Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cathay Pacifc offers double Asia Miles out of Canada

Just released yesterday on the Asia Miles site, Cathay Pacific is offering double Asia Miles for flights taken in First or Business class from Toronto or Vancouver to Hong Kong. The promotion requires registration (which is already open) and the bonus accumulation period runs from Feb 15 to May 31, 10.

Find out more on this offer (including the link to registering) and other Asia Miles Miles offers on our Asia Miles Bonus Mile Opportunities page.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Three U.S. Majors raise luggage fees....again!

Continental, Delta and United have all followed US Airways lead and raised their checked luggage fees once again. This is at least the second time in the past twelve months that they have done this. As U.S. airlines continue to struggle financially they are finding that ancillary revenue streams such as checked luggage fees are lucrative and what help them keep afloat. The question is how much and how far are the airlines willing to push the customers to pay for these services that used to be free in the past and are still free on some airlines like Southwest and WestJet. Of course the airlines charging the fees hope that the customers become accustomed to the fees and in some ways many have, they want to travel, they need to travel and although they are not happy about it they pay the fees so that they can conduct their business or go on that much needed vacation.

By the way, the latest round of increases see the CO, DL and UA fees go to $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second. Discounts are available for those who prepay online. Elite Members of each airlines frequent flyer programs continue to be exempt from the checked luggage fees.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Iceland Express to fly Winnipeg-Reykjavik

Iceland's no frills airline Iceland Express (not that Icelandair is a frills airline in comparison) has announced that they will offer 2 flights per week between Winnipeg and Reykjavik (Keflavik) in summer 2010. Of course the airline is trying to target the large Icelandic population in the Manitoba region to visit Iceland but the flight timings also allow for connections to London or Copenhagen.

Flight Timings:
Winnipeg - Keflavik Dep 1910 Arr 0600+1
Keflavik -Winnipeg Dep 1650 Arr 1805
You can book your flight today with Iceland Express

Source: Airline Route Updates

Friday, January 8, 2010

SPG Quarter 1 Promo is now live - earn up to Quadruple Starpoints

We've had this up on our site since before Christmas sometime but the registration and eligibility period went live on Jan 5. The promo is as follows:

Earn up to Quadruple Starpoints on all eligible stays at over 850 participating properties worldwide.
- Earn double Starpoints for stays of 1 or 2 nights
- Earn triple Starpoints for stays of 3 nights
- Earn quadruple Starpoints for stays of 4 nights or more

Full Details, Registration & Online Booking >
Register by Mar 31 for stays Jan 5 - Apr 15, 10

Thursday, January 7, 2010

EVA Air announces Toronto-Taipei service

Taiwan's EVA Air has announced that they will offer direct flights between Toronto and Taipei starting on Mar 29,10. The flights will run 3 times per week with non-stop service from Taipei to Toronto but the flight back from Toronto will require a fuel stop in Anchorage.

Flight Timings:
Toronto - Taipei Dep 2340 Arr 0545+2
Taipei - Toronto Dep 1845 Arr 2055

Source EVA Air

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Save 10% on Air Canada flights to Europe and Israel

Here is this months Visa Perks offer for Air Canada

Save 10% on our flights to Europe and Israel

Travel from January 11 to March 30, 2010 and enjoy extra savings on flights from Canada to Paris, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Zurich and Tel Aviv ! To get your exclusive discount, simply enter this promotion code when booking and pay with your VISA card: NXTEKDV1

Offer ends January 31, 2010.

Full details at

Air France now codesharing on KLM flights from Calgary and Vancouver

Air France is now officially codesharing on KLM's flights between Calgary/Vancouver and Amsterdam. The flight numbers are as follows:
ROUTE AF Codeshare KL Operating
Amsterdam – Calgary AF8376 KL677
Calgary – Amsterdam AF8375 KL678
Amsterdam – Vancouver AF8378 KL681
Vancouver – Amsterdam AF8377 KL682

Source: Airline Route Update

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Air China to increase Vancouver-Beijing flights

Now that Canada has approved destination status with China, Air China will be increasing flights between Vancouver and Beijing to 10 per week from the current 7. Four more per flights are being planned as well for late 2010 or 2011 bringing the service to twice daily.

Source: Vancouver Sun