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Old May 12, 19, 10:03 am
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Chicago or Toronto

Looking for advice from BA experts out there. Weíre looking to use our final 241 and 140,000 avios balance for a child-free 4/5 night break next June. We havenít been to many North American cities, but loved New York. Ideally we want somewhere we can easily book first class (probably our only opportunity to experience this)and also has a half decent Radisson, as I have loads of points!

Currently thinking about Toronto (including a day trip to Niagara) or Chicago (heard itís a great city and the Radisson Blu looks fab). We enjoy general sightseeing, the odd museum and good food!

Any thoughts or recommendations, or other places we should consider?
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Old May 12, 19, 10:14 am
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I've not been to Toronto myself, but can vouch for Chicago being a fantastic city to visit. A pleasant contrast to New York which you've already noted, but with nowhere near the same number of tourists. It's very walkable, the Radisson Blu you mention is in a perfect location, and the food scene is strong also.

I recall reading on these threads that Toronto is seeing less flights with the First cabin, so that may help steer things towards Chicago as well.
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I would say that in a sense you can't go wrong. Both are interesting cities, fairly compact in the middle, and with lots of things to see and do. In the fullness of time you should do both cities. Chicago has world class architecture, Toronto is perhaps more staid with colonial overtones, but with great shopping and dining options. Indeed getting to Niagara Falls is quite straight forward, if you walk into the USA over the bridge you will find it calmer and less tacky over there! If there were children in the equation I would tend to Toronto because the Falls will be something they will never forget. Two great cities to visit.
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Toronto! You’ll fly A350 and New Club World if you take the earlier flight
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By a strange quirk, I am visiting both cities over the next fortnight

I'll try to remember to post which I preferred!
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Chicago, for me, wins hands down. I definitely prefer eating out there. Millenium Park and Navy Pier are worth a look. I highly recommend the Architectural River Tour. If you like live music there are some great venues in and around the city. Magnificent Mile great for shopping. There's probably not much in it Hotels wise.
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The A350 in club could be tempting too, at least if first isn’t available on the later flight we can try that instead. What are the general thoughts on taking new CW over first? We don’t have status and due to the Amex changes are unlikely to make any more avios trips, so the avios difference isn’t a factor. We’re also flying from Ncl, so will have the lounge experience both ways.

Gastrocnemius - I’ll look forward to your feedback, given it will be a similar time of year I expect it will be very useful.
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Can a 241 be used on AAís daytime ORD-LHR flight with a BA code?
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Can a 241 be used on AAís daytime ORD-LHR flight with a BA code?
No, BA metal only
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Chicago is my 3rd favorite city in the US after Boston & Washington DC.
Have been there 3 times and stayed 2 of them at the Radisson. The only thing less ideal of the hotel is the distance to any L-station. With bags when arriving from or going to the airport itís an inconvenient walk. But for exploring the city itís a great spot close to the magnificent mile and millenium park.
Also some top class museums in Chicago.
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Kid free I’d recommend Las Vegas always
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Originally Posted by trvllvr123 View Post
The A350 in club could be tempting too, at least if first isnít available on the later flight we can try that instead. What are the general thoughts on taking new CW over first? We donít have status and due to the Amex changes are unlikely to make any more avios trips, so the avios difference isnít a factor. Weíre also flying from Ncl, so will have the lounge experience both ways.

Gastrocnemius - Iíll look forward to your feedback, given it will be a similar time of year I expect it will be very useful?
Perhaps try for First out and Club on the way back?

My vote would be for Toronto. It's one of my regular trips (business and pleasure) some great eateries and sights. Niagara Falls is a must (90 minutes away by bus), I never tire of visiting there.
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Kid free Iíd recommend Las Vegas always
Iím sure many would! Itís not somewhere Iíve ever fancied though.
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Toronto! You’ll fly A350 and New Club World if you take the earlier flight
A350 is gone after Mar.28. 789 and 777 from then onwards. Same as when the 788 was first introduced on the YYZ route

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My vote would be for Toronto. It's one of my regular trips (business and pleasure) some great eateries and sights. Niagara Falls is a must (90 minutes away by bus), I never tire of visiting there.
Niagara on the Lake is a pretty town too, I'd much rather visit there than the falls. There is a wine industry in the Niagara region, you can do some wine tours in the area if that's your thing.

Both cities are interesting and worth a visit, but I'd probably give an edge to Toronto over Chicago if I had to choose.
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