Just when you think travelling this week is chaotic enough, another challenge has appeared.
Usually, a flight deal from Vancouver to Toronto or the other way around can cost around $130, depending on the time of year. December is a more pricey month since the cost can rise close to $600, according to Skyscanner.
So when compared to the cost of tickets available now, it is beyond shocking.
On Wednesday, one Canadian posted on his Instagram story a screenshot of one-way tickets from Toronto to Vancouver with a stop that cost $6,620 to fly with Air Canada.
Over the list of prices, Wil Yuarata wrote, “This should be illegal.”
The highest price for a round trip from Toronto to Vancouver that Daily Hive found on Thursday cost $9,284 on Expedia. Someone that purchases this ticket would leave with Air Canada on December 23 and return on December 30.
Daily Hive also found tickets sold on Expedia, Google Flights, and Skyscanner that range from $3,500 to $8,300, depending on the day of departure and return.
The most expensive days to return to Toronto from Vancouver are New Year’s Eve and most of January.
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If travellers are able to fly back in mid-January, a roundtrip could cost them just under $2,000.
Flights for under $1,000 can be found if flyers are flexible with their dates.
For those flying from Vancouver to Toronto, as long as they stand clear from flying this week and early next week, tickets can be found for under $1,000 as well.
Flying with a budget airline like Flair is also the best bet to get a cheaper flight.
On Thursday, reports of chaos started to emerge at Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is just one of the many airports left in the lurch across the country as a winter storm wallops western Canadian air travel hubs, creating a cascading effect of delays and cancellations.