Deals of the week
If you're dying to escape the end-of-February blahs, but would prefer an alternative to the typical sun-and-sand vacations that are so popular (and pricey) at this time of year, this week's podium includes cut-rate urban getaways and a beachy option that tweaks the traditonal two-by-two format:
GOLD: There's nothing new about Porter Airlines having a 50-per-cent off sale. Indeed, the Toronto-based regional airline -- which serves much of eastern Canada and the U.S. -- seems to have these seat sales every other month. What is new, however, is Porter's "Escapes" business, which packages flights with hotel stays in the destinations the airline serves. Combined with the current seat sale, Porter Escapes has some solid deals: Four nights in New York, including return airfare from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, starts at $669 a person (based on double occupancy), while a four-day trip to Chicago from Ottawa, with accomodations at the upscale Sax Chicago (pictured below), is going for $200 more.
SILVER: If you're married, you probably know you can never plan too far ahead when it comes to, well, just about every aspect of a wedding. So if you're planning a destination wedding any time between now and Christmas, Air Canada Vacations is offering a sixth room free, along with two free flights, when five rooms are booked at various Sandals & Beaches resorts in Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas and Antigua. All rooms must be booked for at least three nights, and certain blackout dates apply. Participating resorts include Sandals Montego Bay (pictured at left); Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort; Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa; Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas; Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island; Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa; and Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club. To book, call 1 866-529-2079.
BRONZE: There may be no place like home, but unless you live in Toronto your home town probably doesn't offer quite the same selection of live theatre. WIth that in mind, the Sheraton Centre Toronto and Westin Harbour Castle hotels have teamed with Mirvish Productions to package top-tier tickets to The Wizard of Oz (pictured below) at the Ed Mirvish Theatre with dinner and overnight accommodations. Starting at $179 a person -- a 40-per-cent savings -- the offer includes a voucher for a three-course meal at one of more than 20 restaurants. To book, call 1-800-461-3333.
-- Adam Bisby
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