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We need to travel first week of August from Bay Area to Toronto for a week. Our preference is non-stop or 1 stop of 1-1:30 hrs max. I looked up Kayak/Google flights, Expedia etc but the cheapest nonstop found was around $775 per person return on Air Canada and cheapest 1 stop was around $550-600 per person return. Is there any other way to save money? Thanks

 

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Get a credit card that gives you 50,000 airmiles, and use those.

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Google Flights is showing some options for around $530 with a stopover of less than 1.5 hrs.

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Thanks Canoeguy and futuredilemma for suggestions- will look into these....

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consider flying into buffalo, ny and driving 1.5 hours to toronto.

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alwayslookinaround said:   consider flying into buffalo, ny and driving 1.5 hours to toronto.
  That will definitely save on Canadian aviation/usage and US inspection taxes.

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seawolf21 said:   
alwayslookinaround said:   consider flying into buffalo, ny and driving 1.5 hours to toronto.
  That will definitely save on Canadian aviation/usage and US inspection taxes.

  And it will add at least $100 to your bill for gas+cost fo rental car. In fact, a rental car for a week will cost more like $200. If you need a rental car in Toronto anyway, that cancels out. If not, it's a significant factor.
BTW: make sure the rental car company allows you to drive the car into Canada.
 It may still be cheaper if you have multiple people flying, but you have to weigh that against the cost and hassle of driving.

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Or consider flying into YYZ and fly out of BUF. You save Canadian aviation/usage, US inspection taxes, and drive only one way.

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seawolf21 said:   Or consider flying into YYZ and fly out of BUF. You save Canadian aviation/usage, US inspection taxes, and drive only one way.
  And where will you leave the rental car? You can't just leave it in another country and fly off.
Maybe in 10 years, when autonomous cars become the norm, this will work. The car will drive itself back.

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I take it you don't rent that often at a border airport location because if you did you will notice the rental lot would have quite a number of foreign Plated cars.

You can do one way rentals between US->Canada or vice versa. First hand experience with both Hertz and National with both YYZ->BUF, YVR->SEA, YUL->LGA, and BTV->YUL.  You usually would book the smallest car you need and often times drive off with an multi-class upgrade because they want you to repatriate a foreign-Plated vehicle for them.  Rented midsize a couple of times and end up driving a Hyundai Genesis and a Chrysler 300 because it was from the other country.  There is even no drop fee/one way fee and unlimited mileage under certain corporate rates.  You definitely want to ensure you have the rental agreement with you as CBP or CBSA may ask to see it especially CBSA as they are on the lookout for Canadians buying vehicles in US and driving back to Canada in an attempt to avoid taxes that would have paid if they purchased a vehicle in Canada.

AFAIK you can't do a one way cross border between US and Mexico but can definitely do a one way between US and Canada.

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Use Priceline and bid on a flight for less money than the lowest price you get friom your searches. If it comes in lower , you saved money. Priceline can do this because airlines can give them bulk seats at lower costs to fill up unsold inventory so bidding can get lower pricing at times.

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As of September 2016, Priceline no longer allow "bidding" for flights. They will instead make you an opaque flight offer.

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You could definitely fly to Buffalo and then rent a car like the other people suggested.  I believe rental companies will let you leave a rental at another office in another country and if you want to save on your travel to Buffalo you could always fill out a market research report to save 50% on your ticket.

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