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Get a head start on winter travel with these great deals

Wya Point Resort on the west coast of Vancouver Island has a new two-night Surf, Savour and Stay package for $460 per couple.

Countdown to winter

The buy: Destination Hotels & Resorts is holding its annual Countdown to Winter promotion.

The savings: Up to 40 per cent.

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The catch: You have to book by Aug. 31. Bookings made Sept. 1 to Oct. 15 get a discount of up to 30 per cent.

Why it's worth it: Destination's 40 distinctive hotels and resorts are located in some of the most sought-after winter destinations in the United States, including Denver, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Lake Tahoe, Vail and Aspen. The portfolio features 18 golf courses, 17 full-service spas and some of the country's best beaches and slopes.

Book it: Visit

West Coast surfing

The buy: Wya Point Resort on the west coast of Vancouver Island has a new two-night Surf, Savour and Stay package for $460 per couple.

The savings: 25 per cent.

The catch: You have to stay by Oct. 15.

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Why it's worth it: In addition to two nights in a private yurt located in the coastal forest a few kilometres outside Ucluelet, the package includes surf lessons and rentals for two from Wya Point Surf Shop for a wilderness surfing experience on the shores of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and lunch for two at Kwisitis Feast House, Wya Point Resort's new beachfront restaurant.

Book it: To book, call 250-726-2625. For more information, visit

Seat sale to Asia

The buy: Cathay Pacific has a seat sale to Asia and China.

The savings: Hundreds of dollars.

The catch: You have to book by Sept. 1 for departures from Sept. 1 to Dec. 10, and Jan. 1 to March 31.

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Why it's worth it: Return departures from Vancouver or Toronto start at $1,071 and $1,288 respectively, taxes included, and include Cathay Pacific's most popular destinations, such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Bali and multiple cities in China. Discounted fares also available from Victoria, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa.

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Points from independents

The buy: Preferred Hotel Group has launched iPrefer, a free-to-join points-based consumer loyalty program for a global collection of independent hotels.

The savings: The program gives traveller points on qualifying hotel stays that can be exchanged for Reward Certificates, redeemable like cash toward expenditures at hundreds of participating properties across the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands.

The catch: All members receive free Internet, but you need to reach 5,000 points in the first year to also qualify for room upgrades.

Why it's worth it: You can earn points at more than 450 participating independent hotels around the world, such as the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto, the Mosaic Beverly Hills, the Sherry-Netherland in New York, the Draycott Hotel in London and the Keio Plaza in Tokyo.

Book it: For more information and for a complete list of participating properties, visit

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