Holy Florida Find!

To quote the Ikea commercial…. “Start the car!!! Start the car!!!” As in, grab this deal and GO!!

Take the 2 kids, for 5 nights in Disney and stay onsite for $500 Canadian per person. (Tickets extra, but you can get those through Air  Miles)

The math behind the deal is the flight price war between Delta and United. With round trip flights from Winnipeg at $330 Canadian (ohhhhh yes!) then paired through Expedia.ca to further discount the hotel, you have a winning combination.

When hunting this bargain, watch your flight times. You don’t want to make the mistake of a 5:15 am return flight or something with a midnight arrival. BUT, if you can grab the Delta flights as shown below, it will be smooth and less stressful flights with the kiddies.

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This return flight will enable you to have a leisurely morning and enjoy a few hours of Florida sunshine before heading to the airport. I would much rather have this flight than a 5am flight where you don’t sleep and just stress the night before.

I have stayed at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, and in fact, it has so much to do, you may never need to venture off the property. Mini golf, tandem bikes, a waterpark and hammocks make it a family resort that I can very highly recommend.

If you want to stay on site at Disney, I’ve stayed at both Port Orleans properties and have enjoyed them thoroughly. But even the budget hotels will have your kids singing and dancing to their favourite Disney tunes.

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Sample here May 8th (Mother’s Day) to May 13th. Glorious flight times with Delta
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5 nights with air at well rated hotels. Under $500pp (canadian) Whoooo (Search May 8-13th)
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Can you imagine staying at Animal Kingdom this cheap? The catch on this deal was lousy flight times & just 3 nights. But still…. Animal Kingdom!

Deals for couples

Air Canada got my attention yesterday with some great deals on caribbean vacations.

I looked further and found that that the fine print excludes children in the discounts. Therefore these excellent deals are for couples, or friends, but not necessarily families or single parents.

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The fine print of the deal

If you search the site, you’ll see numerous packages available from Toronto. If you find something you like, then go to the main search page of Air Canada Vacations and search the same dates with your origin airport of YWG (Winnipeg). You will likely see the same deal, mere dollars more with a Winnipeg – Toronto connecting flight.

Travel dates for this sale are May thru October, but must be purchased by March 27th. You may also get a further discount by redeeming some of your aeroplan points. (26,500 points equals a $250 discount.)

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Sample deal

The best deal…. the one that really got my attention was Aruba. As low as $864 per adult. (Flights, hotel, transfers, taxes, breakfast). I would absolutely love to go to Aruba. And the following 3 hotels are either on or near Eagle Beach.

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Tropicana hotel is well rated by Trip Advisor users who have been there

Eagle Beach in Aruba consistently makes the “best beaches” lists. It is known for its soft white sand.

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Denver – the scene

(I recently wrote about a weekend bargain to Denver. If you’re considering it, I thought you might like to know & see a little more about the city.)

 

Just a few photos to set the scene. This was September 2015 and my son and I had a “guys’ weekend” in Denver for his birthday.

We attended a baseball game. And also a football game. We walked everywhere. Here are just a few photos of Downtown Denver so that you can get more of the picture and see why we felt comfortable in this city and enjoyed it so much.

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The iconic clock tower at 16th Street. A landmark which leads you to fabulous restaurants, bars, shopping and mini golf!
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Free mini golf in downtown Denver, next to the clock tower.
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Mini Union Station on the golf course
Coors Field
Coors Field
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History lesson, street side.
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The real Union Station behind us
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Inside Union Station
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Street art. Bison, I believe they were.
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Rather than a food truck, they had a Boutique truck!
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Fabulous heritage buildings, renovated.
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This jazz man had been playing this corner for a decade. So friendly & fabulous!

 

Save $400 on Denver

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Sun setting in beautiful colorado, at Coors Field.

If you’d like a weekend getaway and would like to see some baseball, may I suggest a trip to Denver?

It’s a city I love, and a trip I took last fall. This is a heck of a bargain and a heck of a good time. With the new Major League Baseball season starting shortly, I thought you might enjoy this bargain coming up for travel late April.

I compared flying from YWG (Winnipeg), or DVL (Devil’s Lake), to DEN (Denver) and I found that departing from Devil’s Lake on April 22nd, will save a couple over $400 on this specific trip.

Comparisons were done on Expedia.ca an both flights are with United Airlines, and paid in Canadian funds, staying at the exact hotel same. Here are the screenshot results.

Winnipeg to Denver on Expedia.ca
Winnipeg to Denver on Expedia.ca
Devil's Lake, North Dakota (where there is FREE airport parking)
Devil’s Lake, North Dakota (where there is FREE airport parking)

I have personally stayed at this Westin and loved it. The rooftop pool was a fabulous place to hang out and enjoy the sunshine. The Westin is about a 10  minute walk from Coors Field, home of the MLB Colorado Rockies.

Rooftop pool at the Westin, with the mountains and NFL Broncos in the background.
Rooftop pool at the Westin, with the mountains and home stadium of the NFL Broncos in the background.

On this particular weekend in April, the Rockies have 3 games against the LA Dodgers.

If you like this deal, do share.

 

Got miles but no plans?

Aeroplan miles can add up nicely if you use one of their points collecting credit cards. But what if you can’t travel right now?

You can definitely redeem your points for other valuable perks, like Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 11.06.27 PM gift cards. Here are just a few samples of what Aeroplan has available you right now.

 

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3 Tips to more travel

Want to travel more, but it never seems to be in the budget? Here are 3 quick tips that can help you get on track to becoming a frequent flyer.

  1. Make a list of all the places you’d like to go. Dream big and list them all! Rather than getting your heart set on one destination, open your heart to a full range of destinations and then take them in whatever bargain order they present themselves.
  2. Enrol in a rewards program and start using it! Collect points whether they be Air Miles, Avion, Aeroplan, or Marriott Rewards. Use points to start subsidizing travel.
  3. Use technology.  APPs like Kayak and Sky Scanner to automate your searches. Each will alert you to price changes and can let you know which are the best dates to travel. Also, participate in travel forums and keep watching local travel blogs.
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    A view of the City of Florence skyline.

    I really wasn’t thinking about a trip to Italy, but when a bargain flight of $583 popped up, I decided to go for it! I spent 8 days in Florence earlier this year and it was an absolutely fantastic time! Being open to new destinations really helps stretch the budget. I want to see the world (affordably) and it really doesn’t matter in what order I do it.