The Benefit of Travel Insurance

May 24, 2017 Deals
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At Vacations Away, we are strong advocates of protecting your investment with the purchase of a reputable travel insurance. Travel insurance has numerous benefits that are here for you.

Firstly, and maybe most importantly, medical coverage while in destination. Sure, you’re healthy with no pre-existing conditions and plan to have a great time in Hawaii. One day you decide to go hiking to the waterfalls and unexpectedly – you fall and break your arm. Now what? You call your travel insurance provider, they get you to a modern, fully accredited hospital, they pay for all your medical care (x-rays, surgery, pain medication, possibly an overnight stay in the hospital, etc.) Yes, this is all covered by insurance. In the United States, all the costs associated with a broken arm can climb well over $16,000 USD!

Imagine paying that out of pocket. Yikes.

Or, maybe (heaven forbid) you suffer a stroke mid-flight. Now, the plane is diverted to get you to the closest medical facility in a destination where English is not the first language. The pilot contacts air traffic control who relays your situation to the airport. The airport alerts the medical team who are waiting for you on the tarmac when you land. They whisk you off to the hospital for tests, surgery, top notch care, and likely a hospital stay.

What’s this? You don’t speak Spanish or Icelandic? Don’t worry, because Manulife’s Assured Assistance sure does! They have medical professionals on staff 24/7/365 who speak multiple languages and interact with the local team to provide you the best care possible. That’s all covered by your travel insurance.

And that’s just medical coverage! What about travel interruption insurance?

You’re en route to London and a major storm grounds all flights at Toronto’s Pearson International airport. There’s no word of when you’ll get out of Toronto. The airline can’t control the weather, can they? This has nothing to do with them. “What do we do?!” you say. Travel insurance saves the day again! Just call them, and they’ll put you up in hotel until the airline can get you out, they’ll feed you, they’ll even pay for entertainment in Toronto while you’re there. How awesome is that??

What’s that? You’ve missed two days in London? Travel insurance will reimburse you for days lost of your vacation!

Uh oh, now you’ve arrived in London but your bags never showed up. Bam! Travel insurance again. After just 10 hours of baggage delay, you can go out and shop for the essentials, but keep your receipt, ’cause travel insurance is gonna reimburse you for those out of pocket expenses! (Don’t get crazy, no new iPad’s today. Sorry, folks).

Maybe you were taking a cruise out of Dover, travel insurance will help you catch up to the ship. All at no cost to you!

Let’s be real. Nobody books a trip planning to cancel 3 weeks prior to departure, but it happens. In the fine print, it states from all airlines and tour operators, that unless an applicable fare type is booked (i.e. business or first class, usually), what you’ve booked is 100% absolutely non-refundable. Sometimes you’ll get a credit from an airline for an air only ticket, but package bookings are a loss of funds. Travel insurance can help you in this event, too. They’ll reimburse you the cost of your package if you’re cancelling for medical reasons that are not pre-existing, there are other policies that WILL reimburse you even if your condition was pre-existing, and even better, and there are still other policies available to reimburse you no questions asked, for any reason at all!

Say you don’t take the insurance. Are you willing to walk away from that $6,000 Hawaiian vacation if you need to cancel? Are you in a position in your life that $6000 is no big deal to lose? Or that $12,000 European coach tour? Do you have $20,000 sitting in the bank to pay for a broken arm? If not, we strongly urge you to take the coverage that best suits your needs. Each policy is reviewed on a case by case situation, so please talk to us so we can help you to protect yourself!

Some people think “I’ve never had trouble on past trips”. Well that’s great! But this is a new day. So you bought the insurance and didn’t have to use it? That’s awesome! That means you had a stress free wonderful holiday. That one time you will need to make a claim with your travel insurance provider, the costs covered will be invaluable and will out measure any premiums you may have paid in the past.

Travel insurance is worth every penny. 

Say it again!!

Travel. Insurance. Is. Worth. Every. Penny. 

Las Vegas deal!

May 9, 2017 Deals

Head down to viva Las Vegas with this killer pricing!

July 9 – 13, flights from Saskatoon

Ballys – $481.60
Flamingo – $491.89
The Linq – $536.64
Planet Hollywood – $560.21
Cosmopolitan – $603.97

All prices are per person, tax included and based on double occupancy for flight & hotel. Rates are subject to change and availability. Call us today to book your space! Many other resort choices available!

Vacations Away Exclusive!

May 4, 2017 Deals
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Group pricing ONLY at Vacations Away!

**January 20 – 27, 2018**
– Direct flights from Saskatoon to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
– All inclusive accommodation at the Las Palmas By The Sea Resort
– Priced at $1438 per person, tax included for an ocean view room!

Price based on double occupancy.
Subject to availability, call us at 306-477-7460 to book your spot!

Alaska Cruise!

April 19, 2017 Tags: , Deals
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Celebrity Cruises, on board the Millenium
Round trip from Vancouver
September 1 – 8, 2017
Balcony Cabin
$75 USD on board credit

Priced at $1985 per person, tax included!

This pricing is based on double occupancy, and is a special senior’s discounted rate. Don’t miss out!

Arizona Getaway!

April 10, 2017 Tags: Deals

How about a quick weekend getaway to Arizona?
NON-STOP flights from Saskatoon to Phoenix and 3 nights accommodations in the heart of Glendale (shopping, night life and entertainment)
April 21st to 28th, 2017
$559.00 taxes $164.21 = $723.21 CAD per person based on double occupancy!!

At Vacations Away, we LOVE destinations weddings!

March 24, 2017 Deals
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So call us to help you and your special person plan a wedding you’ll never forget!

Whether you’re looking for a beach ceremony in the Mayan Riviera, a garden celebration in Hawaii, a fantastically fun elopement in Las Vegas, or anything else – we want to help you! With over 35 years combined experience, we know destination weddings!

Marian’s South East Asian extravaganza!!

March 24, 2017 Tags: , , , , Deals
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Marian recently had the privilege of escorting a group of 24 to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Their travels took them from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand; to the beautifully chaotic city of Ho Chi Minh (still called Saigon locally); then on a wonderfully relaxing river cruise up the Mekong River in Cambodia to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We flew back into Vietnam and headed north from Hoi An to Hue and Hanoi, finishing up with a must-do overnight boat cruise on Halong Bay.

As Marian said, “I was not sure what to expect, but all three countries fascinated me with their beauty, chaos, friendly smiles and innovations…gigantic tombs built for their emperors; the jumble of electrical wires that leave you speechless; the clever ways the Viet Kong eluded capture by creating backward facing sandals and the many miles of tunnels at Cu Chi that hid them from the enemy above; the depressingly sad killing fields of Cambodia; and the Vietnam veteran who some 40 years late still teared up when talking about the lasting effects of the Vietnam war on his people….but beyond the horrors of war are the people… kind, friendly and so willing to say ‘hello’, likely the only English word they know but are eager to use. A destination worthy of a visit!”


RIDER PRIDE at Angkor Wat!

Exotic Fiji Escape – 8 NIGHTS

March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , Deals
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Exotic Fiji Escape – 8 NIGHTS
$3149 per person, in double occupancy+ taxes
(Vancouver departure – connectors from Saskatoon available)

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Port Denarau area with its easy access to the many restaurants and shops at the Port and the shopping in Nadi Town for 3 nights before heading out to Musket Cove Resort for 5 nights to soak up the sun and enjoy the turquoise blue waters.

Return air from selected Vancouver on Fiji Airways • All required coach and launch transfers • 3 nights in a 1 Bedroom Apartment at the Terraces • 5 nights in a Garden Bure at Musket Cove Resort with full buffet breakfast daily • Arrival coconut water, chilled towels and clay bead necklace • Use of kayaks, snorkeling equipment • Daily snorkeling trips, Solevu Village Tour • Guided organic farm visit and medicine walks • Use of 2 bikes, book and video library and invitation to weekly manager’s Cocktail Party

Escape to the Gold Coast – Australia LONG STAY package

March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , Deals
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Escape to the Gold Coast – Australia LONG STAY package
OCT. 30TH TO NOV. 22ND 2016

Fly with Air Canada on their new direct service Vancouver to Brisbane (connectors from Saskatoon available)

21 NIGHT PACKAGE FROM $2939 per person, in double occupancy
• Return air from Vancouver on Air Canada
• Meet/greet and assistance on arrival in Brisbane
• Private coach transfers to Coolangatta
• 21 nights in a 1 Bedroom Apartment at the Mantra Twin Towns

Eastern Europe Classic Trio – Budapest, Vienna and Prague

March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , Deals
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Eastern Europe Classic Trio – Budapest, Vienna and Prague
12 Days / 10 Nights – Daily departures available
Includes – airfare from Calgary or Edmonton, arrival transfers in Budapest, 3 nights in Budapest, train between Budapest and Vienna, 3 nights in Vienna, train between Vienna and Prague, 4 nights in Prague, departure transfers to the Prague airport and daily breakfast!!
$1599.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy (plus taxes of approx. $600.00)