Lots of people talk about the fallacy of spending money on “great deals” when you really don’t need the items. That makes you worse off, in the end, because you really didn’t need the things to start with.
In fact, I gave myself a pat on the back (not literally, I would have looked like a real star in the store), for not purchasing $1.99 glass pie plates at Canadian Tire the other day. They are fantastic for gifts, when you glass etch names and pictures into them. I already had some other blank gift pans and really didn’t need to add to my collection. I digress.
Recently, I was purchasing some airplane tickets, for my spouse and me. I had already ruled out using points, as there was no availability, unfortunately.
Step 1: Find a Price
First, I pulled up the available flights on the two airlines that provide flights to my destination and departure point, directly from the airline sites. Both flights were picked based on the times they flew, as we were only going for a weekend, so the pricing was (mostly) secondary.
Here’s what the flights looked like on the Air Canada website:
You can see that the list price is $634.46 (ouch). Then, I thought, I have a visa that gives me extra points, if I book through their portal.
Let’s see what they have to offer.