How to buy airline tickets online from Canadian airlines

Tips for buying airline tickets online from Canadian airlines

All of the airlines have an online presence, which makes it extremely easy to purchase your tickets from home at any time of the day or night. You can choose the dates for your vacation and shop around to see which airline can offer you the cheapest price. If you have to travel unexpectedly, purchasing your tickets online is one of the easiest ways of getting the flight that you need as soon as possible.

There are search sites you can use, such as,, and as well as others. When you enter the details for the date on which you want to fly, the city from which you are flying and your destination, the site will give you a list of results that you can choose from. However, these are not often the cheapest possible flights. The best way to find the cheapest flights and book your airline tickets online is to use the actual website of your favorite airline.


Step 1

Google the name of the airline you want to use. When you get the search results, log onto the main website of the air carrier.

Step 2

Depending on the site you use you may have to choose your language of preference before you can proceed. The first page of the site asks you to enter the name of the departure city and your destination city. There is usually a drop down box to choose from once you enter the first few letters of the name.

Step 3

On the top of the screen, you can choose from the options you want for your trip. This includes whether you are making a round trip or a one-way trip and whether you want a hotel or car rental included in the final price quote. Make sure you fill in these especially if you are planning to fly one way and you do need a car and accommodations.

Step 4

Next you have to choose the dates on which you want to travel. A calendar will appear for both your departure and your return flights. If you are not sure of the date, choose one that would be most likely because you will be able to make changes later on in the booking process.

Step 5

Still on the home page, you then choose the number of people in your party. You must state whether or not there are any children travelling with you under the age of two or if there are any seniors travelling. Children under the age of two travel free, but must still be included in the passenger list. They don`t have a seat and you must hold them in your arms for the duration of the flight.

Step 6

When you are satisfied that you have entered all the required information, click the icon labelled Get Flights. This will bring you to a screen where the costs of the flights for the dates you have chosen are listed. All flights for that date are on the screen allowing you to choose a time that works best for you.

Also along the top of the screen, you will see the fares for the other days of the week. This is where you can make changes in the date if you see that the fare is cheaper on one of the other days and if it doesn`t really matter what day you fly on.

Step 7

Once you`ve made your choices for the departure and return flights, you will then be taken to a screen where you can see the final price that includes the fare and the appropriate taxes. If this amount is acceptable, then you press Continue on the bottom of the screen.

This takes you to the page where you can enter any discounts that apply to you such as air miles and choose your seat on the plane if you wish.

Enter your name and that of those travelling with you, if there are any, and provide the details of the credit card you are using to pay for the airline tickets.

It will take a minute or two to verify your credit card. Once this happens, you will receive a confirmation number for the ticket and a copy of the ticket will be sent to the email address you provide with your personal information.

You will Need
• a computer with Internet access
• a credit card
• a valid email address

Tips & Warnings
• Some credit card companies require you to have a PIN number to use when booking an airline flight. If this is the case with your card, you may have to call a representative to obtain this verification number.
• If you need to cancel the flight, make sure you do so at least 24 hours before the flight takes off.
• Check to see if you will receive a refund from the airline if you do have to cancel the flight or if the policy is a coupon for future travel.
• If the flight is cancelled due to weather, you may have to rebook the flight.


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