WHISTLER SKI PACKAGE
The buy: Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler has a ski package with five nights’ accommodation and a four-day Whistler Blackcomb lift pass (per person). Rates start at $134 (early season) and $165 (mid-season) per person per night including taxes, based on double occupancy.
The savings: Up to 20 per cent.
The catch: The full package amount is processed at time of booking and is non-refundable.
Why it’s worth it: The 77-room lodge has been ranked No. 1 in Whistler by TripAdvisor.
Book it: For more information, visit nitalakelodge.com. Book by phone only at 1-888-755-6482.
CUBA BY SHIP
The buy: GLP Worldwide Expedition has a sale on a seven-night Best of Cuba cruise.
The savings: Prices now start at $1,550, down from $2,390.
The catch: Airfare and shore excursions are not included.
Why it’s worth it: The package is offered throughout the winter on the 25-cabin sail cruiser S/C Panorama. The ship visits almost every region of Cuba, from Cienfuegos to the Bay of Pigs. The package includes a two-night stay at the Cohiba Melia in Havana.
Book it: GLP sells through travel agencies. For more information, visit glpworldwide.com.
FRIDA & DIEGO
The buy: Total Vacations has a special on its five-day Treasures of Frida & Diego tour in Mexico City.
The savings: $50 off the normal rate of $850 per person – enough to buy two tickets to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting exhibit in Toronto.
The catch: Airfare is not included.
Why it’s worth it: The trip includes visits to the Dolores Olmedo Museum and La Casa Azul, the house-turned-museum where Frida Kahlo was born, lived and died.
Book it: Call 1-800-769-4147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRUISING BY SAIL
The buy: Star Clippers, which operates some of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, is offering special rates through Exclusive Tours, its new Canadian sales agent.
The savings: Up to 66 per cent.
The catch: You have to book by Dec. 31.
Why it’s worth it: You can choose from six different seven-day cruises with a selection of dates for each, starting at $1,299 per person based on a double occupancy. Destinations range from Caribbean islands to Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
Book it: Visit exclusivetours.ca.