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How to Get the Best Deals on Flights

May 28, 2014

Image of business woman holding suitcase looking at airplane inWhile booking your flight is easy enough, we all pay more than we’d like to. Whether you’re traveling for business or taking your family on vacation, there are some quick and easy ways to save on airfare — and it doesn’t involve cashing in your travel rewards miles. Here are four quick and easy ways to score the best deal on your next flight. Who knows, maybe you’ll even save enough to extend your vacation by a day or two!

Shop Around – With travel and airline websites abound, it’s important to compare flights among multiple sites. Although travel websites will often give you what looks to be a terrific price, make sure you read the fine print for restrictions on flight schedules including days of the week and time of day. If you’re flying at 2:00 a.m. to a make a 9:00 a.m. business meeting, the money you save may not be worth it. When you’re schedule permits, take advantage of the deals on flights that airlines may offer that make booking flights well in advance worthwhile. That means, when you know you’ll be traveling to a destination within a certain time frame when discounted rates apply, then book two flights at once.

Check out Social Media – Travel companies including Trip Advisor, Travelocity, Travel Alerts and nearly every airline regularly post links to discounts and Young man relaxing on the sofa with a laptopother special promotions through Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Get in the habit of following tweets and wall posts regularly to find out when and how to get the best deals on flights. Some airlines will even provide promotional discounts for retweets on Twitter or posting to their Facebook wall.

Sign Up For Alerts – Although no one wants a regular influx of email alerts going straight to their inbox, it can be worthwhile to filter travel and airline email alerts to a destination mailbox. This gives you the benefit of seeing the best deals on flights without having your inbox spammed. You can also be selective to which email alerts you sign up for, opting for the websites you don’t check as regularly rather than those you do which is another smart way to shop around for deals. 

Know When to Buy – You may often hear that ‘timing is everything’, and booking your flight is no different. It’s not uncommon for websites to offer discounted rates on mid-week flights. In a similar way, travelers can also score deals when booking their flights mid-week – usually, Tuesday mid-afternoon is an optimal time to strike a killer deal.

 Airplane passengers relax during flight cabin sleep businesspeopWith these tips in mind, we’re confident you can become a pro at snagging deals across the country! Looking for more cost saving tips? Read ‘Tips for Traveling on a Budget’ to learn more how to about having an amazing trip, without breaking the bank.

 As always, DelSuites is proud to offer short term rentals and executive suites in Toronto. Keep us in mind should you ever come out our way!

 

 

 

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DelSuites Supports the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada

May 24, 2014

Cardiac Health Walk of LifeIt’s that time of year again where many prepare for the Walk of Life in support of the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada.

For DelSuites furnished rentals, this is an opportunity to become involved by supporting this great cause.  And with our support, the funds raised increases awareness and is used for “Prevention, Education & Cardiac Rehabilitation”.

The 30th Anniversary Toronto Walk of Life will be taking place on Sunday May 25th at Evergreen Brick Works. You can still register in person on Sunday at 8:00AM.  Together we are making a difference!

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Tips for Traveling with Your Family

May 16, 2014

Happy family going on holidays and traveling by airplaneTraveling with a family is unlike traveling solo. In fact, it’s unlike traveling as a couple. Whether you’re traveling for business and bringing the family or relaxing on vacationing with them, keeping everyone in good spirits takes a little added planning. These days logging frequent flyer miles with your whole family has become a lifestyle and for many families, here are some ways to ensure the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.

Be Kind to Fellow Travelers: Just because you’re traveling with your family, doesn’t mean that everyone else is too. While your family takes priority, being aware of travelers en route to your destination makes the experience pleasant for everyone. Extending a little advanced courtesy to fellow passengers while on your flight or train ride will make them more accommodating should your children burst out into tears or a full-on sibling squabble.

011-A-Brand-New-KitchenFind Family-Friendly Accommodations When you’re traveling with the whole family, budget friendly stays are essential, which makes a hotel stay nearly unaffordable. But choosing extended stay accommodations means that you’ll save big by having the flexibility to purchase groceries and prepare some meals in the rental’s fully-equipped kitchen. 

Walk Everywhere: Sure renting a vehicle may seem like a great idea, but nothing beats touring a new city on foot to soak up the local culture. Although you may not cover as much ground as you would in a car, your family will truly get to experience a new city in a very up close and personal way. For families with older children, bicycle rentals are also a great way to get around and explore.

018-Master-BedroomA Room of Your Own: Hotel rooms are short on space and when you’re traveling with your family, a little extra wiggle room can be essential to keeping the peace. A short term apartment rental offers additional living space, along with the option for separate bedrooms. In addition, amenities that families may require during their stay including swimming pools, fitness areas and other recreational facilities will keep everyone occupied even when you’re not out exploring. What’s even better? These amenities are included in the cost of your rental. 

Enjoy the Adventure: Without a doubt, things will go wrong.  But family vacations aren’t about perfection but rather about enjoying life as it happens. Missing some spots on your tourist map? Relax, that just means you’ll have more to explore the next time. Keep it simple and enjoy the journey!

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How to Efficiently Pack a Suitcase

May 2, 2014

Open suitcase on bed elevated viewWhen traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is your luggage. In fact, ensuring a well-packed suitcase is critical to avoiding an additional cost of overweight luggage at the airport.

Finding it impossible to fit everything you need into you luggage or carry on? It’s not! With these four packing tricks, you will learn how to efficiently pack a suitcase so you won’t have to worry about carrying extra weight – you might even have a little extra room.

Check the Weather
While you can plan for unexpected weather conditions, having a general idea of the climate you’re visiting will keep you from packing winter boots when all you really need are loafers. Although you could check the weather online, when you’re staying at a short-term rental, consulting with the guest services staff offers a personal, real-time evaluation of weather cPortrait of beautiful smiling girl wearing yellow raincoat lookionditions. But, even if you’re expecting sunny skies in the forecast, keep in mind that temperatures fluctuate during throughout the day. Having a neutral sweater or blazer on hand is essential, so you can interchange it with your attire if needed.

Stay Wrinkle Free
While executive suites are usually equipped with small appliances including an iron and ironing board, keep your work attire fresh by packing your suitcase right. Keep items such as pants and skirts on the bottom while lighter ones including dress shirts and blouses that crease more easily should be layered on top. Store extra shoes in plastic bags and use the inside of your shoes to store socks and underwear which gives you extra space.

Plan Accordingly
Business people analyzing diagrams together in cosy meeting room
Will you have a few formal events to attend? Will there be time for site seeing? Knowing your itinerary will help you optimize the space in your suitcase accordingly. If you have meetings with different clients that won’t see you twice, one suit and a couple of different shirt and tie options may get you through your trip. Packing different accessories including scarves, light cardigans and jewellery are great ways to create multiple looks without extra attire.

Extend your Wardrobe
Did you know that booking a short-term condo rental instead of a hotel can keep your even luggage lighter? It’s true; guests have access to an in-suite washing machine and dryer, a convenience of home that many business travelers might overlook. Even if you’re away on business for a week or more, you can easily launder your clothing without having to needlessly lug you’re entire wardrobe.

 

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Short Term Apartment Rental vs. Hotels

April 25, 2014

Business tra010-View-of-the-Dining-Area_wmvel is filled with meetings, long conferences, and occasionally even longer evenings. It can be exhausting as a business executive to be on the go constantly. That is why it is important you choose your accommodations with care, so you have a chance to relax at the end of each day. Today, the trend is to opt for short-term apartment rentals rather than hotels.

Why Choose Short Term Apartment Rentals?
There are many reasons why business travelers are attracted to short term apartment rentals rather than hotels. Here are just a few of the reasons why people just like you are choosing to stay in high-quality furnished apartments:

Cost: Hotels can be expensive. In this day and age when the economy is still limping back after the recent recession, businesses are looking to cut costs. One of the best ways to save money during business travel is by choosing short term rentals. They offer all the amenities of a hotel, plus more at an extremely affordable cost. You never have to pay exorbitant rates for luxury, and this is what makes this option so attractive to business travelers.

Convenient Location: Most hotels are located in commercial zones and this can make it tedious to relax after a 045-Walk-Outside-to-Patio-Restaurants-on-Yonge_wmhectic day. Surrounded by busy roads, fast food restaurants and noise, it can be hard to get comfortable. When you stay in a conveniently located short term apartment rental, you have easy access to attractions, great dining options, parks for early morning jogs and other sources of entertainment while still feeling like you have your own private space away from the hustle and bustle.

Personalized Service: Hotels are notorious for their clinical atmosphere, while an apartment rental is more like a home away from home. Ensuring that each guest has a comfortable stay is crucial to the success of the apartment rental company. As a result, owners or managers will go out of their way to offer personalized services so that business travellers keep returning to their property.

027-Amenities-Fitness-Centre-Views_wmAmenities: An apartment rental for business travelers features all the amenities that business executives may require during their stay. Internet, satellite TV, fax, printer, secured parking, a refrigerator, microwave, clean linen, hairdryer, a large closet, recreational facilities, excellent housekeeping services and much more are available in your fully outfitted apartment rental. All these amenities are part and parcel of the rental and do not come at an additional cost.

Privacy: With a short term apartment rental, you do not have to hang a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign outside your door, like you have to do at a hotel. When you stay in an apartment rental, you can rest assured knowing no one will come knocking on your door to disturb you if you want to sleep in after a late night. You also can entertain your business guests in your apartment with ease. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can prepare your own meals or a late night snack without having to leave the comfort of your rental or order room service.