Ready, set, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Christmas trees still lie in the back alley behind homes, there are still jingle bells on a radio ad,. and the snow hasn’t melted (trust us, Vancouver – it hasn’t.) Yet at WestJet, we are already thinking about Christmas again.

Every year in the late summer we get lots of comments about the price of flights at Christmas. But when it comes to Christmas fares, the early bird catches the worm and although we hate to say it, late summer/early fall birds aren’t early. The worms have all been gobbled up by then. Those who’ve waited until just three or four months before the big guy comes (admittedly a good timeframe for booking flights at ordinary times of year), are left scrambling over the last remaining seats, which are more expensive only because the less-expensive ones are already sold. All flights are sold that way, on basis of supply and demand, all year round.

The higher end of our 13 price points is the same as they normally are, but you won’t find the same number of sale fares that we offer throughout the rest of the year. Booking early – and we mean early in the year early – is vital for anyone looking to travel at Christmas time.

We pride ourselves on being open and honest with our guests. So this year we’re going to follow a selection of fares over the next 11 months. Below you’ll find ten different routes of a variety of distances departing from a variety of cities in Canada. On the 13th of each month, we’ll survey the best available fare in the week leading up to Christmas. You can click on a price to see a screenshot we’ve taken of that price being advertised on westjet.com.

Check out this blog post for some more hints and tips about booking your holiday travel.

No matter who you’re going to see or where you’re going this Christmas, we hope it’s a merry time filled with family and festivities… and fantastic flights!

Listed below is the lowest fare available, all-in one-way price between travel dates December 18-24, on the booking date listed at the top of the column. Click the table cell to see a screenshot of each fare available for booking on westjet.com.

 Feb. 13Mar. 13Apr. 13May 13Jun. 22Jul. 13Aug. 13Sep. 13Oct. 19Nov. 13Dec. 13
Edmonton - Saskatoon$193.33 Dec. 19$193.33 Dec. 19$193.33 Dec. 19$174.43 Dec. 19$174.43 Dec. 19$174.43 Dec. 24$174.43 Dec. 19, 22, 23, 24$174.43 Dec. 24$145.03 Dec. 24$155.53 Dec. 18$184.93 Dec. 24
Hamilton - Edmonton$358.35 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$358.35 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$358.35 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$447.43 Dec. 24$321.06 Dec. 19, 22$321.06 Dec. 22, 23, 24$321.06 Dec. 19, 23, 24$321.06 Dec. 24$287.16 Dec. 24$287.16 Dec. 24$402.42 Dec. 22
Halifax - Calgary$475.09 Dec. 22, 23.$475.09 Dec. 22, 23.$475.09 Dec. 22, 23.$421.04 Dec. 22, 23$421.04 Dec. 22, 23$421.04 Dec. 22, 23, 24$421.04 Dec. 23, 24$421.04 Dec. 24$315.24 Dec. 24$331.26 Dec. 24$444.04 Dec. 24
Halifax - St. John's$235.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$235.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$212.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$212.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23$212.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23$212.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23, 24$212.89 Dec. 19, 22, 23, 24$212.89 Dec. 19, 22-24$174.94 Dec. 19, 22-24$136.99 Dec. 24$224.39 Dec. 24
Kelowna - Victoria$163.93 Dec. 18, 20, 24.$163.93 Dec. 18, 20, 24.$163.93 Dec. 18, 20, 24.$163.93 Dec. 20$163.93 Dec. 18, 20, 24$137.68 Dec. 24$137.68 Dec. 24$137.68 Dec. 24$124.03 Dec. 19$171.28 Dec. 19, 22$181.78 Dec. 24
Montreal - Toronto$118.56 Dec. 18, 20-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$160.60 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18-24$163.40 Dec. 18, 20-24$163.40 Dec. 21, 22
Ottawa - Winnipeg$313.15 Dec 18, 20, 24.$313.15 Dec 18, 24.$313.15 Dec 18, 20.$282.64 Dec. 18, 24$282.64 Dec. 24$260.04 Dec. 24$260.04 Dec. 24$264.56 Dec. 24$287.16 Dec. 24$317.67 Dec. 18$348.18 Dec. 21
Toronto - Regina$316.54 Dec. 19, 22, 23$316.54 Dec. 19, 22, 23$316.54 Dec. 19, 22, 23$283.77 Dec. 19, 22, 23$283.77 Dec. 22, 23$283.77 Dec. 23, 24$283.77 Dec. 19, 24$283.77 Dec. 19, 22, 24$254.39 Dec. 19, 22, 24$254.39 Dec. 24$377.56 Dec. 24
Vancouver - Toronto$379.18 Dec. 22, 23.$379.18 Dec. 22, 23.$379.18 Dec. 22, 23.$336.13 Dec. 22, 23$336.13 Dec. 22, 23$282.58 Dec. 23$379.18 Dec. 24$299.38 Dec. 22, 24$357.13 Dec. 24$357.13 Dec. 24
Winnipeg - Calgary$227.98 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$227.98 Dec. 19, 22, 23.$227.98 Dec. 22, 23.$226.93 Dec. 18, 20, 21, 24$226.93 Dec. 18, 20, 21, 24$253.18 Dec. 23$205.93 Dec. 24$205.93 Dec. 24$248.98 Dec. 18, 24$180.73 Dec. 18$253.18 Dec. 22

This WestJetter post was written by Darren Hailes, WestJet Emerging Media Advisor.