Canada

Well Played? It Appears Bombardier Found A Way To Beat Boeing And The US Government

I’ll admit, I somehow missed that Airbus and Bombardier talked about a tie-up on the C Series a couple years ago. That would have made yesterday’s announcement a bit less surprising to me. I can’t tell if Boeing saw this coming. And, I can’t really say what’s going to happen next.

Hyatt News: New Brands, New Locations

There were a couple of interesting tidbits yesterday about one of my favorite hotel chains, Hyatt. First, they announced a new brand coming to the Hyatt family. Centric is to debut this year with properties in both the US and abroad. As others have noted, creating a new lifestyle brand seems a bit out of sorts considering the brands Hyatt already has in their portfolio. I’m guessing that market research showed them there was a segment that wasn’t addressed. On the flip side, it may be that there’s a larger […]

Gogo Now In Canada, Roaming Charges In Europe Going Away, How Do You Stay Connected On Vacation? Things I Find Interesting On Sunday, April 6, 2014

Things I Find Interesting On Sunday, April 6th 2014: Gogo Internet Is Now Available On Flights In Canada.  I’ve had a Gogo subscription since shortly after the service debuted.  I’ve gotten a ton of value out of Wifi on planes through increased productivity, and the monthly pass saves a bunch over buying a pass for each flight.  The Heels First Travel gals note that there’s a likely price increase coming down the pike on April 13th, so lock in your monthly pricing plan now. Are you smart enough to hack […]

A Picture Is Worth…A Free Airline Ticket

Pictures are such an easy thing to take nowadays.  Virtually everyone has a smartphone, and most smartphones take pictures as good (or sometimes better) than digital cameras.  For our family, that means lots more memories captured when we travel.  I was trying to think of a good contest to have this fall and  also happened to be reviewing some of our summer vacation pics.  And, that’s where I came up with the idea for the contest. First, I’m giving away one free coach ticket in for travel on American Airlines […]

News And Notes For Friday, May 31, 2013

Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite finalist of the Briggs & Riley TORQ suitcase giveaway for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Mommy Points has an awesome first week breakdown this year’s Daily Getaways deals from US Travel Association and American Express.  If you’re not familiar with the Daily Getaways, they generally represent really good deals on travel from various sources.  A big key here is to make sure you use your AMEX card to pay, as that offers you a 10% discount on […]

I Want To Go To The Country Of New York

In today’s environment of increased security, longer lines and full planes, travel can be an adventure.  Smart travelers find ways to make sure the adventure comes when you plan it as opposed to random road blocks along the way.  Two of the best ways to guarantee a positive airport experience are Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check. TSA Pre-Check is a program in the domestic US that allows for expedited security screening.  Due to recent expansion, you can find it at most sizable airports in the US.  You can qualify for […]

Things To Do And See At Niagara Falls, Part 1

We spent just a bit more than 2 days in the Niagara Falls area.  Ultimately, 3 days is probably ideal but we kept up a pretty good pace and managed to get through most of what we wanted to see. There are boat rides from both sides of the border.  We had read that the Maid of the Mist from the Canadian side was better, but both sides seemed to take the same route.  There were more boats available on the Canadian side, though, which meant it was quicker to […]

Sheraton On The Falls, Niagara Review

When we originally planned our trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls, I was looking forward to crossing another destination off my list.  After all, I’d never been to Toronto despite it’s proximity to where I grew up (New York) and the short flight from where I live now (DC). However, I always thought I had been to Niagara Falls.  Apparently, I was wrong.  More on our trip to the falls later, but after doing some research, we decided to stay at Sheraton On The Falls, which is a hotel on […]

Review: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

One of the many new benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is that award stays count towards earning elite status on a yearly basis AND count towards lifetime status.  Since I hadn’t yet re-qualified for Platinum this year and still need about 200 nights to achieve lifetime Platinum, I made the decision to burn a bunch of Starpoints this summer for award stays.  There were no Cash & Point stays available (which is one of the truly best values), but I was able to find rooms at all our […]