Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Feb 27

There's a ton of stuff this week, especially flight sales...

From Seattle

$330+ -- Lufthansa from Seattle to Europe is on sale (R/T!)
Depart March 30-May 15 and return by June 14.
Book before: 11:59 PM on 03/07/08 (Pacific Standard Time)

$284 -- AirTran sale to ALL of the lower 48 (R/T!)
Travel May 6 through November 5, 2008
Purchase tickets by March 6.

$180 -- JetBlue has a competing sale
$180 to San Diego
$260 to New York or Boston

From Vancouver

$22 -- Cancun (R/T), March 2-9
$244 -- Liberia (R/T), March 6-13
$299 -- Honolulu, May 28-June 4
$340 -- Toronto, 2 paying adults=1 child flies for free, May/June/Sept/Oct
$399 -- London, April 22-30
$493 -- Frankfurt, May
$499 -- Bangkok, April 9-30
$559 -- Hong Kong, Feb 20-Mar 12
$875 -- Casablanca (R/T), thru April 30
$1038 -- Rarotonga, March/April/May (book by Feb 29)

Packages from Vancouver

$589 -- Veradero, air and 7 nights 3* all-inclusive, April 14-21
$599 -- Puerto Vallarta, air and 7 nights 3.5* all-inclusive, March 28
$639 -- London, flight + first 2 nights, April 22-30
$665 -- Cancun 4* all-inclusive, March 2-9
$999 -- Honolulu and Maui, air and 7 nights, June 2-10


$79 - Monte Carlo in Vegas
Includes $25 dining credit and $10 free casino play

$89pp -- Cancun All-Inclusive Resort w/Oceanview Room & Golf
Apr 1-June 30, Aug 20-Dec 22, book by Mar 3 to get AMEX cash card

$199 -- Stay Beachfront in Maui (Regularly $330)
Select dates through May 31

$90pp/night -- SuperClubs All-inclusive Resorts
Upgraded rooms on sale at all resorts, starting from $90


$499 OCVW -- NCL 7-nt Spring Break Cruise Super Sale

$759 -- Scandinavia Cruise plus 5-Star Stockholm Mini-Break
4-night Scandinavian cruise and a 2-night break in Sweden's 5-Star Stockholm Sheraton Hotel
Departs London May 17

$899 -- 10-night Best of Europe Cruise
May 19 departure from London

$999 -- Mediterranean 12-Night Cruise This Spring
Save $500 on one of Carnival's newest ships
May 22; June 15; +$100 June 27; July 9, 21
Get a nice bonus by booking any upgraded cabin using your American Express Card.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Luxury in Victoria All Year

Two Nights Spa or Gourmet Package
Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa, Victoria

This package includes two nights accommodation in a luxurious Ocean Suite and CAD 100 credit to the Spa - Essence of Life, or the Seagrille Restaurant.

Price: From CAD 438 per room, per stay, exclusive of 14% tax. Minimum 2 nights stay.

Regular rates range from $295 to $495 per night, so this is a good deal if you want a nice dinner or spa treatment. I checked a few weekends and the cheapest Fri-Sun stay (off-season) that I found was $598/stay. The standard rate for the same stay is $638, so if you use the $100 credit you're basically getting that for free, plus a little bit of a discount.

Dates valid: 16th January 2008 to 3rd January 2009

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Feb 20

$149 -- Costa Rica: Roundtrip from Vancouver, Last-Minute
Liberia, Costa Rica
Depart: February 28; Return: March 6
Note: Taxes and fees are approximately $205.

$89pp -- 48-hr. Riviera Maya special: all-incl. 5-star resort
No blackout dates, valid every day April 1-June 30
Book before 11:59 PM on 02/21/08 (EST)

$199-$239 -- Anaheim, Air & 4 nights hotel, based on family of 4
Valid for travil from April 1 to June 20, with kids 2-11 years.
*weekend surcharge may apply

$117 -- Oceanview Room at Kauai Resort, Save 60%
Travel dates: Through June 30
Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free

$159 -- Summer travel to Honolulu, one-way from Vancouver
Departs Vancouver June 1 - October 19
Air & 7 nights hotel from $799 (Castle Ocean Hotel; 2.5-star)

$189 -- Summer travel to Maui, one-way from Vancouver
Departs Vancouver June 19 - August 24
Air & 7 nights in a 1-bedroom condo from $899 (Kihei Akahi)

$1038 -- Fly to the Cook Islands from Vancouver, Roundtrip
Travel dates: March 1 - May 31, book by Feb. 29

$249 -- Upscale Ontario Inn: Gourmet Dinner Package for 2
Travel dates: February 28 through March 31, book by Feb. 27

$399 -- London (Gatwick), roundtrip
Vancouver Departs: April 15, 22 @ $399 (Rtn: April 23, 30)
Vancouver Departs: Apr 30, May 1, 3 @ $429 (Rtn: May 21)

US$1299 -- Burgundy & Provence 7-Night Cruise, Save $1200
This US$1299 price is offered for the best available cabin at the time of booking. All meals are included onboard the cruise. You also get guided walking or motorcoach tours, including wine tasting in Beaune (the wine capital of Burgundy) and a visit to the historic Papal Palace in Avignon, the City of the Popes.
Travel dates: March 23, book by March 5

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Discount Cruises

$449 -- 13 day Trans-Atlantic, Galveston to Barcelona
Awesome rate - can you live on $35/day at home? My rent works out to $25/day, which leaves only $10 for food and entertainment. So, I could be on a cruise ship instead and actually save money! (Well, I still have to pay rent, but you know what I mean)
Cruise departs April 27 on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas, which is big and shouldn't be boring on all those sea days.

Rates are coming back down on Alaska cruises as companies try to sell their remaining cabins.

$449 -- 7 day Inside Passage cruise on Holland America's Ryndam
Roundtrip Vancouver, departing May 14
This rate was sent out in the newsletter and can't be displayed on the internet, so you have to call to get this rate.

$499 -- 7 day Alaska cruise on Royal Caribbean, residents' rate
For a more family-friendly cruise, try Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas on 1-way Alaska cruises. Rate includes the $100 discount for BC residents.
$499 - May 30
$749 - August 22

Resident Rate: now offers listings of discounts based on where you live, since cruise lines often offer resident rates on select sailings. On one sailing that I checked, the residents' rate was better than the past passenger discount. Senior discounts and travel agent discounts, upgrades, and perks can be applied along with the resident rates.

$1499 -- $1000 resident discount, 7 day Windstar cruise of southern Spain and Portugal
5 star luxury sailing ship, departs March 29

$1599 -- $900 resident discount, 8 day Windstar cruise of eastern Spain
5 star luxury sailing ship, departs April 25

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wines of Washington Cruise

$399 -- A new twist on the Pacific Northwest cruise, Holland America has teamed up with AAA Washington to offer a 4-night Wines of Washington cruise departing San Diego on April 26 and arriving in Vancouver on April 30. Light on port calls (Seattle only), the trip and its activities will be primarily onboard, featuring wine tastings, winemaker lunches and dinners, and optional themed discussions with Washington wine and food experts. Prices for the 4-night cruise start at only $399 per person, double occupancy. Bookings should be made through AAA (tel. 800/430-9001).

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Feb 13

$898 -- Mayan Riviera 5-Star Vacations, $400 OFF
Air + 7 nights all-inclusive in a Deluxe Junior suite
Departs Vancouver: March 5, 7, 12

$159 -- Ultra-Chic Seattle Hotel at $100 OFF
Select dates through April 21

US$799 -- Alaska 7-Night Summer Cruise w/$100 Credit
Vancouver roundtrip on the upscale Celebrity Mercury on Aug. 3, 10 or 17.
* $100 shipboard credit per cabin
* FREE upgrade to the best available interior cabin
* Coupon booklet packed with onboard savings (one per cabin)
Approximately US$97 in taxes and government fees are additional.

$1699 -- New Zealand 'Fly, Drive & Stay' Package
This special package includes all of the following:
* Roundtrip airfare from Vancouver to Auckland
* 10-day Hertz midsize automatic car rental
* 9 nights Gokiwi Bronze accommodation passes (3-star)

$330 – Seattle to Honolulu or Maui
Book by Friday for travel thru March 14 or April 7 to June 6.
HawaiianMiles members save $10; free to join.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday's "Best Bets"

$499 -- Las Vegas Cruise & Stay – 6 nights
Air, 3 night hotel, 3 night cruise LA to Vancouver

$799 - Los Cabos, Mexico
Air & 7 nights in a 4* all-inclusive resort
Departs March 2, 9

Monday, February 11, 2008

Two Cruise Deals That Caught My Eye...

$999 -- South America, Santiago to Sao Paulo
15 days departing March 22, 2008 on Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas

$499 -- Alaska, Whittier to Vancouver
7 days departing May 17, 2008 on Princess' Diamond Princess

Amtrak Discount Codes

If you're looking at Amtrak trains as an option to get to the Seattle airport, or you just want to take a rail journey, here are some discount codes to consider:

The biggest percentage savings in the nation is probably on the Cascades trains through Oregon and Washington, up to Vancouver, BC. The transit-friendly city of Portland, OR sponsors code H750, which lets you buy one ticket and get one free if two people are riding together anywhere on that line through May 23 -- and yes, that includes trains (but not buses) to Canada.

Lonely travelers to the Northwest need not fear: Seattle has you covered. Use code V777 for a 25% discount on any Cascades train if you're traveling alone, through May 16th.

AAA members can also get 50% off a second ticket, or 25% off business class and sleeper seats on most trains except California and Northeast Corridor trains. Use code V644 and be prepared to produce your AAA membership card on demand. That code is for booking through Feb. 28 and travel through March 15.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Feb 6

$275 -- Vancouver to Rome
Fares to Naples, Florence and Venice are also available for slightly higher. These fares are valid for departures through March 4, returns through May 4.
Must book by Feb. 7

US$604 -- Orlando 7-Night Vacation from Seattle
Travel dates: May 5-20 (for best pricing). Book by Feb. 16.
Children 17 and younger stay FREE -- all you pay for is their flights.

$158 -- Fly to the Dominican (R/T)
February 22 or 29

$49 -- Oregon Resort, incl. Breakfast & Dinner for 2
Cottage Grove, OR (outside Eugene)
Travel dates: Sunday-Thursday through March 21

$1399 -- Mini-Suite on Weeklong Mediterranean Cruise
Roundtrip from Barcelona, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Spend a week sailing the Mediterranean this May -- with Mini-Suite accommodations and $200 onboard credit per cabin. Travel on NCL's newest ship.
Travelzoo Tip: Book this special using your American Express card and you'll receive a complimentary 5-night stay at a luxury resort in Mexico to use at a later date -- wow!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Trans-Atlantic Cruise Closeout

$449 -- 13 or 14 nt. Spring Trans-Atlantic Cruise
Plus $ 100 Shipboard Credit
Promotion expires: 2/8/08
Limited to 50 bookings ONLY per sailing
Asia & Africa Unique Tastes and Experiences

Travel Best Bets lists several "teaser" trips to Africa and Asia that visit several cities in 1 or 2 weeks with an English-speaking guide. All transfers, some meals, and some sightseeing is included. The ones I list here don't include airfare, but others on the website do.

Departs: February 2 - July 5
14 Day Itinerary: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Tineghir, Todgha Gorges, Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Imlil, Aremd, Essaouira, Marrakesh

Departs: February 10 - June 29
15 Day Itinerary: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Hurghada, Dahab, Mt Sinai, Cairo

Departs: March 1, 15, September 27
15 Day Itinerary: Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Varanasi

Departs: February 26 - July 13
9 Day Itinerary: Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai

Departs: March 1 - September 20
10 Day Itinerary: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hoi An, Hui, Halong Bay, Hanoi

Caribbean Values
Air & 7 nights in a beachfront all-inclusive resort

Departs Feb 23 @ $999 (Sunset Jamaica Grande; 4.5-star)

Departs February 29, March 7 @ $749 (Hola; 4-star)
Departs Mar 29 - Apr 26 @ $799 (Palladium Vallarta)