Told you last week about hotwire, which I admit I didn't know much about. Now travelocity is doing a similar project where you can look for hotels on certain dates but do so through an "opaque" process where you don't find out the name of your hotel until you push the magic "accept" button.
If you go to travelocity.com or travelocity.ca and look for hotels in, say, Vancouver in August, you'll get an interface that has several tabs near the top. Look for the tab that "top secret hotels" and you'll find a series of hotel options where you know the number of stars the property has and the general area but not the specifics. Until, of course, you agree to pay.
It's still fairly limited in terms of choice but officials say they've got properties in many Canadian cities already, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.
I'm sure there's a good reason, but I had an interesting chat with a guy on a plane today about airport codes. I understand that when Canada's turn came it was decided that airports should start with Y to differentiate us from other folks. Toronto likely couldn't be TOR as it probably was taken by Torino (Turin in North American-ese).
But why is it YYZ for Toronto? Vancouver is YVR. Why isn't Toronto YTO or YTR or something that makes sense? I think it could be that YTO is for all airports in Toronto, just like YMQ is for all Montreal airports. But YYZ still seems kinda funky.
BRIARS WEDDING BELLS DEAL
The Briars up in Jackson's Point put out a notice today to say that folks whose weddings have been affected by the swine flu can get special deals by booking with them. And good idea, I say. For more info, go to www.briars.ca.
GOLF DEALS IN IRELAND
Finally, while still on the subject of good deals, check out swinggolfireland.com for the latest batch of fine bargains on the Emerald Isle.