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Cross-Border Shopping Trips Get Cheaper

A loonie goes a lot farther these days thanks to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Save big on U.S. hotels or take a road trip for cross-border shopping.

New, simpler duty free customs allowances were announced this week that could lead to bigger bargains and shorter border wait times. The new allowances take effect June 1, 2012:

  • $200 for trips more than 24 hours
  • $800 for trips more than 48 hours

On the way to the outlets of Niagara Falls, N.Y. or the shopping centres in Buffalo? Combine a shopping trip with a sightseeing trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario. Check in at the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls for a 60%-off deal that includes a $40 dinner credit, $50 credit for Dave & Buster’s arcade, breakfast and two drinks. Or head to the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls for $120 per night and get breakfast for two, a $40 dinner voucher and a $25 Petro-Canada gas card.

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Friday, March 30, 2012
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