How’s this for a nice deal?
How’s this for a nice deal?
Competition is a good thing and Canadians are now enjoying lower everyday fares on (at least) a few routes.
Thanks to Flair Airlines and now (Westjet’s new discount carrier) Swoop, you can typically fly to these cities, from Winnipeg for under $300, return, all taxes in. While you will find discount fares with the new airlines, Westjet and Air Canada have also lowered their typical fares on these routes.
These are sale prices, which pop up a couple times a month. I consider them “target prices” or what I would be happy to book at. These sale fares have become the norm.
However, holidays and high-demand dates will always be at a higher fare.
The new Canadian discount airline, Swoop, can be found online at www.flyswoop.com
There’s a great site called Tripcentral.ca. They have a chart that can show you the lowest prices based on dates. Using this, I often clue into the destinations in my price range. For example:
From this point I chose the Turks and Caicos. (For me, it would be a repeat destination.) I’ve been there twice and absolutely love it. It’s first world caribbean and very safe, casual and beautiful. I wish for the Turks when I’m exhausted and just want sunshine, in a laid back and relaxed tropical paradise.
So, once you click on the destination of your choice, you will see then next chart. I quickly spy the best price in April. I see it’s at a 4 star hotel with a great reputation. In March that same hotel package will cost you twice the price.
Clicking on the $1753 it takes you to a new chart which shows you the specific dates, plus the package carrier. I see that the deal is a Wednesday to Wednesday vacation, by Westjet.
So, with three clicks, you can hone in on the best price and lowest priced dates. At 40% less than the same hotel, same airline, in March I consider this a bargain. Thank you Trip Central.
If all you need is a direct flight to the sun, book Westjet now. Leaving Friday, January 26th on a direct flight from Winnipeg, to Palm Springs California, and returning (also on a nonstop flight) Friday February 2nd will cost you $373. Taxes included. If you can’t get the Friday off work, leave Saturday the 27th. The nonstop flight is exactly the same price.
To pair it with a hotel, you have a variety of choices for your budget. Here’s a sample of what Expedia has to offer. 2 adults, 2 flights, 1 room. (Priced 6 nights, Saturday to Friday.)
It might be old news to you, but I’m just learning about the new Air Miles reward certificates that can be used for package vacations with almost every popular, main stream supplier.
For each $100 certificate you will need 909 Air Miles. Frankly, in my opinion this isn’t the best redemption rate. HOWEVER, I’m going to think of it this way…. if $300 is the difference in what I what I feel is a good hotel package, and what I feel is a “splurge” package, then I would definitely use my Air Miles to pay the difference.
For example, it my budget dictates “Holiday Inn” but I’d be thrilled with “Four Seasons Resort” then why not use the Air Miles to cover what my budget would not? Be thrilled with the supplement to the vacation, rather than stress about trying to save enough Air Miles to cover the whole vacation.
I stumbled upon this little Westjet Promotion. They will give one person in your travel party upgraded status for a year. So, if you’re going to book a holiday anyways, register for this promotion and enjoy a year of perks.
Here’s the promotion link.