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    Los Angeles to Toronto on Air Canada
    I began my European trip with a Los Angeles to Toronto flight on Air Canada. The reason I chose this particular flight is that it was being operated with a wide-body 767 and I was able to earn United miles since Air Canada is a Star Alliance member. FYI: This flight put me over the 25,000-mile mark on United in 2011 so I earned Elite status for 2012. I already achieved this milestone on American and Delta earlier in the year. It's always nice to secure enough flight miles for Elite status so you don't have to do a last-minute mileage run in December.

    The reason you might want to fly Air Canada on this route is that all passengers get one checked bag for free (2nd bag is $35) and each seat has an individual entertainment system so you won't be bored. Premium passengers will want to sit in their first class, as this plane had their new (and my favorite) herringbone-configured seats installed. Unfortunately, I didn't get upgraded, but I did have one of the best coach seats--12H (a bulkhead)--so I had plenty of legroom and a cool seatmate, which made the 4-hour-and-25-minute flight fly by.

    Other notables:
    -I was able to print my boarding pass at home so I didn't need to wait in any lines at the airport.
    -Families board first on Air Canada (though business class and Elite frequent fliers were told they could board at their leisure).
    -There was no gate crowding.
    -There were multiple gate-door alarms that kept going off and were really annoying. It didn't seem to bother the gate agents, though--they didn't do anything about it.



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