I think my wife was getting a little jealous as my past few birthdays we celebrated while on amazing vacations! So this year we (meaning I) planned a nice little get away north of the border for my wife’s birthday! We chose Toronto for a few reasons, the first being I have family that has lived there for about a decade and we haven’t yet visited them. The second reason being that my wife has never been to Canada (can you believe that?!). Lastly the Rogers Cup tennis tournament was going on while we would be there and if you follow the blog you know I am a big tennis fan! So with those three reasons in mind I started the planning!
I knew immediately that I would be using our British Airways Avios points for our flight up north. I found the availability out of Chicago fairly easy for early Saturday morning which worked great since that would give us more time to enjoy Canada. I didn’t book the return flight right away, in fact I waited a few months but eventually found a Monday evening flight back to Chicago making this a nice three day weekend. The flights were 4500 British Airways Avios points and I simply booked them online using the BA.com award search engine. If you read my blog (or almost any other) then you already know you can accumulate BA Avios points easily with these cards: Chase British Airways Visa or transfer points to British Airways with Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus or Bold, or AMEX cards that earn Membership Rewards like American Express Platinum card amongst many others.
I am not doing a full review of our flights as they were pretty standard economy flights on small Embraer commuter jets. We did have to valet check our carry-ons as most of those jets are two small to stow roll-aboards in the bins. On the way home however the Embraer 175 jet was able to accommodate our roll-aboards. The flights were about 1 hour and 15 minutes and both flights were full.
The flight to Toronto was 4500 points per person one way with a $2.50 security fee per person on Britiish Airways One World partner American Airlines. Our cash price would have been $691.56 if not using points and booking on AA.com!!
On the way home our flight cost the same 4500 Avios points per person however the fees were higher due to Canadian Airport taxes and fees. Thus making the money portion $101.82 or about $51 per person.
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We stayed at my wife’s all-time favorite hotel the Four Points O’Hare (I’m joking, she hates it)! We needed to be at the airport around 7am and we didn’t want to drive from Milwaukee that early thus the Four Points it was. This was our second time staying here in the past year. I took a few photos so I will do a brief review of this hotel in the next installment of this trip report.
In Toronto we stayed at the Ritz Carlton for two nights and paid cash. I will do an in depth review of that property in a future post in the next few days.
Lastly we had an unexpected stay at the Four Points Toronto Airport!!! I will do a brief review of that property to conclude this trip report.
We squeezed a lot of stuff in this weekend but had a good time! Thanks to my cousins for helping us get around and being very hospitable! We got to see most of what we had planned!