Ultra Low-Cost Carriers For Travelers In The Montreal Area

This is the ULCC overview for Montreal (also available in French like all our articles, by toggling the language option in the top menu). Or check out the ones for VancouverEdmontonCalgaryWinnipegTorontoOttawa and Halifax.

Ultra Low-Cost Carriers (ULCCs) are great for travelers who want to explore more and fly for less. Here is Flytrippers’ overview of ULCCs in the Montreal area.

Our mission is to help you travel more, which is why our Montreal cheap flights deals page is our main focus… but we also want to share great travel tips, especially about ULCCs.

We know this business model very well and we want to become your reference for all things that save you money on travel… and ULCCs are great for that! Pack light, forego the frills… and travel at a much lower price than ever before!

We’ve started posting ULCCs deals on our deals page, but just know that as of now almost all our great deals are still on regular airlines, without the ULCC restrictions. ULCC flights have a special ULCC tag just below the price on the deal cover image.

We have already been seeing many one-ways within Canada on sale regularly for under $100. Flights under $200 roundtrip are almost all thanks to Ultra Low-Cost Carriers: these airlines really are the greatest thing to happen to the aviation industry in, well, ever.

If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we’re really excited about the arrival of ULCCs in Canada. The absence of such airlines was one of the main reasons why airfares are so expensive in Canada, compared to Europe (where I’ve flown for $10), Asia (where I’ve flown for $15), the US (where I’ve flown for $20) and even more and more developing countries, like Peru (where I’ve flown for $20).

So let’s take a look at ULCCs in the Montreal area, because I won’t get into all the details about this business model again: we already covered Swoop’s launch in Canada and already have a few interesting articles about ULCCs: How Ultra Low-Cost Carriers Work and The Most Common Myths About ULCCs… with much more to come.

By the way, I’ve flown 100+ flights on ULCCs overall on 15 different ULCCs and I can definitely tell you that the experience is great. To see for yourself, you can read my detailed review of Swoop, Canada’s newest ULCC and my detailed review of WOW air, a transatlantic ULCC… and again, look out for much more ULCC reviews and content on this blog in the coming weeks.

Ultra Low-Cost Carriers In Montreal

Unfortunately, Quebec still isn’t served by Canadian domestic ULCCs. But on the plus side, Montreal has more international ULCCs than anywhere else in Canada. You have many destinations to choose from if you want to fly cheap, including some in the US that are worth the short roadtrip. You can see the exhaustive list of destinations in just a second.

North American Flights

For domestic flights, in Canada there are two Ultra Low-Cost Carriers.

Flair and Swoop have both decided to not serve Montreal unfortunately, at least for the time being.

You do however have a selection of US destinations on Allegiant and Spirit from Plattsburgh. Quite often the low fares will be worth the drive, especially if you’re traveling with one or more travel buddies or as a family. Keep reading for all the destinations, and don’t miss our article about how roadtrips can save you money on flights.

Swoop has many more planes coming, so it’s possible that they eventually will come to Quebec.

Jetlines, another Canadian ULCC, plans to launch in Canada, but they haven’t taken off yet and only plan to do so in 2019.

International Flights

Luckily, the Montreal airport has many international ULCCs. WOW air serves all of Europe via Iceland and Level has direct flights to a major European hub (from there, pretty much all of Europe is under $200 roundtrip). Finally, leading ULCC Norwegian flies to 2 Caribbean destinations from Montreal.

Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Destinations

Here are the destinations served directly from the Montreal area by Ultra Low-Cost Carriers… you can then often connect to many other destinations, especially in Iceland (or self-connect with the multi-ticket itinerary tip in most European cities).

ULCC Destinations From Montreal (YUL)

LEVEL: Paris (ORY)
Norwegian: Guadeloupe (PTP), Martinique (FDF)
WOW air: Reykjavik (KEF)

ULCC Destinations From Plattsburgh (PBG)

Allegiant: Fort Lauderdale-Miami (FLL), Orlando (SFB), Punta Gorda (PGD), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE)
Spirit: Fort Lauderdale-Miami (FLL), Myrtle Beach (MYR)

The best way to find the lowest price if you are looking for specific dates and destinations is always to use our flight search tool that will compare all airlines for you (no airline can have the cheapest price 100% of the time, you should always compare).

And if you’re flexible, follow these instructions to know how to find the cheapest dates for your specific destination or even the cheapest destinations for your specific dates.

But again, to see flight deals from all airlines, you should check out our Montreal cheap flight deals page regularly. Buying a flight at 50% off during a deal will always be the best way to save money on flights.

And make sure you subscribe to our free newsletter (like 30,000+ other Canadians already are) to get all the great flight deals (and our many travel tips) directly into your inbox, specially curated for Montrealers.

Finally, consider taking up travel hacking. It’s a great way to get free travel (even better than cheap travel right?) and we have a brand new section coming soon with a lot of information. In the meantime, you can check out our ranking of the best credit cards in Canada, many of which give you hundreds of dollars in free travel.

Here is an overview of all Ultra Low-Cost Carriers for Montreal travelers. Do you have any questions about how ULCCs work? Ask away! And stay tuned for more ULCC content!

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Article originally published 06/28/2018 – updated 07/27/2018 and 11/08/2018

Photo Credit for route map: Great Circle Mapper – Copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He aims to share his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to Travel Hacking... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 52/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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