Review: Air Canada Signature Service Business Class, Vancouver to Toronto

2018-08-15T17:04:45+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Air Canada, Airlines, News, Reviews|

Air Canada Signature Service Business Class Introduction I booked our flights for our European Family Vacation on Points on New Year's Eve last year. This was going to be our first time flying our national carrier in business class and we were excited to try them out. We got even more excited when we found out that Air Canada had [...]

Marriott Rewards – Analyzing the Canadian Marriott Hotel Changes

2018-07-12T10:50:53+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, Marriott, News, Reward Programs|

Marriott Rewards - Analyzing the Canadian Marriott Hotel Changes If you've been paying attention to anything in the world of travel hacking and award travel lately, you'll know that Marriott has been dominating the headlines. Since acquiring the Starwood Preferred Guest program in 2016, everyone has been eagerly awaiting answers as to what the newly merged program will look like. [...]

5 Reasons Why The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Is My Favourite Hotel In The World

2018-06-22T13:17:27+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, News, Trip Reports|

Why The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Is My Favourite Hotel In The World This week The Fairmont Vancouver Airport had a grand opening event for the recently renovated Gold Floor, and I was lucky enough to attend. Brad and I stayed one night during their soft launch (actually we were the first guests welcomed on June 1st, which was kind of [...]

Flight Review: EVA Air A330 Business Class From Taipei To Jakarta

2018-06-21T12:13:59+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Airlines, EVA Air, Trip Reports|

EVA Air A330 Business Class Introduction My EVA business class flight from Vancouver arrived just before 6am, which meant I had just over 2.5 hours to wait until boarding for my onward flight to Jakarta (featuring the new EVA Air A330 business class product). I've transited Taipei before, and really dislike the lounge. I don't think the food is very [...]

Review: Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Airport (Domestic)

2018-06-20T11:15:34+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Airport Lounges, Canada, Reviews|

Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Airport Introduction The Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Airport was a nice place for us to relax and enjoy some food and drinks while kicking off our European family vacation on points. Going into this lounge I had very low expectations based on what I had read and heard from other travellers. Maybe my expectations are lower than most, [...]

Introduction: A European Family Vacation On Points

2018-06-18T15:23:46+00:00 June 18th, 2018|News, Trip Reports|

European Family Vacation On Points Introduction The family and I are currently in Paris. We just had a wonderful stay at Marriott's Village d'Ile-de-France, which was the first European stop on our family vacation, though we stopped in Toronto for a few days to visit friends before flying to Europe. Ever since getting into this hobby, I wondered about how I [...]

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport

2018-06-13T11:20:11+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Airport Lounges, Canada, Trip Reports|

Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport Introduction I'll get it out of the way - contract lounges kind of suck. Sure, they're better than waiting at the gate (most of the time), but compared to flagship airline lounges, such as the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt or the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge in Tokyo, these contract spaces feel more [...]

Fairmont President’s Club Authentically Local Food Experience – Wildflower At The Chateau Whistler

2018-06-06T10:58:53+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Fairmont Authentically Local Food Experience Introduction One of the aspects of The Fairmont President's Club that is so unique is the issuance of certificates over traditional hotel points. Every year, members would receive a set of certificates based on their status level, including free-night, suite upgrade, and dining certificates. Furthermore, Platinum members were allowed to choose two additional benefits, ranging [...]