My husband needed to get from Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) on New Years Day to Vancouver to catch a flight to Edmonton and back to work. There was one problem and it was a big one.
No Float Plane Service on Vancouver Island
His usual way of getting to the mainland is using a float plane service (we have 3 companies available) but… no one was flying on New Years Day. That surprised us.
He needed to be in Vancouver by 9:00 a.m. on the 1st but with no float planes we had a big problem. The next thought was catching the 5:45 ferry from Duke Point to Tsawwassen. Another problem – no ferry until later in the day.
Expensive Flights from the Nanaimo Airport
Our last resort – a regular flight from the airport to Vancouver. Listed below are the prices we faced and the 7:30 would have been the only one that would work for us.
Air fare from the Nanaimo airport January 1st
7:30 am is $385.00
1:00 pm is $565.00
3:00 pm is $251 but here’s the kicker go at 8:35 pm and it’s $121.00.
Our last option proved to be the best!
On December 31st we drove the car to Vancouver via the ferry, stayed in a hotel (booked through Hotwire!), went for dinner, had breakfast at Dennys and I drove back to Nanaimo via the ferry. The list below were our costs.
Ferry to Vancouver (2 people) $83.00
Hotel (via Hotwire.com) discounted $72.00
Dinner at the Keg (we splurged) $121.00 It was New Years!
Ferry back to Island (1 person) $74.00
Total cost $380
So… rather than pay $385.00 for a 20 minute flight we had a mini over night vacation for $5.00 less. Not a difficult decision to make. There has to be something wrong with this but it’s actually true. Let that be a lesson – don’t assume regular modes of travel are available on holidays or do they keep their regular prices. In fact they raise their rates because of the holiday.
PS: If you are wondering why our hotel was so reasonable? We booked it through Hotwire.com and stayed at a beautiful hotel at half the regular price. We always use Hotwire.com for booking hotels. Read more about this when we were in Texas..