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Weekly travel deals: Save on Cancun and Vancouver hotels, United flights

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This week's travel deals include a cheap Cancun hotel, cheap Vancouver hotel, and cheap flights with United Airlines' Spring Sale.

Cheap Cancun hotel: Relax at the five-star Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel on the Caribbean with an internationally acclaimed spa. Guests can save 35% on rooms and get 20% off food & beverage and spa services for stays April 21 through August 16.

Cheap Vancouver hotel: The Loden Vancouver is a four-star hotel on the edge of Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. This cheap hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers, with a business center and Internet, as well as spa services and a pet-friendly policy. Save 40% on stays of four nights or more through June 30.

Cheap flights: United Airlines' Spring Sale offers round-trip domestic flights starting from $105. Fly from St. Louis to Denver from $145 or Chicago to San Diego from $285. Just purchase tickets by April 6 and travel through August 12. (Tip: Lowest fares are for travel Monday through Thursday.)

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Cheap vacations to the beach

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Cheap vacation
Cheap vacations
can help you renew, revive and re-energize. And with these cheap hotels, you'll feel even better. The best news yet — you won't need your passport to take advantage of these beach-destination deals. We've got cheap hotels in Florida, California and Hawaii — all ideal spots for a cheap vacation. So pack your sunscreen and go!

Florida: For a cheap vacation in the Sunshine State, check out Hotel Nash in Miami. This four-star, boutique hotel is in the heart of the Art Deco district and just one block from the beach. Here, you can walk to nearby restaurants and galleries or relax in one of the hotel's three spa pools. Now you can get 35% off each night for stays through December 31.

California: The Island Hotel Newport Beach is a great spot for a cheap vacation in Southern California. This five-star hotel is right across the street from Fashion Island shopping center and close to Newport Beach's famous waterfront and golf courses. Save 20% on stays of three nights or more through June 30.

Hawaii: Hawaii may be the ultimate cheap vacation destination, and Waikiki Beach puts you in the middle of all the excitement. The Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is a four-star condo-style resort where every suite has an ocean view. Save 45% on stays through June 17.

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Weekly travel deals: Save to Atlanta, Vegas, Italy

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This week's travel deals can help you find cheap Atlanta hotels, cheap Las Vegas vacations and cheap flights to Italy.

Cheap Atlanta hotel: The Glenn Hotel, a boutique hotel close to Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center and the Georgia Aquarium is offering this travel deal: Save 35% on stays of two nights or more when you book by March 30. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and plenty of amenities for leisure and business travel.

Cheap Las Vegas vacations: Book a room at the three-star Circus Circus for an average of $30 a night, or a room at the four-star Luxor Hotel for an average of $60 a night (for stays May 4 through May 6). For an even better travel deal, add a flight for a cheap two-night getaway starting at just $243 per person. Don't forget — you can also get cheap tickets for Las Vegas shows and activities.

Cheap flights to Italy: Alitalia has a sale on flights, with roundtrips starting at $282 from New York to Milan and Rome. Tickets must be purchased by March 27 for travel April 1 through May 25.

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Cheap Royal Caribbean cruises

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Cheap cruises
are even a better deal with special Tuesday-only reduced prices on Royal Caribbean cruises. And the travel deals already are great. Check out these cheap Royal Caribbean cruises:

7-Night Western Mediterranean:
Sail from Barcelona to glamorous ports in Italy and France aboard the
Voyager of the Seas. Spend each day exploring Europe's treasures; then
relax on the ship in the evening with gourmet meals, a drink at the
wine bar or some jazz. Select cheap cruises in November start at $669
— plus get $100 in free onboard spending.

4-Night Western Caribbean: Soak up the sun in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, on this cheap cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Cozumel's Palancar Reef is one of the top spots in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. The ship features four pools, a Champagne bar and bungee trampolline. September sailings start at $299 with $50 in free onboard spending.

5-Night Bermuda cruise: Sail from Boston on the Jewel of the Seas and spend two days in sunny Bermuda. On the island, explore craft markets, galleries and museums, or take advantage of watersports on the beach. There's equally as much to keep you busy at sea, from a golf simulator and rock-climbing wall to the spa and casino. This cheap cruise starts at $599 — plus, ask about free upgrades and stateroom gifts.

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Cheap all-inclusive vacations

Friday, March 20th, 2009

A cheap all-inclusive vacation could be just the cure for that spring fever that tends to hit around this time of year. Instead of imagining sunshine and warm weather, you could be on the beach feeling it! Just look at these cheap all-inclusive vacations:

Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive: This three-star hotel on Mexico's sunny island faces Palancar Reef, one of the world's top scuba diving sites. Travelers who just want to relax on their cheap all-inclusive vacation have their choice of three pools, three restaurants and five bars. Families may appreciate the supervised activities at the resort's Kid's Club. Get 55% off per night when you travel between April 8 and May 5.

Sandals Montego Bay Luxury All Inclusive: Surround yourself with elegant decor and lush landscaping at this all-inclusive resort. Seven restaurants, a pool, and a long stretch of beach all combine to help travelers relax. Save 40% on stays of three days or more between April 1 and June 30.

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun All Inclusive: This five-star, adults-only resort features a full-service spa, five restaurants and offers complimentary greens fees at two area golf clubs. Get 40% off per night on stays through December 30.

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Cheap Mexico cruises

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Cheap cruise
Cheap cruises
are the ultimate all-inclusive vacation, and cheap Mexico cruises offer a convenient way to experience the best of Mexico's scenery and culture. With short cruises and longer sailings to a variety of exciting destinations, there's a cheap cruise for every style and budget.

3-Night Baja Mexico: For a quick and easy getaway, nothing beats the ease of a cheap cruise. Plan ahead and book the October 30 sailing from just $279 — plus, get $100 in free Carnival Cash. You'll sail from Los Angeles to lively Ensenada, Mexico, on the Carnival Paradise. During your day in port, you can explore local markets, stroll the beach or take a winery tour.

5-Night Baja Mexico: For a longer vacation, try this Royal Caribbean cruise on the Radiance of the Seas. Leave San Diego for Ensenada; then spend a day cruising along the rugged Baja Penninsula on your way to luxurious Cabo San Lucas. Sailings for November 2 and 7 start at $379.

8-Night Mexican Riviera: Explore Mexico's popular Pacific ports on this cheap cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit. Stops in Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo are the perfect opportunities to explore charming towns, sample local delicacies and, of course, relax on tropical beaches. The October 18 sailing starts at $579 with $200 in free Carnival Cash.

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Deal of the day: 30% off this Maui hotel

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

This week's Deal of the day makes it easy to plan a cheap Hawaii vacation.

Just head to Maui — an island known for spectacular beaches, whale watching and the endless waterfalls on the road to Hana — and stay at this cheap Maui hotel: The Aston Kaanapali Shores. Right now the Aston Kaanapali Shores is offering guests 30% off their stay.

What makes this our pick among cheap Maui hotels? The Aston Kaanapali Shores is a condominium-style resort, with refrigerators or kitchens, private balconies, and room for the whole family. And, as the name suggests, it's located on Kaanapali Beach, a popular spot for strolling, swimming or just catching some rays. There are plenty of dining and watersport options right along the beach, so everything you need is close by.

A cheap Hawaii vacation is right at your fingertips, with 30% off your stay at the Aston Kaanapali Shores.

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Travel deals: Cheap vacations under $500

Friday, March 13th, 2009

By Kate Schwartz

The end of winter is within sight, and I’ve caught a terrible case of Spring Fever, which means a cheap vacation and a little adventure is in order. With zero vacation days left and little money to spend, I’m thinking about a weekend getaway. CheapTickets has dozens of cheap travel deals for 2-day vacation packages under $500, which makes getting away for the weekend easy and affordable. The only problem is which cheap vacation to choose:

  • For a little glitz and glamour, head to Las Vegas. From Denver, a cheap flight plus two nights at a hotel only runs about $336 per person, leaving plenty of money for the slot machines.
  • For those of us in desperate need of a tan, San Diego is a great option. A cheap flight and 2-night hotel stay from Philadelphia to San Diego only costs about $482. All you need from there is a bathing suit, flip flops, beach towel and SPF — sunburns can be brutal!
  • If you aren’t bathing-suit ready, snow pants do an excellent job of hiding winter weight. Spring skiing is invigorating, and the prices are refreshing too. Grab a cheap flight from Chicago to Salt Lake City, plus 2 nights at a hotel, for about $476.

I’m looking forward to celebrating the end of winter — and the onset of Spring Fever — with a cheap vacation to Colorado in April. With cheap travel deals under $500 from CheapTickets, I can choose from dozens of hotel and flight options without worrying about breaking the bank. Check out all of the cheap vacations under $500 on the cheap travel deals page.

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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.

Find great travel deals during the Spring Cruise Clearance Event

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Cheap cruise
CheapTickets' Spring Cruise Clearance Event makes it easy to find cheap cruises to exciting destinations around the world. Right now cruise lines are offering special travel deals, including upgrades and onboard spending, in addition to low prices. Here is a sample of cheap cruise deals:

Princess Cruises' 7-Night Voyage of the Glaciers Southbound explores the spectacular Alaskan coastline. The Diamond Princess stops in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchican before stopping in Vancouver. Guests on this cruise can swim rain or shine in the Conservatory, with its retractable roof. Dining options include Sabatini's, a gourmet Italian restaurant serving eight-course meals; Sterling Steakhouse; four elegant dining rooms; Sundaes Ice Cream Bar and a wine and caviar bar. This cheap cruise starts at $399 for the May 30 sailing.

Or, head to warmer waters aboard the Carnival Paradise's 4-Night Baja Mexico cruise. Sail to Catalina Island and Ensenada, and enjoy gambling, spa services, fitness classes and Broadway musicals along the way. The April 27 cruise starts at $229.

For a cheap cruise to the Caribbean, try the 5-Night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Celebrity Century. The April 20 sailing starts at $349 and includes stops in Key West and Grand Cayman. Onboard, guests can sip a drink at the Sunset Bar while enjoying 360-degree views; dine at the Murano Restaurant, where dishes are prepared tableside; or relax in one of four whirlpools.

The travel deals available during the Spring Cruise Clearance Event won't last forever, so book your cheap cruise now.

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Deal of the Day: Cheap hotels in New York, Orlando, Las Vegas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

This week we're highlighting travel deals on cheap hotels in three top travel destinations. Each offers big savings for business or leisure travelers.

Cheap New York hotel: Free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast make the Clarion Hotel at LaGuardia Airport a smart pick among cheap New York hotels. Rates at the Clarion Hotel at LaGuardia Airport start at just $77 a night March 31 – April 1, and when you book by March 16 you can save an additional 15%.

Cheap Orlando hotel: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge is a golf resort, tennis club and spa all rolled into one. It may not sound like a cheap Orlando hotel, but with these travel deals, your wallet will think it is: Get 45% off each night for stays before March 22, and get 55% off each night for travel March 30 – October 1.

Cheap Las Vegas hotel: Get 30% off each night of your stay at the Stratosphere Hotel & Tower when you travel through December 28. This cheap Las Vegas hotel has a Business Services center for working guests, and a 67,000-square-foot pool deck area with waterfall and private cabanas for leisure travelers. Rooms start at just $25 a night April 7 – 8.

Our travel deals mean there are cheap hotels wherever you want to go.

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