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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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November 4

Bed & Breakfast Promo Code: Free Gift Card

Posted by on November 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Bed & Breakfast Promo Code: Free Gift Card

If you are looking for an amazing gift idea for a new couple, a couple celebrating their anniversary, or just for someone (including yourself) who needs a little getaway, consider a Bed & Breakfast gift card. Right now you can use the promo code below to get yourself a free $100 gift card when you buy $350 in gift cards.

Click here to shop @ Bedandbreakfast.com now

  • Coupon Code: BIG100
  • Discount: $100 gift with purchase
  • Expiry: 5th November 2014

You might have to think fast on this promo, as its only on until the end of the day tomorrow. What’s also great about this promotion is that you only need to buy a total of $350 in gift cards, but you don’t need to buy one large gift card. You can split it up anyway you’d like. If you are an employer, this might make a wonderful gift for your employees. I’m sure they’d appreciate a $50 or $100 gift card for Christmas and you won’t have to tell them that you got $100 free. If they work for you, you are probably well aware that they need a break! Add a paid day off into the mix and that would make a winner Christmas gift.

Bed and Breakfast has places all over Canada, the U.S., and beyond. This would make a gift for someone who is staying close to home, or going abroad. If this person is you, you won’t mind saving yourself $100 off the total cost of your trip either.

Note that when you search for your destination, it will tell you if the inn accepts the gift cards. For instance, I love Collingwood and while I don’t really enjoy paying inordinate amounts to stay in the village, I could stay a night (or three) at the Pretty River Valley Country Inn. Normally $145 a night, instead of paying $435 for those three nights, I’d pay only the $350 I spent on the initial gift cards.

I noticed that Bed & Breakfast also has another promo code starting on November 6th, so if you are reading this a little late, don’t be shy to grab that promo code to use on your purchase. The free gift cards aren’t as large as this one, but the total purchase is less too.

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October 23

Air Canada: Seat Sale for 15% off 2 Days Only

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Air Canada: Seat Sale for 15% off 2 Days Only

There is a pretty awesome deal happening right now at Air Canada for just two days only.  Save 15% on select flights with Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada rouge.

There are a variety of flights you can get the 15% off and this will definitely help with all of those extra fees now being issued with airlines.

This deal includes Canadian destinations, US, and international destinations and they are all 15% off without even needing a coupon code. I live in Calgary and I have family all over the US and Canada and even some family in the Caribbean so when I saw that it applies to pretty much anywhere Air Canada flies, I was excited immediately.

All of the prices listed online are one way fares. I have listed a few examples so you can get an idea of some of the great prices.

  • Calgary to Vancouver now $167
  • Toronto to Moncton now $157
  • Toronto to Quebec City now $169
  • Toronto to Boston now $163
  • Winnipeg to New York now $241
  • Toronto to Pairs now $766

As you can see, there are some pretty great deal to grab right now.

Something to keep in mind is that Air Canada is now charging a fee for all baggage.  They announced this the day after Westjet did with the fees varying on where you are headed.  Within Canada and some US destinations, the fee is $20 per bag.  Some US destinations are $25 a bag and international destinations are now up to $100 per bag depending on the country.

Most of the time, Air Canada lists blackout dates and dates of travel for when the deal is valid.  For some reason, they have not done that with this sale, which is a little disappointing since they seem to always have some kind of blackout dates. You may just have to play around to see if your travels will work with this 15% discount.

This is all of the information we know for this sale and as an avid traveller myself with a family of four, I know how awesome that 15% discount will be per ticket. This is especially true during the holidays!

Happy traveling Moosers!

(Image credit to Aero Icarus)

(Expiry: 24th October 2014)

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October 17

How to Make Money Using Airbnb

Posted by on October 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How to Make Money Using Airbnb

Airbnb has hit the world by storm and has quickly become one of the most common ways people use to stay in another city or country. With hotel costs becoming more and more expensive and without having access to a kitchen while you are in a hotel, living in someone else’s apartment or suite or even spare room makes much more sense.

Airbnb is in over 190 countries around the world.  While I have not used Airbnb yet I definitely plan to in the near future.  As an Airbnb host, you can choose how much to rent your place out and when.  For a great run down of what Airbnb actually is (the online rental marketplace), check out this great Investopedia post.

What are  the Costs?

The costs to the host are minimal (technically).  Airbnb charges you a 3% fee once the reservation goes through.  The traveler, on the other hand, has to pay a 6-12% fee on top of what you charge as a host for their reservation.

Some other costs include property damage.  While no one wants to think about this, it can be a reality.  You add a security deposit to each booking and Airbnb covers damages up to $1,000,000 but it is a good idea to read the fine print on Airbnb to see what is covered or not.

Also, before you list your place, it is a good idea to look at the laws and jurisdiction in your community to make sure you are allowed to rent out your place, as you may need to apply for a business license from your city in many cases.

Here are some ways in which you can pimp out your pad and market your listing to make sure people want to stay at your place:

Take Advantage of the Professionals

Airbnb offers a professional photographer to come to your place in most cities.  The process is simple but you need to be present with the photographer during daylight hours.  The process is really free.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it’s especially important when you are considering listing your place out on Airbnb.

Response to Requests ASAP

According to Smart Cookies, one way in which you can be profitable and successful with your Airbnb listing is to ensure that your response rate is high.  Respond to requests within 24 hours because a lot of the travelers booking on Airbnb are last minute travelers and you don’t want to miss their booking request.  Your response rate is listed and shown on your Airbnb host page.  This is something that you can easily control and manage, and there are no reasons why this should not be followed up on.

Include the Little Things

Little things turn into big things as we know.  The little touches, like towels included, coffee and tea amenities, and WIFI (actually that is a big thing because WIFI these days is seen as a necessity and not a ‘perk’) are going to give you big bang for your buck.  Even parking can be expensive and people want to know that they can park their car hassle free, especially in big cities when parking is a pain to get.

Feedback is Key

Forbes has a great article on “Seven Tips to Make Bank on Airbnb” and one of them is to make sure you get verified, which means getting feedback and reviews.  When someone is searching for a place to stay, it is hard for them to trust you when you don’t have any feedback.  People want to know they are staying at a reliable place that other travelers felt were reliable too.  That’s why some websites like Tripadvisor do so well.  Basically this is like Tripadvisor within Airbnb already embedded.  You want to make sure people like your place and want to write a good comment.

There you have it, hopefully these tips help you with your Airbnb listing or at least inspire you to think about getting on the Airbnb bandwagon.  If you need a little push, use this coupon code from Bargainmoose to get $25 Airbnb credit just for signing up!

Bargainmoosers, have you tried using Airbnb or tried renting out your space with Airbnb?  What have been your experiences?

Photo credit: Matthew Trentacoste

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