Ultra Low-Cost Carriers (ULCCs) are great for travelers who want to explore more and fly for less. Here is Flytrippers’ overview of ULCCs in the Vancouver area.
Our mission is to help you travel more, which is why our Vancouver cheap flights deals page is our main focus… but we also want to share great travel tips, especially about ULCCs.
We know this business model very well and we want to become your reference for all things that save you money on travel… and ULCCs are great for that! Pack light, forego the frills… and travel at a much lower price than ever before!
We’ve started posting ULCCs deals on our deals page, but just know that as of now almost all our great deals are still on regular airlines, without the ULCC restrictions. ULCC flights have a special orange ULCC tag in the bottom right corner of the deal cover image.
We have already been seeing many one-ways within Canada on sale regularly for under $100. Flights under $200 roundtrip are almost all thanks to Ultra Low-Cost Carriers: these airlines really are the greatest thing to happen to the aviation industry in, well, ever.
If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we’re really excited about the arrival of ULCCs in Canada. The absence of such airlines was one of the main reasons why airfares are so expensive in Canada, compared to Europe (where I’ve flown for $10), Asia (where I’ve flown for $15), the US (where I’ve flown for $20) and even more and more developing countries, like Peru (where I’ve flown for $20).
So let’s take a look at ULCCs in the Vancouver area, because I won’t get into all the details about this business model again: we already covered Swoop’s launch in Canada and already have a few interesting articles about ULCCs: How Ultra Low-Cost Carriers Work and The Most Common Myths About ULCCs… with much more to come.
By the way, I’ve flown 100+ flights on ULCCs overall on 15 different ULCCs and I can definitely tell you that the experience is great. To see for yourself, you can read my detailed review of Swoop, Canada’s newest ULCC and my detailed review of WOW air, a transatlantic ULCC… and again, look out for much more ULCC reviews and content on this blog in the coming weeks.
Ultra Low-Cost Carriers In Vancouver
Luckily for Vancouver travelers, you have many destinations to choose from if you want to fly cheap (the most in Canada in fact), although you might need to use secondary airports sometimes. You can see the exhaustive list of destinations in just a second.
North American Flights
For Canadian flights, you have not one but in fact two Ultra Low-Cost Carriers.
Flair already serves both Vancouver and Abbotsford and Swoop’s maiden flight landed in Abbotsford in late June, so both of these airlines are guaranteed to lower airfares for travelers in the Lower Mainland.
You also have an incredible selection of US destinations from Bellingham Airport on Allegiant, quite often the low fares will be worth the short drive, especially if you’re traveling with one or more travel buddies or as a family. Keep reading for all the destinations, and don’t miss our article about how roadtrips can save you money on flights.
Swoop has now announced flights to Las Vegas, so it’s possible that this fall you won’t need to drive across the border anymore, depending on the price.
Jetlines, another Canadian ULCC, plans to serve Abbotsford too, but they haven’t taken off yet and only plan to do so in 2019.
Unlike Montreal and Toronto, Vancouver doesn’t have any transatlantic ULCCs yet, but there is some hope… WOW air does serve markets in California (and is already in two Canadian cities) and major ULCC Norwegian just entered the Canadian market (and they too have flights to the US West Coast already). So we’ll be keeping an eye on those for all Vancouver travelers!
Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Destinations
Here are the destinations served directly from each Vancouver Area airport by Ultra Low-Cost Carriers… you can then often connect to many other destinations, although the ULCC price advantage isn’t always as huge with connections. NEW DESTINATIONS AS OF AUGUST 2ND ARE BOLDED BELOW, MAP UPDATE TO COME
ULCC Destinations From Vancouver (YVR)
Flair: Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Kelowna (YLW), Winnipeg (YWG)
ULCC Destinations From Abbotsford (YXX)
Swoop: Hamilton-Toronto (YHM), Edmonton (YEG), Las Vegas (LAS), Winnipeg (YWG)
Flair: Edmonton (YEG), Winnipeg (YWG)
ULCC Destinations From Bellingham (BLI)
Allegiant: Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland-SF (OAK), Palm Springs (PSP), Phoenix-Mesa (AZA), San Diego (SAN)
The best way to find the lowest price if you are looking for specific dates and destinations is always to use our flight search tool that will compare all airlines for you (no airline can have the cheapest price 100% of the time, you should always compare).
But again, to see Vancouver flight deals from all airlines, you should check out our Vancouver cheap flight deals page regularly. Buying a flight at 50% off during a deal will always be the best way to save money on flights.
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Here is an overview of all Ultra Low-Cost Carriers for Vancouver travelers. Do you have any questions about how ULCCs work? Ask away! And stay tuned for more ULCC content!
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Article originally published 06/28/2018 – updated 08/02/2018