Hi Travel Buddies,
Are you feeling overwhelmed by so many pre-NATAS and NATAS Fair promotions and by now, are you already lost and having some difficulties to keep track and choosing the right travel deals?
Whenever major events like NATAS Fairs are coming, everyone in the travel industry will work hard to get a pie in the midst of stiff competition.
So how do we as consumers survive through the ordeal of picking the best travel deals? To be honest, there is no one best travel deal.
So to decide which option is the best depends very much of on how we want our holidays to turn out.
Package Tours lovers
While we always encourage DIY travels, we know there are still large groups of travel lovers like to join package tours. If you belong to this group, then you just have to keep track of the dates of pre-NATAS and NATAS Travel Fairs. Attend to these fairs whichever your own schedules can accommodate. We find that most of the itineraries and prices offered during the fairs are very competitive, so do not get too worried if you cannot attend all of them. You can just choose 2 or more of your favourite tour agencies for comparisons. Sometimes joining the queue to find a chance to talk to the tour representatives during the fairs are crazy enough to drive you off.
Tip 1: Normally, the deals are better during Pre-NATAS Fairs then NATAS Fairs as most travel agents will try to secure as many bookings as early as possible and you will realize that tour groups for popular travel dates are mostly confirmed and filled up very fast even before the NATAS Fair.
Tip 2: Bring along the floor plan and exhibitors list. Click here.
Free and Easy Goers
As we go for free and easy trips and road trips most of time, we may not attend travel fairs. We focus on looking out for airline promotions and hotel deals. We also use one-stop online travel sites like to access to all the prices available from airlines and hotels. There are also fly and drive or fly and stay packages available on the website, you get more discounts or rebates when you bundle them together.
Tip 3: If your travel dates are not so flexible or you want to travel during public holidays, book early to avoid disappointment because hot seats sold out fast! We anticipate that tickets will run out very fast especially for Chinese New Year holidays next year which happen to fall on Monday and Tuesday (23 and 24 January). You can easily plan for a pretty long weekend trip during this period.
Click here to check Singapore Public Holidays 2012 for your holiday planning next year.
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What else can you get out from the Pre-NATAS and NATAS Fairs?
Travel Guides and Information – NATAS Fair is probably one best place to gather travel information, you can collect as many travel itineraries, free maps and travel guides as you like. Sometimes, the tourism boards from overseas countries will send their local representatives and you can get a face-to-face opportunity to talk to them and they will be most happy to share their local cultures and promote their countries.
Travel Insurance – Typically, you can get up to 40% to 45% off in NATAS Fairs.
Travel Products – Besides tour agencies, you can look out for travel products deals. Marbella GPS, Universal Traveller Apparel, Winter Time and a number of travel stores will set up their booths at this coming NATAS Fair.
Credit Card Promotions, Free Gifts and Lucky Draws – A number of major banks, ANZ, Citibank, DBS, HSBC, OCBC, UOB will have their booths at NATAS Fair 2011 for card promotions and gifts redemptions. As usual, there will be lucky draws and attractive prizes to be won.
Entertainment – We expect there will be performances like cultural dances and other activities lined up in the 3-day NATAS Fair.
Below is the most updated list of NATAS travel deals that we have shared – airfares, cruises, hotels, pre-NATAS travel fairs. So bookmark this page as we will continue to update the latest NATAS promotions as much as we can. To make it easier, just subscribe to our newsletter and you will receive the most updated travel deals!
Additional rebates when you pay with DBS/POSB MasterCard. Booking Period: 15 to 25 Aug 2011 (expired). Check out the latest ZUJI NATAS 3 days Sale from 26-28 August. Click here.
This post summarised the NATAS promotions by all the major credit cards.
Find all the NATAS promotions of the major travel agents in this post.
Valid for booking during 26-28 August for travel between 1 September to 31 March 2012.
Qualifying period: 22 August 2011– 2359hrs 30 September 2011.
Booking Period: 26 August to 27 September (Economy Class) 16 August to 16 September (Business Class) Travel by 15 December 2011.
From 26 August 2011 to 4 September 2011, enjoy fabulous discount with every purchase of TravelJOY™ Insurance –45% discount for Single-Trip policies and 20% discount for Annual Multi-Trip policies
Travel Period: 15 August to 30 November 2011
Book by 15 September 2011
Citibank members can enjoy 50% off travel insurance discount for single trip coverage during the period 23 to 29 August 2011 through online enrolment.
ACE Travel Insurance offers 40% off for any single plan trip purchased from 24 August to 2 September 2011
Passion Card Members can get exclusive prices and discounts for selected tour and cruise packages.
Enjoy 1 night free and other travel exciting travel deals and redeem attractive gifts during NATAS Fair.
40% off: Applies to all stateroom categories of Jan 2 & 9 sailings of 4-Night cruise. HSBC Exclusive: Free upgrade to oceanview staterooms for Feb 6 & 13 sailings of 4-Night cruise. All promotions are valid for new individual bookings from now to 31 August 2011.
Sales until 14 Sep 2011. Travel by 31 Oct 2011. S$25 or S$100 Resorts World Sentosa Vouchers for every ticket purchase available for selected destinations.
Valid for booking till 15 September 2011. Travel between now to 28 February 2012.
Early birds will get up S$300 off per couple, promotions valid up to 25 August. Book using your DBS/POSB Credit Cards and you will get $200 discount for couple and travel luggage, 2 sizes (20″ or 28″) available depending on the minimum spending of $2800 or $5800.
Aug 20 and 21. The highlights of this weekend’s sale seem to focus on cruise promotions by the different cruise liners: MSC, Holland America Line, Norwegian, Royal Carribean, Costa and Princess Cruises. Charge $2500 to your Citibank Credit Card and you will receive a free 20″ Trolley Luggage.
Check out their Booth no. 5H25 for great bargains including up to 50% off for selected departure dates.
Sale ends on 19 Aug 2011. Travel Period from 17 April 2012 to 10 September 2012 except for Tokyo Haneda Airport and Osaka Kansai Airport 10 August 2012.
Booking Period will end on 31 August 2011. Travel Period will commence on 1 Oct 2011 to 18 November 2011.
Sale ends 16 September 2011. Travel between 10 August to 4 December 2011.
Sale ends 16 September 2011. Travel between 10 August to 4 December 2011.
Register on Qantas website or Qantas booth at the NATAS Fair between Aug 16 to Sep 19 and you will stand a chance to win 2 return airtickets and 3 nights stay in Sydney in the coming New Year.
Book by 30 November 2011. Travel from 1 September to 15 December 2011.
Book by 15 September 2011. Travel between 1 September 2011 and 31 January 2012.
Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing. Book from now to 28 August and travel by 31 August 2011.
Stand a chance to win an A380 flight on Singapore Airlines to Hong Kong, Sydney or Tokyo when you purchase a Singapore Airlines ticket during the coming NATAS Fair 2011 at Expo Hall 4B, 5 and 6 between 26 and 28 August 2011. Double your chances when you purchase a flight or package tour to Japan.
Experience an All-Inclusive Club Med Holiday now! Book by 2 September 2011. Travel between 1 November 2011 – 31 March 2012. $400 off adult prices and $200 off per child, valid for bookings at any of Club Med’s 10 Snow Resorts, which include Sahoro (Hokkaido), Cervinia (Italy), Meribel Aspen Park (France). Travel from Nov 19.
Hong Kong Summer Spectacular Package from just S$618, includes air ticket, 2 nights’ accomodation and airport transfer. Pay with your HSBC Card and you get a 20″ travel bag. Book and travel by 29 August 2011.
From 27th September, SilkAir flies to Chengdu and Chongqing 3 times a week (Tue, Thur & Sun). Book by 24 August 2011 to enjoy special fares. Travel between 1 September to 31 December 2011.