Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Dec 31

Sorry for such a long post this week. There are so many deals out there, especially for January, so hopefully everyone finds something they like.

US$29+ -- Las Vegas Hotel Deals
3 and 4 star hotel offers.

US$49+ -- Weekend Hotel Deals at La Quinta
Hotels across the US and in BC offer deals on weekend stays. I even found a property near Disney World with a rate of $33 that includes parking and internet!

$59 & up -- Last-Minute Deals & Ideas for 'Dead Week'
Jan 5-11. Deals of note... $89 at Le Soleil Vancouver, $139 in Manhattan, many more across the US and some in Mexico.

$79 O/W -- Las Vegas from YVR
If you prefer to fly out of Vancouver rather than crossing the border, this is the best rate WestJet has ever offered. Select dates thru Feb 17.

US$79.99 -- Las Vegas 4-Diamond Strip Hotel, 60% Off
Select weekdays thru April.

US$85 -- San Francisco Downtown Hotel w/ Breakfast
Rooms at the King George Hotel are regularly $139. This rate is valid thru Mar.

US$99 -- Oceanview Hotel in Venice Beach, California
Enjoy a California beach & city break, with Santa Monica and Beverly Hills nearby. Valid thru Feb.

US$99 -- Jamaica: Suite at New All-Inclusive 4* Resort
Valid thru Jan, +$20 Feb & Mar. Book by Jan 7. Incl. taxes and gratuities. Stay 6+ nts, get a $100 cash card.

$109 -- Victoria Golf & Spa Resort at 40% OFF
Valid at The Westin Bear Mountain resort thru Mar 31. Book by Jan 12.

US$109 -- Waikiki Sheraton incl. Weekends, Save 40%
Valid thru Apr, book by Jan 9.

US$110 -- Napa Hotel Near Wineries, 35% Off
Valid for Jan stays.

US$149 -- 2-bdrm Suite in Orlando + $50 credit
Family friendly Nickelodeon hotel with a bunk bed for the kids, waterslides, sports, and Nickelodeon characters. 1-bdrm suites w/o credit for $119. Valid until Feb 12.

$157 -- Luxurious Suite at Vegas Resort w/Breakfast & Credit
Planet Hollywood, midweek, Jan. 2-April 11.

US$205 R/T -- Orlando from SEA
Travel thru June 26.

$219 -- Whistler 4-Diamond Resort, Save $200+
Jan 4-8. All other dates thru Jan are also discounted.

US$279 -- 7 nt Bahamas Cruise, $50 credit
Jan 31. Or book an oceanview for $329 and pay with your VISA card to get an extra $100 shipboard credit. This is the lowest priced sailing, but many others are also available.

US$324 -- Oceanview on 7-Nt. Bahamas Cruise w/$100 Credit
Applies to sailings in Jan, +$65 for Feb and Mar. Taxes +US$92.

US$499 -- Royal Caribbean Cruises, Plus Credit
7 nt sailings on exciting ships to Mexico and the Caribbean. Alaska cruises from Vancouver start at $599.

US$519+ -- Morocco from 20+ Cities (R/T), incl. Taxes
$1018 from Seattle, or cheaper if you can find your own connecting flight to cheaper departure points for less than $500.

US$518 R/T -- London from SEA, incl tax
1+ stops on Continental.

US$615 R/T -- London from SEA, incl tax
Non-stop on British Airways.

15% Off -- South America Flights
LAN Airlines flights from San Francisco, LA, NY, and Miami are on sale. Compare prices to see if it's a savings over a single booking from Vancouver. Must be purchased by Dec 31!

$999 -- Beijing Super Deal
Air, 6nts hotel, some meals, sightseeing tours. Departs February 6 or 27. Taxes +$450. Book by Dec 31.

$1119 -- Disney World 7-Day Family Vacation incl. Passes
Valid thru June 27. Stay in Feb/Mar and get a $200 Disney Gift Card. Book by Jan 24. Air extra.

US$1199 -- 4-star Fiji trip: air + 5-nt. stay
Book by Dec 31! Valid for Feb/Mar travel from LA, other cities at additional cost.

$1199 -- Hawaii 10 nt Cruise
Air, 1 night Honolulu and 10 night cruise back to Vancouver.
Depart Vancouver April 27, cruise on Royal Caribbean. Taxes +$398.

50% OFf -- Second Guest at Club Med
Between Feb 14 & Oct 30 at locations from Florida to Bora Bora.

$1369 -- Italy Weeklong Spring Vacation, Plus $200 Credit
Spend a week in Rome, including air from Vancouver. Depart Fridays between May 29 and June 19. Taxes +$302-$367.

US$2000 OFF! -- Viking River Cruises
Select river cruises in Asia and Europe are being offered with 1 of 4 current offers: airfare to China from $199, up to $1000 off per couple, up to $1800 off per couple, or up to $2800 off per couple for past passengers of an ocean cruise. All offers must be booked by Feb 28.

Deals -- CruCon Sail-a-bration
If you're looking for cruise deals, sign up for CruCon's weekly email before Jan 4. For the month of January, which is the biggest month for cruise sales, they will have weekly sales that will only be available to email subscribers.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Dec 24

Stock -- Pay for a Resort Vacation with Devalued Stock
Want compensation for stocks that have tanked? Pay for a top-notch all-inclusive vacation with any of 100 stocks that have devalued this year, based on their July 1, 2008 price! So, if your stock has dropped 50% since July 1, you will get double the value of its current worth to use toward a stay at any of these resorts. Sweet!

$575 - Holguin, Cuba 1 week all-incl vacation (last min)
Departs Vancouver Jan 1. 3.5* resort, $781 w/ taxes.

$517 R/T-- Amsterdam from SEA, incl. Taxes
Jan 8 - Mar 10.

US$617 R/T -- London from SEA, incl taxes
Non-stop flights.

$799 -- London, Air + 6 Nights
Departs May 3.

US$499 -- 14-Night South America Cruise w/US$50 Credit
Jan - Mar.

US$699 -- 14 Day Cruise, Australia & New Zealand
Departs Jan 4, 2009 on Celebrity with very few sea days.

FREE -- One-Day Weekend Car Rentals through March
At Hertz locations in the US. Maximum one free 1-day rental per person per month. No requirement to purchase additional days.

US$512 - 11 day 4* South Pacific Islands Spring Cruise
US$566 with taxes. April 2-13.

US$1779 -- Patagonia Experience: 9-Nights incl. Air
Thru March 31. Includes air from Miami. Flights to Miami from SEA can be found at low prices for many dates.

$3350 -- Kenya Safari including Air & Taxes, Save $1200
Book and pay by Dec 30 or the price goes up by $100.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Follow-Up

Up to 80% Off -- Tickets to shows, sports, theme parks
TravelZoo has rounded up great offers on tickets to Broadway shows, Las Vegas shows, professional sporting events, and more. Events are in various cities across the US.

$2 -- Restaurant $25 Gift Certificates; Additional 80% OFF
Get Restaurant.com gift certificates for 20% of the usual low price! Purchase by Dec 25. Great if you're travelling anywhere in the US, including lots of restaurants in Washington state.

$59 -- San Francisco City Pass
Save almost 50% off the pass that give you admission to many of San Francisco's top attractions. Pass is good for 9 days, starting before March 31.

Weekly Roundup - Dec 19

FREE - TONIGHT: CP Holiday Train, Port Moody, BC
Take in the sounds of a jazz brass band, have some hot chocolate, play a little street hockey, and meet Santa himself. Free, however, donations of food or money are welcome for SHARE Community Services.

$475 -- Las Vegas for New Year's
Air + 4 nights at New York New York, departing Dec 28.

$199 -- London from YVR
Dec 23 - Jan 8. $712 incl tax.

$1 O/W -- Bargain Bus Tickets: Toronto to/from Montreal
Jan 5 - Mar 8. Taxes are $0.13 each way.

US$62/nt - 10 night 4.5* Mexican cruise
$623 before tax. Departs San Diego Feb 3 on Holland America.

US$59/nt - 14 night 4* Central American cruise
Cruise price: US$819 (US$1045 with taxes). Departs Ft Lauderdale April 13 on Celebrity.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

$35 Vegas Package!!!

$35 -- Las Vegas Air & 3nts
This won't last long! The $5 packages are already sold out. 3* hotel stay, departs Vancouver on Jan 8. Taxes are $230.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tuesday Teasers

US$56 R/T -- San Francisco from Bellingham
Allegiant's extra-low fares are back and are available for Las Vegas, Reno, and San Francisco. San Francisco has the most availability, mostly in Dec and Jan.

$527 -- Brentwood Bay Lodge 3 nt Package
Up to 50% off in this auction for a package that retails for $1050! Stay 3 nts north of Victoria in a Deluxe OceanSuite, with breakfast each morning and a 5-course dinner. Includes taxes! I watched 1 auction close today with no bids, so it's likely you can win with close to the starting bid price.

$527 -- Victoria 3 nt Package
Hotel Grand Pacific w/ champagne on arrival, romantic rose petal turndown one evening, and breakfast each morning. Taxes included!

$450 -- Boutique Romance Package in Victoria
This auction for a 3 nt stay at Abigail's Hotel, including champagne, breakfasts, massages, and taxes, is a Dutch Auction. You get 1 chance to bid what you want to pay for the package, and when the auction closes the highest bidder wins at their price. You can't see the other bids, of course, but today's auction closed with the winner paying only $470.

FREE DAY -- Hertz Weekly or Weekend Rental in Canada & US
Get an extra day for free on all car classes at any Hertz location in Canada & the US - airport or off-airport. This offer requires a Priority Club Membership, which is free to sign up for.

FREE -- Kids Sail Free on Disney 3-Nt Cruises
Kids age 12 and under can sail free on most 3-night cruises from January 22 to May 28, 2009, when traveling with two full-fare guests in the same stateroom. Paying full-fare for 2 adults might not be the best price out there, so check out other deals as well.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Dec 11

There are a ton of options this week, which is why I'm a day late with this roundup (sorry). I decided to order the list by price this time. Please let me know if you prefer this or broken up into hotel/airfare/cruise/vacation categories. The increasing prices generally follow these categories anyway.

Cruise Lines Cancel Fuel Surcharges
No more fuel surcharges, on top of hugely discounted fares on all routes for 2009. Search here, here, or here for deals.

$54+ -- WestJet Systemwide Sale; Fly thru Most of '09
Book by Dec 22 from travel Jan thru Oct. These aren't spectacular prices, but they're good enough if you want to lock in now and not worry about it. Think about spring break and summer travel, especially. Air Canada has a matching sale.

US$56 RT -- San Francisco from Bellingham
Mostly Dec and Jan and some even later.

US$60 -- Cirque du Soleil: 50% OFF
Ka, Mystere, and Zumanity half-off thru Feb.

US$69 O/W -- Long Beach, California from SEA
Select dates through February on JetBlue.

US$69 -- Oregon Resort incl. Dinner & Breakfast for 2
After the first night, rate is $49 without dinner. Located outside Eugene, OR.

$75/nt - Save up to $50/nt at Victoria's James Bay Inn
Also get 15% off in the restaurant and gift store. Good thru April.

US$78 RT -- Denver from SEA
Purchase by Dec 12 for travel in Jan.

$79 O/W -- Las Vegas from YVR
Comes to $270 R/T with taxes, valid Jan thru March.

US$79 -- New Orleans Hotel in French Quarter, Half OFF
Sunday-Thursday through Jan. 21; +$30 weekends. Also get half-price parking, free drinks, and an AMEX rewards card.

$99 -- Luxury Victoria Hotel thru March (Reg. $259)
Rate includes free parking. Upgrade to harbour view for only $20-$25 more.

US$107 RT -- New Orleans from SEA
Travel Feb 23 - Mar 7.

$109 -- Downtown Vancouver Hotel w/Upgrade, 40% OFF
Valid Dec. 11 - Jan. 31, including Christmas week and New Years Eve. Book by Jan 2.

US$109 -- San Francisco Four Diamond hotel in Union Sq.
Valid now-March 31, with only a couple of blackout dates.

US$138 RT -- Santa Ana, CA from SEA
Available thru Feb 11.

$139 -- Vancouver Airport Hotel: 2 Weeks FREE Parking
Stay at the nightly rate of $139 and get 2 weeks of free parking while you're off travelling.

$249pp -- Anaheim 3-Night Family Getaway at $400 OFF
Air from YVR + hotel; Disney tickets extra. Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7. ~$356pp with tax.

US$350 R/T -- Anchorage from SEA
For travellers wanting to take a 1-way Alaska cruise but don't like the high price of airfare, jump on this price that's valid until Nov.

$369 - San Francisco, 3 night vacation (incl tax)
Air from Seattle + 3 nts. Jan 12-15 and other dates.

$449+ -- Alaska Cruises, R/T Vancouver
Royal Caribbean on May 16 or 23 ($790 w/ tax)
Holland America on June 3 ($962 w/ tax)
Celebrity on June 21 ($923 w/ tax)

$527 -- Mexico 7-Night Packages, Save $100
Air + all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta on Jan. 24, 31; +$20 Jan. 10, 17. ~$260 for taxes.

$585 --Holguin, Cuba 1 week 3* all-inclusive
$791 with taxes! Travel Jan 08 - 15.

$629 -- San Diego, Kids Fly Free
Air + 4 nts between Jan 8 and Feb 28, $699 in March. Kids 2-11 pay $99. Book by Dec 15. Combo trips with San Diego and Anaheim also available.

$648 -- London 7-Night Holiday, Save $300
Depart YVR January 7, taxes ~$512.

$649 -- Honolulu, Air + 7 nts
Travel Jan 6 - Feb 4 for best price.

$695 --Puerto Vallarta 1 week 4* all-inclusive
$960 with tax for travel in Jan.

US$748 R/T-- Hong Kong from San Francisco, incl. Taxes
Monday-Thursday from Jan. 19 - March 31, even for Chinese New Year! Match this with the $56 fare from Bellingham for a complete trip. Book byDec 19.

US$1199 -- Australia AirPass including the Outback
Normally the Air Pass goes up in price if you want to visit the Red Center (Ayers Rock) or the Northern Territory (Darwin), but right now it's the same price even if you go to these far-away places.

2009 Bargain Destinations
Cheaptickets.com has revealed what it thinks are the best bargain destinations in each month of 2009. Three locations are named for each month, with selections based on hotel price forcasting. The top picks for the next 4 months are New York City (Jan), Italy (Feb), Portland, Maine (March), and Brazil (Apr).

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday Teaser

60% Off -- Beaches Resorts
Up to 60% off PLUS up to 2 nights free. It looks like most of 2009 is covered in this sale.

$2269 -- Mexico's Colonial Jewels
Visits 7 World Heritage Sites. Apr 25 - May 6, includes air, 11 nights hotel, many meals, sightseeing tours & transfers.

US$1750 -- Luxury Tahiti Small-ship Cruise
7 nights on the Paul Gauguin. Departs Papeete, Tahiti on June 27.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunshine Coast Splendour

Winter Savings at A Place by the Sea
Not only is this B&B offering lower winter rates than last year, but BC Ferries is also reducing fares to the Sunshine Coast by 33% for Dec and Jan. You could even get a free stay if you pay with your RBC points instead. A Place by the Sea is listed in the new edition of Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Websaver to Hawaii

$298 RT -- Honolulu from YVR
Part of Air Canada's current Websaver sale. Expires Sunday at midnight EST.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Dec 3

$640 RT -- Paris from SEA, incl tax
Part of Lufthansa's new sale.

US$7+ -- Car Rental Daily Rate
Cheapest rates available: $7.11/Day at LAX for all of Dec & $7.14/Day at LAS (Vegas) for most of Jan.

$129 -- San Diego 4-Diamond Hotel, 55% OFF
Select December-May dates on sale, including dates around Christmas.

$145 -- Las Vegas, Air + 4 nts: last-minute
$375 with taxes. Circus Circus hotel. Dec 14-18.

$147 -- Las Vegas, Air & 3 nts
Dec 11 - $147, Dec 18 - $285.

$299 -- Weeklong Caribbean Cruise w/$110 Credit
Depart Ft Lauderdale on Jan. 24 on the MSC Orchestra. Other dates for slightly more.

$399 -- 7-nt Alaska Cruise, Vancouver-Seattle
Departs May 2 on Norwegian. Plus $328 port and tax.

$479 -- Alaska Cruise, Northbound
Dep Vancouver May 13 on Carnival.

$479 -- Las Vegas Cruise & Stay, 5 nts
Air, 2 night Las Vegas, 3 night cruise and most transfers. Depart Apr 28 on Norwegian, stay at Excalibur in Vegas. Plus $279 port and tax. Book by Dec 5.

$679 RT -- Ireland from SEA, incl. taxes
Sale dates available before and after the holidays.

$898 -- Cuba All-Inclusive Vacation at Brand New Resort
January 14 & 16. $1101 w/ tax.


FREE TIRES -- Big White Ski Holidays
Book a 5 nt, 4 day skiing vacation at Big White or Silver Star for 4 people and get a free set of Nokian winter or all-season tires from Kal-Tire. Potentially an $1800 value! Valid for stays between Dec 19 & 26 or Jan 3 & Mar 28. Book by Dec 15.

$79 -- Lift & Lodging at Big White/Silver Star
Prices start at $75pp/nt for lodging and a 1-day lift ticket. Silver Star starts at $88pp for a family of 4.

$564 -- 5 Nt Air Inclusive Ski Packages
Fly to Kelowna to shorten the winter drive. Air inclusive packages that include 5 nts accommodation and 4 days of lift tickets start at $564pp for a family of 4. Also available at Silver Star from $539. Valid thru April 19, except for blackout periods. And by flying WestJet you can ski for free on the day you fly in.

Sun Peaks Icewine Festival, Jan 12-15

This one's not on sale but book your tickets now if you want to attend any of the festival events. Vacation packages are available. Icewine... chocolate... coffee... food... Mmmmm :)

Save 15% -- Whistler Ski Vacations from Alaska Air
Coming from the US to ski in Whistler? Get 15% off a vacation package between now and April 5. Book by Dec 15.

Kids Free -- Kids Fly, Ski, and Stay Free at Whistler
With a vacation package from LA or San Francisco, kids fly/stay/ski for free on a minimum 3-nt vacation. Travel thru April 5.