KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
When we’ve flown to Asia in the past several years, we usually try to leave from Seattle (it’s easier to find points tickets from there – and the taxes are lower too). We like to leave a day early and spend the night near the airport because it can be tricky getting off Vancouver Island because of winter storms. The flights between Victoria and Seattle utilize small planes and they are often grounded if the winds are too strong. Ditto with the ferries.
However, after booking our tickets to Delhi out of Seattle, we had a change of heart and called up Aeroplan and had change the itinerary so that we could leave from Victoria all on the same ticket. Unfortunately, Air Canada doesn’t fly between Victoria and Seattle, so we had to fly to Vancouver first. Both the initial flights were quick – twelve minutes each to be exact – but it did involve a layover in Vancouver for a couple of hours.
I’m only mentioning this because we ended up taking five flights to get to Delhi, while our daughter Adia and her husband Geoff made it with only two. The quick hop to Vancouver and then a 14-hour direct flight to India. However, was they had to pay for their flights and ours were on points. The biggest difference came in the time it took from beginning to end; we were ‘on the road’ for thirty-six hours. Thank goodness we were able to book business class seats and had access to comfortable lounges during the long layovers.