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Cheap Chicago hotels, eats and activities

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Cheap chicago hotel For a cheap summer vacation that really packs a punch, look no further than the Windy City. Cheap Chicago hotels, affordable restaurants and free fun can add up to a great low-cost getaway. Here are just a few tips for places that won't break your budget.

Cheap Chicago hotels:
These Chicago hotels offer the best of both worlds — great location and great price:

  • Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago: Two blocks from Lake Michigan and walking distance to The Art Institute and Sears Tower. Rates from $80 a night.
  • Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Chicago: In the heart of River North, a neighborhood filled with art galleries and restaurants — and an easy walk to Michigan Avenue shopping. Room start from about $85 a night.
  • Tremont Hotel: Just off Michigan Avenue and an easy walk to the Hancock Building and the lake. This three-star hotel has rooms starting from $90.

Cheap Chicago restaurants:
Sure you can go gourmet, but why — when it's so easy to find good food that doesn't cost a lot.

  • Cafe Iberico: Fine Spanish tapas dining lets you spend as much — or as little — as you like. Fantastic food and a friendly atmosphere, if sometimes a little crowded on weekend nights.
  • Joy Yee's Noodles: Cheap pan-Asian dishes and styles, located in Chinatown. Head over and experience all the charm and excitement of the neighborhood, without losing a fortune (cookie).
  • Hot Doug's: Yes, Weiner Circle is still a great stop for fantastic Chicago-style hot dogs served with plenty of attitude. But for something different, head up to Hot Doug's, where the owner-chef uses special mixes of meats, cheeses and spices to take cased meats to whole new level.
  • The Billy Goat Tavern: The original SNL "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger!" joint, although many folks are too young to remember the Belushi skit. The downtown Billy Goat is also a renowned greasy-spoon hangout for old-school reporters from the Sun-Times and Tribune. Stop by for a very laid-back beer and a cheeseburger.

Cheap Chicago activities:

  • Millennium Park: Chicago's newest public showcase, the Park features the famous Cloud Gate "Bean" sculpture, the delightful "Faces" fountain, and much more. During the summer, free classical concerts are performed in the outdoor Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
  • The John Hancock Building: You can buy a ticket to the Hancock Observatory on Michigan Avenue, or enjoy equally spectacular views for free at the Signature Room at the 95th.
  • Navy Pier: Free fireworks shows light up the sky here Wednesday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A $6 ferris wheel ride offers great city views.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo: Open 365 days a year and always free.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap flights, cheap Oahu hotels

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Cheap-oahu-hotel This week's travel deals include American Airlines' cheap flight sale and cheap Oahu hotels.

Cheap flights: Book your tickets by May 3 for travel through June 24 and save. Sample fares on cheap flights include Atlanta to Chicago – $146; St. Louis to Tuscon – $196; and Austin to Los Angeles – $140. Fares shown are for round-trip flights and include service fee.

Cheap Oahu hotel: The AQUA Waikiki Wave is a block from the beach and offers plenty of amenities, including in-room microwaves and refrigerators and free Wi-Fi. Now save 50% on stays through June 30, with rooms starting at under $100 a night. Enjoy the sun, shopping and nightlife of Waikiki at this cheap Oahu hotel.

Don't forget: CheapTickets has cut booking fees on hotels through July 15  and has no booking fees on flights through May 31.

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Cheap Hawaii hotels

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Cheap-hawaii-vacation It's not too late for a cheap Hawaii vacation. Whether you want to swim and snorkel or just relax and enjoy the tropical beauty, a Hawaii vacation is the ultimate getaway. To help you plan, we've highlighted cheap hotels in some of the most popular areas. And don't forget, CheapTickets has reduced booking fees on all of its hotels. Just book by July 15 to get the discount.

Big Island: Located on a lava promontory and surrounded by water on three sides, the Royal Kona Resort is an ocean-lover's paradise. The three-star resort has a private sandy beach cove and sheltered lagoon perfect for snorkeling. With a split-level swimming pool, tennis courts and award-winning restaurant, you'll have everything you need for an active or relaxing vacation. Save 20% on stays at this cheap hotel through September 3.

Oahu: Spend your cheap Hawaii vacation steps from the beach and close to all of Waikiki's restaurants and entertainment at the Waikiki Resort Hotel. This three-star hotel just underwent a $11 million renovation, and rooms now boast microwaves and refrigerators and LCD TVs. Rooms start at just $99 a night for May 21, and now you can save 30% on stays through May 31.

Kauai: Save 50% on stays through June 15 at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club.
This four-star hotel offers a large family-friendly pool, spacious
rooms — many with balconies, and a variety of activities. Reviewers
give this cheap hotel a perfect 5 of 5 rating for its value and amenities.

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Cheap cruises: Carnival offers upgrades, “Carnival Cash”

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Cheap-cruises What could possibly make cheap cruises an even better travel deal? How about free room upgrades and free onboard spending money to use on spa treatments, cocktails and other purchases? Those extras are available on most Carnival cruises departing between May 24 and December 31, so pick your favorite and get on board.

4-Night Western Caribbean: Get $100 in free "Carnival Cash" and up to a four-category upgrade on this cheap cruise on the Carnival Imagination. Sail to Key West and Cozumel starting at $159.

4-Night Bahamas: Spend a day on Grand Bahama Island and two days in Nassau on this cheap cruise on the Carnival Sensation. An up to four-category upgrade and $100 in "Carnival Cash" are available. Prices start at $179.

5-Night Western Caribbean: This cheap cruise aboard the Carnival Destiny includes stops in Grand Cayman and Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Sailings start at $279, and two-category upgrades, along with $150 in "Carnival Cash," are available.

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Weekly travel deals: Save on Cabo hotels, Disney vacations

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Cheap-los-cabos-hotel This week's travel deals include a cheap Los Cabos hotel and cheap Disney World vacations.

Cheap Los Cabos hotel: Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Blanco in Cabo San Lucas is a four-star resort situated on a safe swimming beach overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Reviewers give the hotel a 4.8 out of 5 rating for its excellent staff, amenities and location. Now save 35% on stays through December 30.

Cheap Disney World vacations: Stay at the five-star Disney's Wilderness Lodge at the Magic Kingdom for an average daily rate of $179. Or, make it a cheap Disney World vacation package: A three-night stay plus roundtrip flight from Dallas starts at $748 per person for travel June 1-4. If you prefer Epcot, for your cheap Disney World vacation, the four-star Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort averages just $104 a night.

Or, stay at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort or Disney's All-Star Sports Resort at the Animal Kingdom for an average rate of $115. A vacation package for either resort, including a three-night stay and round-trip flight from Dallas, averages $409 per person.

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Cheap all-inclusive vacations: Save to Jamaica, Aruba, Mexico

Friday, April 17th, 2009

All-inclusive-vacations For some, cheap all-inclusive vacations are the ultimate getaway — sun, sand and endless opportunities to lounge by the pool. And now these hot deals make all-inclusive vacations even better.

Cheap Jamaica vacations: Jamaica has long been a popular all-inclusive vacation destination. Now you can experience it for yourself and save. At Sandals Montego Bay Luxury All Inclusive, elegant suites and lush tropical landscaping provide a tranquil environment, while the resort's seven restaurants and nightlife keep guests entertained. Book now at get 40% off stays of three days or more through June 30.

Cheap Aruba vacations: It would be enough that a cheap all-inclusive vacation at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive offers watersports, plenty of dining options and more at its beachfront location. But guests here also get to use facilities at the Tamarijn Aruba hotel next door — doubling the entertainment options. Even better: You can save 25% on stays of three days or more through July 8.

Cheap Mexico vacations: The Excellence Playa Mujeres Cancun Luxury All Inclusive is a five-star, adults-only resort with every amenity you could want on an all-inclusive vacation: Seven swimming pools, eleven restaurants and endless sports and water activities; plus, each room features Bvlgari toiletries, a private terrace and jacuzzi. Get 35% off each night for stays from May 1 through December 20.

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Top vacation destinations: Off-season deals

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Off-season-travel When it comes to top vacation destinations — those looking for cheap vacations can find good travel deals during off-peak times.

Cheap off-season travel often means fewer crowds and good travel deals on hotels and flights. So how do you know where to go? Each season we identify the top vacation destinations for off-season travel deals, and here are the latest:

Cheap Colorado vacation: As spring comes to the Rockies and prime ski season winds down, Colorado becomes a smart vacation destination for active travelers. Off-season travel in Colorado means you can hike and bike in the mountains; shop, dine and relax at popular ski resorts with a bit more elbow room; even enjoy the culture and entertainment scene in Denver — all with cheap hotel rates. One example: Hotel Teatro in Denver, rated one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel+Leisure magazine, is offering 35% off stays of three days or more through July 31. You'll also find cheap hotels in Aspen, Steamboat and other top Colorado vacation destinations.

Cheap Florida vacation: Sunny Florida becomes a little less crowded in the spring, as the rest of the country starts to warm up — which makes it a great time for a cheap Florida vacation. You'll likely find less crowded beaches and attractions, and cheap Florida hotels. Like the Gulfcoast Inn Naples, which is offering 20% off each night for stays through June 1; and the Regal Sun Resort in Orlando with travel deals including 50% off stays.

Cheap Puerto Rico vacation: Cheap off-season travel deals abound now in this Caribbean nation famous for its beaches, casinos and golf courses. Save 20% on stays of three days or more through September 30 at Gran Melia Puerto Rico. Or try the Golden Sands Villas, with its infinity pool and signature golf course, for 50% off.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap Philadelphia hotel; flights under $200

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Cheap-new-york-vacation This week's travel deals include a cheap Philadelphia hotel, cheap New York vacations and airline tickets under $200.

Cheap Philadelphia hotel: Take an extra 20% off your stay at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. This four-star hotel offers luxury, location and amenities — all in a restored historic building in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Offer is good for stays through May 3.

Cheap New York vacations: Experience the excitement of the Big Apple with cheap flight and hotel packages to New York. With these travel deals, a flight from Washington and three-night stay at the four-star Tudor hotel starts at just $395 per person.

Airline tickets under $200: Cheap flights are the name of the game with roundtrips for less than $200. Some sample travel deals include Philadelphia to Orlando – $146; Detroit to New York – $144; Seattle to Las Vegas – $160.

See these and more travel deals at our "Cheap of the Week" tab.

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Cheap last-minute cruises

Friday, April 10th, 2009

If you've gotten tired of your daily grind and need a break, cheap last-minute cruises may be just the answer. These deals can help you get up and go in no time.

12-Night Transatlantic Eastbound: This 12-night cruise starts at just $499. The Celebrity Summit sails from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the Canary Islands, Morocco and several ports in Spain. This cheap last-minute cruise departs April 18.

5-Night Western Caribbean: Sail to Key West; Cozumel, Mexico; and Belize on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. Onboard activities range from a spa to a rock-climbing wall. The April 27 sailing starts at $379.

3-Night Baja Mexico: Set sail May 7 from San Diego for Ensenada, Mexico. Onboard, take advantage of three pools, a sushi bar and a poolside stage with live music. This cheap cruise on the Carnival Elation starts at $209.

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Cheap flights: Now no booking fees

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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CheapTickets is making cheap flights even cheaper. When you book a flight between now and May 31 you'll pay no booking fees.

That's right: No booking fees on already cheap flights. So check out our flight deals and get packing.

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