This is the legalese to let you know that this post is sponsored by the the fine folks of the Edmonton International Airport, all opinions are my own.
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) invited me to take a tour of the airport with some local bloggers, do a little airport shopping and introduce us to some of their amazing services they offer local travellers. Here's my list of top 3 travel perks when you're travelling through YEG!
1. TRAVEL PERKS
Most people have the idea that shopping or dining at the EIA can be overpriced, it's surprisingly not. In fact, if you know you'll be flying this season, I'd recommend their EIA Rewards Program. It's free and you'll save money with exclusive discounts, you'll enjoy free premium unlimited Wi-Fi in the terminal and save 25% off the Plaza Premium Lounge and 30% on parking fees, bonus!
They also have Valet Parking, helping you unload luggage to get you on your way! Their valet and concierge also offers complimentary coat check, a perk if you don't want to bring your winter coat on your travels, the upside is instead of leaving it in the car, it'll be warm on your arrival home!
The Plaza Premium lounge, may not be on your radar but the lounge is a great way to kick off your holiday or if you're travelling solo for a mom's getaway, it offers exceptional value and should be added to your itinerary. For $40 for 2 hrs per person, you'll be able to enjoy comfortable seating, enjoy a meal (yes, it's included) and enjoy a drink. In fact you can enjoy 4 alcoholic beverages making this an amazing deal. If you have the EIA rewards, you'll save even more!
The lounge is open from 4:30 am to midnight daily
Shopping at the EIA I came across some great deals and found a couple of gift ideas and last minute purchases for friends and family. Here's a list of my favourites while shopping with our guides and fellow bloggers.
Cookies by George
A tin of cookies for a hostess gift is great way to start off the trip and let your host/ess know how much you appreciate them. A small tin of six cookies starts at 17.95 and includes cellophane wrap, making it a cute gift on the go!
Tip: You can call them in advance for a cookie order (link above) and it'll be ready for pick up once you go through security!
Chapters & Indigo
I won't hide the fact that Chapters is one of my favourite places to shop and having a location in the airport is an added bonus! They have a great kids section with products from Melissa & Doug and a fantastic assortment of holiday books for the kids, plus you can always grab a trade paperback or journal and treat yourself!
Like a smaller version of the Bay, I found the exclusive HBC Limited Edition Barbie (retails for $59.99, same price as listed in store) It's a great gift for any Barbie collector on your Christmas list! The HBC store also carries their signature sweaters in a variety of sizes, sleepers for little ones, knit teddy bears, and my favourite, latte mugs for $15 a piece! Yes, I did pick up two!
This store carries not only Canadian favourites like classic maple syrup but Edmonton favourites as well, including sports tees of your favourite teams, military tees and travel bags, plus they carry one of my favourite personal care products from The Rocky Mountain Soap company., like the butter sticks and their line of heavenly smelling bar soaps.
Tech on the Go
For all the tech junkies on your list, this shop carries head phones, speakers, portable chargers for your electronics and if you forget any cords, they more than likely have it!
3. ANXIETY FREE TRAVEL
I love to fly but I get anxious and little stressed making sure we have everything we need for our trips but while shopping with EIA, my fellow bloggers and I were introduced to a new program from the Pet Therapy Society where they are doing a trial helping anxious passengers to calm their nerves before a flight by enjoying a visit with one of their friendly pooches! From what I hear, they also have cats and rabbits so keep your eyes peeled as they roam the airport with their guides.
One last little perk and travel tip, and this one is a bonus, if you or your kids play Pokemon Go, you'll be interested to know that the EIA is home to a bunch of Wild Pokemon. Let the EIA know via social media and they may even drop a couple of lures for you!
To connect with EIA or find more information on their services you can visit FLY EIA
Article by: Lorraine Stephanyshyn, Images provided by Lorraine-Marie
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