VIVA LAS VEGAS
Wow. Those are some kinda deals happening down in Vegas these days.
With the North American economy tanking all around us, the tourism folks in southern Nevada have ramped up some great specials. The web site dealbase.com today was offering a room at the la-de-da Venetian for $149 U.S. a night - but it included a $50 slot machine credit and a $25 beverage credit. Dealbase said the $149 already was 41 per cent off the regular price. Toss in the credits and you've got something that's even a better deal than that.
Expedia.ca today was listing a room at the Sahara for next week at, get this, $31.54 in Canadian dollars. Plus you get a $25 casino credit, which means the room (a quick check of the old abacus here) is just about the price of a large cafe latte and a small cookie at Starbucks. A room at Circus Circus was listed at $31.48.
Expedia was listing flights for Wednesday of next week, returning Friday, at $440 Canadian out of Pearson. No doubt there are better deals to be had, which means there may never be a better time to visit Vegas.
Air Canada continues to make the kind of headlines it doesn't want, with more and more whispers about potential bankruptcy. They're keeping a stiff upper lip at ACC headquarters, however, and the airline has always survived. But West Jet is making very strong inroads and seems to be in better long-term shape right now.
As for the little airline that could, Porter (Mayor David Miller's favourite), officials continue to sound off about expansion in the near future. Airwise.com is reporting that "the two-year airline intends to double its aircraft fleet and add up to three new destinations this year ... bringing the total number of cities it serves to 12."
Apparently near the top of the expansion list are Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.
Some family members of mine flew on Porter just yesterday and came away impressed with the service, something Air Canada officials continue to try to hammer home to employees.