Canada is a notoriously expensive place to travel by air.
This is true for both domestic and international flights, for which we actually rank dead-last globally in affordability.
Unsurprisingly, it is especially true during the holiday season. You could write a guide the length of the Lord of the Rings trilogy about holiday flight buying tips, but the truth of the matter is that there’s just no way you can fly within days of the Lord’s birthday and come away thinking, “damn, what a steal.”
We spent a considerably longer time than we should have researching one-way ticket prices between five major Canadian cities to determine the average cost of buying one week before Christmas, the week of Christmas, and any given week in January.
– Toronto to Montreal, Halifax to Toronto, and Halifax to Montreal are the only trips that are cheaper the week before Christmas than the week of Christmas.
– You can fly between Toronto and Montreal for essentially the same price all the time.
– The most expensive journey, on average, is from Halifax to Vancouver ($591 during Christmas week for a one-way ticket).
– The biggest change in price occurs when flying from Montreal to Vancouver between the week before Christmas and the week of Christmas (+$202 for a one-way ticket on average).