Seems like Mr. Kinsella and I are in agreement on this front: I HATE, HATE, HATE AIR CANADA
Well, maybe not to that degree. But, it sure felt that way a few Fridays ago when I made my way to Newark, NJ, from NYC, for a flight home only to find out Air Canada canceled it. NJ and Toronto both had beautiful weather, but of course the reason was “bad weather”. Further, they couldn’t find a seat on another airline, or any of their own flights later that night. And, especially “of course”, they wouldn’t pay for the hotel they were forcing me to find since they couldn’t book me on anything until the next morning and the reason was “weather”.
It had been a long time since I had flown Air Canada. I fly Continental whenever possible and have never been disappointed. I picked AC this last time, with hesitation, because it was very last-minute and there were no reasonably-priced seats left on Continental.
I will not fly AC again. This is especially disappointing because I travel to Austin, TX periodically and had been looking forward to a new direct AC flight there from Toronto, as opposed to my one-connection flight on Continental. However, I will now gladly take the extra connection because spending an extra hour or two traveling is better than not making it home at all.
And, if that were not enough, this was my first trip away from my newborn daughter, and they kept me away from her and my wife for an extra night.