Editor Maryam Siddiqi chatted recently with the Tucker in the Morning team on Virgin 99.9 in Toronto about how to get away this winter with a weak Canadian dollar (how low can our low Loonie go? We don’t want to know). But! Because airlines and resorts were planning to welcome a bunch of travellers who are instead opting to stay home, there are deals to be had for $1,000 or less. Here’s how to find them.
Her first piece of advice is to either be flexible with when you go or where you go. If you’re aching to go to Florida, but don’t mind when, you’ll be able to get some great last-minute airfare deals — think $230 to Miami or $240 to Fort Lauderdale. And if you’re a DYI traveller who’s up for the challenge of organizing the trip yourself, you can then find affordable lodging on websites like Airbnb or FlipKey that come with kitchens so that you can save on food expenses, too.
Our favourite place to look for airfare deals is Airfarewatchdog. Set up an alert for deals from your local airport, and their team will deliver an email to your inbox with domestic and international flight sales. Here’s a recent roundup of flights from Toronto’s Pearson airport.
Are you an all-inclusive type? There are deals to be had there, as well.
Right now, Air Transat is offering last-minute deals to sunny locales like Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. A five-night stay at a 3.5-star resort in Varadero is available for just over $600 per person. Or, stay seven nights in Cozumel, Mexico at a 3.5-star resort for just over $1,000.
WestJet has similar finds, including a five-star steal in Nassau, Bahamas, offering a five-night stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island for just over $1,000 per person. At a similar price, you can also stay five nights in Negril, Jamaica.
And Air Canada Vacations is doing its part to warm Canadians this winter. A week-long stay at a four-star resort in Cayo Coco, Cuba is just over $1,000 right now. A week in Varadero or Huatulco, both in Mexico, at 3.5-star hotels can be had for just over $800.
Flexibility and an openness to destinations, wherever the beach may be, could net you a pretty great deal on a holiday this winter. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.