Travel Contests: Week of August 27, 2014

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This week’s travel contests include: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a Catalina Island getaway Win a two-week holiday to amazing Thailand with Anantara (on Facebook or Instagram) Win a 3-night stay at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in the #TBT Facebook giveaway (on Facebook) Win a wine-themed trip […]

The Post Hotel and Lake Louise Village in Banff National Park

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My wife Natalie and I recently visited beautiful Alberta, Canada to attend the Calgary Stampede. (Here are 10 tips for Stampede first-timers as well as 10 things to know about flying Air Canada rouge, the airline we flew to get there.) I’ve always wanted to go to the Calgary Stampede, but I was even more […]

How to Get TSA PreCheck for Free

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If you get my weekly newsletter (sign up here) then you know that I have a love/hate relationship with TSA PreCheck. I love it because the line is usually much shorter and I don’t have to take off my shoes, belt and jacket. I also don’t have to take my laptop or my 3-1-1 compliant […]

Riding the Greyhound Bus to Canada

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I know that my name is Johnny Jet, not Johnny Bus, but I above all I like to save money and time and avoid hassles when I travel—and sometimes taking the bus is the best option. This week, I learned a valuable trick while booking a Greyhound ticket from Erie, Pennsylvania to Mississauga, Ontario (just […]

Travel Video of the Week: SWAT Team Storms Toronto Plane

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Last week a Sunwing passenger on a flight from Toronto to Panama captured dramatic cell phone video of a Canadian SWAT team storming onto a flight at Pearson International Airport after the returned to Toronto because a passenger onboard made a bomb threat. Personally I think the SWAT team might’ve overreacted but I’ll let you be […]

10 Tips for First-Timers to Calgary Stampede

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I’ve had the Calgary Stampede on my bucket list for some time now and I can finally tick it off, thanks to the good folks at Travel Alberta, who flew me from L.A. to Calgary to experience it. As an added bonus, I got to fly Air Canada’s rouge for the first time for the […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 9, 2014

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Electronic Devices With Dead Charges Not Allowed on Some U.S.-Bound Flights For Travelers, This Summer’s New Fee on Airline Tickets US orders airlines to follow stricter rules for reporting pet deaths on flights Costa Concordia Wreck Heading for Genoa, Italy Air France Begins to Trial NFC-Based Boarding […]

Pet-friendly Vancouver for 2 days…

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…is not enough! This city is made for tourists. You can shop, eat at a multitude of international cafés, go for a stroll, and depending on the weather, take an aquabus to the Capilano Suspension Bridge for high adventure in a natural setting. My first night I stayed at the hip and pet-friendly (they don’t charge for dogs) […]