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Wednesday, January 24th 2018

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Ottawa to Louisville, Kentucky - $247 CAD roundtrip including taxes | and a warning about Delta and United fares

A horse race in Louisville, Kentucky

Delta and United Airlines have dropped the price of their flights from Ottawa to Louisville, Kentucky down to $247 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

This is 38% below the typical best prices from Ottawa to Louisville.

The flights have 1 stop each way in New York City.

A warning about Delta and United Airlines fares (mostly just Delta for now)

Delta and United Airlines have recently made a big change in the way they price their economy flights.

Both of them are now offering what they call 'Basic Economy' fares. Think of this as a level below what used to be just called Economy (if you can imagine).

What does this mean?

DELTA: No longer allows you to select a seat before check-in. You will be assigned seats after check-in or at the gate, unless you 'upgrade' to Economy. In your head, you should now automatically add $31.50 CAD to all of Delta's roundtrip prices that you see online when searching, to compare fairly against other airlines.

If you do care about being able to select your seat in advance, which I'm sure many do, you should think of these flights to Denver as being $299.50 CAD roundtrip including taxes, for an economy flight.

Unless you don't care about being able to select your seat in advance. In which case, you might actually be saving money on some Delta flights from now on. Delta.com makes it very clear when you are booking a Basic Economy fare (giant pop-up). Other websites may be less clear.

UNITED AIRLINES: The situation is actually worse for United. Their Basic Economy fares do not allow you to select seats in advance, *and* they don't include any carry-on luggage.

*However*, so far, I have not seen Basic Economy fares on United to U.S. destinations when departing from Canadian cities. Just when departing from U.S. cities...for now.

The United Airlines website makes it very clear when you are booking a Basic Economy flight (giant red box with a warning). Other websites may be less clear.

Availability for travel

September, October, November, December 2017

January, February, March, April, May 2018

How to find and book this deal

1. Start with this Google Flights search...

Google Flights: Ottawa to Louisville, Kentucky

Click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and look for the cheap date combinations that are $247 or $254 CAD roundtrip.

You can click through from Google Flights to the the Delta website or the United Airlines website to book these flights.

screenshot from the Delta website

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