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More free holiday events to celebrate the season

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Even with cheap flights and cheap hotels, your wallet could probably use a break this time of year. So here’s our second roundup of free holiday events to help you celebrate the season on the cheap.

BOSTON — From strolling with historic characters to performances of the Nutcracker, Boston has lots of events to celebrate the season. We’ve listed a few of the free ones below. You can see all the events online.

  • Sparklefest Holiday Parade: Santa and others parade from the Inn at Harvard down Massachusetts Avenue. Sunday, December 21, 12-1 p.m.
  • Skating rink at the Charles Hotel: Free skating and skate rentals during the grand opening Sunday, December 7, 12-8 p.m.
  • Tree lighting ceremony: Local and national performers and carolers join Santa for holiday entertainment and the lighting of Boston’s official non-denominational holiday shrub. December 4 at 6:30 p.m. Boston Common.

PHILADELPHIA – Light displays, children’s programs and events celebrating Chanukah and Kwanzaa are part of Philly’s holiday celebration. Learn more.

  • Holiday Light Show: 100,000 LED lights illuminate to create holiday images, accompanied by music from the Wanamaker Grand Organ. November 28-January 1 at Macy’s Center City.
  • Sharing the Heritage Holiday and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration: If you bring an unwrapped gift to donate, you’ll get free admission to this event featuring discussions, films and performances about Kwanzaa. The African American Museum in Philadelphia. December 20
  • Holiday Railroad: More than a dozen model trains traverse snow-covered mountains and wind through miniature towns at this display at Reading Terminal Market. November 28-December 31.

DENVER – The Mile-High City has plenty of holiday happenings. See them all online.

  • City & County Building Holiday Lights: 600,000 lights illuminate the building and the bell tower plays carols. Nightly November 23 – January at 6 p.m.
  • Parade of Lights: Eight marching bands, giant balloons and brightly lit holiday floats wind through downtown Denver. December 5 at 8 p.m. and December 6 at 6 p.m.
  • Denver Christkindl Market: Vendors from Germany and throughout Europe offer traditional handcrafted items and food. At 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street through December 23. Note: It’s free to enter the market and browse, but if you want to shop, bring your wallet.

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Save up to 30% on ski vacations

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Jackson hole hotels
By Kate Schwartz

It’s already snowing out West, so make sure to book your cheap ski vacation today. This winter, CheapTickets is offering is offering up to 30% off cheap hotels in top ski destinations. Whether you ski, snowboard, snowshoe or prefer to remain fireside, CheapTickets makes all your ski travel needs cheaper. Check out some of CheapTickets’ top cheap ski-town hotel picks:

  • Jackson Hole: After spending a day tackling the steep terrain of the Tetons, you will need a comfortable place to rest your head. The Snake River Lodge & Spa in Teton Village provides high-end luxury without the high-end price tag. Book now through April 6, 2009, and CheapTickets will help you save 25% on four or more nights. Let the Snake River Lodge & Spa show you how luxurious cheap travel can be.
  • Lake Tahoe : Lake Tahoe offers the best of both worlds: world-renowned skiing overlooking one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States. If you travel to Lake Tahoe this winter and book a four-night stay at the Horizon Casino Resort, you can save 30%.
  • Breckenridge : If miles upon miles of groomed terrain overlooking magnificent Summit County isn’t enough, try skiing into Crystal Peak Lodge. A new luxury condominium property at the base of Breckenridge Ski Area’s Peak 7, Crystal Peak Lodge offers unbeatable convenience and luxury for a cheap ski vacation! Book with CheapTickets today and save 20% off your stay.

After a full day of winter activities, CheapTickets wants to make sure you have a great place to rest your head and your wallet. With great travel deals on cheap hotels in some of the hottest ski spots in the nation, your next ski vacation can be fun and affordable.

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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: Save on this elegant Anaheim hotel

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Anaheim hotels
The CheapTickets Deal of the Day this week is for travel to Anaheim, California, home to Disneyland, and a great home base for a Southern California vacation.

One of the Anaheim hotels we’re highlighting is the Anabella Hotel. Right now this four-star hotel is offering 30% off regular rates. You can find discounted rooms starting at just $97 a night.

What makes the Anabella Hotel our pick among Anaheim hotels? It’s directly across from the Disneyland Resort and on the Anaheim Convention Center campus, making it perfectly situated for both families and business travelers. This Spanish mission-style hotel rates a 4.1 out of 5 from CheapTickets guests who’ve stayed at the property.

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Cheap cruises: Free onboard spending ends Nov. 26

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Sail away to warmer weather with cheap cruises from CheapTickets and Carnival Cruise Lines.

You can save up to 80% on cheap cruises to Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, with four-night cruises starting at just $119. And for a limited time, Carnival is offering free upgrades and free onboard spending in addition to its already low prices.

Head to Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman on a five-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Inspiration. Use your free onboard spending on cocktails at the Rhapsody in Blue Piano Bar. Interior rooms start at $279 for the December 6 sailing.

Or sail on the Carnival Glory for a seven-night Exotic Western Caribbean cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize, Riviera Maya, Mexico and the Bahamas. With your free onboard spending, you could indulge in a massage or body treatment at the ship’s spa. Prices start at $449 for the January 10 sailing.

Free onboard spending can be used for shore excursions, cocktails, spa treatments and more, but the offer is only good if you book one of Carnival’s cheap cruises by November 26.

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Free events make holiday travel cheaper

Friday, November 21st, 2008

‘Tis the season for holiday travel. And while that may bring visions of flight delays and long security lines, don’t despair. CheapTickets wants to spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of free holiday events in a selection of cities across the country, and we’re sharing them here in a two-part series. Consider it our holiday gift to you.

If you’ve got airline tickets and hotel reservations for one of these warm-weather destinations, you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate:

Los angeles hotels

  • The Light of the Angels: This seven-minute multimedia light display runs nightly December 4-31 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. at NOKIA Plaza. A key feature of the program is a 37,500-pound tree with 11,000 lights.
  • Marina del Ray Holiday Boat Parade: A fireworks show kicks off the event just before 6 p.m.; then boats decorated with lights circle through the harbor. December 13.
  • DWP Light Festival: From Thanksgiving weekend to the end of December, this mile-long Crystal Springs Drive route in Griffith Park turns into L.A.’s most awesome display of holiday lighting. Open 5 -10 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego has a ready list of 25 free activities for holiday travelers to enjoy. Here are a few highlights:

  • Coronado Christmas Open House and Parade: Santa arrives by ferry, and a concert follows the parade.
  • Balboa Park: Free organ concerts with holiday music. Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. And don’t miss the "Whoville" decorations outside the Old Globe Theater in honor of the production "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
  • La Jolla Christmas Parade and Festival: December 7
  • Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights: Over 100 brightly lit boats parade along Mission Bay. December 13
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides: In Escondido. December 1, 8, 15, and 22; 5-9 p.m.


  • Cathedral Christmas Concerts: Local choirs perform holiday music in the historic St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Select evenings at 6 p.m. from December 1-22.
  • Cooking Demonstrations: Celebrated local chefs share their secrets for making delicious recipes. Select days at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. December 2-20.


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Cheap hotels, activities make cities great travel destinations

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

By Kate Schwartz

Get the most for your money this holiday season with a cheap vacation to a big city. As cultural and transportation hubs, it’s easy to find cheap flights to and cheap hotels in big cities, and they offer plenty of cheap — and sometimes free — activities. From visiting museums on days when they offer free admission, to taking efficient and cost-friendly (not to mention eco-friendly) public transportation, big cities can be fun and cheap vacation destinations. This holiday season, CheapTickets is offering great deals on cheap hotels in big cities across the country.  Here are just some of the ways you can save on your big city adventure:

Chicago: Enjoy being steps away from Lake Michigan and a mile of magnificent shopping when you stay at the Talbot Hotel in Chicago. For a limited time, CheapTickets is making your stay cheaper with 25% off your reservation. For cheap travel fun, take a short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art and see the latest and greatest for free on Tuesdays.

New York: Although the city never sleeps, you may have to, and when you do, the Wellington Hotel provides a cheap place to rest your head. With 15% off your stay, traveling to New York City has never been cheaper.  Conveniently located a mere three blocks from Central Park, you can spend your days exploring without having to spend a penny.

Los Angeles: Hollywood here you come! Travel like a celebrity this holiday season without breaking the bank. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering an astounding 50% off a two-night stay. For a fun and free travel activity, take a trip to the Griffith Observatory. A mere seventeen minutes away from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, this popular attraction includes a free observatory, museum and park.

Wherever your travels take you, there are always ways to save money. With cheap flights and cheap hotels from CheapTickets, combined with savvy travel tips, you can always afford to explore!

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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.

Cheap flights for holiday travel

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

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If you’re still looking for cheap flights for the holidays, here’s good news: CheapTickets and American Airlines are teaming up to offer cheap fares this December.

Round-trip fares start at $105 plus tax. Maybe you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Cheap flights from Orlando to New York start at $185. Or visit your relatives in Florida. CheapTickets and American have cheap fares starting at $205 for flights from New York to Miami.

Holiday travel doesn’t have to cost a lot. With these cheap flights, you’ll have plenty of money left for gifts! Fares are good for travel through January 5, 2009, but you must book your tickets at least 14 days in advance.

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Fall Beach Sale: Only one week left to save

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Cheap los cabos hotels
By Kate Schwartz

With fall in full swing and winter around the corner, there has never been a better time for a cheap vacation. And the CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale can help. Until November 23, 2008, CheapTickets is offering $100 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more to beach hot spots. So you can travel to the Caribbean, Florida, California, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Hawaii and save.

Looking for cheap hotels in Hawaii? Surf’s up at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in fabulous Honolulu. Known for being one of the most “Hawaiian” hotels on Waikiki Beach, this hotel offers the best in Hawaiian travel. During the CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale, in addition to saving $100 instantly, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel is offering a 4th night free!

Or maybe you’re looking for cheap flights to Mexico and cheap hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Take in the sights, sounds and sun of this vacation hot spot as you lounge by the pool at the Villa Las Estancia Los Cabos, one of the premier resorts in the area. For a limited time only, save up to 45% on your stay in addition to CheapTickets $100 instant savings.

Or, stay closer to home with cheap flights to California and Florida. Choose from many cheap hotels in these states’ hot beach destinations. Visit sunny Orlando and take advantage of up to 40% off your vacation and a $50 resort credit when you stay at the Regal Sun Resort. Or explore the beaches of San Diego with 25% off your stay at the Ocean Park Inn.

You can choose from hundreds of hotels in great beach destinations, but you have to book soon. The Fall Beach Sale ends November 23.

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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.

Presidential inauguration: Ticket and travel tips

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Washington hotels
That’s right. Tickets to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama are free. In fact, inauguration tickets are distributed by members of Congress. So if you want one, you must contact your U.S. Senator or Representative. Officials warn that Web sites and ticket brokers do not have tickets to sell. Get more details about inauguration tickets.

If you’re planning to head to the inauguration, CheapTickets can help you plan your Washington, D.C. vacation with cheap flights and hotel reservations.

While many downtown Washington hotels say they are already booked, you can look for rooms in other neighborhoods or nearby suburbs like Alexandria, Va., and Arlington, Va. The Washington Metrorail provides convenient and affordable public transportation throughout the metro area, so it should be relatively easy to get downtown, no matter where you stay.

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Deal of the Day: Relax in Manzanillo from $181 per night

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Manzanillo hotels
By Heather Leisman

The CheapTickets Deal of the Day this week is for travel to Manzanillo, a sunny resort town on Mexico‘s Pacific Coast.

One of the Manzanillo hotels we’re highlighting is the Camino Real Manzanillo. Right now this four-star hotel is offering 35% off regular rates. I found discounted rooms for $181 per night November 30 – December 1.

Plus, if you book a flight + hotel vacation package of four nights or more, you can save an additional $100 instantly with CheapTickets’ Fall Beach Sale. Just book by November 23 and travel by March 31, 2009.

What makes the Camino Real Manzanillo our pick among Manzanillo hotels? The hotel offers beachfront suites, has two swimming pools and has earned a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 from CheapTickets customers who have stayed at the property.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.