So we're flying out for a short vacation to visit my family in Manitoba starting next week. The airfare for the four of us is almost $14,000, and that doesn't include a leg for two of us on Aeroplan points between Iqaluit and Winnipeg. The airfare for the four of us between here and Iqaluit (return) on First Air alone amounts to over $10,000.
So you can imagine my excitement today when I learned through a friend's Facebook status that First Air has begun offering beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (3/4s of my family) a 55% discount on all flights. That would save $3500 or so, a pretty significant amount.
But my momentary joy that airfare was going to be a little more reasonable for a significant portion of Nunavut's population was short lived. Shortly after I called to change the reservations to take advantage of the discount I receive a call back from the Airline of the North. Seems as though the discount only applies to fully refundable full fares, so the actual cost with the discount was $3,300 per ticket not $2,600 we were already paying. Thank you First Air.
Oh, for those doing the math that would mean a full fare return ticket between here and Iqaluit (1,200kms) would work out to around $6,000.