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Articles for February, 2008

Save $300 on a Bermuda vacation

Friday, February 29th, 2008

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Vacation packages
can be a great way to plan an easy getaway. And when you need a quick fix of sun and sand, a Bermuda vacation is a good place to start.

Just two hours from the East Coast, Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches and many golf courses. And with this Bermuda vacation package, you can save $300 when you book a flight + hotel package of at least three nights at one of these Bermuda hotels:

Coco Reef is an elegant four-star Bermuda resort where all rooms have views of the beach. The Grotto Bay Beach Resort boasts 21 acres of landscaped gardens and crystal cave pods. 9 Beaches, on the northeast tip of Bermuda, features individual cabanas with verandas. The resort offers water sports including snorkeling, kayaking and kite boarding and even lets guests borrow iPod shuffles during their stay.

The offer is good through March 27 for travel through April 30. Book and get more info here.

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Alaska cruise: Seven nights starting at $549

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

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It doesn’t sound like a cheap cruise: Seven nights aboard a luxury ship, enjoying pristine Alaskan scenery. But when you book this Holland America Line Alaska cruise by February 29, you can get a stateroom starting at $549.

The seven-night Glacier Bay cruise starts in Seward, Alaska, and heads to Vancouver, with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan and other ports.

The Volendam ship offers services and entertainment that you may not expect on a cheap cruises, including spa services, casino gaming and yoga classes. Travelers on this Alaska cruise can enjoy entertainment from karaoke to Las Vegas-style shows. There’s a formal dining room for dressy dinners, and with the Lido pool’s retractable roof, you can swim even in rainy weather.

This Alaska cruise sails from May through September. Make sure you’re on board!

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Day of Deals: Honolulu hotel savings

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

Think you can’t find a cheap Honolulu hotel for your Hawaii vacation? Think again!

Our CheapTickets Deal of the Day is the three-star Park Shore Waikiki right on Waikiki Beach. The prime location of this great Honolulu hotel makes it the perfect base for fun and adventure. And you’ll find great rates whether you’re planning a last-minute trip or a Hawaii vacation for later this year.

Check out my video to see why this Honolulu hotel deserves the title "Deal of the Day."

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

West Coast, Hawaii flights on sale

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

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Imagine relaxing on a beach near one of the luxurious Honolulu hotels. Picture
yourself exploring exciting streets of San Francisco, or
spending a fun-filled weekend at Disneyland.
 

You can make it a reality United Airlines‘ latest sale, featuring
cheap airfares on West Coast and Hawaii flights.

Sample airfares (not counting taxes and fees) include:

  • Chicago-Los Angeles — $210
  • Atlanta-San Francisco — $288
  • Miami-Reno – $379

Airline tickets must be booked by Friday, February 22, and travel must be completed by May 21.

Check here to book your cheap airfare.

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CheapTickets launches Urban Traveler microsite

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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CheapTickets
has just unveiled its new Urban Traveler section
– which is devoted to better serving the travel needs and interests of the African-American
community.

The Urban Traveler section offers:

  • Featured content provided by EbonyJet.com
  • A "Top Spots" list highlighting the hottest urban
    travel destinations and events
  • A "Featured Destination" spotlight about the most
    popular urban destinations and event of the month.

Urban Traveler also includes a blog, featuring travel information and insight from magazine
editors, museum curators, celebrities and more. The first blog post is by
EbonyJet.com’s Senior Editor Terry Glover.

Here’s an excerpt:

We are pleased to partner with CheapTickets.com’s new Urban Traveler site to highlight some of those destinations and available travel options. Of our EbonyJet.com top picks (check back often, because we’re constantly peeping new hot spots!) my top choice of historic destinations would have to be the Frederick Douglass house in Washington, D.C.

Besides his legacy as a great orator and abolitionist, the fact that Douglass staked out a homestead in an area designated as "off limits" speaks to the challenges we’ve been able to overcome and the striver in all of us that turns every obstacle into an opportunity. The fact that he did it smack in the middle of our nation’s seat of government sweetens the pie!

Check out the Urban Traveler microsite at http://urbantravel.cheaptickets.com.

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Day of Deals: Ski, save at Lake Tahoe resort

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Ski_jump_at_lake_tahoeBy Heather Leisman

The Lake Tahoe area has enjoyed
one of the snowiest ski seasons in history, so it’s a perfect place for a
late-winter snowboarding or ski vacation.

And our CheapTickets Deal of the Day is the 3-star Horizon
Casino Resort
, which is offering one of the best bargains among South Lake Tahoe hotels.

Check out the latest video to find out more about our Deal of the Day.


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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

United, Lufthansa put international flights on sale

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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Cheap flights
to Europe and beyond mean more money to spend on Italian shoes, French pastries or whatever your jet-setting heart desires.

So this deal on airline tickets is great for savers and shoppers alike.

Lufthansa and United are offering cheap flights to a variety of international destinations. Here are some sample fares (additional taxes and fees apply):

  • New York to Rome — $838
  • Chicago to London — $516
  • Atlanta to Berlin — $698

Buy your airline tickets by February 21, and head to Europe between March 25 and May 15.
So bike along the canals in Amsterdam. Explore art and architecture in Barcelona. Or enjoy Paris in the spring! With these cheap flights, Europe is all yours!

Check here
for more information

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Great deals, free upgrades on Mexico cruises

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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Even on a cheap cruise it’s nice to feel like you’re traveling in style.

On select Carnival Cruise Lines cruises from the West Coast to Mexico, you can save up to an extra $200 –- and get a free upgrade. Cruises leave from Los Angeles or San Diego and go to Baja California or the Mexican Riviera. The offer is good until February 25.

A seven-night cruise on Carnival Pride takes travelers from L.A. to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Passengers can enjoy music in the ship’s Ivory Piano Bar and Starry Night Jazz Club.

The Carnival Spirit, which sails from San Diego down the Mexican Riviera, offers golf lessons and a spa – luxury services that may make you forget you’re on a cheap cruise!

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Dine out for less during Denver Restaurant Week

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Denver_skyline Whether you’re staying in town at a Denver hotel, or just passing through on the
way to one of Colorado’s ski resorts, you can enjoy gourmet meals for relatively cheap prices during Denver
Restaurant Week
.

From February 23 to February 29, more than 170 participating
restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for $26.40 per person (not
including taxes and tips.)

The list of restaurants includes The Broker Restaurant, Chart House (good views of the city), Cru Wine Bar (excellent wine selection), Denver ChopHouse & Brewery (try the garlic mashed potatoes), The Fort Restaurant, Gabriel’s (Italian), Racines, Strings, Washington Park Grille and the Wellshire Inn (a Denver classic).

For more details, check out the Denver Restaurant Week site.

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Day of Deals: Washington, D.C., hotel bargains

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

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By Heather Leisman

Just in time for Presidents Day, our focus is on the nation’s capital — Washington, D.C. — known for its cool urban neighborhoods, historic monuments and great dining.

D.C. also offers many free attractions — including the zoo and all of
the Smithsonian museums — making it a prime destination for
CheapTickets’ Deal of the Day.

Looking at higher-end Washington hotels, our CheapTickets’ Deal of the Day is the four-star George Hotel, where I found rates for just $118 a night from February 22 to February 25. But right now you can get 30 percent off the regular rates when you stay 3 nights or more.

Plus, if you combine it with our CheapTickets Big City Getaways sale, you’ll save an additional $75 off D.C. or any other Big City destinations.

Here’s why it’s a great deal:

  • It’s an elegant, boutique hotel, part of the Kimpton Hotel chain
  • It’s within walking distance of Capitol Hill and Union Station
  • It earned a 4.7 out of 5 rating from CheapTickets customers who stayed at the hotel.

Now here’s another cheap tip: If you’re driving to this hotel and you park across the street, you can save about half of what you’d pay by parking at the hotel.

Watch the video to see why this hotel deserves to be the Deal of the Day.


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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.