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Las Vegas hotels, vacations on sale

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Las Vegas hotels
By Kate Schwartz

Live it up for less during CheapTickets’ sale on Las Vegas vacation packages. For a limited time only, you can save $75 on flight + hotel vacation packages of 3 nights or more. Just book by November 23 for travel by January 31, 2009 and use promotion code CTXVEGAS to take advantage of this Las Vegas sale. And if that weren’t enough, check out CheapTickets’ amazing deals on some of the hottest Las Vegas hotels:

  • Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower: Located at the top of the Las Vegas Strip, the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower is the closest Las Vegas hotel on the Strip to downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience. See this breathtaking view for yourself as you dine 800 feet off the ground in the rotating Top of the World restaurant located at the peak of the Stratosphere’s tower. When you book your room now on CheapTickets, you’ll save up to 50% off regular room rates. With rooms from $26 per night, you will have plenty of money left over for the slots!
  • Wynn Las Vegas: Let Wynn Las Vegas show you what it’s like to do Las Vegas like a celebrity! With a see-and-be-seen pool, a luxurious spa and top-notch rooms, you will feel like you just stepped of the red carpet. Thanks to CheapTickets, you don’t have to be on the big screen to take advantage of this lifestyle. For a limited time, CheapTickets is offering a free VIP upgrade to a Panoramic View Room, so book now and celebrate your cheapness in style!
  • Luxor Hotel: While you may not be able to see the Nile from your window, this luxury Egyptian-style hotel offers fabulous views of its palm tree-lined pool. Deemed “a marvel of modern construction,” the Luxor Hotel offers the best of the best for a reasonable price. And now when you book your room at the Luxor on CheapTickets, you can get a $25 resort credit as well as a 2-for-1 spa pass.

With fall in full swing and winter right around the corner, Las Vegas’ more than 300 sunny days a
year and 80-degree fall temperatures sound really good. And with deals on Las Vegas hotels, and $75 off Las Vegas vacation packages, CheapTickets can help you get there.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Deal of the Day: San Francisco hotel from $75 a night

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

By Heather Leisman

The CheapTickets’ Deal of the Day this week is for travel to San Francisco, a hip destination known for mild weather and great restaurants and museums.

One of the San Francisco hotels we’re highlighting is the Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco. This three-star hotel is offering 50% off regular rates. I found discounted rooms for just $75 a night November 26-27.

For details about what makes Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco our pick among San Francisco hotels, check out my video:

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

Cheap flights

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

cheap flights
CheapTickets and Northwest Airlines are offering cheap flights for the holidays. So if you want to go home for Thanksgiving or plan a Christmas getaway, check out sale airfares like these:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Boston: $287
  • Detroit to Baltimore: $183
  • Indianapolis to New York: $177
  • Milwaukee to Austin, TX: $251
  • Memphis to Orlando: $205

These cheap flights don’t include taxes and are good for travel November 20 – January 5, 2009.

So whether you want to visit cousins in Kalamazoo or ring in the New Year in New York, CheapTickets and Northwest have cheap flights to help you celebrate the holidays. But hurry, sale ends November 26.

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Marriott hotels: Low rates include free breakfast

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Cheap hotels There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but when you travel and stay at Marriott hotels, there is free breakfast.

Marriott hotels across the U.S. are offering free breakfast for up to two adults and children ages 12 and under staying in the same room. That’s free food, plus CheapTickets’ low rates on hotels. Consider these participating hotels for your next vacation:

Scottsdale:
Marriott Scottsdale McDowell Mountain
Marriott Scottsdale Suites Old Town

Denver:
Marriott Denver City Center
JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek

San Diego:
Marriott San Diego Del Mar
Marriott San Diego Mission Valley


Los Angeles:
Marriott Marina del Ray

Los Angeles Marriott Downtown

Florida:
Marriott South Beach
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (Fort Lauderdale)
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
Marriott Orlando Airport
Marriott Orlando Downtown

Las Vegas:
JW Marriott Las Vegas Reort & Spa

Marriott Las Vegas Suites

Washington, D.C.:
JW Marriott Washington Pennsylvania Avenue
Marriott Washington
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

You can have a cheap vacation, with cheap flights from CheapTickets and free breakfast at Marriott hotels. The free breakfast offer is good for travel through December 27, 2008.

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Travel tips: Five ways to get cheap Broadway tickets

Monday, October 27th, 2008

New York hotels
By Samantha Chapnick

With orchestra seats going for $300 (more than the cost of some New York hotels) even half-price TKTS tickets seem outrageous. It’s time to get drastic. These are the tried-and-true tested techniques real New Yorkers use to get the goods for far less.

1. Win the lottery

Several shows, for example Wicked, offer great unsold orchestra seats at a steep discount (under $30/per person) to 20 or 30 lottery winners. Each winner is entitled to two tickets. Be there at least two or three hours before the performance. Usually no more than 100 people line up so the odds are with you. Or at least better than getting hit by lightening.

If you absolutely, positively need to see the show, have a back-up plan.

2. Get rush tickets

Some shows will sell the remaining seats to either students or the general public at deep discounts ( about $20) an hour or so before the performance. Get to the box office VERY EARLY (at least 2 hours in advance) and expect lines. Most of the seats will be in the less desirable areas, but occasionally you get lucky and hit a nice orchestra seat. DO NOT EXPECT TO SIT TOGETHER in a good section. Most of these seats will be singles unless they are in the upper tiers or with a blocked view.

3. Become a member

Even if you only plan a New York vacation once a year, becoming a member of free or steeply discounted ticket brokers is well worth the price — if you are flexible. TDF.org, AudienceExtras.com,  BroadwayBox.com, and Goldstar all offer members free last-minute tickets to both major and minor shows, and discounted tickets to future shows.

For example, a membership to Audience Extras is $99/year and entitles you to two tickets per performance free ($4 service charge per ticket). In the past, I have gotten tickets to both excellent, popular shows and really terrible one-person shows. This week they are offering "To Be or Not To Be" (Broadway), Dolly Parton in concert, Branford Marsalis, and "The Tempest" with Broadway actor Mandy Patinkin.

Advice:

The good tickets go fast. Sign up to get the e-mail notification when a show is available and pounce on it. If you can’t go to a show, don’t get the tickets. They are doing these freebies to fill up the audience. If you don’t show up, you may lose your privileges and hurt others: if the theater gets too many no-shows it pulls the offer from these sites.

4. Bring a minor.

One of the main reasons New York vacations are so popular with families is because of the unprecedented affordable cultural opportunities the city offers young people. If you have a teenager or college student, especially one who attends a local NYC college, or a friend whose child you could borrow for a few hours, there are some remarkable discounts to be had out there.

First, try High Five Tickets. Anyone accompanied by a teen (13-18) from anywhere in the world can get two tickets for $5 a piece — one for the teen, one for the adult. Currently there are over 80 shows available including the Broadway show "39 Steps." Oh and as a nice bonus, High Five also gives museum entry for $5 for two to most of the major NY museums. (Again, the person picking up the tickets must have a valid student ID but can be accompanied by one adult.) Extra Bonus: There are no booking fees or service fees. Who-ho!

Next, do the student rush if the regular rush is not available.

Visit School Tix to see most family-friendly Broadway shows for about half price. Go to the "Shows Available" page and click on the icon for the show you want to find the coupon code offering the discount and book the tickets.

Finally, if your young friend goes to Columbia University, NYU or one of the other major schools in New York, get them to use their university Internet connection to get tickets. Many have sites accessible only to people with school IDs and logins that provide tremendous discounts to theater — and free entry to local museums as an added bonus.

5. Go Off-Broadway

For every one big Broadway blockbuster, there are a hundred theater companies providing a more intimate and unique experience — a much better value for your dollar in this current economic climate. Going to see a show at places like the Public Theater, Cherry Lane, Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theater Club rewards with brand-name bankable stars, a more intimate experience and extensive set design, without the high ticket price.

If you still want more tips, visit the ne plus ultra ultimate guide to cheap theater tickets and up-to-the-minute info: The Frugal Theater Goer’s Guide to Discount Tickets.

Oh, and next year, book one of your favorite New York hotels for mid-October when Free Night of Theater Day is held. This organization gives away 8,000 tickets to performances across the city. For more information about discounted theater tickets, visit Playbill.

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Samantha Chapnick is a New York writer who scours international destinations looking for what hasn’t been found.

Free New York attraction opens today

Friday, October 24th, 2008

In a sure sign that winter is coming, The Pond at Bryant Park opens today.

The popular New York ice skating rink offers free admission. The Pond has a restaurant and snack shop. Skate and locker rentals are available for a fee.

The Pond is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.

The holiday shops at Bryant Park will open November 22.

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Puerto Rico hotels on sale

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Puerto Rico hotels
By Kate Schwartz

This fall CheapTickets is offering amazing savings on already cheap vacations. Score a tropical vacation for a fraction of the price with CheapTickets’ deals on Puerto Rico hotels. Explore the shores of this tropical wonderland and take advantage of all Puerto Rico has to offer. From its very own rainforest, to world-renowned Latin cuisine, it’s no wonder that the Island of Enchantment is this season’s vacation hot spot. Check out these offers on Puerto Rico hotels:

  • 50% off San Miguel Plaza : For a limited time only, San Miguel Plaza, located in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is offering 50% off hotel rooms. A short drive from the beach and across the street from prime shopping, San Miguel Plaza is the perfect place to experience true Puerto Rico culture and cuisine.
  • 20% off Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde : If your idea of a relaxing vacation involves lounging in a hammock under lush palm trees while sipping a beverage out of a pineapple, look no further than Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde in San Juan. Tropical travel can be cheap when you take advantage of 20% off your stay at this hotel.
  • 30% off vacation packages at Gran Melia Puerto Rico : Get luxury for less! Enjoy Gran Melia Puerto Rico’s sprawling estate and vacation like never before. With expansive pools, top-notch restaurants and an on-site spa, you may never want to leave. With 30% off vacation packages, there isn’t a better time to try this luxurious resort.

Your Caribbean vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. With CheapTickets’ fall travel deals, you can book one of these cheap hotels and enjoy a great Puerto Rico vacation. Many of these cheap hotel deals expire in November, so book today.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Deal of the Day: San Antonio hotel for less than $100 a night

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

San Antonio hotels
By Heather Leisman

The CheapTickets Deal of the Day this week will help you travel to San Antonio, home of the Alamo.

One of the San Antonio hotels we’re highlighting is the Best Western Sunset Suites Riverwalk. Right now this three-star hotel is offering 25% off regular rates. I found discounted rooms for $89 per night November 11-13.

What makes the Best Western Sunset Suites Riverwalk our pick among San Antonio hotels? The hotel is right on the scenic Riverwalk, and it has a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 from CheapTickets customers who’ve stayed at the property.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

Cruises let you see Europe for less

Monday, October 20th, 2008

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Cheap cruises from CheapTickets make European vacations easy and affordable. With European cruises, your accommodations and meals are prepaid in U.S. dollars, so you don’t have to worry about the exchange rate. And you’ll visit multiple destinations without having to think about local transportation. Plus, CheapTickets has travel deals on a variety of cruises. Check out these trips:

The 12-night Western Mediterranean cruise on the Azamara Journey takes you to Monte Carlo, Florence, Cartagena, Spain and much more. Interior rooms start at just $799. Or choose a verandah room at get $400 in free onboard spending.

The Carnival Liberty takes you on a 12 Night Northern Europe cruise, with stops in Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and more. Enjoy an elegant dinner at Harry’s Supper Club, eat at the ship’s sushi bar or try one of the many other dining options. Interior rooms start at $1,149.

CheapTickets has cruises to Europe starting for as little as $399 for a seven night Western Mediterranean cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line. So explore Barcelona, Rome or the Greek Isles — all with the luxury and comfort of one of our cheap cruises.

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Enjoy free night at the museums in Denver

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Denver hotels
November is a good time to travel to Denver as the Mile-High City celebrates its second annual Arts Week.

The event kicks off with "Night at the Museums" Friday, November 14. More than 10 museums will offer free admission from 5-10 p.m., along with special programming including dance performances, live jazz and activities for kids.

During Denver Arts Week, November 14-22, visitors can enjoy more than 100 arts-related events — many at discounted prices — throughout the city, including live theater, art and film. Many venues are close to downtown Denver hotels, including the Children’s Museum of Denver, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, MCA Denver, and many more.

Plan your travel to Denver with Arts Week events and cheap flights from CheapTickets.

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