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Getting to Vegas from Canada

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by JRRestoule, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. gr8whitenorth

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    ANYTHING (and I mean anything) to avoid Pearson is a win for me. I spent about 7 or 8 years flying almost weekly and Pearson was the bane of my existence. I just detest flying out of there (Did I mention I don't like flying out of Pearson??). Buffalo can be a great option. It is a short drive for us being in Burlington. We can also time border crossings for our flights without much issue. From the initial stages of the plan it seems crossing via land might be cheaper/easier.
     
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    My list is
    Flint…when SWA flew direct
    Hamilton…when Swoop flew out of there
    Detroit…SWA…went up in price
    Buffalo…SWA…really went up in price
    Toronto….have hated this place all my life!!!
     
  3. Nevyn

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    Every time I've ever looked up BUF i found better options at DTW which is an equivalent drive for me.

    I may start looking at them again in the future I suppose, although the current ease of getting aeroplan miles is keeping me going through Pearson at the moment. I don't love flying out of Pearson but don't find it the hateful experience others seem to. Although their fees for longer connections are complicating my preliminary april planning.
     
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    Not a fan of Pearson either - it lacks customer service, organization, cleanliness and an overall feel of a world class city airport. Whomever is running the ship should be ashamed of themselves. I always wonder what people make of our city and country when they come through Pearson...first impressions would be poor I assume for those who travel regularly.

    But I fly out of Pearson - living only 5 minutes away it is the best option. I have done the Buffalo flights and enjoy them but it has to be decent savings to make it worth my while....especially after landing.....the feeling knowing you will be in your own bed in no time.......and this is all reliant on Pearson getting luggage to a carousal in decent time...which is almost never.
     
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  5. Slowpoke 2021

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    I flew from YVR to LAS on Sept 27. I had to show proof of a negative test but No one asked to see my vaccination record. But that will likely change in Nov.

    I flew from LAS to YVR on Oct 5. I needed to upload my vax record to the ArriveCAN app before flying home and the Cdn customs agent looked at the record in the App.
     
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  6. Rookies11

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    You have nailed the present SNAFU status exactly! My friends & I planned to do exactly the same thing. Brian Higgins, the Democratic Congressman from Buffalo believes this is all resolved.

    Uhhhh... NOOOOOO! Freeland, the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada confirmed that today in Washington today. NO change in Testing requirements whatsoever, at the present time.

    This means that the acceptance of Canadians into America is ONLY for long term Snowbirds! What Canadian family is ever going to cross the Peace Bridge into Buffalo to see the Bills, go shopping or go out to eat in Niagara at a cost of $200 U.S. per family member?

    NOBODY! Must get rid of that requirement.
     
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  7. breanna61

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    Hopefully at least a change to Rapid Antigen test instead of a PCR test then you can grab a test at Shoppers before going to the States and use it for the return trip. Reality is testing for day trippers probably wouldn’t show a positive result even if you did pick up the virus while in the US for the day anyway so it is useless in that circumstance. What really needs to be changed is the PCR test requirement. Because we needed a PCR test within 72 hours when we went to Vegas, we literally tested a few hours after our arrival for our return trip. A Rapid Antigen test taken the day of departure back to Canada would be more useful IMO.
     
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    US opens up for travel November 11, but it's still hurry up and wait for mixed doses.

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/u-s-land-borders-to-reopen-to-vaccinated-travellers-nov-8-1.5624368
     
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    The thing is, I totally get it if they want to keep the restrictions as a disincentive for short time tourism and shopping to the US. That isn't exactly economically great for Canada anyway, and if they want to keep onerous restrictions regardless of trip length to discourage day trips that is fine I suppose.

    But it is annoying to me the way she framed it as "continuing to follow the science". There is nothing scientific about a test result taken in Canada 2 days before I went telling you i did not get infected in my 7 hours in the states (an infection that would not result in a positive test until two days later).

    The only real basis for the policy is practicality and nudging. They can keep the rules clearer without exceptions to the testing, and discourage casual visits, but the actual value of the test in these cases is almost nil.
     
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    The star is just posted a report based on these tweets:

    https://twitter.com/josh_wingrove/status/1448995424371621911

    The U.S. will consider people fully vaccinated if they got any shot authorized by the WHO, not just by the FDA. (So, AstraZeneca counts, for instance.) It's still unclear how they'll treat mixed doses (like AZ + Pfizer).

    https://twitter.com/josh_wingrove/status/1449012945229332480

    Wee nugget of news, particularly to Canadians and others that have mixed doses: the new U.S. travel policy *will* consider people with mixed vaccine doses as fully vaccinated, I'm told. The U.S. hasn't (yet) started officially mixing but those folks abroad will be able to enter.


    So not official yet but looking good. This is a bloomberg white house correspondent who reported it and seems to be only source for Star article.
     
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    Thanks! Definitely an encouraging quote, really upped my mood before the weekend. LFG!
     
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    Soo. it sounds like if you are crossing into the US on the land, you do not need a covid test on entry to USA.. (You still need one on return to Canada)
    However if you are flying into the USA.. you still need the test for both ways.

    Would be nice to get rid of these now.
     
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  17. bobby jones

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    Well, I just rebooked flights and rooms. The Doomsday clock is now the closest it has ever been since March 2019 to midnight. Things can still be cancelled but, reasonably confident now. I tried booking out of Buffalo but, as mentioned by ? on here, they currently don't have direct flights. I ended up cancelling my December 14 flight and rebooked for November 30 out of Pearson. I used points to go out business class and come back with the pleebs in coach on December 8. I have first three nights in a scenic suite at Delano (first time staying) then last two nights at the Palace - Palace tower petit? suite. Honestly the first three nights will be just to veg. Its been a crazy (covid + life in general) couple years. In the middle, nothing booked but, leaning towards Palm springs for three nights and quick road trip with options to Scottsdale or San Diego. Looking at tickets to Shania, Carrot Top and Shin Lim who are all playing the days we are here. I see Foo Fighters but, that may be a tough sell:( We have gaming/resort credits and from what I understand we get 4 diamond dinner vouchers between us. Now to decide where to blow those. I don't think I will be bringing the clubs but, still a possibility.

    Crossing fingers!!!!!
     
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  18. mickyblueeyes

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    I had to show my vaccine card at YVR 2 weeks ago.
     
  19. JRRestoule

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    Looks like the testing site at the Orleans has expanded their hours and are taking reservations up to 4:00pm now. From what I had seen the latest reservation used to be 2:00pm.

    https://worksitelabs.com/
     
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  20. btodd

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    it was 2:00 pm latest appointment when we were there on October 8. Glad to see demand present! Our province FINALLY approved pharmacies to give RAT test for travelers. No word on cost yet.......