What is the most logical stop to make to catch a SWAir flight to Indy when we are leaving from Vancouver? How do I determine where the most flights to Indy begin in SW land (in NW part of US obviously.)
Using the Southwest route map in list view at this link, you can determine that the following locations have non-stop flights to/from Indianapolis so you'd most likely want to fly into one of them.
Atlanta, GA - ATL Austin, TX - AUS Boston Logan, MA - BOS Baltimore/Washington, MD - BWI Cancun, Mexico - CUN Dallas (Love Field), TX - DAL Denver, CO - DEN Ft. Lauderdale, FL - FLL Houston (Hobby), TX - HOU Las Vegas, NV - LAS Los Angeles, CA - LAX flight Kansas City, MO - MCI Orlando, FL - MCO Chicago (Midway), IL - MDW New Orleans, LA - MSY Oakland, CA - OAK Phoenix, AZ - PHX Ft. Myers, FL - RSW San Diego, CA - SAN Tampa, FL - TPA
Some locations may be seasonal or not have daily service so you can then use the Low Fare Calendar at this link to search for flights from the city to Indianapolis on a monthly calendar. You'll most likely want to factor in cost/availability of flights from Vancouver to one of these cities to develop a complete plan.
Hope that gets you going in the right direction!
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Seattle is certainly a great leaping point - you can take several flights a day on Air Canada that operate as shuttle service, so you can leave yourself a wide enough connection time.
There are several lounges in Sea-Tac and other public areas that are pleasant. (If you have Amex Platinum there is a Centurion Lounge as well.)
Alaska also has a lounge if you can fly Alaska to Vancouver (I'm not sure) but you have to have an Alaska ticket to purchase access, or maybe it's complimentary with some tickets.
Looking at the Route Map though, flights from IND will be through these likely cities, and at Air Canada's route map to cross-check direct flights from USA to YVR...
MDW (not suggested by SWA as one of the one-stop options to SEA)
DEN (yes, also has direct Air Canada)
LAS (nope, but has direct Air Canada)
PHX (yes, also has direct Air Canada)
OAK (yes, no Air Canada though)
LAX (yes, also has Air Canada)
PDX (nope, but has direct Air Canada)
Of these non-stops from IND my favorites to ease of terminal navigation and amentity are SEA, DEN, and PHX that have both direct SW flights to IND, and direct fligh to YVR, in my personal order of preference.
*note that I picked a Monday later this month to test things out - routes may vary during the week or weekend dates to add or subtract from the available non-stop routes.
Chicago also has direct to Vancouver, but on one of the other guys, from the non-Southwest airport. The gate that you get dropped off at will feel like you walked from MDW though.
Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.