BEWARE OF AIR CANADA TRICKING TACTICS TO MAKE YOU PAY HIGHER FARES THAN YOU THINK!
I went online to Air Canada’s website and booked a ticket for my wife to Vancouver to go to her son’s wedding. I found what I thought was a great airfare totaling $607.00 CDN return from Sydney NS. I checked it a bunch of times and then clicked purchase.
Two days later I just happened to look at my American Express App and saw that Air Canada had charged me $789.00 CDN which is the equivalent of $607.00 USD. Why would a Canadian airline on a Canadian website and after me clicking that I am from Canada and speak English, charge in US dollars. It’s unthinkable to even expect that. It would be like booking a ticket on United Airlines in the USA and being charged in UK pounds making the ticket be 35% higher.
At first I was going to suck it up as the fare is still cheap considering everything, but each morning I would wake up and feel so blatantly tricked into paying a higher fare that I had to call them knowing in advance they would do nothing. When I Googled the issue, wouldn’t you know it? There was a Global News TV report of basically the same thing.
Years ago I remember the CBC Marketplace show doing several episodes showing how all the airlines and specifically Air Canada as the one starting it, for displaying ridiculously low airfares but hiding the taxes and multiple fees until the very end when you are about to pay. They had to stop doing that, an actual law was made to force them to.
So now they thought of a new way of getting the higher fares and doing so by tricking people and by the time the person paying for the ticket via their credit cards do not see the results until they check their statements, which most people never do.
This is such a disgusting way for a giant Canadian corporation to act that I had to tell the story for other people to watch out for. It looks like I will lose the few hundred dollars to their tactics and it makes me even madder because I am a webmaster and understand how big websites can detect where you are, not only the country but right down to the neighbourhood. But when you call them they insult your intelligence by saying you must’ve gone to their US website or another lame excuse of a lie.