Non-stop Orlando Bargain

Christmas Holidays can be overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be a great treat to book yourself a little getaway just as soon as the New Year’s shoes are packed away and the Christmas Tree has hit the compost pile?

How about Florida? Sunwing as an outstanding deal for non-stop flights, Winnipeg to Orlando. $299 taxes included, January 7th to 14th, 2017.

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Available as of Nov 20th. Prices and availability subject to change

 

Pair this flight with a gem of a deal, in any one of the Marriott hotels in the Kissimmee/Seaworld/Disney area. Take your pick between luxury golf resorts, to family friendly residence hotels. They are offering 20% off best rates available, PLUS $25 daily resort credit. Valid thru end of March 2017.

And if your Orlando trip includes Disney World, make sure to pick up your park passes at the Disney site, or at your local CAA office. Each are offering passes at 25% off for Canadians.

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Hotwire: Saskatoon

Roadtrip is not my first choice for travel adventure, but this time, I have personal reasons for making the trek.

Our first stop would be Saskatoon Saskatchewan. It’s my first time in the city and I won’t have time to explore. It’s simply a bed, breakfast and gas stop.

I was very surprised to learn that on a Tuesday night, the going rate for hotels was $170. Whether I checked Expedia.ca, Trivago.ca or the hotel sites themselves…. nothing for under $170. Best Western, Mainstay, 4Points, Courtyard, Holiday Inn… I checked them all.

So, we waited to the last minute to book something. And went with Hotwire.ca

We chose a 2.5star hotel, in the north side of Saskatoon, at $106 per night. Included free parking, free breakfast, WIFI and had guest laundry. As per Hotwire, it had a 95% approval rating. So, that was good enough for me.

We got the Country Inn and Suites. It’s right next to the Sandman Hotel and has a Denny’s restaurant adjacent.

Check-in was smooth, free coffee in the lobby. Rooms were big, the bedroom was separate from the sitting room which boasted a pullout couch, wet bar and microwave. Though the decor was dated, and the room bothered my allergies (probably the carpet) it was absolutely fine. Actually, for $106, it was great!

We went next door to Denny’s for dinner. It was as anticipated, mediocre. Factory prepared food, assembled and microwaved on location. But, I will say that the server, Jenn, was really great. She did her job well and we left her a large grat.

The breakfast at the Country Inn & Suites was actually fabulous! Cereal, 4 types of juice, bagels, muffins, waffles, Canadian bacon, omelettes and more. I was surprised and very impressed with the actual fruit (looked like thawed frozen berry mix) and the actual dairy whipped cream for the waffles. I’m really fussy and won’t ever eat cool-whip or the like. Two thumbs up for the top quality food and selection at the breakfast room.

So, a good day. Decent pit stop. My son would give the hotel/Denny’s a slightly higher rating though… as he found 4 different Pokemon characters in the parking lots here and two more in the lobby of the Country Inn.  That made him very happy.