Friday, August 29, 2008

Florida Fare Sales

If you're planning a trip to Florida between now and early March of next year, take a look at airfare from Seattle. It appears that all airlines have discounts right now, as in $205 RT with only US taxes on top of that. You can create a package that might be $350 cheaper per person than what you can get out of Vancouver!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

No Zoom, Ya Mon

Here's hoping that none of you have upcoming flights booked on Zoom airlines, because they stopped flying today.

On the other hand, some travel auctions to Jamaica and California caught my eye today. These offer potentially GREAT values on posh retreats. Most auctions have date restrictions, so always try to confirm resort availability before you place a bid if your travel dates aren't flexible.

$3115 -- Your Own Personal Cook and Butler in a Private Jamaican Villa - for up to 8 Guests
7 nights in an oceanfront 4-BR villa with pool. Auction start price: $3115!, closes Sept 2 13:00.

$1990 -- Jamaican Seaside Getaway - 70% off for up to 8 Guests
7 nights in a private beachfront villa with pool plus a staff of five including a personal cook. Guest privileges at Round Hill Resort & Beach Club, a Conde Nast Traveler Gold List winner. Auction start price: $1990, closes Aug 29 14:00.

Mystery Auction - Horseback Riding in California
If horseback riding is your thing, you might want to go for the current mystery auction (according to the message boards, the lodge is in California). This auction closes Aug 29 11:00.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Aug 27

$50 OW -- Toronto from YVR
Most likely you'll end up with $50 in one direction and $99 back, which will total around $350 with taxes. That's a great deal!

$99 RT -- LA from YVR

$99 RT -- Las Vegas from YVR

$106 RT -- Las Vegas from Bellingham

$175 -- 3-nt Vegas Package
Leave Vancouver Sept 11 or 18, or Sept 14 or 21 for 4 nts. +$10 in some cases, and $230 in taxes. BOOK BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

$363 RT -- Los Cabos from SEA, incl tax!

$119 -- Beachfront Okanagan Valley Resort at 50% OFF
Sept and Oct stays at a lakeside resort.

$100 -- Hawaii Oceanfront Resort on Kauai (Reg. $200)
Book by Sept 5 for stays thru Dec 23.

$99pp/nt -- Pre-Opening Jamaica All-Inclusive
Luxury all-inclusive at pre-opening special discount. Book by Aug 31 for stays thru Dec 23.

$1269 -- 7-City, 2-Week Turkey Vacation
Includes air from NY, slightly more for other departure cities. $659 land-only.

$1399 -- Beijing Post-Olympics Tour w/Air, Save $500
Post-Olympic discount, perhaps? Stay 6 nights in 5* accomodations, take 3 full day tours, plus air is from Vancouver or Victoria. Taxes are $300. Departures in Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday Teasers

$499 -- Alaska Cruise North-bound
Leaves Vancouver Sept 5 on Celebrity.

$356 RT -- Puerto Vallarta from SEA
Includes all taxes.

$416 RT -- Cabo San Lucas from SEA
Includes all taxes.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Puerto Vallarta on Sale

$345 -- Puerto Vallarta 7 nt All-Inclusive
3* resort at rock-bottom prices. Sept 29 - Oct 6. Taxes total $323.

Or get airfare only for...

$95 -- Puerto Vallarta from YVR
Depart Sept 22, 29. Return Sept 29, Oct 6. Taxes total $293.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday Thrills

$205 -- Ft Lauderdale
from YVR $458 / from SEA $205

$599+ -- Cancun Vacations by WestJet, 40% OFF
3* resort package starts at $599 and has less than $200 in taxes and fees. 4.5* from only $699. Book by Aug 25.

$43+ -- Occidental Hotels and Resorts in Cancun
Summer and fall sale prices start at only $43pp/nt for all-inclusive stays. Book by Aug 31.

$100 OFF - Disney World Vacation Package + 40% OFF
I priced this out (5 nts from Seattle) at $2350 for a family of 4 ($585 each), which appears to be much cheaper than the current offering out of YVR from TravelBestBets. 40% off air+hotel packages (4+ nts), plus $100 Disney gift card (for dining or shopping that you would likely do anyway) when you also buy your 4+ day Park Hopper tickets. Book by Sept 24 for travel by Dec 23.

$69+ -- Marriott Hotel Stays in Orlando
Stay at a Marriott hotel close to Disney World or SeaWorld at a great price. Book 7 days in advance.

$198 -- Disney World resort, 3 nts
Until Oct 4, stay inside Disney world at $99/nt and get 3rd nt free or either a resort credit or daily breakfast. Book by Sept 1.

$519 -- Caribbean Cruise, Kids FREE
MSC Caribbean cruises start at just $519 for winter sailings, and kids sale free.

$104 -- Weekends at Luxurious San Jose Hotel
Luxuriate in a Fairmont Hotel any weekend before Dec. 28. Book by Aug 29.

$637 RT -- Frankfurt, incl. Taxes
Depart Sept. 2 or 14; Return Sept. 14, 15, 17, 22, 24 or 29

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Aug 20

$99 -- Banff-Area Resort Grand Opening Special at 55% OFF
1-BR suites at this new Canmore, AB resort, available thru Oct.

$119 OW -- Ottawa from YVR
Select dates from Aug. 26 - Sept. 30

$32 -- Orlando Hotel incl. Breakfast, 60% OFF
FREE shuttle service to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando. Available thru Dec. 20. Book by Aug 29.

$777 -- Los Cabos All-Inclusive 'Riu' Vacation at Half OFF
5* resort, depart Vancouver Aug. 30.

$69 -- New Mayan Riviera Luxury All-Inclusive, 70% OFF
Limited rooms at a new luxury resort in the Riviera Maya. Kids stay free. Book by Sept. 1.

More to come tomorrow. I'm out of time for today!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Teasers

$489 -- Puerto Vallarta 4* All-Inclusive
Sep 22 - Oct 6, or August 30 or 31 for $10 more

$869 -- Maui, Air & 7 nts hotel
3.5* hotel. Sept 3 - 24, compared to $1259 for the same package in January! Add a car rental to any Maui package from $100pp.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday Madness

$800 RT -- Asian Cities from YVR
Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai. About $1081 with taxes. Book by Aug 31 for fall travel.

25% Off -- Delta Hotels in Canada
Save up to 25% and get up to 1000 Aeroplan miles per stay. To get the most value, book a stay of 4 nights or longer, and check-in on a "red day" on their calendar.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Unique Trips

$1199 -- Beijing Olympic Special
Air, 5 nts 5-star hotel, many meals, and tours including Olympic sites. Departs Nov 6.

2-for-1 -- Caribbean Cruise w/ Panama Canal, Enrichment Voyage
14-nt in-depth cruise with interesting stops and onboard lectures. May 8-22 or May 22 - June 5. $1999 incl air from SEA.

2-for-1 -- Caribbean & Amazon Cruise, Seminar At Sea
21-nt in-depth cruise with interesting stops and onboard lectures. Dec 18 - Jan 8. $3099 incl air from SEA.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Free Airfare

FREE -- Flight to Vegas with hotel booking
Cheap Tickets Canada has free flights to Las Vegas when you book 4 nights hotel (from $165)! Departs Vancouver on select Sundays in Sept & Oct. Approx $231 in taxes and fuel surcharges additional.

FREE -- Airfare to Tahiti for cruise
Get free air travel to Tahiti from LA on several Star Clippers French Polynesia departures in 2008 and 2009. Fares for the 7-night itinerary begin at $2,045, 10 nights starts at $3,175.

Do you want to see published prices for travel that reflect the full actual cost, including taxes and fuel surcharges? CheapTicketsCanada is asking the government to follow through on their promises to require full-price advertising, and suggests that we all send a letter or email to Canada's Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon to ask him to finalize Canada's legislation of bill c-11.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Aug 13

$259 -- 5-nt Mexico Cruise
Cheapest sailing goes Dec 8-13 from San Diego.

$379 -- 7-nt Caribbean Cruise
Just over $50 per day - it's rare to find better than this! Cheapest dates are Nov 15, 29, 30, and Dec 13, 14.

Up to 20% off -- JetBlue Companion Sale
Families get a break with this sale - passengers flying together get a discount on all routes, from 10% for 2 people to 20% for 4 people. September and October travel. Book by Friday!

$702 -- Italy from SEA, incl fuel surcharge
Flights to Italy tend to be expensive, but there's a fare war on right now to make it a little bit more affordable. This fare is available to Bologna for departures this fall. Taxes of about $150 are extra. Book by Thursday!

$796 RT -- Amsterdam from YVR inc tax
Depart Aug 20, Sept 3, 10 or 17; Return Sept 4, 11 or 18.

$29 -- Lowest Priced Orlando Hotel, 60% OFF
Semi-Suite accommodations. $10 more gets you buffet breakfast for 2.

3rd night free -- Nickelodean Family Suites in Orlando
Every third night is free this fall at a feature-laden family hotel. Many other offers are also available.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Teasers

$116 RT -- Las Vegas from Bellingham
Apparently there are even some $28 OW fares!

$1399 -- Greece/Turkey Windstar Cruise, 71% off!
5* sailing cruise in an oceanview stateroom. Departs Aug. 16 from Istanbul. This is a special newsletter rate. Other sailings offered at $1499, plus $200 onboard credit.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Air Specials

$99 RT -- Las Vegas from YVR, fall travel

$466 RT -- Cabo San Lucas from YVR, incl taxes!

$402 RT -- Kona, HI from SEA

$185 RT -- Jacksonville, FL from SEA, to go with cheap cruises

$194 RT -- Buffalo from SEA, perfect for a visit to Niagara Falls

$645 -- Riviera Maya 5* All-Inclusive
last-minute: Aug. 30 - Sept. 6

Air Canada Contest
If you're about to buy an Air Canada flight, be sure to do so on if the price is as good there as elsewhere. By doing so you will be entered to win a trip to Paris.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Saturday Sensations

$499 -- Alaska Cruise on Celebrity
Aug 28 and Sept 12 departures offer the cheapest prices. Oceanview for only $599.

$29 -- Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
Valid thru Dec 31.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Aug 8

Apologies for being a few days late. I'm on vacation, but I have found a couple of hours to check out the deals...

$380 RT -- Kahului, Hawaii from SEA
Book TODAY for travel thru mid-December

Hundreds of cruises on sale, plus shipboard credit and pre-paid gratuity offers on many sailings. For example, 7-nt Caribbean for $399 plus $50 credit on Carnival.

$299 RT -- Amsterdam from YVR
Sept 3 or 10 (Rtn: Sep 11, 18)

$399 RT -- Paris from YVR
Aug 31 (Rtn: Sep 8, 15)
Sep 7 (Rtn: Sep 15)

Up to $200 off -- Orbitz Hotel Discount Codes
Here's a list of discount codes available for hotel stays of 3 or more nights.

30% Off - Orbitz USA Hotel Sale
Book by August 31 for travel by November 24.

1-Day Free -- Hertz Weekend Car Rental
Rent for a 3+ day weekend and get the first day free. Thru Dec. 15.

$121+ -- Flight Specials from Vancouver
$121 - Las Vegas; Oct 19-23, Nov 2-6
$169 - Toronto; Oct 21, return Oct 24, 27, 28 or 29
$249 - London
$599 - Hong Kong
$699 - Bangkok

$199pp -- Anaheim Family Package
Roundtrip airfare & 4 nights hotel