Saturday, June 07, 2008

Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a dream

Although Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is my "home" airport, I often fly out of Vancouver.

It often makes more sense both schedule wise and money wise.

My husband and I flew Cathay Pacific from Vancouver to Beijing via Hong Kong on May 20. By flying out of YVR, we saved around $1,000, and the best part is there's a wonderful place to land both coming and going.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a fab-o hotel -- I've stayed there several times. And when we return on June 8, we'll be spending the night there before driving home.

Since our flight doesn't arrive until 9:30 PM, that means Canada Customs/Immigration and then waiting for our baggage. That probably puts our departure time from YVR around 10:30 or 11 PM -- too late for the long, dark drive back to Whidbey Island. Especially after being in transit for nearly 24 hours.

It will be the perfect ending to our three week Asian adventure.

Guests of The Fairmont Vancouver Airport can check-in to their flight from the hotel lobby. It's the first airport hotel in the world to offer a self-service 'common-use' airline check-in (CUSS). The airline check-in kiosk is a result of customer demand, designed to make airline check-in more efficient and time effective for departing guests. Currently, Air Canada and affiliates,Westjet and Northwest Airlines, are available on the CUSS kiosk.

Jetside Bar, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Photo by Sue Frause

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