Vancouver Posts

Best Airports for a Long Layover.

With United's recent devaluation, I have been doing a ton of flight searching to burn my small cache of United Mileage Plus miles. Mainly looking to maximize my miles by booking "around the world" trips from the US to Asia, by way of Europe, I have looked everywhere and have tried routing ...

United Business from Vancouver, B.C. to Washington Dulles: Trip (Ro)ports

The customer experience with United is truly improving, and I am on my way back to becoming a full-time believer in the brand.
Last week, I flew United in BusinessFirst from Chicago to Vancouver, flying on an award ticket for my cousin's wedding and family reunion in Canada. Some of you ...

United MileagePlus trumps Delta SkyMiles, once again

For me, travel shopping generally is a long, thought-out process that involves hours of brainstorming, planning and creative thinking in order for me to produce the perfect, optimal itinerary that suits my needs. Overthinking doesn't even begin to describe my traditional approach to designing the ...

A Great Price on Myanmar-Canada Fares and Why You Should Consider It

Here's the deal for those who want to race over and book right away.  Hat tip to Hack My Trip.
$369-410USD one-way (some roundtrips have been reported successfully) from RGN (Yangon, Myanmar) to YVR (Vancouver) in business class!
Here is a screen shot showing you the disparity in pricing to ...

The world's longest flights (part one)

Editors note: this is the first of two installments covering the dynamics of ultra-long haul flights that have become more and more commonplace in the global aviation world. 
Ultra-long haul flights: they may sound brutal in practice, but it's a pretty cool concept in theory.
Although ...
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Emirates, the 'Beast in the Middle East,' feels the heat

An Emirates Airbus A380 flies over the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Image courtesy of Google.
"We can reel off a whole load of airlines that are teetering on the brink or are really gone. Roll this forward to Christmas, another eight or nine months, and we're going to see this industry ...

Air Canada Trans-Border Maple Leaf Lounge at YVR

Yes, I know it has taken me a while to get around to posting this and completing my posts from Vancouver, but life has kept me busy, and I wanted to clear this out before I post some hotel reviews from my most recent trip.
Air Canada provides the best lounges of any North American Airline. ...

16 Days in China: Coming Home in Air Canada's Executive First Class Suite

To culminate my long, wonderful journey to China, I flew home on Air Canada PEK-YVR-SFO. This was part of an open-jaw itinerary that included my outbound flight to Hong Kong. While the outbound upgrade was confirmable at booking time, I definitely had to sweat it out for the return home. Part ...

Quick Hits on Burnaby BC Hotels

Ok, I'm not going to have a full review of the hotels that I stayed in for TBEX mainly because I was too tired when visiting (see my crazy weekend for why), and because quite honestly, neither of the properties stood out to me.
Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Metrotown
Check-in was fairly ...

My Thoughts on Bus Tours: Good but Extremely Overpriced.

In my travels, especially on business trips, I make an effort to explore the city I'm in.  If you have ever been to a large city, you have probably seen the crazy busses driving around town from various touring companies offering hop-on hop-off tours of the city.  Prior to TBEX, I had ...
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For The Second Year In A Row, I Barely Avoid Canadian Riots

My luck when traveling to Canada near major events is quite lucky.  As has been hitting the news, the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup and a portion of downtown Vancouver has fallen into a riot.  I actually was there this past weekend, and even took in the party scene downtown before leaving ...

Canucks Fever In Vancouver

I'm actually doing this post out of order from my experience in Vancouver, however I did want to get a quick post up about the insanity before and after the hockey games while I was in town, since Wednesday is when the Stanley Cup Finals end.  Friday was a busy day, and I'll be talking more ...

16 Days in China: SFO-YVR in Air Canada Executive Class

I wasn't originally going to write a post about this first, short leg of my trip, but I was so impressed with the segment that I decided otherwise. I flew from San Francisco to Vancouver in Air Canada's Executive Class on an EMB190. I was in seat 3F, and I was quite impressed with the seats. The ...

My Lost and Found Ordeal with United Airlines

I flew up to Vancouver Saturday morning on United and haphazardly left my camera under my seat in 2D. While relaxing in the Maple Leaf Lounge about an hour after touching down in YVR, I suddenly had a sinking feeling in my stomach that my camera wasn't in my bag. Sure enough, it wasn't. I walked ...

LAX-YVR on Air Canada, Vancouver, and YVR-LHR on Air Canada

Day 0: Introduction: Perfecting My Trip to Europe Using United Miles

Day 1: LAX-YVR on Air Canada, Vancouver, and YVR-LHR on Air Canada
Day 2: BD Number One Lounge at Heathrow and London to Lisbon on TAP Portugal
Day 3: A Day of Sightseeing in Lisbon
Day 4: An ...