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Flight Review – Air Canada Signature Service 777 YYZ – Toronto to YVR – Vancouver AC 103

In spring of 2018, Air Canada upgraded their business class product by introducing “Air Canada Signature Service” on select flights. Having flown on Air Canada in business class domestically and internationally in the past, I was excited to get upgraded on our flight from YYZ-YVR this past February to experience the new Signature Service product…
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March 19, 2019 2
Classic room

Stay – Review of Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

Le Germain Hotel Ottawa is part of “Groupe Germain Hotels”, which also includes Alt Hotels and Alt + hotels. Groupe Germain is Canadian family-run business that started with one property in 1988 and has grown to a total of 17 hotels, with a plan to grow to 20 hotels by 2020. With a focus on…
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March 14, 2019 0
King room on the 7th floor

Stay – Review of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is conveniently located within the YYC – Calgary International Airport between the international and domestic terminals. With full amenities such as a spa, meeting and event space, indoor pool and hot tub, M Club lounge, and a full restaurant and bar, it combines the amenities you expect from a…
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March 14, 2019 1
Passengers at the airport

Visiting Europe: ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System)

Beginning in 2021, Canadians, Americans, and citizens from 59 other countries intending to travel for leisure or business to one or more countries in the European Union’s Schengen area will need to submit an application online through the “ETIAS” (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) prior to departure. If the application is not approved, the…
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March 12, 2019 0

Hilton Honours Status Match – Is it worth it?

The Hilton Honours Status Match is accepting applications for a fast-track to either Gold or Diamond status with the hotel brand’s loyalty program through to March 2020. We suspect this is partly due to the SPG/Marriott merger that has not gone well and has some looking to switch loyalty programs. In this post, we share…
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March 9, 2019 0
Map of our trip

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to the UAE, Maldives, Qatar, and Indonesia

If we’re lucky, once a year we get to go away for up to 3 weeks in the fall based on our work schedules and the times we can take time-off. In the last few years, we’ve been really lucky with our trips that often include numerous stops on the same itinerary to maximize time,…
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March 6, 2019 3
Max walking on Seminyak beach at sunset

Overtourism: Did “Eat Pray Love” Ruin Bali?

Overtourism is becoming a problem in many tourist destinations around the world and it has been getting more coverage in the media the last few years. One place that we love and have visited where overtourism is a problem is the island of Bali in Indonesia. In the last few years, a garbage emergency was…
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March 6, 2019 4
Nusantara outdoor grill

Indulge – Indonesian Food in Ubud Bali

Ubud, Bali might be renowned due to Eat, Pray, Love for better or worse as it suffers from unregulated growth and over tourism but it is really hard not to love the place and want to visit it more than once to enjoy the picturesque jungle setting, luxurious and affordable pool villas, and vibrant food…
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March 1, 2019 4

Flight Review – Emirates First Class A380 LAX – Los Angeles to DXB – Dubai

We had so much fun on our last Emirates First Class trip that we decided to splurge and do it all over again. As you may recall from our past blog post, we had initially booked first class on the A380 but Emirates changed the aircraft on the Houston route to a 777, so we…
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February 19, 2019 0
The middle suite with the virtual windows

Flight Review – New Emirates First Class 777 DXB – Dubai to MLE – Male

After our flight from LAX – Los Angeles to DXB – Dubai, we spent a few nights in Dubai at the Al Maha Resort before flying to MLE – Male airport in the Maldives on the same reward ticket. Initially we were scheduled on the 777 with the old First Class configuration but a couple…
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