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The Soaring Loonie is Great News for Travel Junkies

The Canadian and U.S. dollars have been hovering around parity this week, making travel south of the border a more economical option for travellers.

As the dollars meet, catching a flight from a border city, placing a bet in New Jersey or Nevada, or indulging in an urban getaway to American cities is becoming more and more affordable for Canadians. And, paying for those hotels and flights with the greenback is no longer something that needs to be feared.

Border city flights

With cities like Buffalo and Seattle within driving distance of the border, Canadians travelling to the U.S. can save a bundle by flying out of an American airport.

For example, flights from Seattle to the Hawaiian islands (four of them, in fact) are just US$158 each way. After taxes, roundtrip tickets from Seattle can run up to $300 less than flights from nearby Vancouver. Sun-seekers from the East can make their way to Fort Lauderdale for as little as US$207 including taxes when flying from Buffalo. That’s about 30% less than the price of flying from Toronto.

Gambling getaways

For less than a third of the price of hotels in Canadian casino-goer favourite Niagara Falls, travellers can stay in the heart of The Strip in Las Vegas or right on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. In this week’s Top 20, an Atlantic City resort was featured for US$59, which included a slot credit and show tickets. Upscale Las Vegas hotels are also offering great deals, with 4-star hotels going for as low as US$52 per night.

City breaks

With the dollar so low and hotel deals so hot, now is a great time to head to American cities for an urban getaway. In Chicago, 4-star hotels which usually run upward of $300 per night are discounted to $113 for stays in late November and December. The always-trendy San Francisco also has great hotel deals, including a Union Square hotel for $111 per night.


For more hotel, air and entertainment deals in the U.S., click here.

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Friday, October 15, 2010
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