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Air Canada recently announced its biggest-ever winter sun program, with 8% more capacity than pre-pandemic numbers. That expansion is good news for sister company Air Canada Vacations, which has just released its winter 2023/2024 vacation lineup.
Highlights include the return of key seasonal sun destinations such as Grenada, Aruba, Los Cabos, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Saint Vincent, Saint Marteen, Saint Kitts, Great Exuma, Cayo Santa Maria, Holguin, Belize, Panama and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as additional frequency and capacity to sunny stalwarts Cancun and Punta Cana.
New choices include Monterrey, Mexico and Martinique from Toronto, La Romana, D.R. and Los Cabos, Mexico from Montreal. Cancun is the powerhouse among sun destinations for AC and ACV, with up to 21 flights per week from Toronto, 14 from Montreal, seven from Vancouver, four from Quebec and three each from Halifax, Ottawa and Edmonton. Punta Cana will receive up to 14 flights per week from Toronto, 12 from Montreal, four from Ottawa and three from Halifax.
"With the non-stop routes recently announced by Air Canada, the return of seasonal destinations as well as the increased capacity, customers will be able to book their next dream vacation with ease and can choose from our exhaustive collection of hotels and resorts," said Nino Montagnese, Vice President, Air Canada Vacations.
"Whether it's to dip their toes in warm beaches, embrace local cuisine, experience an unforgettable adventure or even all three, Canadians will find packages to suit various travel styles and budgets."
Early planners will have their pick of dates and resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Key hotel partners include Sandals Hotels & Resorts, AMR Collection (now known as the Inclusive Collection, World of Hyatt), Ocean Hotels by H10 and Melia Hotels International, among many others.
In addition, cruise lovers can escape to the sea on board the Costa Pacifica, sailing every Sunday from La Romana as of January 7, 2024. This offers a 7-night alternating cruise itinerary that will let travellers experience the destinations of Guadeloupe, Grenada, Barbados, Tortola, St. Lucia, Antigua, Ocho Rios, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Samana and Catalina Island.
Book Winter Early & Save Up to $1,000 per Family
Early planners who book their 2023/2024 winter vacation package to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America will enjoy significant savings with Air Canada Vacations' Early Booking Bonus. Families can save $1,000 (family of 4 or $250 per person) when booking their 2023/2024 winter holiday through their favourite travel professional.
CareFlex & CareFree Peace Of Mind Programs
As Canadians are planning their next winter escape, flexibility is top of mind. Air Canada Vacations' CareFree and CareFlex plans give your clients the peace of mind they need. Both travel protections are commissionable to travel advisors at 20% when added to your clients' 2023/2024 winter holiday.
For $69 (Canada & U.S.) and $99 (Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America & Europe) per person, the CareFlex travel protection plan allows travellers to transfer their package, change their departure date, destination or hotel, and cancel with a full refund up to 21 days prior to departure, or cancel with an in-house credit up to 3 days prior to departure. For $69, the CareFree travel protection plan includes free seat selection, and a Price Drop Guarantee.
The ACV Vacation Promise
When booking with Air Canada Vacations, customers will enjoy exclusives perks with its Vacation Promise program which includes value adds such as one FREE checked bag per person, connections throughout 51 Canada airports aboard Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge flights starting at $55, and more. Click here for more details.
The ACV&ME Loyalty Program
With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels and groups will receive 500 points per room for packages of 7 nights or more; 500 points per room for packages of 3 to 6 nights; 500 points per cabin when you book a Flight & Cruise package and 200 points per cabin when booking a cruise only, and on every 3 to 7 nights hotel-only, and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME loyalty points can be redeemed for Aeroplan points, travel vouchers or Visa and instant gift cards.
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