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Sunday, October 23rd 2016

"I'm a travel junkie who's hooked on deals from YVR." - Chris Myden

Air Canada launches 'Rouge', a new leisure traveler focused airline - any good deals from Vancouver?

You may have heard that Air Canada was planning to start an LCC (low cost carrier) airline that caters to leisure travelers. Well today, they released some info on the name of the new carrier (Rouge), their slogan, and the first sampling of what destinations are available from Vancouver, and how much they'll cost.

Really? I could have sworn my French teacher said it meant 'red'...
Google Translate agrees.

But enough about that, let's take a look at what destinations are being offered through Rouge from Vancouver...


Looks like we have the following offers from YVR...

Vancouver - Athens, Greece $1196
Vancouver - Edinburgh, Scotland $1195
Vancouver - Venice, Italy $1195

The prices are roundtrip, after taxes, and valid on departure dates between July 1 and the end of October 2013.

My first thought is that is definitely a decent price to Greece from Vancouver, especially for peak summer travel. It's certainly cheaper than all other carriers at the moment.

Overall, perhaps nothing too mind blowing in terms of price. But even though many will look at Air Canada's past failures and predict a similar demise, I do hope that they succeed with this new venture. Ultimately, the more competition there is in the marketplace, the better it is for the consumer.

And if AC feels they can compete on routes and offer prices that are similar or lower to their low-cost competitors (ie: Air Transat), well, that's good news for those of us that like to travel.

And it does look like they're trying to offer destinations that are not currently served by low-cost carriers out of Vancouver, such as Greece and Venice. Air Transat flys to Amsterdam, the UK, and France out of YVR, but does not offer flights to Greece or Italy. They fly to Scotland, but only to Glasgow, not Edinburgh.

Hopefully this also means more opportunities for a crazy price drop to come around, giving yours truly more to blog about!

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5 Responses to "Air Canada launches 'Rouge', a new leisure traveler focused airline - any good deals from Vancouver?"

    Has Heather been here?
       Heather on December 18th, 2012

    We're looking to head to Scotland this summer, do flights get much cheaper than this in the summer months? Thanks for any info!

    Has Cindy been here?
       Cindy on December 18th, 2012

    Well over $1,000 for a trip to Europe is not exactly considered a "low cost option"
    in my view.

    Has Bella been here?
       Bella on December 31st, 2012

    Hey Cindy,
    I have travelled to Portugal to visit family for the last 20 yrs. Paying $1700-$1800 was the best price in the summer. If you have come across a cheaper way to get to Europe please share with the rest of us!

    Has Rayd Ami been here?
       Rayd Ami on January 6th, 2013

    We don't have a direct flight to anywhere in Thailand....I'll book for their first flight to BKK

    Has Graeme been here?
       Graeme on January 12th, 2013

    These examples although priced from Vancouver, all require a change or
    of plane in Toronto. For a trip to Scotland in summer months it would be more convenient and likely no more expensive to consider Air Transat's nonstop service YVR to Glasgow - only 45 miles from Edinburgh.

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