Good West Jet Idea, Caribbean Week in TO,Torstar Digital Makes Key Purchase
It's such an obvious solution, you gotta wonder why nobody thought of it earlier. Or at least why they haven't done it.
The folks at WestJet say they're contemplating a plan that would take middle seats off the market on some long-distance flights, apparently Calgary to Hawaii (see photo).
That would lessen the weight of the planes and thus reduce the amount of fuel needed. Which would allow them to better utilize existing planes and not buy bigger, more expensive ones.
The talk is that next year they'll leave up to 20 middle seats open on the Boeing 737-700 planes, which seat 136 folks.
Of course, they'd forgo some revenue so the thought is that folks (HELLO, YOU THINK?) would pay a little extra to have an empty seat next to them. I find it's a HUGE benefit to have half a seat for my book or iPod or what have you, and to be able to use half the tray to hold a drink while I put my laptop or whatever on the tray in front of my seat.
Personally, I'd pay $100 for the extra seat on a long flight. Even a five-hour flight it might be worth it. Or at least $50.
Interesting idea, and I'll be watching to see how this works.
RUM AND RHYTHM
The second annual Caribbean Rum & Rhythm Festival goes next Friday in the Distillery District as part of Caribbean Week in Toronto.
There's a party Friday night Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Fermenting Cellar, with a variety of award-winning rums and some tasty cocktails, plus mouth-watering cuisine, music and a silent auction that includes Caribbean vacations. Ooh, I hope they have some Chairman's Reserve from St. Lucia (see photo)
Tickets are available for $55 per person and be purchased online at Ticketweb.com and at www.caribbeanweek.ca or by calling (888) 222-6608.
TORSTAR DIGITAL BUYS TRAVEL ALERTS
Interesting to see our friends at Torstar Digital have purchased Travelwire Inc., owner of TravelAlerts.ca (www.travelalerts.ca), a leading travel website and weekly newsletter that provides 700,000 Canadians with information about the best travel deals.
"We are excited to work collaboratively with the Travelwire team to further extend this fantastic product to Torstar Digital's broad consumer audience and advertiser base," Torstar Digital officials said. "Travelwire is unique in that it offers 10 regional TravelAlerts.ca newsletters across Canada with geo-targeted travel deals for each region."
Personally, I'm pretty excited to see what direction this goes. Could be some changes for our website down the road?
The first Caribbean sailing of MSC Poesia goes Nov. 10 from Fort Lauderdale, touching base at Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman in a five-night cruise.
MSC Poesia was launched last year. For information, go to www.msccruisesusa.com
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (WEST)
The West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau has announced the relaunch of www.gogaywesthollywood.com, "the premier source of information for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered travelers to West Hollywood."
It's a great area, for sure, including parts of the Sunset strip and other districts. It's more or less sandwiched between Beverly Hills and Hollywood itself, which is a region of Los Angeles and not a separate city.
JIM'S DEAL OF THE DAY
Air Canada Vacations has extended the booking deadline on its Early Booking Bonus deal to
line up includes London, Madrid, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Dublin, Frankfurt and Munich, with flights and hotels as well as car rentals, airport/hotel transfers, sightseeing tours and theatre tickets. See www.aircanadavacations.com.