Next month, my wife and I are off to Nice for a short holiday break. We are going to Cap Ferrat since a colleague has offered us the use of a waterfront villa. I couldn't turn down the invitation since the first time we visited the area on a Eurail holiday in 1977, we couldn't even afford to stay there for a night. We ended up spending an afternoon on the beach with our luggage, surrounded by glamourous people under their rented beach umbrellas. But this blogpost isn't about holidaying on the Cote d'Azur. It's about booking flights to the Cote d'Azur. While many people prefer to have a travel agent book their travel, I like to do it myself. I want to find the shortest flight times, most convenient departure times, good seat selection, at the best value. While I prefer to fly Business Class, I am reluctant to pay four times the economy price unless it is an important business trip. Furthermore, I recently discovered that if you purchase a Premium Economy ticket, you can often upgrade to Business Class for a modest fee compared to booking a Business Class ticket. On my last trip to the Netherlands, it cost $740 to upgrade each way.
For my desired dates, the most direct flights were Vancouver-Frankfurt and Frankfurt- Nice. On the Air Canada website this cost $983 for Economy, $1733 for Premium Economy, and $4,784 for Business Class. The flight to Frankfurt was AC7395. The other flights had Lufthansa (LH) flight numbers. I decided to book Premium Economy.
This flight is operated by Ew Discover Gmbh. You'll need to complete your seat selection with them after completing your booking. Seat fees may apply.
So, I proceeded to book the flights through the RBC Avion website using a combination of points and cash. Now here is where it gets bizarre. When I went onto the Eurowings website to select my seats, I found this message:
Have you booked your flight with Eurowings Discover through a tour operator and would like to add a seat reservation to your booking?
Unfortunately, a seat reservation cannot be added to your booking without the 6-digit Eurowings Discover booking code. If you have not been provided with your booking code yet, please contact the tour operator directly with your request.