How to Find and Use Online Travel Discount Codes

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When purchasing goods or service online, you may sometime find websites or merchants offering you a promo code or coupon code for your purchase. This computer-generated code which consists of a unique set of numbers, letters or even a combination of both is given to customers and it guarantees them a discount when they make a purchase and input the code on the checkout page. Promo codes are used in a variety of sectors including transport and tourism. If you purchase tickets online, you might be given travel discount codes which help to lower the cost of your purchase and reduce your travel expenses.

Types of Online Promo Codes

Typically, online promo codes offer users a discount on their purchases. These discounts can come in various forms ranging from fixed discounts where a fixed amount is deducted from your entire purchase cost or percentage amount where a discount of a certain percentage off the entire cost of your purchase is given. Promo codes, especially on purchased goods, can also be in the form of free shipping. Basically, the type of discount your travel discount code gives you when you use it depends entirely on the merchants. There might also be terms and conditions that qualifies you to use a code.   

There are also various types of promotional codes based on how openly and readily available and accessible they are. Based on this criterion we have:

•    Public codes

Public online promo codes are accessible for anyone and everyone. They are targeted mainly at new customers but can also be used to entice previous buyers to come back and shop for more.

•    Private codes

As the name implies, private codes are not for everyone. They are targeted at specific individuals; typically loyal customers as a record of buying travel tickets in the past. They provide special shopping opportunities. First-time shoppers can also get private codes as a way to convert them into loyal customers and keep them coming back.

•    Restricted codes

Restricted codes are typically targeted as a single customer or a very small group of users. They can be used just once after which the code becomes invalid. Restricted codes can be sent to customers for a delayed or defective product or services. Restricted codes are also sent to customers on special occasions or for completing a challenge.

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Why do merchants offer travel discount codes

As expected, the basic reason why travel ticket merchants offer coupon codes is for it to serve as an incentive for shoppers to purchase tickets from them. In most cases, an online travel discount coupon isn’t placed directly on the website of the merchant you are buying from. Instead, it is used as part of their marketing efforts and the codes are embedded within their affiliate programs. Some also add the discount code within newsletters, introduction emails and retail blogs and so on. Studies have shown that customers like the idea of using a coupon than when they get a gift or …

Electronic Travel Authorization: Who are affected by this New Regulation?

A British grandparent misses their grandchild’s first birthday party in Ontario. A stand-up comedian did not make it to his Toronto gig. Canadians that have dual citizenship are now facing logistical problems when they try to go back home for the holidays.

In every case mentioned above, Canada’s electronic travel authorization or the eTA policy, which is just recently implemented, is getting all the heat. Citizens of at least 50 countries who can visit Canada before without obtaining a visa are now required to complete an electronic screening before they are allowed to enter the country, or even board the plane going to Canada.  Visit to know more about the visa policy of Canada.

There are new travel requirements that keep people out of Canada to visit their friends and families over the holidays. A lot of people who are regularly visiting Canada don’t realize that the law and regulation when it comes to immigration.

Who are the people affected by the electronic travel authorization?

The eTA or electronic travel authorization is an online pre-screening process for people from at least 50 countries all over the world that can enter Canada by air without a vise. It includes countries like the European Union, Australia, Japan, and many more. It is supposed to help the government catch people who are considered as a security risk or people who stay in Canada longer than what is legal.

These people do not go through the formal screening process required by the government to those visitors that need to get a visa. It is essentially a pre-screening of visa-exempt visitors who might not have screening done to them. A lot of people that regularly travel to Canada are caught by surprise by this new rule.

American citizens are exempted from this AVE Canada. Electronic travel authorization only impacts travelers coming to Canada by plane. People traveling by sea or land are not affected by this new rule.

Is this a new program by the Canadian government?

The eTA program took effect on March 15, 2016, but after the travel industry of Canada voiced their concerns about the lack of information dissemination in regards the new requirements, the government allowed some grace period. Immigration officials started requiring the travelers to apply for an authorization in November the same year.

Does the program affect travelers that are Canadian citizens?

The new program will not affect Canadian citizens that use their passports when they are traveling. Canadians, as well as permanent residents, do not need to apply for an eTA or electronic travel authorization to get back home. Canadian citizens are not qualified to apply for one.

But there are dual citizens or people who are holding Canadian citizenship as well as citizenship from other countries, faced some issues when using their passports to travel. When they try to visit Canada using their foreign passport, airport officials will require them to show an eTA. But the problem is, they can’t apply for one since Canadian …