Good time to book spring flights...Porn/tech groups jack up Vegas hotel prices
There's a very solid recovery in the Canadian airline business these days, with very nice numbers being posted in stock reports and other documents by Air Canada, WestJet and Porter.
The talk is that Canadians aren't going to get very many deals this summer because demand has rebounded and airlines don't feel the need to do deep discounts. So it might not be a bad time to think about a spring vacation, when flights could be cheaper than when the kids are out of school.
Air Canada sent out a note this morning advising of a 30 per cent off deal for Tango and Tango Plus fares for select North American flights, with flights available until June 26 (right about the time school ends). Flights have to be booked by Jan. 10, however, so you might need to get to work right away.
AC also has its worldwide sale still on, but the sale ENDS TODAY and is valid only for flights until April 20.
I checked out a fictional flight this morning on Air Canada and found a roundtrip Toronto to Los Angeles (see photo of Santa Monica beach) flight for April 22-29 for $473. Not rock bottom, but decent. And just fyi, late April is usually a nice time out in southern California.
PORN/TECH CONFERENCES MERGE TO DRIVE UP VEGAS PRICES
Wow. Make all the jokes you want, and I will, but it's pretty scary to see what's happening in Vegas this week. USA Today reports that a room at the Riviera hotel, near the convention centre, is going for $621, while next weekend, with the plumbers or just plain old visitors like you and me hanging about, it drops all the way down to $51.
The story is similar in other parts of town, with hotels that have been going for less than $100 suddenly demanding - and getting - $500 a night. But, then again, name two industries with as much oomph behind them as tech and porn, which pretty much go together when you think about how much sexual material is viewed on the web and all that.
Anyway, it's probably a bad day for booking a last-minute, weekend fling in Vegas. But if you love tech gear and want to check out the latest tablet that someone thinks will challenge the iPad, or if you enjoy gawking at women of a certain type (see photo of the porn convention at right) and if you have a friend who doesn't mind you sleeping on the couch, give it a shot.