Category: Plan

Aircraft Update: Japan Airlines 767-300 SkySuites II for YVR-NRT Service in June 2019

If you are traveling to Tokyo from YVR – Vancouver International Airport, you have 3 non-stop options: Japan Airlines (JAL) to NRT – Narita International Airport departing at 14:15 and arriving at 16:25+1 All Nippon Airways (ANA) to HND – Haneda International Airport departing at 16:25 and arriving at 18:30+1 Air Canada (AC) to NRT…
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May 15, 2019 1
A Jack Russell Terrier ready for the flight

Plan – 5 Tips for Flying with Your Dog

In the last few years, airlines have been adapting their policies to make it easier for humans to travel with their dogs in the cabin as opposed to the cargo hold. In this post, we share 5 tips to help you fly safely and seamlessly with your beloved canine companion in the cabin with you.…
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May 4, 2019 0
View of the beach at the Westin Cozumel

4 Days in Cozumel – A Travel Guide

Cozumel is a Mexican Island in the Caribbean, just a short 30-45 minute ferry away from Playa Del Carmen. Known as a popular cruise ship port and place to scuba dive and snorkel, Cozumel offers visitors a different experience than the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula. In this post we share information about our 4…
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April 26, 2019 10
An Alaska Airlines E-175 arriving

Plan – Flying out of PAE – Paine Field on Alaska Airlines

Last updated: September 14, 2019 On March 4, 2019, Paine Field (also known as Snohomish County Airport) began domestic commercial flight service. Located about 30 miles north of Seattle and 125 miles south of Vancouver, PAE – Paine Field Airport is a good option for those who want to avoid driving in Seattle traffic on…
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April 2, 2019 6
Tijuana town once you cross the pedestrian overpass

24 Hours in Tijuana – A Guide

Tijuana, also known as “TJ” is a Mexican city that shares a border with the San Diego area via the San Ysidro border crossing.  As Baja California’s largest city, it’s the starting point for those venturing down the Baja Peninsula as well as a popular day/weekend trip for others. On our last trip to San…
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April 1, 2019 2
Air Canada Signature Seat and Entertainment

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
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