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WHO Eases Toronto's Quarantine : A Select Few Can Celebrate with Free Airfare and More

May 1, 2003 -- With the World Health Organization lifting its ban on travel to Toronto three days ago, the city is in full battle configuration to get tourists to come back. Dozens of firms in the travel industry are coming up with schemes to that end, none more spectacular than that dreamed up by a new Canadian airline, Jetsgo, offering 3,000 free roundtrip tickets to the Ontario capital.

Jetsgo is giving away the tickets for the next three consecutive weekends in May (1-6, 8-13 and 15-20) in conjunction with special offers from Choice Hotels Canada and National Car Rental. These "Let's Go to Toronto" weekends work like this. Each weekend, Jetsgo will offer 1,000 free roundtrip tickets (200 from New York, 500 from Montreal and 300 from Ottawa). You can travel from a Thursday through a Tuesday. Seats are available on designated flights only, and -- here's the tricky part -- you can claim a free seat only on the previous day of your departure online at

[Editor's Note: As this story was going to "press," Jetsgo announced that all tickets for May 1-6 have been claimed. Our advice? Act quickly the next two weekends.]

At the airport, you present a printed copy of the itinerary in order to get a special Jetsgo boarding pass. You keep this during your stay in Toronto to use as a voucher in accessing the offers from other partners.

Choice Hotels Canada offers the first night of lodging at any of its participating Comfort Inns and Quality Inns, Hotels & Suites in the Greater Toronto Area. A minimum two-night stay is required. Additional nights are available at 50% off regular rates. To make reservations, phone 800/4-CHOICE or visit and book under the L-JETS rate code. You'll need that Jetsgo boarding pass when you check in.

National Car Rental is providing one day of free car rental for every day purchased at the Pearson Airport facility. You must book in advance and confirm at time of pickup or check in with that boarding pass. To make reservations, go to and use the coupon code JETSGO. For more information, call 800/CAR RENT.

The Toronto Blue Jays are giving a pair of their best available seats to customers with the special Jetsgo boarding passes. Eligible game dates are May 2 to 4 and May 13. Present your boarding pass at the box office (Gate 9, windows 29 & 30), beginning two hours before game time.

The CN Tower is offering a free ride to the observation level with the purchase of one other ticket for guests -- again by showing your boarding pass.

Jetsgo is a brand new airline, now serving 18 destinations within Canada and New York in the U.S. It expects to start coast-to-coast Canadian service in June, according to its officers, who refer to the company as "a simple airline."