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April 25

How to Save Money on your Next Trip to Las Vegas

Posted by on April 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on your Next Trip to Las Vegas

Las Vegas is also known as Sin City, and for good reason.  I have been to Las Vegas a few times and each time I go, it strikes me as somewhat analogous to a Disneyland for grown ups.  I have had some trips where I spent very little (and even managed to win back the cost of my flight on BlackJack) and where I have spent more than I would have liked.  It is very easy to spend a lot of money (quickly) in Las Vegas, especially if you like to try your luck.

Here are some ways to save money on your next trip to Las Vegas, and hopefully Lady Luck will be on your side:

Stay for Cheap

One way to save money on accommodation in Las Vegas is to buy a package with a flight and accommodation.  However, if you prefer to book separately, make sure you check the usual suspects, such kayakhotwire.com, and Priceline to get a good deal on a flight and vacation package.   I also find Westjet vacations to be another source of good vacation packages.

Go When No One Else is Going

According to Buzzfeed, the non-peak months to head to Vegas are July and August (makes sense because it is over 40 degrees outside, I can attest to that because I went during August) and mid-December.   I recall going to Las Vegas during the Christmas/ holiday season and hotel accommodation was quite reasonable at that time.  It also makes sense because most people are spending time with their family rather than partying it up.  In addition, when you choose to visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (typical slow days) you don’t have to pay as much in accommodation room costs.  When I mean as much, I mean usually double on the weekends!

Also, Yahoo recommends that you check out the Las Vegas Convention Centre to see if there is a convention going on. If there is, avoid this time because hotel costs are going to be expensive!

Fly Out from the United States if Possible

One way to save money is to fly from the United States.  If you live in a city near the border (like many cities in Canada) and if you leave from the United States, you can save upwards of $100-$200 on your flight to Las Vegas.  Some discount airlines, like Allegiant Air provide flight service for a steep discount.  However, just make sure that your carry-on baggage complies with the baggage rules.  Otherwise, you’ll have to pay extra per baggage, unfortunately.

Save Money on Entertainment

Another way to save money on something that is quintessential to Las Vegas (and everyone enjoys) is to check out a show or movie or two using TIX4TONIGHT.  They are usually in a yellow booth on the strip somewhere.  On average, the savings are about 50% of the regular price of the ticket.  The only caveat is that you have to be ready to watch the show that evening (hence the title Tickets 4 Tonight) and there’s usually a bit of a line up as well.

Of course, don’t forget the Bellagio fountain show.  That’s absolutely free and it’s beautiful to watch.

Don’t Buy any Drinks

Another way to save money while in Vegas is to avoid paying for drinks.  The great thing about Las Vegas is that when you sit down at a slot machine or when you’re at the Blackjack table, when they offer you free drinks, it is ACTUALLY free. So don’t buy any alcohol or drinks. The only thing you would have to do is to tip the server $1 to $2 per drink when they bring you your drink.  Much cheaper than the $14 I once paid for a drink by the Venetian pool.

There you have it, hopefully these tips will help you save some more money on your next trip to Las Vegas, so you get to spend the money on things that truly matter (like the delicious lunch buffets that Las Vegas has to offer, for example!).  Just remember to gamble safely, and only bring an amount to the gambling table what you are comfortable losing.

Bargainmoosers, what are your favourite ways to save money in Sin City?

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn

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April 5

How to Save Money on Hawaii

Posted by on April 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Hawaii

Undoubtedly, Hawaii is one of my favourite travel destinations.  What more can you ask for on a vacation? Safe, warm, easy to communicate (for example, you don’t have to spend precious minutes trying to ask someone where the bathroom is in a foreign language), sunny, relaxing, beautiful, and lots of different things to do for everyone.  The only downside to Hawaii is that it is not usually considered a frugal or cheap destination (we think of Mexico or Cuba as fitting that statement more so).

I have spent anywhere from five to twelve days in Hawaii, and of course, each time I feel like it is not enough!  On the last trip I was able to go to two different islands over twelve days and spent $1500 on the entire trip (including flight, accommodation, food, car rental, and activities).  Not too shabby considering that would be how much one would pay for a trip to Mexico for seven days, let alone an extra five days.

Here are some tips on how you can make your Hawaiian vacation a dream come true:

Get a Discounted Flight

Instead of paying $700-800 for a flight for a flight from the west coast of Canada to the Hawaiian islands, I was able to book during a seat sale.  When Air Canada has a seat sale, West Jet usually falls closely in pursuit… and vice versa.  Check out Bargainmoose’s website regularly for Air Canada promo and coupon codes and seat sales.  I was able to get 20% off my one way flight from YVR to Kauai on West Jet, and on the way back, I was able to book a one way flight from Honolulu to YVR with 20% off as well.  For both flights I paid a total of $540.  Of course, a trip to Hawaii from the East coast is not as economical as flying from the west coast, but you should check out Eva’s blog post about direct flights from Toronto to Hawaii.

Opt for Accommodation with a Kitchen

Instead of booking a $250/night hotel or condo, I scoured VRBO.com and Homeway.com for accommodation with a kitchenette.  This allowed us to save money on breakfast each day and save money on some lunches (a bagel, cream cheese and fruit was a great lunch for our hike) as we were able to buy something at the grocery store.

Save Money on your Car Rental

Book your car rental ahead of time.  If you have an eligible credit card (check the booklet that you received when you first obtained your credit card) you should be eligible for rental car insurance, in which case you can gracefully decline their offer of added protection via car rental insurance.  In addition, if you have a credit card with points, you can check to see if some of those points can be used for your car rental.  If you are staying in Waikiki, don’t rent a car for your entire stay, you only need the car a few times and try not to rent it on consecutive days (so that you don’t have to pay $20 a night for parking).

Look for Free or Frugal Things to Do in Hawaii

Of course, reading a book on the beach is free.  Walking around on the Waikiki strip is free (and fun to people watch).  If you’re stuck for fun and free things to do, check out About.com’s list of 101 free things to do in Hawaii.  If you are keen on going to do lots of activities (and have the energy) one way to save money while you are in Oahu is to get the Go Oahu card.  The only caveat is that you should plan ahead and book ahead to ensure that you maximize the card.  For a flat fee for the card you can get access to a ton of activities and attractions.  Another way to save money is to scour the “This Week in Oahu” (or whichever island) for coupons.  There are usually coupons for fun activities for cheap and even some coupons for meals (I got a plate of free gyoza when I sat down for some ramen) with a coupon book right outside the ramen shop!

Don’t forget, you can satisfy your wanderlust and keep an eye out for some amazing travel deals on the Bargainmoose site.

Bargainmoosers, which is your favourite Hawaiian island to go to?  What are some ways you save money in Hawaii?

Photo credit: Justin De La Ornellas

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April 5

Walmart Canada: 6-Pc Purple JetStream Luggage Set Just $39! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on April 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Walmart Canada: 6 Pc Purple JetStream Luggage Set Just $39! (EXPIRED)

Planning to get away? The JetStream 6-piece luggage set in purple is just $39 at Walmart right now! Shipping is also currently free but not for long, so make sure to take advantage of it while you still can!

I’m sure that many of you are weary of paying such a low price for a luggage set but here’s a pretty convincing review:

For the price I paid, this is an AWESOME set of luggage!!

Not only that, but this luggage set has a total of 9 reviews and all of them range from 4 to 5 stars! Here’s another review:

Seems sturdy, lasted one trip so far, good purple colour. The price is great. Can’t fault it for the price.

It comes with:

  • 26″ upright suitcase
  • 26″ wheeled duffle bag
  • 20″ upright suitcase
  • 19″ laundry bag
  • 15″ tote bag
  • 9″ toiletry kit

With the exception of the laundry bag, all of the pieces are made with top and side handles that feature reinforced stitching.

If we break down this luggage set by price, then it comes down to just $6.50 per piece. Most people tend to get dark-coloured or more specifically, black luggage sets, but if you have ever travelled, then you will know just how hard it can be to spot your luggage. It’s best to have a colour that more easily stands out, so that you can just quickly grab and be on your way!

The only issue is that Walmart doesn’t list the weight of each suitcase. This is a major factor when selecting luggage as the heavier it is, the less you can put in it but in any case, the amazing price does negate this little factor.

There aren’t very many left but you could also get the Travelway JetStream 3-pc luggage set for just $32 instead. The purple one is already sold out but you could get the black one while supplies last.

Shipping

Shipping is also currently free but since Walmart is in the midst of changing their free shipping minimum from $0 to $50, then a shipping charge may be applied at any moment. If you see a shipping fee for these suitcases, then you will only be missing $11 to qualify for free shipping, so my advice is that you get a filler item. Walmart is so versatile that you could add anything from Easter chocolate to toiletries and much more. Check out the clearance and rollback sections for inspiration on what you might need for your household. Alternatively, you could have this luggage set shipped for free to your local store or to your nearest Canada post location. Having it shipped to your nearest Canada Post location would definitely be the best decision in that case.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 27

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Booking

Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Booking

We all love to travel but with the higher cost of traveling and the higher US dollar, traveling is a lot more expensive than it used to be.  Additionally, over time, hotel prices have gone up (they call it hotel inflation).  This was especially noticeable on my last trip to Hawaii.  I was last there only a few years ago and prices for hotel rooms went up by 25% (from my observation and estimation) at least for the same time period of travel in the year (peak season).  Now this increase in hotel price didn’t make me want to jump and buy a time share or anything, but it did make me think twice about finding ways to save money on our accommodation.

Here are some ways in which you can save money on your next hotel booking:

It Pays to be Loyal

Signing up for hotel loyalty points is a great way to look for bargains or deals on a hotel room.  Sometimes when you sign up they give you a signing bonus (this is for credit cards usually) and you will then receive points on top of the points you spent staying there.  With these points you usually have enough points for at least one night.  Some card to look into are the SPG American Express (you get 20,000 SPG points when you sign up) and the Marriott Chase Visa.

Book Directly

The hotel that you’re planning to book through pays the flight aggregators (like Hotels.com, Booking.com), these websites takes a portion of the fee that you’re paying to the hotel when you book.  Instead of booking online, you can call the hotel and book directly.  All it takes is a phone call and an assertive, but not overbearing attitude and then voila, you will get a discount or some sort of incentive for your time.  This is because instead of paying the website, the hotels would rather give you discount and skip the middle man.

Apartments may be the Way to Go

Another way to save money especially if you are traveling with a group (for example, you need more than one bedroom) is to book a condo.  Airbnb, VRBO.com, Home Away… all of these are great condo options and most of them provide a small kitchen  for you to cook in to save even more money while traveling.  Definitely a win-win situation (cheaper rent for you and rental income for them)…that is, as long as you and the people you are traveling with get along.

It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Finally, it doesn’t hurt to ask.  Personally, I do this a lot whenever I check-in and it usually works most of the time (yes, I know, I’m shameless!).  Ask the front desk staff to see if they can offer you anything to upgrade your room.  Sometimes its just a room on a higher floor, other times, it can be an ocean view room (like in the case when I went to Hawaii!).  Sometimes if you say its a special occasion the front desk staff will be accommodating.  It surely doesn’t hurt to ask and the worst thing they can do is say no.  Most front desk staff don’t mind being asked… and frankly, I think they enjoy that power to that they wield to improve your vacation if they have the means to.

Book it Like You Mean Business

According to Lifehacker, one great way of saving money on your next hotel booking is to book hotels in the business district of a city you’re looking at during the weekend, and book hotels that are in the more “touristy” area during the weekday.

Basically if you go against the crowd, like most things in life, for example, even the stock market (buy when the people are fearful) you will save money.  Classic supply and demand scenario.  You can make that work for you in a good way.

There you go, hopefully these five strategies help you save money on the hotel portion of your next vacation out of the country.  Some of them are easier to implement than the others, hopefully they will help you save some money on your next hotel booking.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips and tricks that work well when you book your hotel for your vacation?

Photo credit: L’hotel di sale

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March 2

MEC: Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack Was $145 | Now $81 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM

MEC: Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack Was $145 | Now $81 & Free Shipping

Mountain Equipment Co-op discounted their ever-popular Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack from $145 down to $81. As MEC offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more, this travel pack will ship for free.

This travel pack is just what you need for backpacking across Europe or any other fun adventure you have planned. I would love to forget the suitcase and just use this travel pack for a couple weeks’ vacation in Iceland. Iceland is not a country you want to haul a suitcase around, as it requires a fair bit of walking.

This Supercontinent travel pack has all the features you need as a backpacker. The travel pack is made with a plastic framesheet, aluminum stay, and contoured, padded shoulder straps with hipbelt. The air dot foam back panel covered in mesh promotes air circulation and comfort.

There are two different sizes of travel pack but the price remains the same. Choose from Short/Standard or Standard/Long depending upon your torso length. The main vertical front pocket unzips to expand bellows-style. This feature gives you extra capacity when you need it and a lower profile when you do not need as much space. For the short/standard pack, you receive an extra 8L space and for the standard/long you receive an extra 11L of space.

The Supercontinent 45 Travel Pack has a luggage mode where a cover zips over the harnesses and there is carrying handles. A reviewer commended the backpack’s ability to unzip all the way down, like a suitcase. She said it was one of the best features and comes in very handy when backpacking. Here is an excerpt from another review:

I used this bag for travelling through Europe (2 weeks) and Cuba (2 weeks). The bag was great for moving from one place to another, fits well on my back and it is very comfortable. the side straps are very useful to keep your bag tight; I have taken 6 flights already with this back and always took it as carry on, no complaint from the airlines.

Some reviewers were concerned that the pack might be too long for carry-on, but the above reviewer has had no problems. If you are concerned about length, then purchase the short/standard sized pack.

The pack comes in Sherwood (green) or midnight blue. Both colours are on sale and still in stock as of this post.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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February 21

Via Rail Canada: $10 Fares For Kids

Posted by on February 21, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Via Rail Canada: $10 Fares For Kids

Thinking of hitting the big city over the March Break? Via Rail has got a fantastic deal if you plan on taking the train. Get kids fares on the Quebec City to Windsor corridor for only $10.

Once you check out Via Rail’s site, you’ll also see some suggestions for adventures. I love that they put together some ideas and I’m totally considering taking part. My kids love trains and none of them have ever been on one except the Toronto subway system, which is less than thrilling really. I think taking a train to a new city that we’ve never been is a fantastic idea for a fun little adventure and I don’t have to drive! I can actually enjoy the trip too.

Via suggests taking the train from Toronto to Ottawa to visit the Canadian Museum of History. Of course, you’ll want to visit the Parliament buildings and all the other great sites to see in Ottawa. For that trip, adults are about $50, so a family of four would make it to Ottawa in less than five hours for a total of $120.

If your child can sit on your lap (under 24 months), they are actually free. This rate is for children aged two to 11.

You’ll need to buy your ticket at least three days in advance for this deal and you can buy from now until March 22nd for travel from February 21st to March 29th. This means you don’t just have to travel on March Break – you have anytime from now until the end of March to get going where you going. This is also an economy fare.

Also, one adult can buy up to five children’s tickets for the $10 price. This means two adults can buy up to 10 children’s tickets. I think this is an ok restriction as who would want to travel alone on a train with more than five kids under twelve? Seems like a breakdown waiting to happen! I’m not that brave, personally.

(Expiry: 22nd March 2015)

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January 28

Jetsetter Promo Code: 10% Off Hotels In the Caribbean, Mexico & Hawaii

Posted by on January 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Jetsetter Promo Code: 10% Off Hotels In the Caribbean, Mexico & Hawaii

Planning to get away somewhere hot this year or next? JetSetter has a fabulous coupon that will get you an extra 10% off your bookings in the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. While 10% doesn’t seem like much, I found vast differences in price compared to other travel sites, making JetSetter the place to book your vacation.

Click here to get out of Canada with Jetsetter.com now

  • Coupon Code: SUNKISSED10
  • Discount: 10% off
  • Expiry: 6th February 2015

I just got back from my vacation in the South and it was wonderful. We didn’t have a bad day of weather and the temperature hovered around 30 degrees all week. It was a dreamy week of sand and sun with my family. Coming back to the face-hurting cold was super sad and I’m already planning my next vacation in my mind! Hawaii, as you might know from a previous post I did on flights to Hawaii, is definitely on the list of next vacations.

I decided to check out some prices of hotels in Hawaii and found that JetSetter’s price was fantastic.

Take for example the Mauna Lani hotel. I quoted for five nights from February 15th to the 20th in a garden view room. Once I added the coupon code, my price became $2115 total for all the nights. Keep in mind that this is a U.S.-based site so the prices are in USD. I compared it to Expedia where I got a total for the same nights of $3374.20. Even with the exchange rate, that is quite a difference!

Another trip I’d love to take is to take my kids to Atlantis in the Bahamas. I know its going to be expensive, so we need to save our pennies, but I was very happy to see that JetSetter’s price was lower than what I had previously researched elsewhere. After adding the coupon code, the Beach Tower for the same dates as above would cost me $2787.58. At Expedia, it costs $3726.89.

If I haven’t convinced you that you need and can afford a vacation, you might want to check out this video that shows you what Atlantis is all about. It has me convinced!

Before you book any vacation, look to the forum for JetSetter coupon codes.

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January 25

Hotwire Coupon Code: $20 Off $200

Posted by on January 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Hotwire Coupon Code: $20 Off $200

Hotwire coupon codes are rather rare, so we are very pleased to present you with a $20 off $200 US coupon code valid on your next Hot Rate Hotel purchase.

Click here to book your next stay @ Hotwire now

  • Coupon Code: WINTER20
  • Discount: $20 US off $200 US
  • Expiry: 5th February 2015

As the US and Canadian flags share the same website, this appears to work for both Canadian and US customers despite the fine print saying “This offer is from Hotwire.com and is valid for Hotwire.com U.S. customers only.” When I was testing the coupon, it worked for me on a Canadian destination (Edmonton) reducing my bill by $20 US, which was equivalent to $25.30 CAN, on my order.

Hotwire bills in two different currencies. If you pay with your Visa or MasterCard, they will bill you in CAD dollars. However, if you choose any other payment method (Paypal, AMEX, Discover, etcetera), then you will be billed in USD.

Hotwire has some pretty cool features in many ways. I checked out one of their Hot Rate deals where you do not see what hotel you are getting but you choose the area and you choose the quality of hotel. I was looking at three-star hotels in the downtown Edmonton Area. Sure, you get your hotel assigned to you blindly, but I was looking at only $429.85 for a five-night stay after coupon. That works out to around $86 per night! That is a very good deal as three-star hotels in that area generally retail for $120+ a night. I am not even sure I could get a room with a separate bathroom through Airbnb for that price in downtown Edmonton. I might end up going with a hotel on my next trip out to visit friends and family.

While it has been a while since I stayed at a hotel, I have always found them quite the luxury. I especially enjoy the ones with a free breakfast in the morning. One hotel I stayed at in Seattle had a waffle maker, yoghurt, and some pastries as well. I think I ate $15 worth of my nightly stay just at breakfast.

There is a limit of one coupon per user account and per qualifying hotel booking. The $200 minimum must be before additional fees as the coupon is not valid on fees.

For this and any future Hotwire coupon codes, please visit our forum.

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January 21

Lonely Planet Coupon Code: Get 50% Off Site-Wide!

Posted by on January 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Lonely Planet Coupon Code: Get 50% Off Site Wide!

Winter always has me dreaming about all the fantastic places in the world I want to visit. Right now, you can start planning your trip and get 50% off cover prices @ Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet offers most of their guidebooks in e-book format, which means you will not have to worry about shipping. If you prefer a hard copy, you can receive free Canadian shipping automatically if your order is over $40.

Click here to use the Lonely Planet coupon code online now

  • Coupon Code: SECRET50
  • Discount: 50% off cover prices
  • Expires: 23rd January 2015

Now folks, this coupon code does get a little awkward, so let’s make sure we understand what is happening in the shopping cart before you purchase. The 50% off discount applies to the recommended retail price, not the sale price. The recommended retail price is the original price before any sales or discounts are applied. The good news is 50% off is more than the discount currently being offered as a sale price. If you are intrigued, try popping a book into your cart with the coupon code and you will quickly see what I mean.

Where you really score a deal here is if you order guidebooks in e-book format. No shipping is necessary so that means you have no minimum for this sale. eBooks are available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats. That easily covers Kindles, Kobos, Android Devices, Apple Devices and more. I usually read most of my e-books on my iPhone using the free iBooks app and I typically download the ePub format as a personal preference. I’ve noticed ePub has a lot of compatibility with iBooks to use all of the features of the program such as bookmarks, writing notes, definitions available within text for unfamiliar words, highlighting, etc.

If you prefer a hard copy there is free shipping available if you spend a minimum of $40. I find that with this sale you have to buy quite a few books to reach that $40 minimum. The good news is if you do a combination of eBooks and hard copy books, the eBook prices will apply towards your $40 to qualify for free shipping. If you are thinking about mixing and matching between eBook and paper copies, you are in luck. Look at my shopping cart below and you will see all the books I picked up are eBooks except one inexpensive paper copy. I am over the $40 minimum on my total order and now qualify for free shipping.

Lonely Planet Coupon Code: Get 50% Off Site Wide!

The hard copy books seem to ship from the US. Buyer beware, you may be charged duties upon delivery as they do not clarify on their site. If you opt for the free shipping it takes anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks! If you are digging eBooks, I think that is the way to go on this deal to get the best value for your money.

I am noticing a few guidebooks in eBook format I might be interested in snagging before my next vacation. There is both a Florida (was $24.99 now $8.74) and Miami and The Keys (was $21.99 now $7.70) guidebook, which is a hot location for an inexpensive tropical vacation and could give me some great insider tips on my next trip. Cuba is another hot location for a fabulous vacation on the cheap. The Cuba travel guide was $24.99 but is now $8.74. I would also be interested in this Europe On A Shoestring guidebook which was $29.99 but is now $10.50. I have been meaning to plan a European holiday but still need to save a little more cash first.

Bargainmoosers, where are you looking forward to traveling for your next holiday?

(Image Credit: ashabot)

(Expiry: 23rd January 2015)

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January 5

Toronto Direct To Honolulu on Air Canada Only $237 + Taxes

Posted by on January 5, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Toronto Direct To Honolulu on Air Canada Only $237 + Taxes

At first I didn’t want to share this deal because I was scared that everyone would book and the price would go up, but my better senses came forward and I decided I couldn’t not share this with my fellow Moosers. If you’ve been dreaming of Hawaii as a bucket list destination, but think it is too expensive, think again. I found a direct flight from Toronto to Honolulu for only $237 on Air Canada.

In the fall I was sitting at LAX, heading home from a conference. While I was in one of my favourite places in the world (California), I was a little envious of those tanned bodies getting off a flight from Hawaii. I decided since I was sitting there anyway, I would check how long the flight from Toronto was and the cost. I was shocked to see that Air Canada does a direct flight from Toronto in the winter months. The flight I found at that time was around $700 each way.

So, I moved on and didn’t think of it again until I was talking with my mother, who didn’t believe me that there were direct flights from Toronto. She was sure you had to go to Vancouver or California and go from there. Then, my mother-in-law also thought that a direct flight couldn’t be right. I, being me, had to prove them wrong.

In doing my research, I found that Air Canada flies direct from Toronto on a 10.5 hour flight to Honolulu on Wednesdays and Sundays during the winter. I was giddy when I found a flight for only $237! Taxes and fees to fly there added up to a total of $333. On the way home, my base far was also $237, but I got a grand total of $603. I think $600 is a pretty amazing deal for 21 hours of flying to an island!

This isn’t a sale, but I thought it was a sweet deal that needed to be known. If I wasn’t already heading south in a few weeks, I’d be jumping on this flight for my family. I looked into prices for accommodations and they run the range, but if you want budget, consider renting someone’s home and walk to the beach.

The funny thing that is after doing all this research, I saw an article this weekend that Obama visited Eddie Vedder while they were both vacationing in Oahu (which is where Honolulu is located) and I thought, if its good enough for them, it would definitely be good enough for me! I searched for a February 25th departure, which is the date that these prices came up for me. You may find even cheaper on other dates.

Photo credit: Zach Dischner

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 22

Airbnb Coupon Code: 30% off $100+ First Booking

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Airbnb Coupon Code: 30% off $100+ First Booking

Airbnb is offering 30% off new bookings of $100+ or more with the following coupon code compliments of Travel Zoo. There is a maximum savings of $150 on your stay.

Click here to get 30% off your first Airbnb booking

  • Coupon Code: TRAVELZOO14
  • Discount: 30% off $100+ first booking
  • Expiry: 14th January 2015

Now, for the rules. This coupon code can only be used on new accounts or by current customers who have not booked a stay with Airbnb before. You know, you signed up with good intentions but the opportunity never presented itself. There is a maximum discount of $150. To maximize your discount, spend $500 on your stay to receive the full $150 off.

Fellow blogger Anna and I are not eligible to use this coupon because we both have booked stays with Airbnb before. In the last year, I have personally used Airbnb five times! I have stayed in Seattle, Vancouver (2x), Victoria, and Edmonton with Airbnb. We always find it better than a hotel and manage to get closer to the area we want to be located. My favourite was the place we stayed in Seattle. I could have thrown a stone out the person’s window and hit the side of the Washington State Convention Center. Since we were there for the Emerald City Comic Convention at the WSCC, it was the perfect place to stay.

I asked Anna about her Airbnb experience and she said:

I’ve used Airbnb once, on a visit to Spain last year. I found the most amazing 3 bedroom luxury air conditioned apartment, with a pool, right beside the sea! It was an excellent stay and Airbnb was actually fantastic in carrying out the booking process. The family we were renting from was brilliant at communicating with us both before and after our stay, and it was a pleasure to use. We’re actually considering booking the same apartment again this year. We know what it’s like, where it is, we love the facilities, so we just might stick with it.

This is one of those “holy tar-nation” deals, as Airbnb is not known for their generous coupons. However, they are known for their fantastic places to stay in wonderful cities around the world. A couple years ago, we used Airbnb for a trip to Iceland. We literally saved over a thousand dollars on what we would have paid for a hotel for 16 days.

To use this Airbnb coupon code, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Choose preferred accommodations
  2. Click “Request to Book” or “Instant Book”
  3. Click “Coupon code” and enter promo code

Then, just drop us a line and tell us where you are headed off to this coming year! Happy travels!

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December 20

Air Canada Promo Code: 20% Discount

Posted by on December 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Air Canada Promo Code: 20% Discount

Looking to travel? Then here’s an awesome promotion from Air Canada: use the coupon code below to get a 20% discount on select flights when you fly from a Canadian city!

Click here to book your flight @ AirCanada.com now

  • Coupon Code: 2015SAVINGS
  • Discount: 20% off
  • Expiry: 30th December 2014

Although it expires at the end of the month, this is a fabulous promotion for anyone looking to travel either within Canada, to select US cities or to select tropical destinations. Here are all of the routes to which this Air Canada coupon code can be applied:

  • Within Canada
  • Canada – Palm Springs
  • Canada – Florida
  • Canada – Dublin
  • Canada – New York
  • Canada – Phoenix
  • Canada – Las Vegas
  • Canada – Hawaii (Honolulu, Kahului, Kona)
  • Alberta – Los Angeles
  • British Columbia – Lost Angeles
  • Canada – Caribbean/ Mexico/ Costa Rica

However, this promotion excludes Canadian trips to Mexico City, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Port-au-Prince or Juan Santamaria in Costa Rica.

This promotion only applies for travel between January 7th and June 15th 2015. The only dates that it doesn’t apply to are between April 1st – April 7th and May 14th – May 19th 2015. It’s also valid on all Tango fares and flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge. Codeshare flights aren’t eligible. You can also only book 9 passengers per booking but if you’re booking for more passengers than that, then you can just create a new booking.

Sunny destinations are highly popular travel destinations in December but I actually much prefer travelling to those in January when it’s quieter. Plus, fares tend to be cheaper for January travel anyways, so if you’re looking to get away, then this would be a great opportunity to travel to one of the sunny locations listed above, or perhaps even to Los Angeles.

If you want to plan ahead, then you could also book a flight to anywhere else that this promotion extends to all the way up to June 15th.

Don’t forget that if you’re travelling with a child under the age of two, you still need to register their name for a ticket but at no extra cost.

Moosers, are you planning on travelling in the new year? Will you be taking advantage of this promotion?

(Image Credit: Angelo DeSantis)

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December 9

Accounts and Apps that Will Save You Money if You Like to Travel

Posted by on December 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Accounts and Apps that Will Save You Money if You Like to Travel

I’m a huge fan of travel, especially international travel.  Over the years and almost 40 countries that I have visited, there have been a few accounts and apps that have been helpful for me when I plan my travel and also during the actual travel itself.  Here are five apps and accounts that may be of interest to you for your next vacation abroad.

Tangerine Chequing Account

I recently signed up for the Tangerine Chequing Account (I already have savings accounts with Tangerine, which used to be known as ING Direct) solely because Tangerine waives International ABM Access Fee (which can usually be upwards of $5 per transaction from your usual bank, in addition to the $3-5 that the International ATM charges you).  The International ABM Access fee is waived except for in Colombia and Panama.

The great thing is that the interest rate is better than any big bank chequing account too, 0.25% as of writing this post.  For current rates, check out Tangerine’s website here.

On a recent trip I tested it out (made a few purchases on an ATM internationally in the Netherlands and Denmark) and checked my Tangerine account when I got back.  Low and behold, the only transactions I saw was the conversion rate, thankfully there were no extra fees charged from Tangerine.

If you are interested, Tangerine often has great cashback discounts for opening an account.

Amazon and Mariott Rewards Visa Credit Card

This is a popular travel credit card, however, I do not own it myself.  The foreign transaction fee is preset by Visa and Mastercard, at 2.5% of your purchase.  With the Mariott Rewards Premier Visa Credit Card, you can stop worrying about the foreign transaction fees that your typical credit card will charge you (which are usually hidden and you won’t be able to see it directly on your credit card bill).  Same goes for the Amazon.ca Visa credit card in Canada.  These are both from the bank, Chase.

Check out The Toronto Star’s article on credit cards to save you foreign transaction fees for more information.

Pay Back App

The Pay Back App if one of my favourite apps and probably the app that I have had the longest, pertaining to travel.  I have used it when traveling with friends and they are a big fan of it too.  No more ambiguity when it comes to who owes who for what.  No more complicated charts and records.  With the Pay Back App, you can record multiple trips and use different currencies (as long as you double check with the current conversions to make sure they are accurate).  All you do is input the friends involved in the trip, input the expenses (and to make sure you click on who paid for the expense and who is involved in sharing the expense), and at the end of the trip, click “PayBack!” and you have a summary of who owes what, which can be emailed as well.

XE Currency App

I have had the XE Currency App for years.  It uses live and mid-market rates (but you need access to the Internet, though it can save the exchange rate if you leave the wifi area) and you can add the currencies you want to compare.

You can download the XE Currency App here, the cost is free!  It is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Firefox OS devices.  Although the currency exchanger that you use or the credit card rate that is charged will be different than the lives rates that you obtain from the XE Currency App, you will at least know how much it should be…roughly.

Google Translate

According to LifeHacker, one of the best apps to get if you travel abroad often is either Google Translate or iStone Travel Translation.  For Google Translate, you can either type your phrase or say it to Siri.  Google Translate has the capability to translate 58 languages in text or 23 languages by voice.  Pretty amazing if you ask me!

There you have it, there are some tricks from the trade on how to save money if you travel abroad often.  I hope these will be of utility for you on your next adventure!

Bargainmoosers, do you have any tried and true tips and tricks to save money while traveling abroad?

Image credit: Peter Rowley

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December 1

Air Canada Coupon Code: 15% Off for Cyber Monday (EXPIRED)

Posted by on December 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Air Canada Coupon Code: 15% Off for Cyber Monday (EXPIRED)

Air Canada has a rare 15% off coupon code for travel dates January 12 through June 15, 2015 that are booked today only!

Click here to book your next flight with Air Canada now

  • Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY
  • Discount: 15% off travel
  • Expiry: 1st December 2014

The coupon expires at 11:59PM in the time zone of your departing city. Thus, if you were leaving from Vancouver this Air Canada coupon code would expire at midnight PST.

Travel dates are restricted to January 12 to June 15, 2015 with April 1 to April 7 blacked out. The coupon is valid on Canadian, U.S., international destinations, and various sun destinations as well for Tango and Flex Fares. You can book for up to nine passengers at a time, so even small groups can take advantage of this promotion.

I am not fond of flying as planes are notorious at arriving so late that I barely make my next transfer, or getting cancelled so I do not make my transfer, or even losing my luggage. However, I love travelling so flying is one of those necessary things especially when you want to get to some place across the ocean in a timely manner – a cruise ship just will not do it.

My partner has a real hankering for visiting England this year. Flights to London are not exactly cheap, so we will certainly be on the lookout for coupons like this one once we narrow down some dates. The conversion between the British pound and the Canadian dollar is always painful, but London is an amazing place to visit and their museums are amazing. The British Museum is even free to visit and one of my favourite places in London. I hope to spend more than a few hours there this time.

As an added bonus, every flight book enters you into a draw for the aircanada.com 10 Million Aeroplan Miles Contest. That would certainly be a nice thing to win! Just think of all the places you could travel with that many Aeroplan points.

This is a Cyber Monday deal only people, so book now! Where is your next flight going to take you?

Image credit: Doug

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November 11

Best Buy Canada: Samboro 3-Piece 4-Wheeled Spinner Luggage Set | Was $600 Now $150 (EXPIRED)

Posted by on November 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Best Buy Canada: Samboro 3 Piece 4 Wheeled Spinner Luggage Set | Was $600 Now $150 (EXPIRED)

Are you going on an exciting journey during these next few months? Do you plan to have a nice holiday getaway? Then you should definitely check out today’s deal at Best Buy! For one day only, you can save $450 on this red Samboro 3-Piece 4-Wheeled Spinner Luggage Set – it’s currently on sale for just $149.99! This luggage set normally sells for $599.99, so this is one heck of a deal! Best of all, you’ll also qualify for free shipping!

This Samboro 3-Piece 4-Wheeled Spinner Luggage Set includes a 28″ expandable upright spinner (with 93-litre + 8L total capacity), a 24″ expandable upright spinner (with 63-litre + 7L total capacity), and a 19″ carry-on spinner (with 33-litre total capacity). With 4 wheels and a retractable locking trolley handle, you can easily maneuver this luggage set when you’re strolling through an airport. You can learn more about the features of this Samboro 3-Piece 4-Wheeled Spinner Luggage Set by clicking on the link above.

I still shudder to think about the first few times that I travelled. My luggage set was a hand-me-down from my parents that didn’t have any wheels whatsoever, so I literally had to grasp on to the oversized handle of my luggage as I navigated through the airport. Also, my luggage was “decorated” with dark green and blue plaid patterns. I can thankfully say that I’ve upgraded my luggage set since that time!

If you wanted to buy this Samboro 3-Piece 4-Wheeled Spinner Luggage Set from Future Shop today, it would cost you $599.99. I’ve included a brief review of a similar Samboro luggage set from a satisfied Best Buy customer below:

Attractive, easy to spot , wheels and mobility are the best… lightweight and rolls you smoothly on the way to your destination.

This deal will be gone before midnight, so check it out today. Happy hunting, Bargainmoosers!

(Expiry: 11th November 2014)

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