Sum­mer Bleisure

From check-in to pas­sen­ger perks, your in­sider guide to trav­el­ling smarter, for busi­ness and plea­sure

BC Business Magazine - - Quality Time - by Char­lene Rooke

FLY­ING BY THE SEAT

Seat­guru.com knows which air­craft seats don’t re­cline and which ones in­ter­sect head or gal­ley traf­fic, but it doesn’t have this red-eye tip: right-side sleep­ers should book win­dow seats on the plane’s right (left­side sleep­ers, the re­verse) for max­i­mum pri­vacy and com­fort. BONUS: A re­cent Emory Univer­sity/boe­ing study showed that win­dow seats risk lower dis­ease trans­mis­sion in­flight.

TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY

Seat se­lec­tion fees are the new nor­mal. While tight con­nec­tions merit pay­ing for a quick­de­board­ing for­ward seat (and carry-on lug­gage), trav­el­ling with a child un­der 12 of­ten scores free ad­ja­cent-seat se­lec­tion. For the fru­gal: set a cal­en­dar re­minder for 24 hours and one minute be­fore fly­ing and cue up on­line check-in. Un­claimed bulk­head and exit-row seats (held for qual­i­fied pas­sen­gers) are some­times avail­able.

ALL OVER THE MAP • Swoop, West­jet’s

bud­get car­rier, launches this month from Ab­bots­ford to Ed­mon­ton and Hamil­ton, On­tario, with U.S. and re­sort des­ti­na­tions promised. New B.c.-di­rect routes in­clude YYJ to Montreal and White­horse, and YVR to Kauai, Mex­ico City, Nagoya and Zurich, with ru­mours of Nor­we­gian and Brazil­ian flights to come.

• Turn a Toronto busi­ness

trip into leisure travel: U.S. bou­tique chain Kimp­ton opens the four-star Saint Ge­orge ho­tel on prime Bloor Street West in July (rates from $350). With low-cost air­lines Flair, Wow and Primera of­fer­ing Euro­pean flights from $199 this sum­mer, make YYZ your jump­ing-off point. POINTS CURRENCY Ever use your points for busi­ness travel, and re­gret that you couldn't ex­pense it? Re­quest a re­ceipt for the dol­lar value of your ticket, us­ing the ticket (not con­fir­ma­tion) num­ber. Look for “re­quest re­ceipt” on air­line web­sites and self-check-in ter­mi­nals, or ask at the tick­et­ing counter.

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