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ROAD TRIP: Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

It’s not too late to hop in the car and save this Memorial Day weekend - stay 3 nights or more at any Wingate by Wyndham or Ramada hotels and receive 20% off your stay.

Here are five last-minute U.S. city breaks where you can kickoff the start to summer and celebrate Memorial Day for less.  

 

1. Washington, D.C. 

National Memorial Parade. Washington D.C.What better place to be patriotic than the nation’s capital? Events in the area include the National Memorial Day Concert  and the National Memorial Day Parade.

Perfect for last-minute trips from: Baltimore; Boston; Charleston, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, C.T.; Louisville, K.Y.; Nashville; New York City; Providence.  

 

2. Atlanta, GA 

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CYBER MONDAY TRAVEL DEALS: Save Big With 24-Hour Special Rates

I’m not a fan of consumer holidays. I am a fan of affordable travel, however. So, if a Colorado ski break, an Italian hiking holiday, or an all-inclusive Mexico beach escape is on your travel wish list, here are four Cyber Monday travel deals to help you save big


COLORADO SKI BREAK

The deal: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, located in the heart of Beaver Creek at the base of one of Colorado’s most celebrated mountain resorts, is offering Cyber Monday savvy-shoppers a free night stay and a free day of skiing!  Those who book the Ski Free, Stay Free offer can enjoy an extra night as well as an extra day on the slopes.  In addition, those who book on December 2 will receive a slope side view upgrade based on availability.  This deal represents a 20% savings on accommodations and savings of $200 for skiing. 

 

How to save: To make reservations for this four-night stay, visit http://beavercreek.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=52910544 and use promo code CYBER. Offer is valid for stays between December 3-20 and throughout select dates in 2014. Please check the terms and conditions for availability.

To make reservations for this four-night stay, please visit http://beavercreek.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=52910544 and use promo code CYBER. Offer is valid for stays between December 3-20 and throughout select dates in 2014. Please check the terms and conditions for availability.  

ITALIAN HIKING HOLIDAY


The deal: REI Adventures, a leading adventure tour company, is offering a Cyber Monday deal on its classic Cinque Terre Hiking trip in Italy. Guests who book this trip on December 2, 2013 will receive $700 off any 2014 departure of the trip, a 20% discount. The trip is a stunning tour by foot through the five picturesque fishing villages dotting the Mediterranean Coast of Italy. Guests will hike along dramatic views of the coastline, through chestnut and pine forests and past a 16th century naval fortress – all the while enjoying the region’s renowned wines, gastronomy and relaxed seaside culture. 

How to save: Trips can be booked at www.rei.com/adventures (FYI the last time REI Adventures offered a discount was for their 25th anniversary, which was in April 2012.)

  

MEXICO ALL-INCLUSIVE BEACH ESCAPE

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

 

The deal: Barceló Hotels & Resorts specializes in all-inclusive resort experiences found in the world’s most desirable locales. The brand’s two multi-resort mega complexes, Barceló Bávaro and Barceló Maya, are characteristic of Barceló’s high quality service and endless entertainment options. Catering to online travel consumers, the brand is offering a 40% discount on stays with a three-night minimum.

How to save: Reservations must be made on Monday, December 2 though the savings is valid for travel throughout 2014, blackout dates may apply. To book, visit http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/offers/cybermonday-deals.aspx.

 

Sandos Hotels & Resorts

 

The deal: Sandos Hotels & Resorts is offering up to 50% off at one of Sandos’ four all-inclusive Mexico resorts. The brand’s Mexico collection includes: Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort and Sandos Playacar Beach Experience Resort, both in Riviera Maya; and Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort in Cancun. Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos is the fourth and newest Mexico property in the collection, which opened May 2013. Only available for booking on Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013. Valid for travel in 2014; blackout dates may apply.

How to save: To book, visit www.sandos.com, select the Sandos Mexico hotel of choice and then click on the special offers tab at the top of the hotel landing page.

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SWISS BLISS: 5 Last Minute Ways to Save in Switzerland this Summer

Switzerland ranks as one of the prettiest places on the planet. It’s also one of the most expensive. But that doesn’t mean budget travelers have to steer clear. Here are five wallet-friendly summer deals to help you stretch your dollars and expand your fun.

Alpine Summer Switzerland

Better still, discover how you can win a free one-week Swiss summer holiday.

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National Park Trips On Sale At Holiday River Expeditions

In Celebration of National Parks Week 2013 adventure travel outfitter, Holiday River Expeditions, is offering great deals on several of their National Park biking and rafting trips.

Holiday River Expeditions/Canyonlands National Park.

Book space on select Cataract Canyon Rafting or Combo Cataract Rafting & White Rim Trail Mountain Biking trips by April 26, 2013 and save $200 OFF the Adult Fare.

Or, for the ultimate mountain biking adventure, save $100 OFF the Adult Rate on their White Rim Trail Mountain Biking trip.

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TRAVEL SAVINGS: Overseas Adventure Travel Reduces 2013 Heart of India Prices by up to $1100 per person.

“The scent of roasted cumin seeds floating through a Delhi bazaar … a young girl’s bracelets jangling on her arm as she prepares for a festival … Hindu pilgrims descending ghats into the holy Ganges.” Sound tempting?

Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) invites travelers to discover India for less this year, reducing prices on its popular Heart of India adventure by up to $1100 per person for all August, September and December 2013 departures. In addition, there are no book-by dates and single supplements are free.

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LAST MINUTE ADVENTURE DEAL: Southern Tanzania & Swahili Coast with Immersion Journeys

Beginning November 1, 2012, custom travel company Immersion Journeys is offering last-minute discounts on their six-night Tanzania and Swahili Coast adventure package, including airport meet-and-greet services, five-star accommodations and meals, domestic transport and game drives with an English-speaking guide, all park fees and government taxes. This is a savings of 15% off their high-season rates. (valid Nov 1, 2012- March 1, 2013). 

 

 
 

Highlights of this extraordinary adventure include three nights in the Selous Game Reserve- the largest reserve in Africa - and a stay at the luxury Serena Mivumo Lodge overlooking Steiglers Gorge, with game activities during the day including sundowners along the mighty Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers- where explorer’s caravans were likely to have once camped for the evening. 

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SAINT LUCIA: Spring Savings Just In Time for Easter & Mother's Day

Looking to relax and unwind with a Caribbean escape this Spring that won’t break the bank? Take advantage of value-packed specials at Bay Gardens Resorts this Spring for Easter, Mother’s Day and Saint Lucia Jazz at two of its three Saint Lucia properties - The Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn.

Nestled in the heart of Saint Lucia’s entertainment capital, Rodney Bay Village, both properties offer superior accommodations, traditional Caribbean cuisine, and the finest in service and hospitality. Within walking distance of the world famous Reduit Beach, dozens of restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and the recently opened Treasure Bay Casino, Bay Gardens is perfectly situated to offer the best of what Saint Lucia has to offer.

Celebrate Easter, Mother’s Day and Saint Lucia Jazz on a Budget at Bay Gardens Hotel and Inn.

Easter Savings

Easter is a great time for a family escape. Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn doubles the fun for parents and children with their Easter Savings package where children under 16 stay for free. Mom and dad can receive a Couples Massage at La Mer Spa or a romantic three-course dinner at the Trios Caribbean Fusion Restaurant, both located at Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, including complimentary babysitting service. Children can take part in a day of fun with an Easter egg hunt, special Easter Sunday Brunch at the Beach Resort, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Rates for a five night package start at US$689 for a family of four in a Superior room including daily Caribbean buffet breakfast – a savings of 60 percent.

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Galapagos Winter Break For Under $2000 From ROW Adventures

For those of you who don’t believe the old saying, “once in a lifetime opportunity,” this offer from ROW Adventures may make you want to reconsider…

Check out this wonderful 6 and 7-day trip aboard the M/S Encantada to the Galapagos Islands with adventure travel company ROW Adventures on highly-desirable winter vacation dates, December 24th and 28th. The 6-day trip is priced at just $1890 and the 7-day trip is only $2080 per person*. It’s the perfect way to spend your winter break. *Round-trip airfare from Ecuador to the Islands is included along with two hotel nights in Guayaquil. Booking deadline August 25, 2011.

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9 Thrifty Travel Tips To Save Money On Your Next Vacation

While summer is always the big travel season in the United States, Americans are changing the way they take vacations.

For example, look at the new partnership between Groupon and Expedia. They’re following the increasingly popular deal-of-the-day model and offering significant discounts on travel packages that can include airfare, hotels, activities, car rentals and more.

That’s not the only way to get to your destination for less, though. Try using these 9 thrifty travel tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch, to save some money on your next vacation.

1. Discover Off-Peak Destinations
With nearly four-million square miles of land area, the U.S. is a big country. This means there are nearly unlimited places to travel. Destinations in California, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, are some of the most popular spots, but they’re also the most expensive. If you think outside the box, you’ll find some really cool locations to have a unique vacation without the crowds.

2. Shop at Auctions
Is your heart set on luxurious accommodations, but your bank account doesn’t match up? The auctions at travel sites like LuxuryLink.com can help you find accommodations, spa credits, meal vouchers and free drinks for as much as 65 percent below the typical retail price. Auction king eBay also offers a variety of discount vacation packages in their travel section.

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30% Off Mother's Day Sale on SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothes

Flowers, candy, balloons or singing telegrams.  Just a few scant years ago, those were your only options for Mother’s Day gifts.  Now that one of my favorite travel clothing companies,  SCOTTEVEST, has expanded their Women’s line, you can give the Gift of Pockets! And because those last-minute gas station flowers are so tempting (c’mon guys, let’s step it up a little this year), from April 28, 2011 until early morning Monday May 2, 2011 most women’s products are 30% off!  Here’s the deal:

  • You MUST use the promo code MOM30 to get the savings
  • This sale runs from right now (Thursday April 28th) through 7:30AM MT Monday May 2nd.
  • These items (and only these items) are on sale: Women’s Q-Zip, Women’s Trench, Women’s Lightweight Vest, Go-2 Jacket for Women, Essential Jacket for Women and both styles of Women’s Socks (Walking & Hiking) by Dahlgren
  • If you forget which items are on sale, pop over to their Mother’s Day Landing Page
  • Important Shipping Notes: Now is NOT the time to procrastinate.  If you are in the continental US and order before 11AM MT on Friday with Ground shipping, you will receive your order before Mother’s Day.  If you wait until Monday to order, check the shipping map before specifying Ground shipping, since it probably will get to you, but is not guaranteed depending on where you fall on the map.  When in doubt, select a faster shipping method.
  • And their normal return policy is in effect, just in case you get the wrong size or confuse her most favorite and least favorite color….

And by the way guys, you’re welcome for the reminder! ;-)

 

Source: ScotteVest

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Don't Break the Bank this Spring Break at YMCA of the Rockies

This year for Spring Break let YMCA of the Rockies help customize an affordable Colorado getaway for your family. Their two properties Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch offer a range of accommodations, dining options, and activities to keep the whole family entertained, while staying on budget.

Here are just a couple of ideas of how to spend Spring Break with YMCA of the Rockies:

  • Family Fun Weekends- These themed weekends are available at both properties and include two nights’ accommodation, buffet-style meals, and a huge range of activities. March 4-6th Estes Park Center will be hosting a Family Magic weekend which in addition to showcasing magic demonstrations will prepare families to stage their own magic shows. March 25th-27th Snow Mountain Ranch will have Family Crafts Weekend and also offer free Nordic ski lesson and trail pass with equipment rentals.

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Ceiba Del Mar Resort Rolls Out Romance Package for Last-Minute Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day lovers who follow their hearts south of the border to Mexico’s luxurious Ceiba del Mar Beach Spa and Resort for Valentine’s Day will fall for the ocean-view accommodations, Yucatan edibles and spa indulgences featured in the boutique resort’s Romance Experience.

 

The Romance Experience package includes:

A refreshing welcome champagne cocktail upon arrival;
A four-night stay in a luxury, ocean-view suite with upgrade if available;
One private-by-candlelight dinner for two with bottle of wine, featuring a presentation of artisanal Mexican edibles prepared by a local chef and served amid a romantic indoor/outdoor backdrop just steps from the Mexican Caribbean and a white-sand beach ideal for hand-in-hand strolls at sunset; and
One 50-minute Love & Indulgence Couple’s Massage Spa at the wellness aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar. This premium spa therapy takes place in a special couples-only treatment room. Lovers also are welcome to enjoy the facilities at their leisure, including a fully-equipped gym an advanced hydrotherapy circuit.

 

Rates for the Romance Experience start at $180.00 USD (per person, per night) plus 14% taxes and a 5% service charge based on double occupancy. 

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Amelia Island Romance Packages and Valentine's Day Deals

Amelia Island hotels, inns and resorts are offering some sweetheart deals to make a Valentine’s Day getaway as affordable as it is romantic.  

 

A selection of packages and special rates currently offered by Amelia Island accommodators for Valentine’s Day 2011, include:

 

Amelia Hotel at the Beach – (877) 263-5428, www.ameliahotel.com
The Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering two romance packages during the weekend of Valentine’s. The Hearts & Flowers package starts at $395 plus tax and includes overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room for two nights, dinner for two at the Crab Trap Restaurant, rose petal turndown adorning your room, chocolate-covered strawberries, chilled champagne, and keepsake flutes. 

 

Starting at $380 plus tax, the Victorian Romance package includes overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room for two nights, private horse and carriage tour of historic downtown Fernandina Beach, round-trip taxi service to carriage tour, keepsake throw blanket and a bottle of wine. Both packages include the family-owned property’s standard amenities such as complimentary daily, ‘Hot and Healthy’ breakfast, parking, high speed Wi-Fi and fresh-baked cookies.

 

Amelia Island Williams House – (800) 414-9258, www.williamshouse.com
The Romantic Valentine Getaway Package at the Williams House offers guests two nights accommodations, chilled champagne upon arrival, a cupcake goodie box from Patty Cakes Bakery, stunning floral arrangement in room, dinner for two at Joe’s 2nd St. Bistro or Espana, gourmet breakfast each morning and complimentary social hour each evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres, starting at $545. 

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Luxury Lodge & Lift Package at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Located on the western slopes of the Tetons, Grand Targhee Ski Resort is regionally known as the Rocky Mountain’s best kept secret. Their abundance of champagne powder snow, coupled with Teton Springs luxury accommodations, makes this affordable lodging, lift and breakfast package a perfect romantic getaway or family winter vacation.


  • Luxury Accommodations in a Deluxe Lodge Room
  • Daily Deluxe Continental Breakfast
  • 1 Day Lift Ticket at Grand Targhee Resort

No Minimum Stay Required.  Upgrades Available.  Price based on double occupancy and does not include resort fee, taxes, or gratuities.  Based on availability and not valid with any other promotion. 11/25/2010 - 4/17/2011. From $135 per person per night.

All packages can be modified to better suit your needs.  Options include additional days of heli-skiing, snow cat skiing, or lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

 

For more information or reservations, call 877-787-8757 or visit www.tetonspringslodge.com.

 

Source: Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

 

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AirTran Airways Announces 12 Days of December Deals

Airline Offering Special Sale Fares During First 12 Days of December -

 

Airtran Airways Offering Special Sale Fares During First 12 Days of December -

AirTran Airways today launched a special 12-day “Festivus For the Rest of Us” sale. Over the next 11 days, the sale will feature new and exciting destinations each day with special fares valid for one day only. New sale fares posted daily.

Today’s feature kicks off with special fares to a Caribbean getaway – Montego Bay, Jamaica – providing rest and relaxation to those who may have just completed a Festivus Feat of Strength.

Similar to the humble beginnings of Festivus that eventually gained legendary status, the sale will grow into something larger each day. Special fares will be posted daily at www.airtran.com/festivus and the number of destinations on sale will correspond with the day of the sale (i.e. seven destinations on sale on day seven, etc.). A final surprise will be unveiled on the 12th day, December 12.

Travelers can purchase these Festivus fares online at www.airtran.com, from their local travel agent or via AirTran Airways’ reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842.

These special Festivus fares are available for purchase daily through Dec. 12, 2010, and are good for travel from Jan. 5, 2011, through Feb. 16, 2011. Sale fares are valid for travel daily

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Southwest Airlines Offers Fares as Low as $30 One-Way to Select Destinations

For 72 Hours Only, Airline Celebrates Halloween with Spooktacular Low Fares

Southwest Airlines Halloween Fare SaleSouthwest Airlines announced beginning today (Tuesday October 26,2010) it’s giving Customers early treats, not tricks, for Halloween! Customers can purchase one-way tickets for $30, $60, $90, or $120 to select destinations based on length of travel.

For travel up to 450 miles, fares are $30 one-way. For travel between 451 and 1,000 miles, fares are $60 one-way. For travel between 1,001 and 1,500 miles, fares are $90 one-way. For travel more than 1,501 miles, fares are $120 one-way.

These fares are available for purchase today through 11:59 p.m. PDT Oct. 28, 2010, and are good for travel every day except Sundays between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 15, 2010, and between Jan. 4, 2011, and Feb. 16, 2011. To see the list of markets, prices, and to take advantage of these special fares, visit www.southwest.com.


Examples of these low fares include (see Fare Rules below):

$30 one-way between Boston Logan and Philadelphia
$60 one-way between Denver and San Francisco (SFO)
$90 one-way between Chicago (Midway) and Ft. Lauderdale
$120 one-way between Baltimore/Washington and Los Angeles (LAX)

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Los Cabos Hotels and Resorts Offer Last Minute Travel Deals

I’m in Baja for the next month enjoying the sun, fun and savings. And you can too. Travelers looking to treat themselves to an early holiday present this winter might want to check out the last minute travel deals now on tap at the hotels and resorts in Los Cabos. 20 of the hot-spot’s top properties are offering amazing travel deals valid through the end of the year. From a Thanksgiving dinner on the beach to a Baja-style New Year’s Eve celebration, you’re sure to find a deal that best fits your last minute travel needs.
 

1. Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa

Phone Number for Reservations: 1-866-962-2268

Web Address: www.cabovillasbeachresort.com
Promotion Code: WIN09

Rates begin at:
◊   $160 per night for a Deluxe Room
◊   $230 per night for an Executive Suite with Jacuzzi
◊   $340 per night for a 2-bedroom Executive Suite with Jacuzzi

Welcome drinks
Daily buffet breakfast included
Free wireless internet
Children 12 and under stay for free with parent
Offer valid for travel between now and January 23, 2010

2.  Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa

Phone Number for Reservations: 1-866-448-0151

Web Address: www.casadorada.com
Package: Thanksgiving Special

Three-night stay in an ocean-view suite
Complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings
25% discount at 18-hole Robert Trent Jr. designed Cabo Real Golf Course
25% discount to Wild Canyon Adventure Park
Roundtrip airport transfers
Package rate begins at $875 for a Junior Suite, $950 for a One Bedroom Suite and $1,750 for the Two Bedroom Suite
Package is available for travel from November 26-29, 2009

3. Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro All-Inclusive Resort

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THANKSGIVING IN NEW YORK CITY: Save Big Bucks in the Big Apple with New York Pass!

Considering a trip to the Big Apple for Thanksgiving this year? Holiday visitors to New York City can save time and money visiting the city’s top attractions by using the money-saving attraction card, New York Pass.

 

Offer Ends: Wed 25 Nov 2009

The New York Pass day pass gets holders into blockbuster attractions all across New York City for a single price, many with exclusive “fast-track” entry privileges, allowing card holders to whiz past long holiday lines. 

Attractions include: Top of the Rock; The Met; The Guggenheim; The Whitney; The Museum of Natural History; the Museum of Sex; the Museum of Television and Radio; Bodies…the Exhibition, and MOMA. Behind-the-scenes tours at Madison Square Garden; NBC studios; Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Free entry to zoos, aquariums, parks and gardens, and places of interest like Madam Tussaud’s; The Empire State Building Observation Deck; New York Skyride, the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island ferry. The New York Pass also includes shopping discounts at stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s-it even includes discounts on New York City helicopter rides. (A complete list of attractions is available here.)

 
New York Pass also offers two-day passes, $110 for adults, $90 for children; three-day passes, $140 for adults, $120 for children; and seven-day passes, $180 for adults and $140 for children.
 
For more information visit www.newyorkpass.com.  

Source: Nicholas & Lence Communications

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Romance on a Budget: Plan a Quickie

The time is right for an affordable Valentine’s Day getaway


As holiday gifts loom on the credit card and the country’s economic woes persist, consumers are seeking inexpensive options for romance on Valentine’s Day.

Good news: The calendar and recent trends of discount travel have aligned to make Valentine’s Day 2009 especially auspicious for a romantic weekend getaway.


This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the same three-day weekend as President’s Day. By choosing a nearby destination, travelers can plan a long-weekend escape without using additional vacation days.

Low gas prices and travel bargains sweeten the deal to help couples stretch their vacation dollars and keep romance in the budget.

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