Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Weekly Roundup - June 30

US$297 R/T -- Australia from California
Travel dates: Aug 11-25; Nov 9-24. Taxes ~S$291-US$350. Book by midnight July 1!!!

$350 R/T -- Toronto from YVR, Incl. Tax!
Travel dates: July 2, 6, 9, 13. Book by July 3.

US$25 -- Vegas All-Day Buffets
Pay once, return for all 3 daily meals, or 4, or 5... At 3 MGM properties from only $25.

50% Off - Hawaiian Destination Resorts
Rates start at $137.50 per night. This special offer is valid through September 30, 2009. Large selection of properties on Maui.

$100 OFF -- Bed and Breakfast Bookings
Book any B&B by July 6. Save $50 when you book 2 nights, $75 when you book 3 nights, and $100 when you book 4 or more nights.

US$178 R/T -- Orlando from SEA
Worth the drive to Seattle, given that current prices from YVR are $600 before tax!

US$250 R/T -- Cancun from SEA
This one is two separate deals put together: $98 for SEA-San Francisco, and $152 for San Francisco-Cancun. The Cancun portion is for travel thru November, and the Seattle portion covers much of that. At other times there are still low prices to San Fran from Bellingham. Book by July 7.

US$292 R/T -- Fly to Costa Rica from Detroit, w/Tax
Thru April. This one's only for deal hunters - to keep it cheap you need to match it with a cheap Seattle-Detroit fare, which probably requires 1 or 2 stops.

US$349 - 7 night 5* Alaska Cruise, Save 74%
Aug 22, northbound from Vancouver on Princess.

$647 - Riviera Maya 4* All-Inclusive
Aug 8 from Vancouver. $911 w/ tax.

US$720 -- Caribbean & Central America 10-Nt. Cruise w/Credit
Departs Miami on Jan. 22 on Royal Caribbean; Nov. 20 +$17 (US Thanksgiving). Book by July 6. One of the top-rated big ships in the world.

$770 R/T -- South America from YVR
Lima, Buenos Aires, or Santiago, Chile. Taxes +$70-$130. Aug. 18 - Nov. 30.

50% Off -- Weekend Rentals With Hertz
For pick-up through Sept 30 at airport locations. Applies to Standard and Leisure weekend 2+ nt rentals.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Weekly Roundup - June 24 #2

60% Off!!! -- Intrepid Tours Worldwide
1-day sale on June 30! 60% off trips in July, 30% off August trips, and 15% off every single trip offered by Intrepid. Why not explore somewhere exotic like Peru ($664), Egypt($310), Morocco($588), Turkey($634), Thailand($254), Eastern Europe($692), or Kenya($604) with the small-group tour company that puts you in touch with the local culture?

$119 -- Suite at 4-Diamond Whistler Resort
Reg. $249. Thru Sept.

$119 -- Jasper Hotel, $100 OFF
Thru June, +$20 thru July.

$164 -- California Coast 5* Resort, 50% OFF
Grand Opening special. Weeknights thru Oct. 30 miles from LA. Book by July 10.

US$344 R/T -- Honolulu or Maui from SEA, Incl Tax!

$399 -- Alaska 1-Way Cruises
Depart July 12 for the lowest price on Holland America.

$449 -- Alaska 1-Way Cruises
Depart July 3 or Aug 23 for the lowest price on Celebrity.

US$649 -- Cruise Mexico in Balcony Cabin w/$200 Credit
Departs from LA on Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 on Royal Caribbean. Book by June 26.

$698 -- 7 Nt Riviera Nayarit 4.5* All-Inclusive
+$263 tax. Depart Vancouver July 26.

$717 -- 7 Nt Mazatlan 5* All-Inclusive
+$263 tax. Depart Vancouver July 26.

$799 -- 7 Nt Northern Europe Cruise
Taxes are less than $50! Depart Copenhagen on Aug 30 on Costa.

$854 -- Fly to Fiji from Vancouver, Roundtrip
Select dates in July through December. $1246 incl. tax.

$899 -- Paris, Air + 6 Nts
Aug 5, 12. +$326 tax.

$899 -- Rome, Air + 6 Nts
Aug 7, 21. +$381 tax.

$1049 -- London, Air + 6 Nts
Aug 2, 7, 16, 18, 23. +$471 tax.

Weekly Roundup - June 24

$0.60 -- Cancun from Ft Lauderdale on Spirit
Select July dates. Very few seats at this price, more at higher but still crazy low prices.

US$49/nt -- Cozumel Dive Resort, Incl Tax, 50% off
Cheap for a couple, or even better for a family of four... $13 per person! Valid now-September 24 with a 4-night minimum.

US$150 R/T -- Denver from SEA, Incl Tax
Available August thru mid-January. Purchase by June 30.

US$178 R/T -- Orlando from SEA
Aug 26 - Nov 11.

US$189/wk -- North American Resort Rentals, 2 Day Sale!
Orlando, Whistler, Bahamas... Works out to as little as $27/nt per room! Book by June 25 for select stays Oct 30-Dec 20.

US$279 - 6 night B.C. & U.S. West Coast cruise
Depart Sept 20 on Norwegian. $432 w/ tax.

US$499 -- 1-way Alaska Cruise
$100 shipboard credit brings the real cost down to $399! Aug 14 or 21 on Royal Caribbean.

US$499 -- 7-Nt Caribbean Cruises
$100 shipboard credit brings this one down to $399, too! Select departures with Royal Caribbean.

US$569/2 -- 3 Nt St Lucia Luxury Cottage Stay
Price is for TWO people, taxes and extras included. Just add flights. 5 nt pkg at auction from $598 for two people, incl tax!

US$589/2 -- 4 Nt Luxury Retreat on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Price is for TWO people, taxes and extras included. Current auction price, auction closes in 2 days.

US$1350 -- 1 Week Australia Vacation from YVR, Incl Tax!
$1158 for hostels, or ~$1350 for a 3.5 or 4* hotel in Sydney. Same price as Seattle departures, and only $200 more than LA departures! My search dates were July 11-19, via Travelocity. Prices are down in general so chances are you'll find a good deal whenever you want to go.

US$2206/4 -- 1 Week Cabo San Lucas Luxury for 4
Price is for FOUR people in a 2 BR, 2 BA suite with private jacuzzi and full kitchen, taxes and extras included. Auction closes Saturday morning.

Travel By Bus

If you travel alone or in pairs, consider leaving the car at home so you can relax while someone else drives, probably save some money, and be kinder to the environment.

$66 -- Whistler R/T Bus & Gondola Pkg
Includes R/T Greyhound bus ticket and a gondola sightseeing pass ($40 value). Mountain Bike pkgs also offered.

$39 R/T -- Whistler, Bus Only
Greyhound bus between Vancouver and Whistler w/ advance purchase. Be sure to reserve your seat so you don't have to line up early just to get on the bus. Greyhound regular tickets are really just vouchers and don't guarantee your seat on a specific bus, it's first-come-first-served unless you pay an extra $5 for a reservation. Trip takes 2.5 hours from Vancouver's bus terminal to Whistler Village.

$98 R/T -- Whistler Shuttle from Vancouver
Alternatively, Pacific Coach Lines and Perimeter Bus also provide bus service between Vancouver (airport and downtown) and Whistler. Door-to-door service for hotels in both cities, which Greyhound doesn't provide, but it costs more than twice as much for the service. Same basic trip time as Greyhound (2.5 hours, city to city) but could be longer with lots of stops.

$75 R/T -- Seattle Bus Connection
4 departures daily from Vancouver and Seattle train stations, with designated pick-up and drop-off points in between. Schedules allow for trips in as little as 3 hours and 5 minutes, dependent on border traffic.

$74 R/T -- Seattle Bus Quick Shuttle
5-hour trip from Vancouver to downtown Seattle, but also offers stops at Bellingham airport ($49 R/T), Tulalip outlet mall and casino, and the Seattle airport ($99 R/T). Wifi available on most coaches.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday Sensations

US$139 -- W Hotel Seattle
Most weekends from now to October, including some holidays. Upgrade for only $10!

Kids Fly Free -- Anaheim and/or San Diego Vacations
Kids 11 years + under. Book by July 15. From $649/adult for air + 3nts. Pkgs for 3, 4, and 7 nts. Add Disneyland Park hopper 5-day passes for the price of 3: adults $199, kids (3-9) $179.

$589 -- 1 Week Puerto Vallarta 4* All-Incl
Depart June 28.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Fun

Free -- Entry to US National Parks on Select Weekends
June 20, July 18, and Aug 15 are fee-free at 100 US parks (save up to $25). The closest ones are Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks. All major parks are included: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Hawaii Volcanoes, Glacier, etc.

US$178 R/T -- Orlando from SEA
August 26 -November 11.

US$196 R/T -- Ft Lauderdale from SEA
Travel thru 5/13/10.

$199 R/T -- Munich from YVR
+$300 tax. June 24.

$299 R/T -- Frankfurt from YVR
+$313 tax. July 5.

$354 R/T -- Cancun from YVR
$493 w/ tax. July 15 - 22, 2009

US$372 R/T -- San Juan, PR from SEA, Incl Tax!!!
Fall travel.

$399 R/T -- London from YVR
+$456 tax. July 4.

$449 R/T -- Paris from YVR
+$407 tax. July 5.

$499 R/T -- Amsterdam from YVR
+$357 tax. July 8.

$599 R/T -- Rome from YVR
+$367 tax. Aug 7.

$762 -- Montreal Jazz Festival Vacation, Incl Tax
July 5-8

25% Off -- Gap Adventure Tours, Last-Minute
Discounts available for tours to Ethiopia, South-east Asia, Central America, Russia, Mediterranean, Egypt, and South America, including one volunteer vacation. July and August departures.

6x Miles -- Aeroplan Bonus at Hyatt Hotels
Earn 6x Aeroplan Miles on 2+ consecutive night stays at Hyatt. 3000 miles/stay.

2-for-1 -- European River Cruises with Uniworld
Book by June 30th and take advantage of several sales offered by Uniworld on luxurious and inclusive river cruises. Offers include: 2-for-1, kids pay half price, no single supplement, save $1000 if paid in full. Book now for 2010 and save $600, or pay in full to save $1000.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weekly Roundup - June 17

$89 -- Whistler Hotel, Midweek
Whistler Pinnacle, thru Sept 26. Book by June 26. Weekends +$10.

$89-$99 -- Whistler 'Suite' Hotel Deals
More deals for midweek stays thru Sept. Weekends may be discounted as well.

$90 -- Hotel Near West Edmonton Mall at 45% OFF
Thru July 24.

$99 -- Niagara Falls Package incl. Meals & Show Tickets
Weeknights thru June, +$30 July. Friday night surcharge. Hotel for the night, plus $45 for dinner at the Keg or other restaurants, breakfast for 2, and up to 4 tickets to a magic show.

$109 R/T -- Whistler Mountaineer, Reg. $199!
BC residents are offered a much reduced rate on this beautiful train ride to Whistler from now until Oct 6. Book by June 30. The Glacier Dome experience (nicer rail car, nicer meals) is also $100 off, at $199. Child prices: $69/$149.

$109 -- Downtown Toronto Hotel, Save 40%
Thru Sept 10 at the Hilton.

$115 -- Okanagan Resort: 1-Bedroom Suites at 50% OFF
Valid on weekdays through Sept. 13, book by June 30. Weekend stays +$30/nt; 2-bedroom suites are also reduced by 50%.

$195 RT -- Germany from YVR, $500 Incl Tax!
Select June departures.

$349 -- 7 Nt Alaska Cruises, 1-Way
Depart June 26 or 28 for lowest price on Holland America. All summer sailings on sale thru Friday. 3rd and 4th passenger rates range as low as free or $129.

$547 -- Riviera Nayarit, 1 Week All-Inclusive
Depart July 12 or 26. Taxes are approximately $270.

$665 -- PEI Summer Vacation: 5 Nights w/Attractions (for 4)
June 20-Sept 7.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Mayhem

Free -- Hotel Stay From Holiday Inn
Stay any 2 nights before July 3, get a free night between July 3 and Dec 26. Can be at any InterContinental hotel brand, must join Priority Club Rewards before first stay.

US$300pp -- 7 Nt Villa Rental in Tuscany, Incl Tax
1 week for 4 travellers in a luxury villa including a case of wine, winery tour, driving range and soccer field. Available thru Aug of NEXT year! Auction ends Wednesday morning.

US$552pp -- 5 Nt All-Inclusive Austrian Luxury, Incl Tax
Mountain lodge, member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Auction ends mid-day Thursday.

US$749 -- 14 Nt R/T Alaska Cruise
Northbound and southbound cruises together, $55/nt and no airfare to add on! Two chances for great weather at each site, and a big, nice ship to keep you occupied and well-fed. Departs Vancouver on Aug 8 on Princess.

US$1599 -- 15 Nt Asia Cruise
Departs Hong Kong on June 20 on Costa. Oceanview +$200.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday Sensations

$449 -- Las Vegas Cruise & Stay, 5 Nts
Air, 2 night cruise, 3 night Las Vegas and transfers. Departs Sept 21 on Princess. +$190 tax. BOOK BY JUNE 16!

$499 -- Anaheim Cruise & Stay, 5 Nts
Air, 2 night cruise, 3 night Anaheim and transfers. Departs Sept 21 on Princess. +$220 tax. BOOK BY JUNE 16!

$599 -- 5* Mazatlan 1-Week All-Inclusive
Air & 7 nights in a brand new beachfront all-inclusive resort. Free upgrade to ocean view room. Aug 2 - Sept 13. $619 July 12-26.

US$369 -- Alaska 7-Nt Cruise
Celebrity sailings, depart June 5, 19, July 3, 17, 31.

$1049/adult -- 4 Nt Anaheim & San Diego
Kids (age 2-11) Fly Free! Air, 4 nights Anaheim, 3 nights San Diego, Surfliner train tickets & airport transfers. July 8 - Sept 23. Book by July 15. Add Disneyland Park hopper, 5 days for the price of 3 - Adults $199, kids (3-9) $179.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Amazing Worldwide Fare Sales

US$720 -- Australia As Cheap As Europe!!!
Australia from SEA, INCLUDING TAX! Available thru mid-December, prices fluctuate for each departure day. (For inspiration, see my photos of Australia and New Zealand in the slideshow on the left.)

US$579-$879 -- Singapore Airlines Flight Sale, INCL TAX!
Book by June 28 for travel July 1 - Nov 30. Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Europe, and Australia from LA/San Fran for well under $1000 on the world's top airline. Add in even a $300 ticket from Vancouver and you've still got GREAT fares. Tokyo is cheap from Vancouver right now, so look at destinations such as Bangkok, Manila, India, and Australia (especially Perth!) for the biggest savings.

$349 Alaska Cruise THIS WEEKEND

One-way Alaska cruises on Holland America are priced at $349 Canadian Dollars for departures on June 12 and 14. That's half the price of R/T cruises and you get to see more. With airfare it probably works out about the same. This is a great opportunity for anyone who can take off next week!

Weekly Roundup - June 10

Some Toronto deals to start with since there are lots of trips to Toronto in the works from what I hear.

$24 -- See 'Jersey Boys’ in Toronto, Save 60%
June 11 - July 4, except Saturday nights.

$70 -- Niagara Falls Package w/Meal & Passes
Weeknights thru June, +$30 in July/August. Attractions passes are worth $250!

$99 -- Downtown Toronto 4-Diamond Hotel (Reg. $229)
June 19 - July 26. Fun festivals during these dates add to the fun.

-US$400 -- Free Debit Card w/ 5-Day Barbados Vacations
Book a 5 nt stay in Barbados with an Air Canada flight and get a debit card worth $400 (per couple) to use on the island. Book by June 30 for travel July 1 - Aug 15.

$158 pp/nt - Historic Sunshine Coast Hotel w/ Cruise
1-nt hotel plus dinner cruise at the Historic Lund Hotel.

$215 -- Las Vegas 3-Night Package, Save $140
Depart Sept. 17 and stay at Circus Circus ($215), Monte Carlo ($295), Mandalay Bay ($395). Taxes +$230. Other hotels also available.

US$507 -- Mediterranean 8-Night Cruise, Incl Tax
Departs Barcelona on Oct 9 or 25 on MSC.

US$538 -- Shannon, Ireland from SEA
July 2 - Aug 29

$735 -- Mexico All-Inclusive, Kids Stay & Eat FREE
1 week, Riviera Maya. July 4 to Aug. 29. Kids under 12 pay $195 for airfare, plus taxes. Taxes approx. $275.

US$799 -- 12 night 5* Norwegian Fjords cruise: save 66%
Depart London on July 7 on the 5* Crown Princess. US$829 with taxes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday Teaser

FREE -- Companion Cruises for Free in Europe
Book an AMA Waterways European river cruise by June 13 and your companion cruises for free. 12-21 day sailings priced from $2509. The cruises include shore excursions, outside rooms, and beverages.

US$56 RT -- Las Vegas from Bellingham
Spring and summer travel.

US$116 RT -- LA from Bellingham
Summer and fall travel.

US$420 RT -- Honolulu from Bellingham, incl tax
Travel July 02 - October 30

$400 RT -- Tokyo from YVR, incl tax
Depart by June 30, return by July 30.

US$357 -- Guanajuato, Mexico Boutique Hotel Pkg
3-nt stay, dinner for two, wine, and breakfasts. 50% off at spa. Auction ends Wednesday @ 4pm PDT.

$799 -- 10 Day Australia/New Zealand SuperSpecial
Air from LA to Auckland and Sydney, and 7 nts hotel. Purchase by June 16 for travel Jul 25 - Dec 15.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekly Roundup - June 3

Everything under $1000!

US$378 RT -- Honolulu from Bellingham
Travel July 03 - Sept 30, purchase TONIGHT!

$36 -- Orlando Hotel near Disney w/Breakfast
Thru August.

$83pp/pn -- 2 Night Victoria w/ Attractions
4* hotel and tickets to Butchart Gardens & Museum, for stays in June.

US$76 RT -- Oakland from Bellingham
Summer travel.

US$96 RT -- Las Vegas from Bellingham
Summer travel.

US$116 RT -- Los Angeles from Bellingham
Late summer - fall travel.

US$129 -- Maui Beachfront Condo Resort at Half OFF
Aug. 24 - Dec. 21, book by June 12.

US$136 RT -- San Diego from Bellingham
Summer travel.

US$196 RT -- Ft Lauderdale, FL from SEA
Travel thru April, 2010.

US$249 -- Western Caribbean 5-Night Cruise
Aug. 27 & 31; from +$30 July & other Aug. dates

US$361 RT -- San Juan, PR from SEA
Fall travel, including taxes. This is quite an amazing price to the southern Caribbean cruises.

$539 -- Alaska 7-Night Cruise RT Vancouver
Peak August dates on Norwegian.

$596 RT -- Paris from YVR, incl tax
June 11 - 18 or 19.

$784 -- Cancun 4.5* 7 Nt Vacation Package
+$279 tax. Depart June 13.