Earn 45,000 Points + First-Year Free + 4 Airport Lounge Visits
Planche à Pagaie

Airline ticket for up to $500 to travel in Quebec

To the point As of June 1, 2022, airfare to travel in a few regions in the province of Quebec will cost a maximum of $500. Here are the details to take advantage of it.

Quebec Government Program

Update May 31, 2022: Eligibility changes by the Department of Transportation. To be eligible for the maximum round-trip fare of $500, the flight must originate or terminate at Montreal, Quebec City or St. Hubert airport, regardless of the number of stopovers, if any.

The Quebec government has announced a plan to ensure that all travelers can benefit from reasonable prices and frequency of air travel in the province.

According to Transport Minister François Bonnardel, access to the regions is an essential service.

As a result, as of June 1, 2022, the maximum round-trip fare will be $500 for passengers flying to and from remote areas. Then, the excess cost of the airfare will be paid by the Quebec government.

The regions eligible for the Regional Air Access Program (RAAP) are :

  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Chibougamau
  • Côte-Nord

The discount will be applied at the time of ticket purchase. The maximum purchase is 3 round trip tickets of $500 per year or 6 one-way tickets.

Map of eligible regions

This price is for all Quebecers as well as travelers from outside the province.

The maximum amount for a one-way trip is $250.

In fact, even if there are one or more stopovers during the trip, the maximum price will always be $500.

For example, a person from Montreal wanting to travel to Saguenay and back will pay a $500 limit, even if they have to stop on the way. At the moment, such an itinerary costs almost $1,200 for a passenger. He would then save $700.

Airline ticket

Airlines in negotiation

The airlines will have financial assistance to pay the difference in airfare. The average cost of a ticket negotiated with each carrier is determined by reference to the pre-pandemic cost.

In addition, discussions are also underway with the government to improve the frequency of destinations served. It remains to be determined if all tickets available on the plane will be $500 maximum or if there will only be a limited number for each flight.

The provincial government is currently in negotiations with these airlines:

  • Pascan Aviation
  • Air Canada
  • Air Creebec
  • Air Inuit
  • PAL Airlines

It should be noted that a carrier must serve a destination in a remote area throughout the year in order to receive financial assistance.

For example, Air Canada only serves the Magdalen Islands in the summer. Therefore, she would not be eligible to offer tickets up to $500. However, if Air Canada gives a firm one-year commitment to the Quebec government, it may be entitled to the compensation.

To further reduce the cost of airfare

One trick we really like is to reimburse the cost of an airline ticket with points.

Simply charge the cost of the airline ticket to a credit card offering rewards points and then apply the points to the purchase. A credit is then applied to the card account.

For example, redeeming 95,000 HSBC Rewards points for a $500 airline ticket with Pascan could reduce the bill by $475. In total, your flight would cost you $25!

Here is an example of a plane ticket purchased with Air Transat, but this tip is valid for any expense with an airline.

Introducing the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®
Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

Suggested Reading