Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weekly Roundup - April 29 PM

$99 -- Pemberton Resort: 1-Bedroom Suite at 45% OFF
30 minutes north of Whistler is the beautiful Pemberton Valley. Book by May 10 for stays thru June.

$697 -- Italy 7-Night Vacation incl. Air, Car, & Meals
Price is from Toronto, so add $500 to get yourself to Toronto unless you can find a deal. Still, it's a great price for such an all-inclusive package! Departs May 17 & 24.

US$146 -- LA from Bellingham
Spring and summer travel.

$197 - Spring special in Yoho National Park
Try some place different at the Emerald Lake Lodge, not far from Banff. Valid until May 28.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Weekly Roundup - April 29 AM

50-75% Off -- WestJet Cross-Canada Sale
Vancouver RT to: Calgary $98, Kelowna $78, Ottawa $278, Prince George $98, Yellowknife $218, Honolulu $280, Maui $338.

$799 -- 12-Night Scandinavia & Russia Cruise w/$100 Credit
June 14 from Amsterdam on Celebrity. June 2 for $899.

$75 Amazon Gift Card -- Expedia Hotel Sale this Weekend
Use on May 2-3 to book a 3 night hotel stay and get a $50 gift card, book more than 3 nights and get $75. For stays globally thru July 31.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

$1 for Singapore

$1 -- 1 Nt Stopover in Singapore
Includes hotel, transfers, free admissions, discounts, and boarding pass priviledges. Available to Singapore Airline passengers who book by May 15 for travel thru Sept 30.

$1099 -- Honolulu, Air + 5* Hotel
Departs May 27 - Jun 22. Not a bad price for a luxury trip to Hawaii just before the summer crowds arrive.

$997 -- Paris, Air + Hotel
Air, 7 nights hotel, daily breakfast, Seine River Cruise & transfers. Departs June 25 or July 9 - Aug 13.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Back to the Deals

I'm back from my wonderful trip to New Zealand and Australia and I'm going to get right back to finding you great deals from Vancouver/Seattle.

One thing I learned on this trip is that if you like to travel serendipitously and not book accommodations very far in advance, will definitely be your friend. Last minute discounts (3 months prior, up to the day of check-in) can be substantial. We showed up in Queenstown, NZ without a booking, wandered into the Novotel and asked for the best rate. The clerk at the desk told us that had a much better rate, and since they had free internet use at a computer in the lobby we went over, booked through Wotif, and went back to the counter to check in. I think it's a bit iffy to leave it that late in the day, but you can always find something the day before. Unless there's a big event, like a big rugby game between state rivals in Townsville, Australia for example.

There are lots of specifics about the two countries that I could mention, but I won't do that here. If you want to know anything please leave a comment and I will respond. One thing that's good to know, though, is that the Visitor Information Centres in New Zealand (iSites) are amazing for travellers. The staff at every site is knowledgeable and helpful and can book tours, accommodations, etc for you. We stopped at many iSites to help us decide which sights were worth stopping at on each travel day. In contrast, the info sites in Queensland, Australia are not terribly helpful. They can do all the bookings for you and have maps and pamphlets, but the staff never seemed to know about anything other than their little town or immediate area. Twenty kms down the road was totally foreign to most of them so it was impossible to rely on them to help find tours or accommodation for our next stop along the way.

And now for a couple of deals:

$98 -- Las Vegas from Bellingham
As usual this is on Allegiant, which has various fees. Look for this route to get more competitive as Alaska Airlines has announced they will be flying this route as well.

$198 -- Orlando from SEA
Valid for 330 days. If the economy hasn't hit you hard, plan that vacation to Disney World that you have been thinking of.

$218 -- NY from SEA
Non-stop flights thru Oct 14, except peak summer.