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Airport Codes for US Airports, Canadian Airports, and International Airports

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The rumors are true – The QuickAid.com Airport Directory has added a very robust list of Airport Codes from around the world divided into Airports from the USA, Canada, and International Aiports.    Click below or in the page menu above for the lists of codes or for Airline Phone Numbers and Websites.

US Airport Codes | International Airport Codes | Canada Airport Codes | Airport Directory

Airline Phone Numbers and Airline Websites

If you are shopping for flight travel bargains consider starting your search with the big “consolidator” websites Kayak.com and  Orbitz.com  (Kayak often lists Orbitz flights so I usually just use Kayak).       Try to use the “matrix” or “flexible dates” features to expand your search to 3 days before and after your preferred departures.   Small adjustments in times and dates often yield large savings.

This search will give you a good starting price to try to beat with other sites, which should include Expedia, Travelocity, and the actual airline websites from the best deals you’ve found so far (though going to Airline sites is often redundant as they generally have the same info that is fed into Kayak.

A problem with Kayak is that it does not have all the airlines so if – for example – you are in a market served by Allegiant you may find much better deals than will be listed in any consolidator.      Allegiant only travels to a few big locations from dozens of small rural markets, but if you are lucky enough to live in those markets and are travelling to Las Vegas, Mesa AZ, or Los Angeles California you’ll be rewarded with massive savings on the order of 1/2 to 1/3 the  normal flight costs.

For International Travel budget conscious flyers will want to work even harder, looking for flights that may not be on a daily schedule and therefore may not appear in all your searches.   Also, word of mouth is often a great way to find out some good starting points for international flights.     You may even find that a good travel agent can get better deals than you can find online since they will have the experience and knowledge that will allow them to find “hidden gems” or good promotional deals you may not become aware of.

So, as with any endeavor try to stay patient, do a few hours of searching and talking, and save yourself a bundle on flights.    Keep in mind that spending a few hours to save a few hundred dollars represents a substantial return on your time investment and puts you in better shape for your future travel needs.


Passport Required !

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Travel Passport Requirements tighten up on September 30 when you can no longer use your *application* in lieu of a Passport for travel in Western Hemisphere. This passport application exception was instituted earlier this year due to the huge passport application backlog that was created when the US decided to require passports for travel to Canada and Mexico. In the past US citizens could visit Mexico and Canada without any paperwork.

For all details check the USA Passport website

To avoid potential delays and problems it is advisable to have a current passport even if you are not currently planning any international trips but might possibly travel internationally over the next few years.

Vancouver Airport Relaxation Tips

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Vancouver, B.C. is a gateway city to some of the most spectacular coast and mountain scenery in the world. Arlene over at About.com has some great tips about relaxing at the Vancouver Airport, including spas and a film screeening room.

Vancouver B.C. Tourism

British Columbia Travel

Passport Rule Change for AIR Travel to Mexico, Canada, Carribbean.

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Passport rules have been relaxed for air travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. My understanding is that you can still travel to Canada and Mexico by sea or by car *without* a passport until January of 2008. However given the slowdowns, bottlenecks, and government confusion it’s a very good idea for anybody who thinks they might be heading out of the country over the next few years to …. get a passport. Go to the official US passport site HERE for more information about getting a passport.

From US Passport Official Website:

U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda who have applied for but not yet received passports can nevertheless temporarily enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and Department of State official proof of application for a passport through September 30, 2007