Fortunately, I followed my own advice of triple-checking my seat reservations especially when I book far in advance like I did our Toronto (YYZ) to Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) flight for late December. I purchased the American Airlines (AA) first class one-way tickets back in February because they were on sale and cheaper than what coach cost to fly LAX-HNL.
However, to my surprise I noticed our routing had changed in my reservation. We were no longer booked on the YYZ-LAX nonstop but instead put on YYZ-ORD-LAX. At first, I thought it must’ve been because I’d paid such a low price and there are only eight first class seats on their once a day flight, operated by the tiny A319.
I quickly checked to see if the AA nonstop flight was still available and it wasn’t. So obviously, they discontinued it. I then checked Google Flights and did a calendar search for Toronto to Los Angeles, nonstop on American Airlines. Sure enough, it’s not available after December 18, 2018 (see screenshot below).
I’m so bummed American Airlines is discontinuing their nonstop Los Angeles to Toronto and vice versa flight for a number of reasons. One, is that I’m in bed with AA’s frequent flier program so I have elite status, which comes with a lot of perks like free upgrades, baggage, seat assignments and ticket changes. The other is that now, nonstop flights between the two cities are only going to go up in price since now there will be only two carriers (Air Canada and WestJet) instead of three. The less competition, the more expensive.
If you booked a Los Angeles – Toronto (or vice versa) ticket between the two cities for after December 18, check your reservations. I confirmed via Twitter that American Airlines is indeed discontinuing the flight and connections will now be through either Chicago, Charlotte or Philadelphia.
That’s correct, the nonstop service will be replaced with connections through ORD, CLT and PHL.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) September 15, 2018
The worst part is American never even alerted me of the change so I’m glad I didn’t find out at the last minute when all the flights are booked full. If you’re not happy with the flight they rebooked you on, call them and change it like I’m about to. Since they changed their schedule, you now have some wiggle room including getting a refund in case you don’t want to make a connection.
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