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About behindthecockpit

My passions are travel, food, golf and frequent flyer points which help my dreams turn into reality.

Trip Report: The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Edmonton AB, Canada

I recently completed my 4th stay at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in the last 3 years. The hotel is located right in the heart of downtown and overlooking the river valley. It’s about a 45 minute drive from YEG airport … Continue reading

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Food worthy of a detour: Mercato West in Calgary, Canada

It was a cold winter day in 2007, I worked at an auto body shop and an older gentlemen walked in to fix the damage on his new SUV. While I was working on his quote he gave me his … Continue reading

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Booking a trip can be an adventure itself

A week ago I was putting Google to good use and researching Myanmar (Burma). Let me backtrack even more, it was the night before around 1:00am when I noticed excellent deals out of Rangoon in Myanmar to the US and … Continue reading

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Calgary, Canada: Food worthy of a detour

For someone who was born in Calgary, with no ocean nearby, it’s hard to find tasty seafood. Thanks to our mountain fed lakes we do get to enjoy fresh and local trout and pickerel (Walleye). But it’s very rare to … Continue reading

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Excellent hotel deal for the Fairmont Kea Lani and Orchid in Hawaii

If you are planning a luxury trip to Maui do not miss this offer. Tomorrow (May 8th) at 1:00pm ET Amex daily getaways is offering 6 nights at the Fairmont Kea Lani or Fairmont Orchid for $1750 or $1600 if … Continue reading

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Get 16,500 Aeroplan points for under $40 with the Aeroplan Star Challenge

Who doesn’t enjoy a good challenge? The Aeroplan Star Challenge is a new promotion where if you attain 70 stars they will reward you with 16,500 bonus Aeroplan miles. This is enough for a roundtrip short haul ticket. To get … Continue reading

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50% Bonus when you transfer your AMEX membership reward points to British Airways Avios points this month

If you need AVIOS points and have American Express membership reward points now is the time to transfer. Keep in mind it takes up to 5 days to show up in your BA Executive Club account. Avios points can be … Continue reading

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