If you’re an avid Air Miles collector you’re likely already aware of this promotion. If you’re not, there is still time to get it done. The promo ends April 25. If you use 5 offers from different Air Miles partners you get 1000 bonus miles. Using 3 offers gets you 300 miles. The coupons can be found in booklets available at stores or online. (Be sure to check the online version because there are a few that are not included in the booklet) This is a really great opportunity to add to your Air Miles balance. The next best promo is “Shop The Block” in November/December. Here are a few thoughts on why and how to jump on this promotion. [Read more…]
After an extended hiatus, I’m going to fire this thing up again. I originally decided to start this blog as a place to put budget travel information that might be of use to someone. That will still be the goal.
I have a lot of great memories from past trips. They are a valuable gift and spur me to create more. Unfortunately, travel is often quite expensive and it can be a time-consuming endeavour to research how to best arrange an affordable and enjoyable trip. I hope to provide some tips and info to help get excellent value for your money or points.
I am also going to try to learn how to give this blog a more polished appearance. Figuring out a complicated Aeroplan itinerary or finding the right accommodation to stay for a week – that’s fun. Figuring out computer stuff – not fun at all. But I will try my best. Any suggestions in that regard are most welcome.
It’s now September but there is still time to plan a nice trip somewhere this Autumn. The airfares to Europe this year are the lowest I have seen since I started paying attention several years ago. If you’re contemplating a trip across the pond this is a great time to go. Here are a few examples of fares currently available for travel in the next couple of months. Some are available on later dates as well. If you’ve got time to visit more than one location take a look at open-jaw fares. [Read more…]
The loyalty program for the Choice Hotels chain is back with its usual promo – stay twice, get 8000 points and you can earn the bonus an unlimited number of times. It’s straightforward but favours those who tend to stay single nights. It would be great on a long road trip. There are a lot of Choice hotels in the Maritimes. They include brands such as Quality Inn and Comfort Inn among others. See the list here. If you think you might be staying twice at a Choice hotel during this period you should register for this promotion. [Read more…]
Air Canada has dropped the fare to New York’s LaGuardia airport from everywhere in the Maritimes from now into December. Air Canada’s Special Offers page says this is the last day for booking the sale fare. The lowest I found was from Fredericton to New York (LGA) at $307 on some dates but there are many in the $320-$340 range. I see there are similar low fares on WestJet, and on Porter from Moncton and Halifax to Newark. All have connections. The non-stop on United from Halifax to Newark has not matched. The Delta flight to JFK that ends October 1st hasn’t either. But a cheap airfare to New York is just one piece of the puzzle. You also need reasonably priced accommodation and Autumn is a popular time in NYC. However, if you choose your dates carefully, it’s still possible to get a deal. Here’s an example. [Read more…]
We’re still in the middle of 2016 but it’s not too early to be on the lookout for good deals for next year. There are various opinions about when is the best time to book airfare. However, the best time is simply when you see a great price. If you’re planning on taking a trip next year but you’re not ready to book flights, it’s wise to start monitoring fares now so you can recognize a drop when it happens. Here are a few good sample 2017 fares I have come across recently. (Note – many of these are available on various dates in 2016 as well). [Read more…]
There is a new promotion on the Air Miles site with some special offers from Air Miles sponsors and an instant win contest – it’s called Air Miles Prize Pool. Also, if you check the Travel Specials section you’ll see discounts of 10% and 20% for Gold and Onyx members on Air Canada flights to select destinations for travel within certain dates. For a while these specials were MIA so it’s nice to see one back. Hopefully a discount on WestJet flights will reappear soon as well.
Although I did not receive an email about it, it seems WestJet has also just released a promo code with very similar booking terms to the Porter discount (though it says book by August 26 9:59 MT) The sample WestJet fare I used from Halifax to St. John’s now matches Porter’s at $230. I took a quick look at some fares – here are a few examples. [Read more…]
If you’re always on the lookout for a cheap airfare it’s a good idea to sign up for the Airlines’ email updates. However, like many online merchants, if they send too many emails touting sales, one becomes a bit desensitized. At least I do. So today I decided to check out the Porter discount email to see how much savings were possible and what conditions applied. [Read more…]
The link to the next IHG promotion is now active. This is a targeted promotion so each IHG member will receive a different set of tasks to complete. To some degree they will reflect your previous stay pattern but they can be quite different for each individual. Some people will get an easy set of tasks and others will get a difficult set. It’s certainly worth checking to see if yours line up with any Autumn travel you have planned. And it’s a good idea to register just in case you have an unexpected hotel night so you can get some extra points. Below are my offers along with a few tips and reminders. [Read more…]