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Planning A Canadian North Arctic Journey

I’m at the moment engaged on my newest aspirational award redemption, and it entails journey in financial system…

I actually wish to fly with Canadian North

In 2018, I wrote about my fascination with visiting the Canadian Arctic. I’ve flown over the area a numerous variety of instances on lengthy haul flights, and have all the time gazed out the window in amazement at how lovely it’s.

Flying over Canada on a Turkish Airways flight to Los Angeles

I’ve additionally visited Whitehorse, due to Condor’s distinctive seasonal flight from Frankfurt to Whitehorse, and had a good time.

What I hadn’t realized up till a number of years in the past was simply how accessible a lot of the area is, even with factors. Canadian North is the biggest airline in northern Canada, because the airline has a fleet of over 30 planes. The fleet is type of avgeek heaven no much less, starting from a 42-year-old Combi (which means it’s half cargo and half passenger) Boeing 737-200, to a 34-year-old ATR-42 turboprop.

And never solely does the airline have a fleet that avgeeks will get pleasure from, however check out Canadian North’s routemap. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Canadian North’s routemap

Better of all, Canadian North is a companion of Air Canada Aeroplan, which means you may redeem factors for these flights. You possibly can even guide instantly on aircanada.com. Aeroplan has distance primarily based award pricing, and inside the Americas you may count on to pay the next variety of factors for a one-way financial system award:

  • An itinerary of as much as 500 miles will value you 6,000 factors
  • An itinerary of 501-1,500 miles will value you 10,000 factors
  • An itinerary of 1,501-2,750 factors will value you 12,500 factors

These flights are a very spectacular use of factors, given how costly these flights are in money. For instance, a flight from Ottawa to Pond Inlet ordinarily prices virtually $1,500, whilst you might guide it for simply 12,500 Aeroplan factors, plus taxes and costs.

Canadian North ticket value with Aeroplan factors
Canadian North ticket value with money

Any suggestions for visiting the Canadian Arctic?

That brings me to a query the place I might use some assist from OMAAT readers. I’m making an attempt to plan a fast journey for subsequent summer time on Canadian North. Presumably I’d begin in Montreal or Ottawa, and go from there. However the query is, the place do I’m going?

Collectively OMAAT readers know the whole lot, so I’m positive that is no exception. Say you needed to spend an extended weekend (three or 4 days) visiting the Canadian Arctic, and needed a mixture of cool locations and flights which can be enjoyable for avgeeks — what sort of a routing would you propose?

Wanting on the routemap, Grise Fiord was in fact the primary vacation spot I considered, because it’s the furthest north. Nonetheless, wanting on the flight schedule, it seems the vacation spot is simply served by way of a Canadian North codeshare settlement with Kenn Borek Air, in order that wouldn’t be eligible for factors redemptions by Aeroplan.

And these fares aren’t low cost both. For instance, a one-way ticket from Grise Fiord to Resolute Bay (a 239-mile journey) prices ~$875.

Fares within the Canadian Arctic aren’t low cost!

Iqaluit looks as if an apparent cease, because it’s the most important metropolis within the area, and the place you need to transit by to most different locations. However the place would you go from there?

Backside line

I’ve lengthy been fascinated by the Canadian Arctic, and it’s truly fairly accessible due to Canadian North. For these of us who’re into miles & factors, Canadian North can also be fairly accessible due to Aeroplan. Whereas an untraditional aspirational redemption, I nonetheless suppose it is a fairly cool alternative.

If anybody has any suggestions for planning an itinerary on Canadian North, I’d love to listen to it!

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