Bush Intercontinental Airport will add two new flights to its massive roster in May, including a second route to Calgary via WestJet and the resumption of a popular Punta Cana vacation package that takes travelers to the Dominican Republic.
Low cost airline WestJet already operates one flight to Calgary per day, leaving at 5 p.m. six days a week, a route that's so in-demand it's adding another as of May 1. This new flight will depart at 8 a.m., arriving in the Houston of Canada a little after 11 a.m. A round-trip ticket costs a little over $260.
Once there, you'll be able to explore an energy capital that's both sunny and humid (like ours!) but which also (unlike ours) offers splendid views of the northern lights; a city whose skyline is dominated by skyscrapers yet which also hosts the largest rodeo in the world (yes, even larger than ours!); a city where minorities make up one-third of the population, where the arts community thrives, and where the food scene has grown robustly as a result of an influx of immigration and oil-and-gas cash (like us!)—all within a couple short hours' drive from the scenic Candian Rocky Mountains and the stunning sights of Banff National Park and Lake Louise (not like us).
If—unlike the Mexican travelers who are increasingly choosing Canada over the U.S. as a vacation destination, totaling a predicted $1.6 billion loss in tourism spending by 2018—heading north isn't your idea of fun, perhaps the Dominican Republic is more your speed. Vacation Express is resuming nonstop service to Punta Cana from Houston as of May 26, with flights departing from IAH every Friday through August 4.
Travelers can purchase separate airfare, but the package offered by Vacation Express is almost too appealing to pass up: $799 per person for the flight plus six nights in Punta Cana at an all-inclusive resort. Which resort? That's for you to choose when you book, though $799 is a base price: more upscale lodging at spots such as Excellence El Carmen and Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa will run you up to $1,500, so select accordingly.