You may already know that NosyNeighbour is very frugal. He loves to get a good deal. So when we were planning our trip to England and Ireland, he was very proud to have found flights for €40 each return from Dublin to Exeter. The only catch was that you had to decide at booking whether you were checking any luggage to get the best deal.
Since I’d already done one month with carryon only, we opted for no checked luggage. But as trip planning progressed, I realized I would need a small backpack and my regular wheeled luggage. And when we booked our flight to Dublin and back, I realized I now had three different airline regulations around carryon (Air Canada, Aer Lingus and Flybe). As it turned out, we were also dealing with Air Canada Rouge.
With the help of friend, I paired down my clothes so that everything went together. I even splurged on some dollar store infinity scarves to mix up the look. Best $4 I’ve spent there in a while! I then packed it all my wheeled carryon and weighed it. All within the regulations! Then everything was put away so that our cat wouldn’t realize we were going away on vacation.
Eventually travel day arrived, and we brought up the cat carrier, opening its three zipped doors. He’s such a curious cat and loves tunnels, it wasn’t long before he was inside and I’d zipped it all up. Then we set off for the Pussycat Hotel. Instead of kisses goodbye, it was hisses. But we knew he’d eventually settle in.
Next up was getting to the airport. We only had carryon luggage and opted for public transit. I still had some old bus tickets from when I was working and we decided to give them a try. We had the extra change ready to bring up the fare to the current rate.
The first bus arrived, and the bus driver flat out refused to accept them. He told us we’d have to exchange them at OC Transpo head office. He wasn’t going to budge so we waited for the next one. That bus driver said that he shouldn’t take them, but did. And didn’t even charge us the extra! So, after three buses and the O-train, we arrived at the airport.
Going through security was really weird. As the line was loading personal items into the boxes for scanning, the security officer “randomly” selected seven out of eight people for swabbing. Thankfully I was the one in eight that just walked through. And I’ve often wondered why sometimes I beep and NosyNeighbour doesn’t and then the next screening, it’s reversed. Still wearing the same clothes.
Once through security, we had dinner at Local. Then we headed over to our gate. That’s when we realized that the checkin agent hadn’t seated us together on either flight. At least we were able to change it at the gate. In fact, in Toronto, the gate agent spent 30 hectic minutes trying to put travellers back together.
Our plane was delayed leaving Toronto because customs were “inspecting” the plane, which had come from Kingston, Jamaica. Gee, wonder what they were looking for.
It was our first time flying Air Canada Rouge. I can’t say I’m a fan of their uniforms. I’d heard not great things about their inflight entertainment app, so we decided to just sleep. No dinner because we’d heard bad reviews on that as well. But we did take them up on breakfast, the high-fat, high-sugar banana bread. And the delay meant that we landed in Dublin a bit later, making checking into the hotel that much easier.