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Top 20 Highlights from June 27

The Canada Day long weekend is almost within reach and while some of us may soon be spending lazy days on the dock, it pays to set aside time now, in order to save for a getaway later this year. A quick look at this week’s Top 20 reveals deals both home and abroad -- several include travel over holiday weeks including Civic Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving -- offering discounts of as much as 60%.

Also in the market is a fare sale from 4-star Porter Airlines in which fares have dropped to new lows to cities across eastern Canada and the United States. This sale covers flights into December, including some holiday availability, allowing travellers to pair these discounted flights with discounted room nights. This sale ends Friday.

To best take advantage of this air sale for holiday travel, be flexible with your dates. For Civic Day and Labour Day, many passengers will depart Thursday or Friday and fly back Monday. Consider extending your trip a few days either before or after the holiday itself for the lowest fares. Same goes for Thanksgiving: adding a day or two at either end of your trip can bring significant savings.

This week we featured several hotels accessible after taking a Porter flight and there’s also an exhaustive list of hotels and resorts located near or outside of these cities:

  • St. John's: Ever kissed a cod or been screeched in? Choose to indulge in both or leisurely navigate Newfoundland & Labrador’s capital city and its striking coastline. Nab a room at the Courtyard St. John's Newfoundland  in the historic downtown centre, any day of the week July 1 - Sept. 3 or weekends in September for $135 per night – as much as 40% savings on in-demand summer months.

  • Halifax: Our journey through Atlantic Canada continues with a stop in its most populated city. Upgraded rooms at the Delta Barrington run $119 nightly, seven days of the week through September -- perfect timing for navigating the Tall Ships Festival held July 19-29.

  • Quebec City: If a trip across the pond is not in the cards this year, consider instead a sojourn to North America’s most European city. Nightly stays at the CAA 4-Diamond Hilton Quebec cost $175 Sunday-Thursday and $199 for weekends, including breakfast for two and save as much as 40% on peak summer prices.

  • Boston: History buffs can relive of the American Revolution long the Freedom Trail, while urban enthusiasts can appreciate the city’s hip neighborhoods, littered with gastronomical delights and retail friendly endroits. After a day about town, spend a night at the 4-star Omni Parker House, US$169 daily through Sept. 4, a historic landmark in itself, which has previously hosted notable figures including Charles Dickens and John F. Kennedy.

  • Ottawa: While Parliament is away, Canadians can play. Head down to the Nation’s Capital this summer and sprawl out in a one-bedroom suite at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel. Nightly arrivals July 3 - Aug. 30 cost $129 -- more than 40% less than area hotels and considerably cheaper than when the House of Commons is in session.

  • Montreal: Festival season is in full swing, and the city’s terraces are crowded with beautiful people, basking in the sunshine. Summertime in the city is truly something to behold and the CAA 4-Diamond Le Centre Sheraton Montreal is eager to help make it happen. Saunter into the city over select dates through September and pay $118-$125 per night – as much as 40%.

  • Chicago: Despite its moniker as the Second City, Chi-town takes a backseat to no one. Few major cosmopolitan cities boast towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, expansive parks and world-class restaurants. Fresh from a $90 million renovation of all guest rooms, the 4-star Hyatt Regency Chicago is poised to welcome Canadian travellers for US$149 over select dates July-August, including half price for valet parking, which regularly costs a cool $50 per night.

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Deal Expert, Toronto
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Michael Duchesne