Saturday, March 21, 2009

Desktraveler on Vacation

Sorry folks, after all this posting about travel deals I'm going to leave on an adventure of my own. I won't be posting anything for the next 5 weeks. Watch for posts to resume after April 25. In the meantime, check for deals on the sites that I link to almost every week and you'll be guaranteed to find something good.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Weekly Roundup - March 20

Free -- Upgrade at Whistler Hotels with VISA

$1 -- US Motorhome Rentals, Per Day!!
Relocation specials from LA to Las Vegas or San Francisco. Specific dates until the end of March. Some include gas money, others allow extra days at $1/day.

$50 -- 4-Diamond Las Vegas Resort on The Strip
Paris, thru July. Weekends $75-100. Book by Mar 25.

$101 -- Historic Harbourfront Victoria Hotel (Reg. $399)
Thru July, book by March 24.

$95 -- Upscale Calgary Hotel at Half OFF
Weekends thru April. Book by March 28.

There continue to be great prices on cruises, some packages to Europe, and packages to the Caribbean.

When booking a trip that includes flight and hotel and even a rental car, try a site like Travelocity that shows package prices. Choose your flight and then it will list all the hotel choices with a package rate. In one recent case, the air+hotel was priced at less than half of the airfare alone!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday Teasers

$679 -- Mazatlan, Air + 7 Nights, incl tax
European plan (not all-inclusive) 4.5* beachfront resort. Departs May 10, 17, 24 & 31.

US$403 -- New York from YVR, incl tax
Non-stop flights into and out of Newark. April 7-13. Possibly other dates as well.

$529 -- Alaska Cruise RT Vancouver
Departs Sept 9 on Carnival. Includes port fees, but taxes are extra.

$698 -- Honolulu, Air + 7 Nights
Apr 22-29 in a 3* hotel.

$699 -- Bangkok from YVR
Taxes ~$590, making this total $1289 for departures between March 24 and April 10. I think this is still a decent price, but you be the judge.

$799 -- Mayan Riviera 5* All-Inclusive
Air and 7 nights, departs March 28. Taxes ~$260.

$1049 -- Delhi from YVR
Again, I think this is a decent price, but taxes are additional. Valid Apr 22 - May 5.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday Thrills

Layoff Protection
Several companies and travel agents are offering insurance against losing your job. If the unfortunate happens before your trip you can get a full refund. Of course, if you buy trip cancellation insurance you will almost always be covered for this possibility.

Layoff Pricing
Special prices are sometimes available to those who have recently been laid off. Intrepid Travel offers 15% off any of their tours. The Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont is giving away six two-night getaways to unemployed workers during its Pink Slip Getaway Giveaway.

US$8 -- Las Vegas Restaurant Specials
Prime rib and shrimp dinner for $8. $2 hot dog and beer. If you want to eat cheap in Vegas check here before you go!

$69+ -- Pacific Coast Cruises
1-4 nt cruises involving either Vancouver or Seattle or both. Depart between Apr 24 and May 14 on Holland America.

US$326 RT -- Hawaii from SEA, last minute
Travel between March 9-13. Fly from Bellingham for $448.

US$449 -- 7 nt Western Mediterranean Cruise
Departs Rome on Oct 4 on Royal Caribbean.

US$999 -- Paris, Air + 7 nts
Departs June 4, 11, 18.

WestJet Sale - Today Only!

Choose Vancouver departures on the sale page for these deals...

$344 RT -- Toronto from YVR, incl tax!

$207 RT -- Las Vegas from YVR, incl tax!
This one is hard to find at the lowest price. Travel on select days on evening flights.

$69 OW -- Calgary from YVR
$49 OW -- Kelowna from YVR
$99 OW -- Cabo San Lucas from YVR

For travel thru April, Tues and Wed for absolute cheapest prices.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weekly Roundup - March 11

$84pp/pn -- 4* Package at Sunshine Coast Lodge
Romance package at Bonniebrook Lodge in Gibsons includes 4 course dinner, champagne, and breakfast. Price includes taxes and gratuities!

$89 -- Okanagan Valley Resort incl. $25 Credit, Save 50%
Discounted thru April 15. Located in Summerland.

$89 -- Vancouver Studio Suite at 55% OFF
Valid thru May, includes full hot breakfast. Full kitchen and high-speed internet in all suites.

US$59 - Vegas Spring Break Escape at the 4* Monte Carlo
Includes 2-for-1 buffet, appies, and cocktails thru April 12.

US$364 -- Alaska 7-Night Cruise, RT Vancouver
May departures on Norwegian.

$446 -- 11 Nt Transatlantic Cruise, Oceanview!
Departs Miami April 17 on Norwegian.

US$479 -- Weeklong Mexican Riviera Cruise
Brand new Carnival ship, departs Long Beach, CA on May 3. Book by March 13!

US$499 -- 12 Nt Transatlantic Cruise
Departs Puerto Rico on April 18 on Celebrity.

US$599 -- 8 night 4* Central American cruise
Departs Ft. Lauderdale on May 9 on Carnival. US$650 with taxes.

$1193 RT -- Fly to Singapore, incl. Tax
Fly on 5* Singapore Airlines thru April 25.

$1286 -- 18 Nt South America Cruise, Balcony!
Departs Valparaiso, Chile April 12 on Norwegian. Ends in LA.

$2098 RT-- Fly Premium Economy Down Under, Save $1500
For those who like more comfort than economy class, travel is valid June 12-Jan 31 and INCLUDES TAX. Sale ends Friday, March 13!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Today's Best Airfare Deals

Another Allegiant Sale. Taxes on these flights can be as low as $17!

US$36 RT -- Reno from Bellingham

US$56 RT -- Las Vegas from Bellingham

US$156 RT -- Los Angeles from Bellingham

US$176 RT -- San Diego from Bellingham

US$205 -- Orlando from SEA
Travel any day until 330 days from now.

US$509 RT -- London from SEA, incl tax
Travel by May 24.

US$798 RT -- Tokyo from SEA, incl tax
Depart by April 30.

Blissful Bali & Sunny South America

$1299 -- Air + 12 nts 4.5* Beachfront Resort
Daily breakfast, 90 minute massage, 5 sightseeing tours & transfers. Departs March 27, April 3 and May 8.

US$1999 - Air + 15 nt. S. America & Panama Canal
Fly Vancouver return, and sail from Ft Lauderdale down to Chile. Departs Dec 5 on Celebrity. Book by March 13.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Alaska Cruise $279!!

$279 -- 7 nt Alaska Cruise, RT Vancouver
Depart May 16 on Holland America. +$365 tax.

$399 RT -- Frankfurt from YVR
Depart May 9, 16, rtn May 20, 24, 27. +$100: depart May 19 rtn May 27, June 3.

$499 RT -- Munich from YVR
Depart June 3 or 10, rtn June 11, 18, 25.

$499 RT -- Amsterdam from YVR
Depart June 3, rtn June 11. +$100: depart May 8, 15, 22 rtn May 16 - 30.

$449 -- 7nts Los Cabos 4* All-Inclusive
Air & 7 nights, departs March 8. Not beachfront.

$699 -- Honolulu, Air + 7 nts
2.5* departs April 3 - 8. 3* departs April 15 - 22. 4*, +$200, departs Apr 20 - 23.