By SHANNON KELLY
Air Canada is getting, and giving, no love lately.
The unions representing its machinists and pilots both threatened to strike in the past month, and were only prevented from doing so by federal back-to-work legislation. The airline accused pilots of calling in sick en masse last weekend to cause problems during the busy March break period, which the pilots union denied.
By Waheeda Harris
If you’re crossing off names on the holiday gift list, instead of a cosy sweater or must-have electronic gadget, how about giving someone the opportunity for a vacation south of the border?
Megabus, famous for their $1 one-way tickets, is giving away 200,000 free seats starting this week, for travel from January 4 to March 1, 2012 to more than 70 US cities, including Chicago, New York City, Washington DC or Philadelphia. (more…)
By Carissa Bluestone
With the holiday season upon us, prices for flights, car rentals and hotel rooms are climbing steadily by the day. But it’s not too late to book last-minute getaways at a reasonable cost. (more…)
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By Waheeda Harris
With high prices for airfare and gas and limited options on train routes, increasingly, those who need to get to places are boarding the bus. (Though the newly revived $5.50 air and sea tariff into the US is likely not what is driving traffic to the bus, political satirist Rick Mercer is convinced otherwise.)
According to a recent article in Business Week, the “Megabus effect” has made bus travel the fastest growing way to travel in the United States. British discount bus company Megabus (affiliated with Coach Canada) entered the Canadian market two years ago after overwhelming popularity in the US and has seen a 58% rise in the past year.
Offering bus transport to destinations in Ontario, Quebec and south of the border, Megabus found its fans with low fares and promotions like $10 round-trip tickets on its most popular route between Toronto and Montreal, $1 one-way tickets, new coaches and onboard complimentary wi-fi. Main competitor Greyhound has been quick to play catch-up, introducing new buses with wi-fi and outlets and, most notably, launching its discount BoltBus service in the US in 2008.
There’s a new way to get around the city this summer, thanks to the arrival of Bixi Bikes. The bicycle-sharing system launched in May and has quickly become a popular alternative form of public transportation. With 1,000 bikes available at 80 docking stations, it’s an easy way to make short trips between downtown restaurants, shops and sites. Simply use your credit card to pay for 24- or 72-hour access ($5 or $12), then grab a bike and pedal to your destination within 30 minutes. Additional charges are incurred if you keep the bike for longer than a half-hour. The sturdy yet sporty two-wheelers are available at all times within a service area between Bathurst and Jarvis streets from east to west, and north-south from Bloor Street to Queens Quay. Find specific stations online, here.