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Now Canada’s favourite airline offers service for children travelling alone within Canada.

Westjet Unaccompanied Minor

WestJet  has launched a new unaccompanied minor program following feedback from guests encouraging the airline to unveil a service that allows children to travel alone.
Effective immediately, children can travel without a parent or guardian. The program is required for children between the ages of eight and 11 and optional for children ages 12 to 17.
Under the unaccompanied minor program, a fee of $100 per child, per flight, will be added to the fare paid.
For this fee, the child will remain in the care of WestJetters from the time they board the aircraft until they are met by a parent or guardian on arrival. On flights with live seatback television, unaccompanied minors will receive a set of regular earbuds. On routes with buy-on-board service, children will also receive a free sandwich or other buy-on-board items.
WestJet will accept unaccompanied minors on WestJet-operated domestic flights that are non-stop or flights that do not require a change of aircraft. This service is not available on connecting flights, flights operated by codeshare or interline partners or on WestJet Vacations and WestJet Vacations group bookings.
WestJet’s guardian fare program, which allows a guardian to accompany a child on their flight, will remain available for booking and can be used for flights that do not qualify under the unaccompanied minor program.
Restrictions apply to a child’s eligibility and full details can be found at westjet.com/childrenstravelprogram.

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Rainbow Travel Blog 17thMay2010

BA strike latest.

British Airways

BRITISH Airways has published its contingency plans for Unite’s strike period of May 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 and will fly more than 60 000 customers each day.
All flights at Gatwick will operate as normal as will flights to and from London City airport during the entire strike period.

At Heathrow, British Airways intends to operate more than 60% of longhaul flights and more than 50% of shorthaul flights in the first strike period and it will add to this schedule where possible. The airline will continue to fly to every shorthaul destination on its network.

The airline will operate most of its revised shorthaul schedule at Heathrow using its own aircraft and cabin crew, but will supplement its schedule by leasing up to eight aircraft with pilots and cabin crews from five different airlines based in the UK and Europe.

British Airways has also made arrangements with more than 50 other carriers so that it can rebook customers during the actual strike period onto their flights, if they had been due to travel on a BA service which has been cancelled.

The airline is still available to hold further talks with Unite but wants customers to have early warning of its flying schedule to allow sufficient time for alternative travel arrangements to be made.

Customers flying to/from Heathrow on a longhaul flight between May 18 and May 23 can now check their bookings on http://www.ba.com to see if their flight is still operating. The revised shorthaul Heathrow schedule between May 18 and May 23 will be available for customers on the airline’s website at 10h00 on May 14.

THAI protesters become more defiant


Thai anti-government protesters continue to be defiant as they spread themselves throughout Bangkok over the weekend clashing with security forces.

At least 29 people have been killed and 230 injured over the past three days. A state of emergency has been extended to five more provinces, bringing the total to 22. While security forces are trying to keep the protesters contained to one area rallying points continue to spring up elsewhere in the capital.

Two parts of Bangkok have been declared “live firing zones” and there are fears that protests could spread across the country as protesters held a rally in Ubon Ratchatani over the weekend.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also advised travellers against visiting areas of Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayuthaya and the area in the south that borders with Malaysia. Meanwhile, the Dusit Thani Hotel was forced to advise cutomers to check out after three RGB rockets were fired at the hotel. No injuries were reported.

WestJet introduces extended in-flight entertainment time.

WestJet introduces extended in-flight entertainment time

WestJet has decided to extend in-flight entertainment time by introducing ‘Here-to-There in-flight entertainment’ allowing passengers to enjoy seatback television on the ground and in the air.

In-flight entertainment is usually only available once the flight is in the air but now passengers travelling on WestJet will be able to watch television from the time they board to the time they get off provided they have ear-bud type earphones and except during the safety demonstration.

WestJet has been working closely with Transport Canada to make this service possible.

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Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 19 September 2008

Travel Tidbits from Rainbow Travel Inc:

WestJet Eliminates Fuel Surcharges

WestJet has just announced that they are eliminating fuel surcharges effective immediately.  Travelers will save $20 to $45 each way! Fuel surcharges have just been dropped on all routes including these two great fares we came across:

– Calgary -> Las Vegas …. $99

– Toronto -> Las Vegas …. $149

You must book by September 22 2008. This offer is valid for Travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday flights through December 17 2008.

Also, WestJet has introduced a new destination from Vancouver to La Ceiba in Honduras.  This begins December 12 2008 using their Boeing 737 800 series planes.  Watch this space for more updates on WestJet.

Air Canada Eliminates Second Bag Fee

In response to decreasing fuel prices, Air Canada is eliminating all second checked-bag charges implemented this spring on North American Tango and Tango Plus fares and they are incorporating fuel surcharges for flights within North America. These initiatives were made possible by the recent relief from all-time high oil prices. Here are the details:

– Effective September 23 2008, the elimination of the $25 fee for second checked bags that was introduced May 15 for Tango and Tango Plus fares within North America.

– Starting September 18 2008, Air Canada is incorporating into its advertised prices the one-way, add-on fuel surcharge that currently ranges between $20 and $60 on domestic and U.S. transborder flights. The company will adjust its published fares to include the total cost of fuel in its advertised base fares. This will provide customers simple, transparent and low fares.

– Starting October 14 2008, Air Canada is simplifying its excess baggage fees by introducing a single $75 fee for travel within North America ($100 international) for overweight and/or oversize pieces. This new policy replaces the standard industry practice of imposing individual fees for each situation. For bags exceeding the free allowance, the excess piece fee will now include any applicable overweight or oversize fees. A 10 per cent discount on excess piece fees is offered when fees are paid while checking-in online or at an airport self service kiosk.

Idol Comes To Disney

An “American Idol” attraction will bring the TV series to life at Walt Disney World in Florida. Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will be able to experience auditioning, performing, and getting judged on stage. Guests register in advance to audition in front of a producer.  After backstage preparation work including time with a vocal coach and hair/make-up, registered guests will perform live in front of an audience to get scored.

Free Entrance to Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Disney announced its marketing theme for 2009 will be “What Will You Celebrate?”.  Disney is encouraging guests to visit the parks for birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, honeymoons, weddings and other celebratory gatherings. As part of that campaign, Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, announced that everyone who visits a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park on their birthday in 2009 can get in free, as Disney Parks embrace the new trend in family travel called Celebration Vacations. The free birthday admission requires a valid ID including proof of birth date.

Three Special Offers From Norwegian Coastal Voyages

CRUISE ONLY DISCOUNT ON CABINS, INCLUDING SUITES:  When you book selected 12, 7 and 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in October, November and December, 2008, you will receive a 20% discount on best available cabins at the time of booking, including suites.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. It is valid on the QJ suite rate with best available cabin category up to category MG on MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol, M cabin on MS Finnmarken, and Q cabin on MS Polarlys, MS Nordkapp, MS Kong Harald, MS Richard With and MS Nordlys. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply. Contact us for details.

2 FOR 1 CRUISE ONLY BARGAIN PROMOTION: Book selected 12, 7 and 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in October, November and December 2008 and your companion travels FREE. Offer is not valid on suites and cannot be combined with any other discounts. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply. Contact us for details.

FREE AIR SPECIAL OFFER: Book a selected 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage and receive FREE air from New York (JFK) airport or Newark, NJ (EWR) airport or book selected 7 or 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages and receive 2 for 1 airfare from New York (JFK) airport or Newark, NJ (EWR) airport. Both offers are good for voyages departing in October, November and December 2008. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion, is valid for selected departures and restrictions apply. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Contact us for details for select sailing dates and details.

Special Singapore Stopovers From Only $42 CAD

Singapore Airlines is offering stopover holiday packages that include the following:

– 1 night hotel, airport transfers, unlimited rides on the SIA Hop-On bus, free entry to the Singapore Zoo, Sentosa Island, National Orchid Garden, Jurong BirdPark and a River Boat Cruise

Discounts available on food, beverages and more.  What a bargain! So take this opportunity to contact us for details.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 13 August 2008

Which is the best airline seat to book?

Ever got to the check-in desk and the agent asks you what seat you would like to reserve, what an agonizing question, you probably feel that whichever one you choose is going to be the wrong choice. I feel for you, I have been in that same position myself so I would like to share with you some of my experiences, as well as, my clients’ recommendations from their trips to minimize your frustration of this decision.
British Airways: Boeing 747-400 World Traveller
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to London U.K.
Window A/K seats in row 29 on some 747-400 configurations offer great legroom and easy access to the aisle. It is the second row behind a door; there is no window seat in row 28 due to the size of the emergency slide. This allows you to stretch your legs out as there is no seat in front of you, plus you don’t have to deal with the discomfort of the infamous 31″ economy seat pitch. You have the window and an easy way to get out of your seat and stand up without climbing over passengers.
Lufthansa Economy Class: Airbus A340
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Frankfurt
Row 34 A/B/C and opposite side has plenty of legroom because of the location of the Exit.
Zoom Premium Economy Class: Boeing 767-300ER
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Paris, London U.K., Manchester U.K
Watch the seats at the very front of the aircraft. Although they (theoretically) have a bit more legroom than even the regular Premium Economy seats, people of medium height cannot stretch out their legs because of the proximity to the wall. Also, attendants bang on things in the galley. The noise and vibration from this is directly transmitted via the bulkhead wall. It can be very disconcerting.
Thomas Cook Premium Economy Class: Airbus A330 (2-class configuration)
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to London U.K., Manchester U.K (Seasonal)

Seats 1A and 1B in Premium Economy have a huge space in front, up to the bulkhead. Row 14 in Economy has no window (same as Row 10 in the Emirates A330 with same configuration).

Cathay Pacific
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Hong Kong
Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
In Coach, row 55 (bulkhead) tends to be the roomiest. The bonus of having the bulkhead that serves as a “foot rest” makes a long flight a bit more bearable.
Economy Class: Airbus A330
Row 33 in Economy has no window directly beside the seat. Most window seats seem to have the video box under the seat in front, seriously hampering the legroom so you can’t stretch out your legs. It’s tolerable for a short regional hop but not for a long one.
China Airlines Premium Economy: Boeing 747-400
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Taipai.
Upper Deck  – Row 10 upper deck window seat either side. There is a single crew seat that you can pull down and it makes a great bed.
Air Canada
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Various Destinations
Economy Class – B777-200LR
Row 41 is slightly out of alignment with rows 40 downwards because the fuselage starts to taper, so trolleys often hit 40 C & H. This also impacts the TV and tables for row 41 A/B/C & H/J/K. They are uncomfortably off-centre to the normal sitting position because they are on the back of row 40.
Economy Class – B767-300
On the international Boeing 767-300ER (210/212 seats) emergency exit Row 17 and 18 both offer about 3x the normal legroom.
Economy Class – A330-300
Seats 31 A/C/H/K are good because they are at the emergency exit and have unlimited legroom.
Air Transat Economy Class: Airbus A321
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Various Charter Destinations
Row 25 is the exit row with more than double the leg room of other Y seats
If you can choose your seats, recommend any seats from 25A/B to 30A/B or 25J/K to 30J/K. As the aircraft narrows, it goes from 3 to 2 so the seats are bigger – and you are close to the toilets – 4 of the 5 economy toilets are in this area.
Eva Air Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Taipei
Row 35 Seats C/D are right next to a cooling unit in the galley that is noisier than the aircraft engines.
Japan Airlines Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Tokyo
Row 77 H/C are aisle seats on the upper deck exit row. They off lots of legroom. Row 77 A/K are window seats in that exit row which are also good since they offer extra storage in the window compartments. Sitting in any of the other rows on the upper deck especially window seats feel somewhat claustrophobic with the tight legroom and narrow seats. On the Main Deck – 51C or 51H exit row by the galley are great for legroom. AVOID 51A and 51K since the bump at the bottom of the exit door seriously cuts reduces your legroom. Note: JAL seats are narrow and the seat cushion is not the most comfortable. I recommend bringing some kind of padding, especially on those longer flights like NRT-JFK.
WestJet Economy Class: Boeing 737-800
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Various Destinations
The best seats for extra legroom are 13A/B/C and 13D/E/F however, they do not recline. If you are traveling as a couple then consider row 14; it offers just two seats on either side instead of 3.  This gives abit of privacy and a little bit of extra legroom but again these seats do not recline. Seats 15A and 15F offer the best extra legroom on the aircraft AND these seats do recline.  They are ideal seats for single travellers.
Singapore Airlines
My Local Airport Vancouver, B.C. Canada to Singapore
Economy Class: Boeing 777-200 (2-class configuration)
I would recommend row 31 as it is at the front of the Economy cabin and it is also adjacent to the exit (which gives ample legroom). The configuration is 2-3-2, therefore the window seats are ideal if traveling with a partner. The toilets are located right in front of you but the flight staff frequently spray sweet-smelling air freshener.
Economy Class: Boeing 777-200
Row 31 is a bassinet row and has extra legroom. However, you run the risk of sitting near babies.
Row 51 is the emergency exit row on this aircraft. If you are unable to obtain the above mentioned seats, seats 52C and 52H do not have seats in front of them so there is extra legroom.
If you would like to sit with just one other person, the two-seaters are 63A/C, 63H/K, 64A/C and 64H/K.
Economy Class: Boeing 747-400
Seats B/C and J/K in row 49. They are the exit seats near the galley but there is no toilet behind them.  The flight staff are very quiet so you won’t be disturbed. They have lots of leg space and you have your personal screen which is even more adjustable to your needs since it is attached to your own seat, not to the one in front of you.