Remember the days when winter vacation meant flying to NY to go ice skating in Central Park, heading on a guys’ trip to Las Vegas, or taking the week off of work to relax on the beach in the Caribbean? In today’s economy, wonderful trips like these seem far-fetched and a thing of the past. However, Barbara Messing of, home to some of the best insider deals to the world’s favorite destinations, has come up with five easy ways travelers can experience an amazing and affordable winter trip, as long as they are in the know about discounts and ways to save on travel.

“The silver lining of the economic downturn is that there has never been a better time to find a good travel deal,” said Barbara Messing, vice president at Travel Ticker. “On, we have incredible discounts and deals that fit every consumer’s wish — whether you’re looking for cheap airfare to spend a traditional holiday season visiting grandma, or long for a spontaneous escape to an exotic locale.”

This year’s w-i-n-t-e-r tips include:


1) W — Win in Vegas with a 4-star Strip hotel for $55 per night

Stay at the 4-star Luxor hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for $55 per
night! Vegas experienced a boom over the last seven years as a
Renaissance destination offering exquisite dining and a buzzing
nightlife, but has been hit hard since the economic downturn. This is a
good thing for travelers because in order to entice customers who may
be skittish of vacationing in these economic times, hotels are betting
on discounts and throwing in ‘extras’ of dining, gaming, spa and show.
Travel Ticker has an exclusive: 4-star Palms Vegas resort for $79 a

night that comes with a $50 dining credit.


2) I — Imagine Hawaii Flight/Hotel Packages under $700

Yes you can! Hawaii is no longer out of reach. Since some airlines
stopped flying to Hawaii, more hotel rooms have become available and
are offering great opportunities for travelers. On Travel Ticker
there’s currently a 5-night hotel/flight package to Waikiki for only
$682. Knowing that flights alone to Hawaii normally come to $600, these
packages are a great bargain and allow you to stretch your vacation
budget further. Knowing that all of your travel expenses are covered up
front can allow you to enjoy your vacation even more. Right now,
Travel Ticker has many all-inclusive package deals, especially at
luxury resorts.

3) N — Never miss a great deal

Three nights at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for $299 per person
including a dolphin interaction ($105 value)? You need to be in the
know to score great deals. Look to sites that provide relevant offers.
For example, the homepage is geo-targeted and will
display deals that specifically apply to a visitor’s origin. You can
also sign up for Travel Ticker’s weekly newsletter that sources the
best deals for your location, delivered to your email inbox each
Wednesday, as well as through an RSS feed

4) T — Taste the Big City life at 50% off

If you don’t want to get on a plane, go local! Big cities across the
U.S. have festive holiday attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Money saved from your airfare can be spent on treating yourself! Enjoy
50% off a customer favorite and top-ranked NYC Midtown hotel from $139
per night and 50% off a AAA Four Diamond Chicago hotel at only $109 per
night. Being able to visit many popular tourist attractions without the
summer crowds make these cities even more fun during the winter season.
See Big City Getaways:

5) E — Elevate your senses in Europe on a dime

Fancy a low fare across the pond? Virgin Atlantic’s airfare sale to
Europe starts at $198 each way. With the U.S. dollar strengthening
against foreign currencies and oil prices dropping, travel to Europe is
more affordable than it has been in years. Winter is the low season in
Europe which makes meeting locals, enjoying top sites, and
participating in many of the top cultural activities more accessible.
We see great deals extending into 2009 from major airlines, hotels and
packagers. See INTERNATIONAL:

6) R — Relax in Luxury at top resorts and spas

Hit the spa at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun for $80 per night or
get up to 50% off a Sedona golf resort at $89 per night. It may be cold
outside, but the temperature is still hot in the steam room! Resorts
and Spa rates drop once the peak summer demand season is gone and the
winter “low season” begins. Many resorts offer many amenities for low
or no charge during the winter, so you won’t ever need to leave the
comfort of the beautiful grounds.

* Examples of deals recently available on site. Rates and fares subject to change and availability. See site for full details.

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