Bits: eTA mandatory when travelling to Canada, £100 winner, Hilton sale link

News in brief:

Get your eTA before travelling to Canada – and BA issues for permanent residents

Canada has changed their entry requirements.

Since 10th November most passengers travelling to Canada need an eTA to enter the country, even if they are just transiting. You can check on this website whether you need an eTA.

This new requirement has caused issues with the BA online check in system.

As BA currently doesn’t have the option for Canadian residents to enter their permanent residency details when booking a flight, passengers who have a permanent resident permit and therefore do not need an eTA will receive a ‘eTA needed’ response when checking in online.

For now the only way of dealing with this is to check in at the airport in person …..

Heathrow parking

£100 Heathrow shopping voucher

On Monday we ran a one day competition in association with Heathrow Airport Parking.

Official Heathrow Parking is the dedicated airport parking service run directly by Heathrow Airport letting you park as near as 45 metres from the terminals!

To promote their services, one lucky reader could win £100 of Heathrow shopping vouchers, valid at any participating shop, restaurant or bar at Heathrow Airport.

And the winner is …………….. drum roll ………………….

Graham Peel. Congratulations and have fun spending the £100 Heathrow shopping voucher.

You can find out more about Official Heathrow Parking here.


Corrected link for the Hilton sale

For the benefit of our email readers, there was a dead link in our article on the new Hilton sale on Wednesday.  The special landing page for the new Hilton sale is here.

As a reminder, whilst it is nominally called the Winter Sale, you can book for any weekend between now and the end of 2017.  The sale offers a discount of up to 30% off the standard Best Available Rate if you are a Hilton HHonors member, albeit that sale rates require prepayment and are non-refundable.  You receive a smaller discount (25%) if you are not logged in.

This offer is for all Hilton Group hotels, including Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc, in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Thanks for the reminder, Raffles – upcoming Lloyds voucher trip to Canada and had forgotten this requirement had now become active!

    C$7 for 5 years isn’t too bad but quite a faffy form compared to the ESTA!

    • So not simply a self declaration that you’re not terrorist nor were involved in Nazi war crimes?