February 11, 2013 10:00 ET

Frugal Ottawans Lust After Low-Cost Love This Valentine's Day

They May not be Cheapskates, but they Love CHEAP SKATES!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2013) - A sexy dinner of samples at Costco? Frisky fishing with your special friend? A heartwarming matinee of "Evil Dead: The Musical?" These are but a few suggestions for thrifty thrills from cost-conscious Canadians to celebrate Valentine's Day on a budget. The penny-pinching planning was the result of a recent poll by FlightNetwork.com, who launched its second annual "Price Drop Love" survey to help Canadians find great, romantic Valentine's Day date options for low or no cost.

While many believe they need to spend a lot of money on lavish dinners and candy, Ottawa has no shortage of economical activities available this Valentine's Day, including the most popular option of a free snuggle and skate on the Rideau Canal, chosen by 34.9% of respondents as their perfect price-dropped romantic rendezvous. Beavertails are optional, ranging from $3.75 to $5.00. Several other inexpensive options also received some love:

  • 21.8% of respondents plan to take advantage of a tantalizing tour of the National Gallery of Canada, free on Valentine's Day
  • Car windows are going to be steamed up by 17.2% of survey takers who will spend a no-cost evening at the Rockcliffe Park Lookout.
  • What's sexier than snowshoeing? Nothing, at least according to the 15.3% planning to shell out a reasonable $15 per person for some outdoor action at Gatineau Park.
  • Another 10.6% prefer to stay warm and close indoors, catching a cozy movie for $9 each in the Balcony of the ByTowne Cinema. What's playing? Who cares??

"Our business is focused on helping Canadians save money on travel, but we like to help them save money in their day-to-day lives as well," said Jamil al Jabri, Marketing Manager at FlightNetwork.com. "Money may be tight for many Ottawans, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to enjoy a great Valentine's Day."

Whatever romantic rendezvous you're planning, FlightNetwork.com wishes you a happy Valentine's Day!

About FlightNetwork.com (www.flightnetwork.com)

As one of Canada's leaders in online travel, FlightNetwork.com delivers the lowest airfares from the top airlines by offering consumers access to over 2 million bulk rates on cheap flights negotiated with major airlines. Its proprietary flight booking engine offers last second booking and the exclusive ability to 'mix and match' fares - the only Canadian online travel agency that allows booking on different airlines for departure and return flights to get the lowest fares possible. Backing up Flight Network's award winning online service are over 120 insightful travel specialists in the FlightNetwork.com call centre who ensure that customers successfully book the best travel deals.

FlightNetwork.com's Price Drop Protection plan is a unique, free program, exclusive to FlightNetwork.com customers on all economy flights, vacations and hotels. The Price Drop Deal is now unlimited on all domestic, USA and international flights, as well as vacations and hotel bookings. If you book with FlightNetwork.com, and the price drops after you book, you will get the difference credited back.

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