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Save on meals at Miami restaurants

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

If it seems like we talk a lot about restaurant week events, you’re right. But it’s just because we love travel and food — and when you can get deals on both, we’ve got to let you know.

Today, we’re highlighting Miami Spice, a food-lovers’ event in a beach-lovers’ paradise. During the event, about 100 restaurants in Miami are offering lunches for $23 and/or dinners for $36 (not including drinks, tax and tip).

Participating restaurants stretch across the Miami metro area, so whether you’re staying at one of the hip South Beach hotels, somewhere downtown or in Surfside, you’ll find a restaurant close by.

A few South Beach/Miami Beach restaurants participating in Miami Spice include Ola Restaurant in the Sanctuary Hotel, Emeril’s, Miami Beach in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Sushisamba droMo.

On the mainland, you could eat at Tony Chan’s Restaurant Club in the Doubletree Grand Hotel, Cacao Restaurant in Coral Gables or Baleen Miami in Coconut Grove.

Miami Spice runs through September 30, so you’ve got a whole month to travel to Miami to enjoy the sights and tastes of the city.

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Cheap flights

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Want to head to Las Vegas? We’ve got cheap flights to get you to Sin City. Just pick a weekend to travel, and book a cheap airfare like these:

  • Chicago to Las Vegas — $283
  • Dallas to Las Vegas — $273
  • Fort Lauderdale to Las Vegas — $236
  • Pittsburgh to Las Vegas — $244
  • Portland to Las Vegas — $221

The cheap airfare samples above include all taxes and fees and are good for weekends in September — for travel outbound Thursday, Friday or Saturday, returning Sunday through Tuesday.

Here’s a tip: If you love Las Vegas restaurants, you may want to plan your travel during Las Vegas Restaurant Week September 1-7.

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Deal of the Day: Save on this Maui hotel

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

This week’s Deal of the Day is in Maui, a popular spot for a Hawaii vacation, and a great place to go whale watching, view spectacular waterfalls or just relax on the beach.

One of the Maui hotels we’re highlighting is the four-star ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores. Right now you can save 30% off the hotel’s regular rates. I found discounted rooms for $146 a night September 23-24.

Check out my video for more details about what makes ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores our pick among Maui hotels.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

Get cheap meals at Las Vegas Restaurant Week

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The second annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week runs September 1-7.

Participating restaurants offer lunches for $25.08 and dinners for $50.08 (excluding drinks, tax and tip), with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local organization that fights hunger.

Restaurants in this year’s lineup include some of the top spots at Las Vegas hotels: Bradley Ogden and Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace; Fiamma and L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon at the MGM Grand; Japonais at the Mirage Hotel and Casino; StripSteak at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; and Stratta at WYNN Las Vegas.

Need some help choosing? Fiamma serves its dinner family style, so you can select three entrees  to share — like the risotto with lobster, scallops and shrimp; chicken with polenta and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus; and braised beef short ribs. Or, save room for coconut rum cake with vanilla ice cream at Bradley Ogden.

But that’s only the beginning. More than 70 restaurants are participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week, so choose one of your favorite Las Vegas hotels, and eat your heart out!

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Great food, great deals during Arizona Restaurant Week

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Foodies, you may want to book your Phoenix hotels now because Arizona Restaurant Week takes over the metro area September 20-26.

The first ever Arizona Restaurant Week features special three-course meals for $29 per person or $58 per couple (excluding drinks, tax and tip). More than 90 restaurants in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale will participate, including Tommy Bahama, Bourbon Steak and La Fontanella.

At La Fontanella, choose from more than 15 homemade pasta entrees and eight chicken dishes for your main course. Tommy Bahama’s dessert selections include pina colada cake, key lime pie, and flourless chocolate espresso cake.

Several restaurants in Scottsdale hotels also are participating. At Deseo in the Westin Kierland, you could have rainbow ceviche, bone-in ribeye and mango creme brulee. Or you could visit Trader Vic’s at the Hotel Valley Ho for an ahi slider, pork tenderloin and rum gelato with praline sauce.

If you’re looking for a reason to travel to Phoenix, Arizona Restaurant Week may be it.

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Get luxury for less on Holland America Line cruises

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

CheapTickets and Holland America Line help you travel the world with cheap cruises that pamper you with service.

If you want to travel to Europe, consider the Mediterranean Romance, a 12-night cruise that includes stops in Italy, Greece and Spain. Aboard the ship, you can enjoy elegant meals in the two-tier Vista Dining Room and relax in the Greenhouse Spa, which features a heated ceramic lounge in the style of a Turkish bath. The September 29 sailing starts at $1,699.

Or, you can save up to 40% on the seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, and travel to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. The ship features two pools, a state-of-the-art fitness room and entertainment options including a cigar bar, piano bar and casino. The November 1 cruise starts at just $449.

Holland America Line recently upgraded its ships with new programs and amenities, including cooking demonstrations and plush-top mattresses, so even cheap cruises feel luxurious.

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Deal of the Day: Punta Cana all inclusive for $72 a night

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

This week’s Deal of the Day is in Punta Cana, a popular Caribbean vacation destination known for its white sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts.

One of the Punta Cana hotels we’re featuring is the Barcelo Punta Cana All Inclusive. Right now, this four-star resort is offering 30% off its regular rates. I found discounted rooms for just $72 a night September 17-18.

Check out my video to learn more about what makes the Barcelo Punta Cana All Inclusive our pick among Punta Cana hotels.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

Last-minute flights, vacations for Labor Day weekend

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

You can still travel this Labor Day weekend with last-minute flight deals and vacations from CheapTickets.

Cheap flights are still available for Labor Day weekend. Just look at these sample last-minute airfares:

  • Boston to Orlando: $265
  • Houston to Denver: $257
  • Newark to Las Vegas: $374
  • New York City to Fort Lauderdale: $245

Or, let CheapTickets help you find one of our many last-minute trips that works for you. Check out flight + hotel vacation packages to big cities and sunny spots, or search for deals to the travel destination of your choice. available on our last-minute trips page.

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Denver rocks with free concerts Labor Day weekend

Friday, August 15th, 2008

may be the hottest spot in the country for Obama fans, democrats and political junkies later this month as the site of the Democratic National Convention. (A tip for those planning to travel to Denver for the convention: Check online for several free events for the public around convention time.)

But if you’re more interested in food and music than politics — or if you’re just looking for a fun place to travel for Labor Day weekend — Denver still is the place to be.

A Taste of Colorado, Denver’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration, starts right after the convention ends, and features food, music and fun for all ages all weekend. And the most fun of all: Admission is FREE.

A Taste of Colorado has food from more than 50 Denver restaurants, including Gelazzi Gelato, Thunderbird Burgers and more. You can purchase food with tickets (eight for $5). There are also carnival rides, cooking demonstrations, an arts & crafts market and plenty of entertainment and activities for kids.

Free concerts provide entertainment throughout the festival, and the headliners on the mainstage are big: Little Feat on Friday night, The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Sunday and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Monday.

It’s not too late to plan your Labor Day weekend travel. So find some cheap tickets and head to Denver for plenty of food and free concerts. A Taste of Colorado runs Friday, Autarget="_blank" gust 29 through Monday, September 1 at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.

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Lufthansa has cheap flights to Europe

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Want to travel to Europe this fall? You can, with cheap flights on Lufthansa.

Imagine strolling along the streets of London, sitting in a Paris cafe or enjoying the art and architecture of Amsterdam. These cheap tickets make it easy to travel to cities throughout Europe. Check out these sample flights:

  • Atlanta to Amsterdam: $693
  • Houston to London: $632
  • New York City to Frankfurt: $456
  • Orlando to Paris: $708

These cheap flights are for travel August 18 through October 26, 2008 and December 12 – 24, 2008. Sample airfares don’t include taxes and some fees. Cheap tickets like these are available for a limited time; the Lufthansa sale ends August 20. So don’t wait. Make your Europe travel plans now.

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