Barry Choi: How to find fall and winter travel deals to book now and enjoy later

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Start saving on your winter travel now

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Most people have had to put travel plans on hold for the past few years. As COVID-19 restrictions loosen for most countries, Canadian airports have witnessed a surge of would-be passengers. The return to some kind of normalcy has not been a smooth one, with delays being commonplace as airports deal with high demand and staff shortgages. However, news of delays hasn’t dulled the desire to travel again.

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For those planning winter trips, the best time to book is three to four months before the trip.

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Now is the perfect time to consider your options since travel deals are to be had all across the globe.

Air Canada Vacations sale on now

When you buy one seven-night vacation package, you’ll get the second one at up to 50 per cent off with Air Canada Vacations. The booking window is from now until Oct. 4, 2022, for travel between Jan. 2 and Apr. 30, 2023. Available destinations include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Hawaii. The discount applies to the base fare of the package and excludes surcharges, taxes, and fees.

See Santa Barbara when it’s on sale

Multiple hotels in Santa Barbara, Calif. are offering the third night free when you book two nights. Some participating properties include the Harbor View Inn, Rosewood Miramar, and the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. You must book by Nov. 30, 2022, to take advantage of the deal. Available travel dates include most of 2022, but some hotels have dates available into 2023. While you’re in town, be sure to check out some free local attractions such as the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and the streets of the Funk Zone.

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Beautiful Belize

The Victoria House Resort & Spa in Belize has multiple offers available right now. When you book five nights, you’ll get the sixth night free. They also have a Petite Dive Escape package that includes five nights of accommodations, breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, two full days of diving, taxes and gratuities. Both deals are valid for travel until Dec. 20, 2022, but exclude the week of Nov. 20 to 27. If you’re planning to travel in 2023, the Portofino Beach Resort has 35, 40, and 45 per cent off stays of three, five, and seven nights respectively, for travel between Jan. 15 to Dec. 19, 2023.

Southern California savings

Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park located in Buena Park, Calif. is a hidden gem that needs to be on your radar. From now until the end of October, Knott’s has several “Stay and Scare” packages that include accommodations, park admission, dining, and more. They also have classic packages if you plan on travelling later in the year. For those headed to San Diego, Calif. the San Diego CityPASS will save you up to 42 per cent at some of the city’s best attractions, including the USS Midway Museum, LEGOLAND California Resort, and San Diego Zoo.

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Roam free in an RV

CanaDream, Canada’s top RV experience operator, has multiple offers available. When you book five nights or more, you get one additional free night. You can pick up your RV in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Montreal. Drop off must be on or before Oct. 31, 2022, in one of the same cities. One-way relocation offers, where the route is up to you, start from as low as $59 per night. You just need to drop off the vehicle on or before Oct. 31, 2022.

Celebrate the home of golf in Scotland

Rusacks St. Andrews recently hosted the 150th Open golf tournament and is now inviting guests to celebrate the home of golf with “The 150 Package.” The deal includes entry to the R&A World Golf Museum for two, a £150 (($226) dining credit, in-room golf amenities and accessories, and more. Rates start at $612 per night and are valid until March 31, 2023. Use promo code “RUSACKS150.”

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Hot Hawaii deals

You can save 15 per cent and get a free room upgrade, by joining the A-List Insider, which is Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s free loyalty program. They have some of Hawaii’s top properties, including the Aston Kaanapali Shores and Aston Islander on the Beach. At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, you can get up to 15 per cent off stays when you book by Sept. 27, 2022, with promo code “HULA.” When booking a room at the Halepuna Waikiki, you’ll get significant savings on a second room as part of their Family Plan offer. This deal is valid until Dec. 24, 2022.

Hard Rock Hotel offers in Los Cabos

The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico has a few offers. You can get up to 50 per cent off suites, a free massage, early check-in and late checkout. To get this deal, you need to book by Oct. 31, 2022, with travel before Dec. 16, 2023. Another offer is the Holidays Presale. You get the same offers as the suite offer, but it also includes 10 per cent off select tours. Travel dates for this offer must be between Dec. 17, 2022, and Jan. 3, 2023.

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Fall in love with Florida

The Boca Raton has a Linger Longer promo where you get the fourth night free, and daily access to the Banyan Bunch kids club. There’s also the Spa Palmera package that comes with a US$500 credit toward treatments and experiences. Down in the Florida Keys, The Marker Key West Harbor Resort provides up to 25 per cent off stays when you book directly. If you book a stay on or after National Key Lime Pie Day on Sept. 26, you can enjoy the key lime pie package, which includes a slice of Key Lime pie, a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Key Lime flavoured bath and shower amenities by Key West Aloe and Key Lime-flavoured mints, all available upon request. If you’re headed to Orlando, Fl. be sure to check out Visit Orlando’s website since they list all the best offers on dining, entertainment, and attraction tickets.

This article provides information only and should not be construed as advice. It is provided without warranty of any kind.



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