Aeroplan miles on Air Canada and its partners right now. That’s a lot of flying – anyone would agree. Now granted, I don’t fly nearly as much as say a Peter Shankman, the founder of HARO (who logs about 400,000 miles a year), but my derriere has spent more than a few hours in planes.
As an aside, I love travelling, but hate flying – in other words, I love getting to my destination, but I hate getting there – but I digress.
The airline industry is a strange industry and its one where the best bed-fellows can make the fiercest of competitors. Co-opetition is the order of the day. You compete with your partners on one route and partner with your competitors on another. It is also strange that one can book on say United.com, fly on an Air Canada plane and check in at a Lufthansa desk. Sheesh --- and what happened if the airline (which one) lost my baggage? Do I call United? Air Canada? Lufthansa? Luckily that’s never happened to me – I’ll blog about if/ when it does though.
But, today I uncovered an even bigger mystery ---I’ll contact Air Canada later, but since I have tweeted this a few minutes ago (@aircanada), I’m hopeful that some astute social media type over there will respond and enlighten me.
I’m going to Denver in a few weeks --- and on Air Canada’s website, here’s the least expensive ticket I could find. Taxes, fees, charges and surcharges excluded, its $598.00. Calculating the distance between Toronto’s Pearson Airport and Denver’s Airport, (round trip) is 8440 km. Doing the division, it works out that I’ll be paying 7.085c per kilometer. Cheap or expensive? You be the judge!
So, in a moment-I-had-spare, I pretended just for a second that instead of going to Denver, I was going on Air Canada to Beijing at the exact same time. Here’s the least expensive ticket I was able to find on Air Canada’s website
Can anyone tell me what gives as to why flying to Denver is 134% more expensive as it is flying to Beijing. Dunno about you – but I’d far prefer Beijing to Denver, especially in the winter months – and to boot - it’s only $391.60 more expensive.
Anyone want to join me in Beijing? Just let me know. Who knows – if there’s enough of us, we may even get a bulk discount --- and if anyone can tell me Air Canada’s rationale behind this seemingly non-sensical pricing strategy --- well, I’ll send you to Denver – seems to be a more valuable ticket.