I wrote about this issue previously, but here’s an e-mail from another unhappy USIT customer:
I am inquiring about the extortionist prices that your company is charging for flights to Canada under the Under 35s Work and Travel Programme. I have recently and reluctantly paid over €1000 for a return flight to Canada. On the same day I made the sickening discovery that Air Canada could have flown me there for over €300 less than what I paid for flights with USIT. Of course you probably know all this as USIT have cleverly written it into their terms and conditions that I must fly with them (as I was told by a USIT representative on the phone).
I would like a detailed explanation for the extraordinary prices you charge for these flights and also a complete breakdown of the €495 charge of processing my visa application. I have read many many blog posts from irate customers of USIT (see boards.ie Independent Youth and Travel section for examples).
I am sure that there are many more out there also and in these recessionary times I don’t think it is necessary for for USIT to be seen as overcharging people who are trying to make a go of it in Canada.
I wrote my response to a similar complaint in the original post, available here. To my mind, it’s unfortunately a case of “USIT’s game, USIT’s rules”.
The same question from the end of that post still stands though:
Is anyone else more familiar with this type of situation? Is there any other way to get a Canadian Visa without going through USIT – surely there should be alternatives?
I guess though, given that USIT are able to charge these prices and get away with it, there isn’t any alternative out there.