MORE SUN, LESS MONEY
The buy: The Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos has a Daylight “Savings” promotion.
The savings: 30 per cent plus a $300 credit.
The catch: You have to stay five nights or more before Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 3.
Why it’s worth it: Both Air Canada and WestJet have non-stop flights from Toronto and accommodation at The Somerset on Grace Bay ranges from one-bedroom villas to a five-bedroom penthouse. Amenities include daily continental breakfast served poolside as well as pedal bicycles to cruise around Grace Bay, infinity edge and reverse-current lap pools, fitness centre with steam room, in-room WiFi, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and sailboats on the beach.
Book it: Call 1-877-887-5722 or visit thesomerset.com.
SLEEP OFF NUIT BLANCHE
The buy: Two-night packages are available at 15 Toronto hotels in conjunction with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Oct. 5.
The savings: Packages start at $139 a night and include 20 per cent off each admission to the Ai Weiwei: According to What? exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and 10 per cent off VIA Rail’s best available fare.
The catch: Packages are available only that weekend.
Why it’s worth it: The package includes an exclusive invitation to be among the first to experience a special preview event called Behind the Nuit on Oct. 4. Guests can meet with the curators and preview Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles before anyone else. In its eighth year, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will feature 112 art projects created by more than 500 local, national and international artists and transform the streets of Toronto for a single night.
Book it: Visit scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/travel-packages.
FREE SPENDING MONEY
The buy: The Barbados Tourism Authority has an Island Inclusive promotion offering free spending money to visitors.
The savings: $150 (U.S.) a person for a five-night stay and $200 a person for a seven-night stay.
The catch: You have to book by Sept. 21 for travel by Dec. 21.
Why it’s worth it: The money can be spent at a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and attractions across the island ranging from submarine rides to golf courses and from Oistins’ Fish Fry and close to 20 other eating establishments to some four-dozen hotels and resorts.
Book it: Go to VisitBarbados.org/IslandInclusive and use booking code BII2013.
UP TO 50,000 BONUS MILES
The buy: American Express is giving bonus Aeroplan miles to those who sign up for its AeroplanPlus platinum and gold cards.
The savings: 50,000 miles on the platinum card and 20,000 miles on the gold card.
The catch: You have to apply by Sept. 2 and there is an annual fee of $499 and $120, respectively.
Why it’s worth it: 50,000 miles is enough for two return flights to almost anywhere in North America and platinum card holders also get to check in at Executive First counters, have access to priority security screening and can use Maple Leaf and other lounges at a range of airports whenever you fly.
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