(Closed) Canadians – Redtag.ca / Last-minute vacations

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m bumping this, because I’d like to know too!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have used Redtag and also http://www.selloffvacations.com

We’ve booked anywhere from 3 weeks to the week before when we really didn’t care where we went, and had great vacations from both.

You can always check the hotel’s own website for the details of their all- inclusive plan.

We’ve never had any surprises.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have never booked with redtag but we checked out the deals on redtag and then went to Flight Centre to book (my friend had used one of their travel agents before and she was great). Their prices were the same, we saw no difference at all even though we actually used a travel agent. 

1) How close should we book? I would start looking now to get an idea and if you see a good deal for a good resort then book it. Since it’s just the 2 of you it will be easier to book something cheap last minute. One travel agent told me that 6 weeks before the departure date is when they start to release last minute bookings, so if you want to do last minute and you are open to anywhere then you can definitely wait. My parents have booked 2 days before for all inclusives!

2) Did you have any problems with getting to where you booked and them not covering food or alcohol? Never. They’re all inclusive resorts for a reason. (sorry didn’t mean for that to sound snarky, I have never even heard of this happening though)

Also, how cheap? From Toronto I can find a good 4 star for around 1k each, sometimes even a 5 star at the last minute. I’m not sure if the prices are already significantly higher because you’re flying from Calgary.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i have booked through lastminuteclub.com a bunch of times and they are great 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

sorry duplicate 😛

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@eagle:  I have booked tons (20+) of trips from places like redtag.  You should also check though;

tripcentral.ca

selloffvacations.com

itravel2000.com

flightcentre.ca

travelzoo.ca

holidaymarkettravel.ca

1) How close to book?  It somewhat depends on how fussy you are.  If you are set on a specifc date, specific resort, specific room type then you have to book early.  This will not be the cheapest though.  Generally, the closer to the date of travel the better your deal will be.  These type of sites are aggregators and the companies are trying to make some money on the trips, the closer to the date, the less likely they will be to sell for full price.  They are paying for the full plane trip if there are 5 people on the plane or a full 150.  They would rather make some money, so the trips get cheaper.

2) These places deal mainly with all inclusive trips.  I have ever ever heard of a problem with them not honouring the all inclusive deal.  You print out (once you book) a few things.  The plane tickets, the transfer coupon (to get the bus for free from the airport to your resort), and a hotel voucher where it clearly says what is included in your package.

You can really get great deals.  But you have to remember that your wedding is in August which is still a peak travel time.  So you won’t get quite as good of a deal as you would if you went in like early September.  But you can still do pretty well.

A few extra tips are;

-don’t stress about the activities that they list on the site, they are all mostly the same.

-Food is not that great in Cuba

-International drinks are a good thing (sometimes the local brands are not good, especially for things like Vodka, Rye, and the wine is generally horrible).  Rum and beer are usually good.

-Don’t stress about the reiviews.  I barely read them.  It doesn’t matter at the end of the day you are there on your honeymoon.

Have fun!

 

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Oh also depending on how cheap.  I feel that I haven’t gotten a good deal (even at the peak time) if I pay more then 1,000 I feel that I haven’t gotten a good deal.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Even in hot climates july/august is always high season because that is when most people have their holidays. It is also when kids are out of school, so more trips are taken.

From Canada the cheapest places are always Cuba, Mexico, DR and sometimes Jamaica.

I would start your search with trip cental because

They have the easiest website for comparisons (IMO). Then shop those deals around to the other sites.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I only ever book travel (and I travel a lot) through redtag.ca and selloffvacations.com.  Little tip is that if you see something you like online, call them up and they can usually knock off the price a little over the phone ($5-10 per person), take care of the booking, and get all the confirmation paperwork emailed to you.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Forgot to mention that escapes.ca is also a great site.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Even in hot climates july/august is always high season because that is when most people have their holidays. It is also when kids are out of school, so more trips are taken.

From Canada the cheapest places are always Cuba, Mexico, DR and sometimes Jamaica.

I would start your search with trip cental because

They have the easiest website for comparisons (IMO). Then shop those deals around to the other sites.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Even in hot climates july/august is always high season because that is when most people have their holidays. It is also when kids are out of school, so more trips are taken.

From Canada the cheapest places are always Cuba, Mexico, DR and sometimes Jamaica.

I would start your search with trip cental because

They have the easiest website for comparisons (IMO). Then shop those deals around to the other sites.

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