Canada Posts

American Airlines 137 from Dallas to Hong Kong diverts to Calgary

Hello from Calgary.  I wasn't planning to be visiting Canada today, but due to a medical diversion that is where today's AA137 flight from Dallas to Hong Kong landed. 
Interestingly, it is not my first medical diversion, and in fact the second one on a flight to Hong Kong.  This ...
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Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto

Lufthansa First Class is a relatively attainable luxury for those who play in the miles/points world.  Its not easy to get, but its doable. For this flight, I was excited to finally be able to enjoy the 'seat and a bed' cabin upstairs on the 747-400.  I've flown Lufthansa First several ...

Air Canada hedges on 787 to viably serve challenging Canada - India market

Advent of fuel-efficient aircraft and alliance benefits enables re-launch of YYZ-DEL
Air Canada announced on 04-December-2014 that it will resume nonstop services between its Toronto Pearson hub and New Delhi, India, effective November 2015. The route resumption, rumored for some time by Air ...

Air Canada to Toronto and the Maple Leaf Lounge before departure

My next trip report series is about a recent whirlwind trip around the world I took.  It was a Star Alliance First Class award using United miles (at pre-devaluation rates, 135,000 miles), but I didn't have a single United flight so that in itself is a win.  It was a fun mix of new ...

United Airlines Eliminates Canadian Staff

United Airlines' CEO Jeff Smisek is on a mission to cut $2BN in annual spending and is slashing anywhere and everywhere to meet that goal. The latest casualty is the United Airlines' employees in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.
CHICAGO - United Airlines says it is cutting 240 jobs in ...

NEXUS kiosks to be updated, plus additional member benefits

I haven't flown to Canada in several months, and I haven't noticed any technical issues with NEXUS kiosks, but I am not surprised that this excellent program is popular.  I have a trip across the border next week, but hopefully there won't be any delays.  I never had to wait more than a ...

Erin go bragh! Aer Lingus re-commits to North America and long-haul strategy

After five years of leaning out its long-haul network, Aer Lingus is back on the market and ready to expand its global reach after announcing major expansion plans across the Atlantic from Dublin and Shannon last week to the U.S. and Canada.
As part of its new network initiatives, EI plans to ...

CANADIANS: 15K Bonus Starwood Points w/ SPG, Bonus 5K Higher Than Normal

Finally, American Express Canada has upped the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card bonus from 10,000 to 15,000 POINTS! This offer isn’t contributing as many points as we’ve seen with AMEX USA, however it’s still better than the 10K normally offered! This is a limited deal and ...

A review of Fairmont Le Chateau Frotenac, Quebec City

I recently visited Quebec City for a conference.  I will often go out of my way to stay with a preferred hotel chain, but this was one case where I didn't mind booking elsewhere.  The meeting was at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.  

The Chateau Frontenac is ...
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A review of the Westin Nova Scotian

I had a business trip to Halifax earlier this winter.  Its a city I've looked forward to visiting for some time, but I was hoping for a trip in the warmer months.  Fortunately, when I visited, it was unseasonably warm, so I was able to explore the city during my limited free ...

Air Canada's Customer service: an easy solution

I had a domestic flight on Air Canada flight where I experienced simple but effective compensation in response to a delay.
I arrived at the gate just before boarding was scheduled to begin.  Boarding time came and went, and finally the agent announced that we were waiting for a disabled ...

Fairmont Toronto Royal York

Based on some of my prior stays at this property, I've had this hotel on the "Avoid" list for some time.  While I really enjoy the Fairmont in Seattle (America's top "grande dame" hotel?), their Toronto property is without question the worst in the chain.
Like many hotels, while it is managed ...

Prince Edward Island - A Great Family Destination


Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island.  Many have heard of it.  Few Americans could quickly identify it on a map. Fewer have ever been there.  It's worth a visit.
Overview: A wonderful spot for an outdoor-oriented family vacation.
Strengths: ...

Update on the progress of my Nexus application

As I discussed in a past post, I was going through the application process for the Nexus program for my somewhat frequent business travel between the US and Canada.  

photo courtesy Calgary Sun
About a month after I submitted my application, I received conditional ...

More details from the Hyatt Regency Montreal

As Matthew has discussed before, the Hyatt Regency Montreal is a nice option for those visiting Montreal.  The hotel is downtown, with easy walking distance to the restaurants and nightlife of St. Catherine street and to Vieux Montreal (the old City).  When I was there, there were ...

NEXUS and Global Entry Application process

For US residents traveling frequently from international destinations, Global Entry can be a big help upon returning to the US, as it allows for expedited entry for pre-approved travelers.  For US citizens and Canadians that travel between Canada and the US, NEXUS works in a similar ...

Ritz Carlton Toronto

Earlier this month, I had a quick (one night) business trip to Toronto.  I had seen the new Ritz Carlton under construction during prior visits and, knowing that it had just opened, decided to give it a try.
I made my booking through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) on their ...

American Traveler's Guide to Canada

 With TBEX coming up in Vancouver, it got me to thinking about doing this post that I have wanted to write about for a while. Over the past year and a half, I have spent almost 6 months up there.  Usually, Americans do not think of Canada as a destination because of the higher airfares, ...

Review: Hyatt Regency Montreal

Below is a brief review of my recent stay at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal. Its brevity can be explained: about the only thing I did at the hotel was sleep.

I arrived in Montreal on an early morning United Airlines flight and after being roughed up at immigration and taking a 45-minute ...

Detained at Canadian Immigration in Montreal

Remind me not to take any more one-night trips to Canada.
This week, I took advantage of a great fare from ONT-YUL on United to spend a couple days mileage running and one day in Montreal.
I have taken quick trips to Canada twice before, though both in Vancouver, and did not expect to be ...