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Kids sail free on select Disney cruises

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Cheap cruises
The only thing better than a cheap cruise is a free cruise, and that’s just what kids get on select Disney cruises.

For a limited time, kids ages 12 and under sail for free when they stay with parents in select staterooms on 3-night Disney Cruise Line sailings departing January 22 through May 28, 2009. Parents just pay for kids’ taxes and fees.

Disney offers cheap cruises for adults, with a 3-night Bahamas cruise starting at $349. The trip includes stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. At Castaway Cay, travelers can enjoy a beach barbeque, go snorkeling or parasailing, or relax with a massage in a beach cabana.

Onboard, kids, teens and adults will find plenty to do. There’s a kids pool and water slide and supervised activities for children age 3-12; volleyball and basketball courts; and an adults-only pool with two whirlpools. At night, families have their choice of shows: comedy, musicals — even a ventriloquist show.

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Deal of the Day: Cozumel hotel from $90 a night

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Cozumel hotel
This week’s Deal of the Day will help you plan a cheap Mexico vacation in Cozumel — an island with white sand beaches, world-class scuba diving — and just a short ferry ride from Cancun.

One of the cheap Cozumel hotels we’re highlighting is the three-star Hotel Cozumel and Resort. Right now, the hotel is offering 20 percent off regular rates, with rooms from $90 a night January 27-29.

The Hotel Cozumel and Resort is a great Cozumel hotel for travelers who want an active vacation. The hotel offers snorkeling, kayaking and services and equipment for scuba diving. Other hotel amenities include:

  • Kids program
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Cozumel’s largest swimming pool

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Get two nights free at Universal Orlando hotels

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Orlando hotel
If you think a family vacation is too expensive, this deal on Universal Orlando vacations
may change your mind: When you buy unlimited admission to both
Universal Orlando theme parks and a 3-night stay at one of the on-site Universal Orlando hotels, Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and get two extra nights free plus complimentary Universal Express access to skip the lines at most park attractions.

For a longer family vacation, book four nights at one of the Universal Orlando hotels
and get three additional nights free. Enjoy the magic and excitement of
Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure and save — for a
limited time. This special offer is good through January 31 for travel
through June 27, 2009.

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Cheap Mexico vacations

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Mexico vacation
If a cheap Mexico vacation is on your holiday wish list, maybe this is the year all your wishes will come true. With travel deals of up to 50% off on select Mexico all-inclusive hotels, a sunny getaway is more affordable than you think. All-inclusive resorts offer the ultimate relaxation, with food and drinks paid in advance and all the services and amenities you could
want. These featured deals could have you relaxing on the beach in no time:

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa All Inclusive: Save 50% on your Mexico vacation when you book by January 31 for travel through February 7. Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort is on the Riviera Maya just south of Cancun, an area known for it’s white sand beaches and clear Caribbean waters. Dreams Puerto Aventuras features seven restaurants plus two swim-up bars, two pools including a separate adults-only pool and live nightly entertainment. The resort has a spa for adults and its Explorers’ Club offers supervised activities for kids.

Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro All Inclusive: If you prefer your Mexico vacation on the Pacific coast, you may want to try the Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro. This all-inclusive resort in quaint San Jose del Cabo if offering more than 30% off when you travel by February 25, 2009. The Crowne Plaza Los Cabos has five restaurants and a sushi bar, spa services, and plenty activities. Guests rate this hotel a 4.4 out of 5, giving it high marks for its quality food and helpful staff.

Make a New Year’s resolution to relax and save money — with a cheap Mexico vacation.

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Save 50% at this Orlando hotel

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Orlando hotels
Take an Orlando vacation in January and enjoy big savings on your hotel. The Regal Sun Resort, a four-star Orlando hotel located in Downtown Disney, is offering 50% off regular room rates for stays through January 16, 2009.

Convenience and amenities make the Regal Sun Resort a smart choice for your Orlando vacation. The resort is right across the street from Downtown Disney and offers free shuttle service to the Disney World theme parks. And amenities like these make it a great hotel for families:

  • two pools
  • zero-entry beach pool with a kids play area
  • lighted tennis and basketball courts
  • Disney Character Breakfasts three days a week

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Cheap flights

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

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With most of the nation feeling winter’s chill, you may be especially motivated to travel someplace warm. Cheap tickets on Midwest Airlines can help you find some sun. Right now, Midwest Airlines has a sale on airline tickets to Las Vegas, Phoenix and sunny Florida cities. Check out these sample round-trip airfares:

  • Pittsburgh to Phoenix: $265
  • Columbus, OH to Las Vegas: $245
  • Grand Rapids, MI to Fort Myers: $225
  • Des Moines to Tampa: $225
  • Madison to Orlando: $225

Midwest Airlines’ sale on airline tickets lasts until January 3 and is good for travel from January 5 through February 11, 2009. Book one of these cheap flights and start your new year in the sun.

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Book your 2009 Hawaii vacation now and save

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Hawaii vacations
For people experiencing their first taste of winter right about now, a Hawaii vacation might sound really good. And what might sound even better is that cheap Hawaii hotels can make a trip really affordable.

ResortQuest Waikiki Beach is offering 20% off regular rates for travel through 2009 in you book by February 28. This four-star Honolulu hotel also provides complimentary "breakfast on the beach." Guests who’ve stayed at the property rate it a 4.5 out of 5 and rave about its beach location that’s easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants.

Or, for a Hawaii vacation far from the activity of Waikiki Beach, you may want to visit Kauai. This oldest of the Hawaiian Islands is known for its lush tropical foliage and spectacular scenery. ResortQuest Kauai Beach Hotel has a day spa and an award-winning on-site luau, and if you travel by March 31, 2009, you can take advantage of 35% savings.

ResortQuest Shores at Waikoloa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is a good choice for family vacations, and guests who’ve stayed at the property rate it a 4.8 out of 5. This condominium development features spacious accommodations with kitchens, and it’s close to shopping, restaurants and golf. If you book your 2009 Hawaii vacation by February 28, you can save 30% off regular rates.

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Cheap Caribbean cruises start at just $199

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Cheap cruises
If you’re wishing for a tropical getaway this winter, put one of these cheap Caribbean cruises on your list.

Cruises can be a great way to combine the ease and relaxation of an all-inclusive vacation with the excitement of visiting several different islands. And travel deals on a variety of Caribbean cruises mean that there’s an affordable option for everyone.

A Five-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Century starts at just $199 for the January 26 and February 9 sailings. You’ll sail to Key West and Grand Cayman — all while enjoying the $55 million in new ship features from a recent renovation.

This Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise won’t feel like a cheap cruise, with ten restaurants, a spa, champagne bar and much more. But book an interior room for the February 14 sailing, and you’ll pay just $499. This cruise on the Norwegian Dawn includes stops in St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands and a private island in the Bahamas.

On this Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, you can dine at 12 restaurants, swim with dolphins in Roatan, Honduras; explore the coral reef off the coast of Cozumel and much more. All of that comes with a cheap cruise price tag of $479 for an interior room for the February 22 sailing. This cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl also includes stops in Belize City and a private Bahamas island.

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Budget travel tips: Save on New Year’s Eve hotels

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Las vegas hotels
Even if you’re on a budget, you can make travel plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. CheapTickets has unveiled the top five cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations and nearby destination alternatives for cheap New Year’s Eve hotels.

From big cities to the beach, you can join the party and save big on your travel budget by staying just a little bit further from the action. The top New Year’s Eve destinations and cheap hotel alternatives are based on hotel bookings on CheapTickets for arrivals December 27-31, 2008. Check out the average daily rates for the big cities versus the alternatives.

TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE DESTINATIONS AND ALTERNATIVES FOR CHEAP HOTELS

  1. Las Vegas Strip $154.50 / Las Vegas off-Strip $137.42
  2. New York City $256.53 / Newark, NJ $80.95
  3. Orlando, FL $93.43 / Kissimmee $75.32
  4. Cancun, Mexico $289.74 / Cozumel $165.71
  5. Miami Beach $197.22 / Ft. Lauderdale $91.81

LAS VEGAS STRIP/OFF-STRIP: If you’re planning to ring in 2009 in Las Vegas, booking one of the Las Vegas hotels off the Strip can save you up to 11 percent. Just take a quick cab ride downtown to partake in the New Year’s fireworks and live music on the Strip and at the Fremont Experience.

NEW YORK CITY/NEWARK: Newark is just a short train ride from Times Square, so you can take the train to see the ball drop and save an average of 68 percent on your hotel room.

MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE: Miami’s New Year’s Eve celebration is better than ever with Bayfront
Park’s free fireworks show, the annual Big Orange Festival — which
drops a 35-foot orange ball to a laser show and fireworks. Stay in one of the Fort Lauderdale hotels just 30 minutes away and celebrate average hotel savings of 53 percent.

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Deal of the Day: Las Vegas hotel offers 3rd night free

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Las Vegas hotels
The Deal of the Day this week will help you plan a fun and affordable Las Vegas vacation.

One of the Las Vegas hotels we’re featuring is the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Right now this four-star hotel is offering a third night free for stays through January 29, 2009, along with low rates starting at just $41 a night.

Fun and value make the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino our pick among Las Vegas hotels. The Monte Carlo has a newly renovated casino and three pools including a lazy river and wave pool. For the ultimate Vegas pool experience, you can reserve your own cabana in the pool area, furnished with a flatscreen TV and refrigerator.

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