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rdp

10/2/2018 11:38:42 PM
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Vacation sites

Hello ebrandon I am just wondering what sites people may have used out there for booking hotels,flights,activities and excursions. There seem to be lots but how many are garbage lol. I used bookings when I went to bC it was ok but nothing crazy. Also any tips you may have on how to get the best deals on anything aswell or last minute deals even. Thanks in advance.

Adam

10/3/2018 9:02:10 AM
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Sites

Somewhere specific you’re targeting, or just keeping an eye out for a holiday in general?  
 
A few thoughts...  
 
-as much as I’d like to recommend flying out of Brandon, most destinations make less sense financially than to fly out of Winnipeg. If you pick your spots you might do alright from Brandon for Alberta, BC or the odd time California, Arizona or Hawaii after you factor in cost of gas, parking, maybe hotel in Winnipeg. Generally the larger the group you’re flying with the more of a no brainer it becomes to fly out of Winnipeg.  
 
-Google flight has quickly become an indispensable tool for finding best destinations, dates, deals. Their map is great where you can choose a departure airport and date and get a quick visual for prices all around the globe. They’ve also recently made it easier to compare airports. So for example if going to Southern California and you don’t care which airport you fly into you can quickly see which has the better deal. Same on the departure end where you can compare for example Winnipeg, Regina, Brandon. They also give super handy graphs that show you which dates are optimal for them departure/destination you’re looking at. 
 
-Airbnb for accommodations has quickly become a goto for us both to get more space and often stay at a better price. Just be sure you read enough reviews on a place to get a real sense for strengths and weaknesses. I personally don’t book a place unless there are at least 10-15 reviews to go off of. Also be sure you’re booking a place with a cancellation policy you’re comfortable with (this info is stated on each listing)  
 
-Expedia is still handy as a way to compare all hotel options. Create an account with them to see some of the member-only rates they offer. Sometimes it’s only about $5 off per night, but every nickel counts! Once you’ve found a flight you want with Google Flight, before you book it’s worth searching Expedia for a flight+hotel package deal that includes that flight just in case they have a hotel they offer a good combined rate on. It takes time but may also be worth comparing against another site like Booking.com  
 
-if going with a hotel, before you book make sure you compare Expedia’s rate with the rate shown on the hotel’s website. Different hotel chains have different price guarantee policies that can range from giving 25% off to even free nights if you’ve found Expedia’s rate is less than the one on their site. Alternatively Expedia has a price guarantee of their own where if someone else’s price is lower than theirs they match and give you future travel credit.  
 
-also on hotels, check out Hotwire. Recently found a couple great deals that weren’t avail elsewhere. The trade off is accepting a bit of uncertainty about which exact hotel you’re booking but I’ve found if you connect enough dots between their site and other sites you can usually figure out which hotel it is  
 
-finally on hotels, Tripadvisor is your friend. Takes so much of the guesswork and uncertainty out if you spend the time to read enough reviews to get a sense for strengths and weaknesses of a place  

-if you don’t care where you go and want to keep an eye on what current deals are out there, would recommend getting on Travelzoo’s Top 20 deals weekly email along with Ywgdeals.com’s email list. Both send out hand picked deals that are usually worth the time
 
Good luck!

life 101

10/3/2018 9:16:21 AM
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Nov 2013
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I've had

I've booked vacations with red tag and selloffvacations with no difficulty. Enjoy your trip!

rdp

10/3/2018 10:23:15 PM
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Feb 2014
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Thanks

First of all just wanted to say thanks, and secondly I'm not overally sure yet but probably vegas but I do want to start traveling more at least once a year. I wasnt on a vacation in about 10 to 15 years and the fiance was never outside manitoba, do in the summer we went to banff and then ioco and vancouver which was amazing! So now I've been kind of travel buggy lol. It is a bit of a toss up I have lots of family in Ontario which would make a great trip to biafra falls, Toronto, maybe a 2 day trip to NYC and then maybe out east to nb and ns or we go to vegas. Then next years debate would be either the other option here or florida with maybe a little trip out to the bahamas. However I ain't really one to fly trying to get into it (building up courage? Lol but florida to bahamas might be a nice short good first fly so I've got decisions. I also like driving more because I'm a seneary kind of person I like driving through the city's and seeing and what not.

Adam

10/4/2018 6:46:22 AM
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Mar 2005
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Niagara

Re Niagara, If every dollar counts consider flying into Hamilton from Winnipeg with flyswoop.com and then renting a car. Lots of $173 round trip flights. Just be sure to factor in that you have to pay them for your carryon luggage but you still come out quite a bit further head than your usual cost to go in and out of Toronto. Spend the money you save toward a fallsview hotel room, you won’t regret it. Decent Niagara hotel deals often come up on the Travelzoo top 20 email.

MrDobalina

10/4/2018 7:13:17 AM
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Jun 2017
Total posts:243
If you're thinking Vegas...

  
rdp said "First of all just wanted to say thanks, and secondly I'm not overally sure yet but probably vegas but I do want to start traveling more at least once a year. I wasnt on a vacation in about 10 to 15 years and the fiance was never outside manitoba, do in the summer we went to banff and then ioco and vancouver which was amazing! So now I've been kind of travel buggy lol. It is a bit of a toss up I have lots of family in Ontario which would make a great trip to biafra falls, Toronto, maybe a 2 day trip to NYC and then maybe out east to nb and ns or we go to vegas. Then next years debate would be either the other option here or florida with maybe a little trip out to the bahamas. However I ain't really one to fly trying to get into it (building up courage? Lol but florida to bahamas might be a nice short good first fly so I've got decisions. I also like driving more because I'm a seneary kind of person I like driving through the city's and seeing and what not. "

I'd take a look at Allegiant Air. You fly out of Minot so you're about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Brandon but can't beat the prices, even after exchange. Wife and I flew down at the end of July for $800 and that i:ncluded 3 nights at treasure island. Flying down again in April to catch Aerosmith and I'm $225 round trip (Think it came to like $290 Canadian) You can book the rooms with your ticket for more or less what you can get them for booking direct off the hotels website.  
 
Their planes are all great but they do pack you in there. It's also nice because it's direct. I know you can get direct out of Winnipeg but everytime I look almost all of them connect through Calgary so you're just as well flying out of Brandon.  
 
Only catch will be resort fees, but you can't avoid those with any vacation site.

 
 
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