Trip Introduction: Fried Chicken & CNN in Atlanta, USA via United First Class

This post is one chapter on our trip to Atlanta, Georgia on United Airlines and Air Canada. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Trip Introduction: Fried Chicken, CNN and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, United States via United Airlines First Class

Trip Planning and Preparation:

This trip was essentially a tag onto one of MrsWT73’s work trips. Atlanta Georgia, USA isn’t somewhere I would have typically put on top of my wish travel list. When I looked up hotel pricing, and saw most of the rates were around $300 USD a night “a la New York Style”, I thought it was a good opportunity to take advantage of a company paid hotel room. While MrsWT73 worked, I would be able to get in a little sightseeing on a quick 3 day trip.

ATL-YYZ-YVR (paid) 

Through google flights, I was able to find a very reasonable $500 CAD ($370 USD) fare down from Vancouver to Atlanta on United in First Class all the way, earning 150% RDM into Aeroplan. My return was not so lucky. Being a Saturday morning, most flights departing Atlanta after a major convention week were mostly full by the time I locked in the plans. Again via google flights, I ended up finding a $187 CAD ($140 USD) base standard fare earning 50% RDM in Air Canada economy that I was not able to replicate directly on the Air Canada website as it priced out over at over $400 CAD. The original routing was Atlanta – Toronto – Calgary – Vancouver, but after the Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max crash, the B737 Max’s ended up being grounded and as a result, my Calgary – Vancouver segment scheduled on the Max was cancelled and I was ticketed Toronto Vancouver non stop.

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