Just in time for Christmas getaways, Porter Airlines is introducing nonstop flights from Toronto to sunny Orlando, the home of Disney World and all things Mickey Mouse. The new route starts on December 19.
Porter Airlines, a regional carrier based out of Toronto, is in the process of expanding its U.S. network, where it currently flies to New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Burlington, Vermont and Charleston.
Orlando’s Melbourne International Airport, where the flights will land, is also excited about bringing in more Canadians and expand its international routes. “Canada is our top visitor market,” said Melbourne International Airport‘s executive director, Greg Donovan. “It will be great to see our vision for our international concourse fulfilled.”
Earning Points With Porter and Getting Freebies
Porter recently overhauled its loyalty program, VIPorter. Now members earn points on every dollar they spend with the airline, which includes everything from tickets and change fees to add-ons, such as seat assignments and checked bags.
You can earn up to seven points per dollar spent with the airline, depending on how much you spend and your status. Passport and Priority level memberships come with other perks, including priority boarding, security and baggage service, along with a free checked bag.
There are no blackout dates on award flights, and reduced fares can be purchased with points. The recent changes have also reduced the number of points needed to book a seat.
Porter passengers get access to the airline’s private lounges free of charge, regardless of the class of ticket they buy. The lounges are located in every terminal the airline departs from. After getting through security, just head to the lounge, where you can pick up a free cappuccino, Tazo Tea, soda, water, juice and snacks. Beer and wine is free on board the aircraft, too.
Seeing the Sights in Miami and Toronto
With the new nonstop flights, travelers from Orlando can easily visit Toronto, where they will fly into Porter’s home base, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Located in Toronto Harbor, a few minutes from downtown Toronto, Porter is the only airline that flies into the airport.
Until recently, the fastest way to get downtown from the airport was by ferry, but a new tunnel and a people-mover system opened this summer, making the trip even easier.
Once in downtown Toronto, visitors can jump on a streetcar, visit art galleries, check out the culinary hot spots and shop at trendy boutiques. And don’t forget the distillery district, which features small-batch liquors and local brews. The iconic CN Tower, also located downtown, has a glass-bottomed observation deck floor and offers stunning views of the city.
Canadians flying into Orlando’s Melbourne Airport will find that they are close to the area’s attractions, including the Kennedy Space Center, Space Coast beaches, SeaWorld, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida and, of course, Disney World. If you’re taking a cruise, you can easily get to Port Canaveral’s cruise docks from the airport.