The end of May marked the launch of Transat's winter 2016-17 program, highlights of which include new destinations, a new cruise formula and the continued offering of its Collections. Here is what you need to know:
In an effort to consolidate its entire program under the Transat brand, the tour operator will no longer be commercializing the TMR Holidays and Nolitours brands as of June 1, 2016. From now on, the winter 2016-17 program will be presented as a unified formula.
Transat offers direct flights to 34 South destinations from 22 Canadian cities. Air Transat has 137 routes, 11 of which are new, like San Salvador (El Salvador) from Montreal, Roatan (Honduras) from Quebec City, Cartagena (Colombia) and Managua (Nicaragua) from Toronto, and Los Cabos (Mexico) from Vancouver.
In an effort to simplify the booking process for travel advisors, various Collections are available to match with your client. These include: Solo, Adults, Sun Savvy, Family, Distinction and Luxury.
Cruises are now offered in the form of packages, including roundtrip flights with Air Transat, transfers and the cruise, and can be booked just like an all-inclusive package.
This year, Transat has partnered with 13 ocean and river cruise lines to offer more than 60 itineraries in the South and Europe.
Under certain conditions, clients may opt to move up their departure date up to 14 days before the cruise or postpone their return flight up to 14 days after their adventure at sea, without incurring penalties for changing the flight dates.
Europe in the winter
Direct flights to Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, are available all year long from Toronto. Transat also provides direct service between Toronto and Faro, Portugal, from January to April, and between Montreal and Malaga, Spain, from January to October. These three routes are available to clients departing from Montreal and Toronto, thanks to connecting flights between the two cities. A Toronto-Montreal-Lisbon flight is added to the Portugal program in March, and will continue to operate throughout summer. Transat also flies to other cities in Europe year-round, namely Paris, London, Glasgow and Manchester.
The new 2017 guided tours program in Europe and Sun destinations will be featured in the new Guided Tours brochure, which will be launched in September. To simplify the offer, Transat will stop selling Discoveries Collection tours in South America, Asia and Africa and will focus on destinations served by Air Transat.
Clients can take advantage of a Super Early Booking Promotion for all departures between Nov. 1, 2016, and Apr. 30, 2017, booked by June 30, 2016, Travel agents will earn 10-times the Bonbon rewards per individual booking. Click here for information.
For more information, visit transat.com.