It seem that the standard price from Toronto YYZ to Ottawa one way is around $120CDN, for AC, WestJet.

In one of my upcoming trips, I'll be arriving in YYZ around 7pm, which means I won't make the train, and I'm not keen on doing the overnight bus to finish the last leg of the journey.

How likely is it for me to simply walk up to the counter to book a last minute ticket that could undercut the typical cost?

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    Slim to none. They know you're desperate...
    – Karlson
    Jan 4, 2017 at 19:11
  • Oi close voters, the OP is asking a very specific answerable question: "Is there any chance I can get a walk-up ticket for less than $120?" This is not price shopping. Jan 4, 2017 at 23:43
  • @pnuts "POB"..? Jan 6, 2017 at 2:08
  • @pnuts Do you think it's a matter of opinion that last-minute fares cost way more than advance purchase fares? Jan 6, 2017 at 10:15

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Not the slightest bit likely. Also see e.g. Why don't airlines offer last minute empty seats cheap?

Airfares of major airlines are meticulously calculated to maximize revenue, and are published some time in advance. Price discrimination would break down if they allowed their frontline agents to negotiate fares, or set them.

They can be so meticulously calculated because airlines have enough historical data on a route like YYZ-YOW to know approximately how many people will fly and what they are willing to pay, and will have adjusted their capacity and fares over time to suit. Any seats that are still available at the last minute are for the occasional walk-up purchaser, who is typically a business traveler whose is price-insensitive because his or her employer is covering the cost of the ticket.

The best that an agent can do on the day of the flight is search for the best available fare. It is theoretically possible that they can find lower fares in the airline's reservations system that are not available or no longer available from the website or from third parties. But for the reasons already mentioned, it's almost assured that only the most expensive walk-up fares will remain available for booking on the day of departure.

  • Sounds like either it's the overnight bus and risking the greyhound canada's seat from the Agony line, or I'll just stay overnight and train back and book an extra day off. Thanks for the help!
    – Calyth
    Jan 5, 2017 at 16:05

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