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'Tis the season for Canadians to be flexible when travelling
- TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card Survey reveals travel behaviour of Canadians - TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - During these uncertain economic conditions, Canadians are planning to travel this holiday season. In fact, according to the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card Survey, of Canadians with upcoming travel plans, 41% say that they will travel over the holidays. The top adjustment that travellers are making is to be flexible about their travel plans. Thirty-four per cent of travellers will be more flexible with their travel dates and 26% will be more flexible with their holiday destination. Only 6% of people who were planning on travelling will cancel their travel plans. "Our research shows that flexibility is key for Canadian travellers with half of Canadians booking their transportation ahead of time and then planning the rest of their trip once they arrive," says Stacie Pearson, Associate Vice President, TD Credit Cards. "With the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card, travellers can book their travel accommodations, car rentals and even excursions any way they want; whether waiting for the best price or waiting until they arrive at their destination, the TD First Class card is that flexible." Canadians are also organized when it comes to travel planning. In fact, nearly 70% plan their trip ahead of time. Fifty-one per cent plan their travel at least a month ahead. Western Canadians and Ontarians are most likely to plan ahead (77% and 75%). Fifteen per cent of Canadians are extremely flexible when they travel, citing that they never stick to an itinerary. Not surprisingly, younger travellers (18-34) are a little more flexible with their travel plans than those 55 plus. Canadians are also flexible when it comes to paying for their travel. Of those who have upcoming travel plans, 19% say they will be using their reward points more to fund their holiday. About the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card: The TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card gives cardholders "Book Any Way" flexibility where they can book any way they want - through their favourite travel agent or online website, tour package provider, a last-minute deal or promotion, or directly with the hotel or airline. And, while many competitor cards require their cardholders to reach point tiers to travel to specified destinations, with the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card, redeeming points is simple and easy to understand. For every $1.00 in purchases made using the card, cardholders earn 3 TD Points that can be redeemed towards any type of travel. Specifically for Canadians who love to travel, the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card offers additional premium features such as: - Travel Medical Insurance - Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Insurance - Complimentary Concierge Assistance - trip planning help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and includes assistance in the event of an emergency while travelling - VIP treatment at the world's finest hotels and resorts through exclusive hotel privileges - Access to restaurant ratings and reviews of the world's most outstanding restaurants For more information about the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card visit: http://www.tdfirstclasstravel.com About the TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card survey: Part one of the TD Visa First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card Survey was conducted by Angus Reid National Daily Omnibus on August 25, 2008. It polled English and French speaking Canadians 18+. The sample size includes 1,003 men and women. The second part of the TD Visa First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card Survey was conducted on November 3, 2008 by the Angus Reid National Daily Omnibus. It polled English and French speaking Canadians 18+. The sample size includes 1,003 men and women. About TD Bank Financial Group: The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group. TD Bank Financial Group is the seventh largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 17 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust; Wealth Management, including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking through TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank (to be known together as TD Bank); and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD Bank Financial Group also ranks among the world's leading on-line financial services firms, with more than 5.5 million on-line customers. TD Bank Financial Group had CDN$509 billion in assets as of July 31, 2008. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol "TD", as well as on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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