Visa Freedom to USA for the Baltics? Say hi to ESTA!

In November 2008 a few more countries, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were grated the long-awaited visa freedom to the United States of America. This “freedom” is really a Visa Waiver Program. At this time citizens of Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, … Continue reading

TICO: The watchdog protecting Ontario travelers

For the past several months TICO’s Consumer Awareness Campaign has been informing Ontario’s travelling public about TICO and the benefits of purchasing travel services from TICO registered travel agencies.The Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund is governed by Ontario Regulation 26/05 … Continue reading

Air Canada cuts baggage fees, incorporates fuel surcharges into advertised fares

In response to decreasing fuel prices, Air Canada is eliminating all second checked-bag charges ($25) implemented in the spring. The airline also announced it is incorporating fuel surcharges into its advertised base fares on North American flights. “Although the cost of fuel remains highly volatile and far above historic norms, the recent retreat in oil prices is enabling us to

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Be ready to pay for the bags… now with Continental

Continental Airlines has become the fifth major US carrier to charge $15 for the first piece of checked luggage. The airline already charges $25 for the second-checked bag. As is the policy for the other carriers, elite members of the airline’s frequent-flier program and those traveling in business and first class will not have to pay for their checked baggage.The move leaves

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Flight Rights Canada – DID they get it right?

September 5th, 2008. The Government of Canada announced Flight Rights Canada, an effort to better inform passengers of their air travel rights. Here is this document in a nutshell :

Passengers have the right to take the flight they paid for.
If the plane is overbooked or cancelled, the airline must find the passenger a seat on another flight operated by

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12 tips for dealing with lost baggage – or preventing it altogether

No matter what airline you fly – there can always be a chance that your baggage can get lost or delayed. Here are some tips for you that help to prevent such loss or at least make it easier to deal with it.
1. Make your bag stand out. Buy luggage that is a color other than black – because with

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Shoulder season $avings

Taking a trip in the shoulder season, the period of travel between low and high seasons, offers some serious advantages to holidaymakers with an eye on their wallet but who still want to enjoy the best a destination has to offer. Travelling in high season doesn’t only mean you’re paying the top bracket for your holiday. Beaches are fuller, lineups

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E-ticket: what is it?

From June 1, 2008 – all the airlines belonging to IATA (International Air Transport Association) will start using only electronic tickets (e-tickets). The good old-fashioned paper tickets have become a part of history. Here are a few questions that people ask us…
Are there any exceptions to this rule? Yes and no. All the airlines belonging to IATA BSP (Billing and Settlement Plan) allow agents to issue only e-tickets. Only a

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