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Articles for March, 2008

Virginia beckons with blooming gardens, hotel bargains

Friday, March 28th, 2008

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By Melissa Lomibao

What better way to
welcome in spring than a garden walk in gorgeous Virginia, home to colonial Williamsburg and Jefferson’s Monticello? Head to Virginia from April 19 to 27 for the 75th
anniversary of the Historic Garden Week.

With more than three dozen
tours, there’s an event to please everyone, from garden experts to people who just like to admire them.

Here are some Virginia hotel deals that caught my attention:

If you’re headed to Richmond, check out the
3-star Berkeley Hotel. You can save 10 percent on your weekend stay at this elegant
hotel — one of the more centrally located Richmond hotels by historic Shockoe Slip.

If you’re looking at Williamsburg hotels, spend some time at Williamsburg
Hospitality House
and save 10 percent on your entire stay. Located two blocks from the historic
area of Colonial Williamsburg, this 3-star hotel offers affordable rates and a
great location.

Among Virginia Beach hotels, the 5-star Founders Inn
and Spa
in Virginia Beach
is the perfect retreat after a full day of sightseeing. Book now and save 20 percent on
your stay of two or more nights.

Plus, save an additional $75 when you book a four or more night flight and
hotel together with our Spring Sale. Book by April 27 to enjoy the savings!

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Melissa Lomibao is a merchandising analyst for CheapTickets.

Deal of the Day: A great Jackson Hole hotel

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

This week’s focus is on Jackson Hole Wyoming, a picturesque mountain town that offers great skiing, hiking and national parks.

The Wort Hotel is a one of the historic Jackson Hole hotels — a four-star property in the heart of downtown.

Right now you can save 20 percent off the regular rates. And with the CheapTickets Spring Sale you can save an extra $75 when you book a flight + hotel vacation package of four nights or more.

Watch my video to learn more about what makes The Wort Hotel a good pick for your Jackson Hole vacation.

 

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

Enjoy New York City museums for free

Friday, March 21st, 2008

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By Samantha Chapnick

Q. What’s the best day or time to visit a museum on your New York City vacation?
A. When admission is free.

That’s right — many New York museums offer free admission at specific times or on certain days. And with some of the world’s greatest art and exhibits just steps from your New York hotel, it’s easy to take it all in. Below are the details for each major museum.

Thursdays

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Last Hour of every day

Pay-what-you-wish

Friday

Never free

  • Cooper-Hewitt
  • Neue Galerie
  • Museum of Sex

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Disneyland vacation: A $150 gift card and two days free

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

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By Erin Kregor

Heading to Disneyland? Book now and receive a free $150 Disney gift card when you stay at Disneyland hotels for four or more nights.

Stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, or Disneyland Hotel by April 20 to receive this special offer. Add to the savings by purchasing a 3-day Resort Park Hopper Ticket and get two days free. That’s five days for the price of three!

Why I love this deal: Staying on park makes your visit much smoother, and the free gift card is a great perk. It’s good for merchandise, restaurants, etc. within the park, so use it for shopping or to pay for meals. Four nights is also an ideal length of time to visit Disneyland. While it’s smaller than Disney World ,it packs a punch in its small footprint. It also works well with the 5-day ticket offer, so you can visit the park both the day you arrive and the day you leave.

These offers are good through April 20, 2008. Book your Disneyland vacation fast; availability is limited.

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Erin Kregor is a CheapTickets merchandising analyst

Deal of the Day: This Los Angeles hotel is a star!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

Planning a Los Angeles vacation? Make your hotel search easy by picking the Ramada Hollywood, a three-star Los Angeles hotel.

The Ramada Hollywood is offering 25% off stays of three nights or more. For those of you planning last-minute trips, I found sale rates of $87 a night in April! Plus, with the CheapTickets Spring Sale, you can save an extra $75 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more.

Watch my video to learn more about what makes the Ramada Hollywood a great Los Angeles hotel option.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel: Book now and save!

Friday, March 14th, 2008

By Erin Kregor

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The latest and greatest news in San Diego Hotels is the new Hard Rock
Hotel
in the Gaslamp District, the epicenter of San Diego nightlife.

To herald its opening, the 4-star property is offering 20% off a
two-night stay
through April 1, 2008. Plus, if you book flight + hotel vacation packages for 4+ nights, we’ll knock off another $75.

So how does this San Diego hotel treat a rock star?

  • Party: Find two ultra hip bars, Sweetwater Saloon and Moonstone Lounge, and the Folsom concert venue.
  • Recover: Rock Spa specialty treatments include Love Potion No. 9,
    the ultimate couple’s spa experience. Or, relax by the swanky rooftop
    pool or on 300-thread-count linens.
  • Nourish: Experience nouveau Japanese cuisine at the new Nobu San Diego.


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Erin Kregor is a CheapTickets Merchandising Analyst

Show Us Your Cheap, win a vacation package

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

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If cheap flights are the only kind you take, or if you think cheap hotels are the foundation for a great vacation, then here’s a travel opportunity for you.

CheapTickets’ Show Us Your Cheap contest invites travelers to share their travel stories, tips and money-saving tricks for the chance to win a vacation package.

Four grand-prize winners may be featured in a CheapTickets advertising campaign and also may win a four-night vacation package for four including airfare, hotel and rental car to  any destination in the continental United States.

Entries must be received by March 31, 2008. See the contest rules and submit your entry online.

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Free & fabulous: The Macy’s Flower Show

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

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By Samantha Chapnick

Apparently February showers bring March flowers, at least if you’re at Macy’s in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco or New York, where the annual Macy’s Flower Show runs from March 16 through the end of the month.

Macy’s Herald Square — a short walk from many New York hotels — features 30,000 exotic trees and flowering plants divided into five enchanted gardens, including one showcasing purple flowers and one emulating a typical Spanish jardin.

Every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. there’s a 20-minute guided tour, and the work of numerous celebrities will be showcased. Martha Stewart will be at the opening, and Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade and others have been charged with setting a table as they would for an enchanted garden dinner party. Be sure not to miss the centerpiece of the show: a highly detailed reproduction of Macy’s historic Herald Square building assembled entirely from organic plant materials by the renowned artist Paul Busse.

If you travel to San Francisco, Macy’s Union Square store is zeroing in on just one theme: Spain. It expands on the Spanish garden theme by featuring Romanesque patio vistas, Moorish-inspired Persian gardens and striking floral landscapes, including the famed Gomes azaleas.

At Macy’s on State Street — near several major Chicago hotels — and at Macy’s in Minneapolis, the theme is Floranova. The plants, events and displays take inspiration from Latin-infused cultures including Miami’s South Beach, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil. There are guided tours by master gardeners, cooking demonstrations, family fun activities, and music and art as well.

New York Herald Square Show Gardens:

  • Spring Garden: Features a vibrant array of tulips, daffodils, primroses and flowering trees and shrubs. Be sure to check out our newest addition to the show, Rhododendron trees.
  • Conservatory Garden: Showcases whimsical plant topiaries and exotic and tropical plants, including citrus, coffee and cacao trees.
  • Royal Purple Garden: Shows off plants in the purple and lavender color palette, including rare Chinese redbuds, a flowering shrub with hundreds of magnificent purple flowers along the branches of the plant.
  • Cherry Hill Garden: Features a breathtaking variety of trees from the cherry, or Prunus, family, including tall Kwansan and contorted Okame cherry trees and flowering almond shrubs.
  • Spanish Garden: Reflects the look and feel of a luxurious garden in Spain. Stroll through fountains, grapevines, blooming Spanish bluebells and citrus and Monkey Puzzle trees.

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Deal of the Day: All inclusive vacations in Punta Cana

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

Easter break is almost here, and before you know it, summer vacation will be in full swing.

Our team has once again scoured the site to find you the very best travel deals available, and this week’s focus is on the perfect family getaway — money-saving, all inclusive vacations in Punta Cana.

Check out the video and see why our CheapTickets Deal of the Day — the 4-star Sunscape Punta Cana All Inclusive in the Dominican Republic — is a great discount travel option for your family vacation.


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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

Top volunteer spring break destinations, $75 savings

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

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Spring break means travel, and here’s a deal for college students who want to do something other than sit on the beach.

CheapTickets and United Way have partnered to encourage students to take an alternative spring break vacation — where they can combine travel with volunteer work. And to help students make their travel plans, CheapTickets is offering $75 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more.

United Way’s top five volunteer spring break destinations:

  1. New Orleans — With space for 302 volunteers, New Orleans’ Habitat for Humanity invites students to rebuild homes in this vibrant city. Accommodations for Spring Breakers are available at the appropriately named Camp Hope.
  2. Southwest Louisiana — In Lake Charles, Louisiana, United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program will continue reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Rita. Up to 350 volunteers may join the effort from March 1-29, 2008.
  3. Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast — Many communities along the Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Katrina, including Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Mobile, Alabama. A United Way Alternative Spring Break program will focus on these areas, with space for up to 250 volunteers from March 8 – 22, 2008.
  4. New York City — Appalachian State University in North Carolina has coordinated with the YMCA to have Spring Breakers travel to New York City for a week to mentor inner-city youths. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in the New York area can get more information online.
  5. Washington, D.C. — Students of Ohio State University will travel to D.C. this spring break, with plans to prepare and deliver meals for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in Washington, D.C. can get more information online.

The Spring Break sale is good for travel through June 30, but you must book your airfare and hotel by April 27.

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