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Weekly travel deals: Cheap Hawaii, St. Lucia hotels

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Cheap Hawaii vacation

Waikoloa Beach Marriott

This week’s travel deals include a cheap Big Island hotel and a cheap St. Lucia hotel.

A cheap Hawaii vacation starts at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, where you can save 50% on stays through December 24. The Waikoloa Beach Marriott is a four-star Hawaii hotel on the sunny Kohala coast of the Big Island. The hotel features the world-renowned Mandara Spa and a heated infinity pool, and is steps away from restaurants, upscale shopping and championship golf.

Plan a cheap Caribbean vacation with savings on this St. Lucia hotel. Coco Palm is a three-star resort featuring a dedicated concierge for each floor, 24-hour room service and plenty of amenities. Get 50% off for stays through December 15.

See these and other travel deals at our “Cheap of the Week” tab.

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Cheap flights on Delta

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

delta1Pack your bags and head out of town with Delta Air Lines cheap flight sale.

You’ll find cheap flights to destinations across the U.S. Check out these sample round-trip airfares:

  • Tampa to Salt Lake City – $198
  • Los Angeles to Las Vegas – $98
  • Detroit to Orlando – $128
  • Fort Lauderdale to Minneapolis/St. Paul – $178

These cheap flights are good for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between August 18 and November 19. Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days in advance, and the sale ends August 14.

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Cheap cruises: Save on short sailings

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

norwegian-skyIf you don’t have time for a long vacation, but want to get away, weekend cruises could be the perfect solution. These short, cheap cruises offer an easy way to take a vacation, without a big price tag. Here are just a few examples.

3-Night Baja Mexico: Sail from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico aboard the Carnival Elation. The October 19 sailing starts at $149.

4-Night Bahamas: Visit Freeport, Nassau and a private island in the Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Sky. Select September and October sailings start at $219.

3-Night Bahamas: Sail to Nassau and a private Bahamas island on the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas. Select September sailings start at $199.

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Cheap Mexico vacations

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

Beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, water sports, margaritas … just some of the reasons people love Mexico vacations. And with our cheap Mexico travel deals from Cancun to Cabo, now may be a good time for you to get away. Here are just a few examples:

Cheap Cancun hotel: With beach on both sides of the property, the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun is a truly unique spot for a cheap Mexico vacation. This four-star hotel features recently renovated rooms, six restaurants and bars and a spa. Get 30% off stays through December 25.

Cheap Cabo hotel: Playa Grande Resort and Grande Spa is a four-star resort that pampers guests with spacious suites, multiple pools with waterfalls, two swim-up bars, and a full-service spa offering the unique Thalasso Therapy treatment. Get 60% off your cheap Mexico vacation when you book stays through December 30.

Cheap Puerto Vallarta hotel: With six restaurants, a spa, plenty of activities day and night and an Explorers Club for kids, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta All Inclusive has amenities and services for guests of all ages.  Get 30% off when you book by August 15 for stays August 15 through October 30.

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Cheap flights

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Get ready, get set, go! With cheap flights to destinations across the U.S. and to Europe, it’s easy to plan a cheap vacation. Here are just a couple of our current cheap flight deals:

Cheap flights across the U.S.: AirTran’s cheap flight sale across the U.S. means great travel deals to destinations in the East, South and Midwest. Here are some sample round-trip fares: Chicago to Boston – $158; Boston to Baltimore – $78; Washington to Chicago – $184; New York to Atlanta – $148. These cheap flights are good for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through December 16 — just book your ticket by July 28.

Cheap flights to Europe: Plan a cheap vacation this fall with Lufthansa and United’s Europe fall flights on sale. Travel Monday through Thursday, September 1 through October 26 with cheap flights like these: Philadelphia to Rome – $532; Seattle to Madrid – $526; Washington to Frankfurt – $439. Hurry, sale is good only through July 28.

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Cheap Las Vegas travel deals

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

dv1678009Whether you go for the food, shows, nightlife or casinos, Las Vegas is always a popular vacation destination. And with cheap Las Vegas travel deals and cheap Las Vegas hotels, now is a great time to head to Sin City.

Start with this Las Vegas travel deal: A VIP savings pass worth $500 — free when you book any cheap Las Vegas hotel. The savings pass includes special offers and discounts at a variety of hotels, including:

  • 25% off at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio (Venetian)
  • Buy one gondola ride, get a second 50% off (Venetian)
  • $25 off at Alize, Little Buddha and SIMON Restaurant & Lounge (Palms)
  • $25 match play bet on any table game (Planet Hollywood)

Then, choose one of your favorite cheap Las Vegas hotels. There are travel deals to suit every taste. Here are just a few:

Planet Hollywood: With a spa, 170 retail venues and three acres of gaming, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Rates start at just $69 a night (August 20). Plus, for a limited time, this cheap Las Vegas hotel is offering guests a free bottle of wine, champaagne or spirits each night of their stay as part of its “Drinks Are On Us” promotion.

Golden Nugget: For a downtown stay, consider this cheap Las Vegas hotel, a AAA four-diamond award winner since 1977. The Golden Nugget boasts a heated pool with three-story waterslide and 200,000-gallon shark aquarium. Save 30% on South Tower rooms for stays through September 1.

Palms Casino Resort: With ghostbar on the 55th floor, the new Moon nightclub with a retractable roof and the popular Rain Las Vegas club, this cheap Las Vegas hotel is the place for nightlife. Now, when you book a flight + hotel vacation package of three nights or more, you can save 40%. Just book your travel 45 days in advance, for stays through October 1.

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Cheap vacations: U.S. beach destinations

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Se San Diego

Se San Diego

You don’t need a passport to enjoy a cheap vacation at the beach. Here are a few cheap hotels that will put you by the pool or on the sand in no time.

Cheap California hotel: Sunny San Diego is known for its beaches, and you can enjoy a cheap vacation there in style at this new, five star San Diego hotel. Se San Diego in the Gaslamp District features a fourth-floor pool deck and lounge for sunning during the day and partying at night. Save 45% on stays through December 30.

Cheap Florida hotel: Feel like you’ve gotten away from it all with a cheap vacation at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa just outside of Tampa. This four-star resort features 36 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer, five restaurants, a huge pool and full-service spa. Get 40% off each night, when you stay four nights or more through August 31.

Cheap Hawaii vacation: Get up to 50% off at the Sheraton Waikiki when you travel through October 13. Located right on the ocean in the heart of Waikiki, this four-star hotel features five restaurants including Twist at Hanohano, a fine dining venue with breaktaking views 30 stories above Waikiki Beach.

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Weekly travel deals: Save to New Orleans, California

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
The Island Hotel Newport Beach

The Island Hotel Newport Beach

This week’s travel deals include cheap California vacation packages and a cheap New Orleans hotel. For example:

Cheap California vacation packages: Head to sunny California and save when you book cheap flights and cheap hotels together.

  • Stay at the five-star Island Hotel Newport Beach. A two-night stay August 24-26 plus round-trip flight between Phoenix and Orange County starts at $371 per person.
  • Or head to Santa Barbara. The three-star Inn at East Beach offers complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access. A two-night stay August 24-26, plus round-trip flight from Phoenix starts at $320 per person.

Cheap New Orleans hotel: Iberville Suites is a four-star, AAA four diamond hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. This Ritz-Carlton managed property gets a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from previous guests, and it may feel like a cheap hotel when you save 30% on stays through December 31.

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Cheap hotels in Europe

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

If you’re dreaming of a cheap Europe vacation, here’s good news. We’ve rounded up deals on cheap hotels in Europe, so you can see some of the continent’s best for less.

Cheap Venice hotel: Enjoy a cheap Europe vacation in Venice, and stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice hotel, a four-star property with a fitness center, onsite restaurant and rooftop pool. This luxury property may feel like a hotel when you can stay two nights for the price of one and get free breakfast. Hurry — offer is valid for stays through August 31.

Cheap Frankfurt hotel: TRYP Hotel is a centrally located, four-star hotel with fitness center, restaurant and more. Through August 31 you can stay for three nights and just pay for two.

Cheap London hotel: London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale is close to Abbey Road Studios and Notting Hill. This four-star hotel has an onsite Italian restaurant, pool and more. Through September 7, when you stay two nights, you’ll get a third night free — plus enjoy free breakfast.

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Sunsational cruise clearance

Friday, July 10th, 2009

cheap-cruisesIf you’ve been thinking about booking a cheap cruise, now is the time. During the Sunsational Cruise Clearance, you’ll find special offers and discounts on a variety of cruise lines. So no matter where you want to go, there’s a cheap cruise for you. Here are just a few of the travel deals available:

Carnival Cruise Lines: Cheap cruises get even cheaper with up to $240 in free Carnival Cash to use toward cocktails, spa treatments or other onboard purchases. And if you book an oceanview room or higher on a 5+ night cruise departing between August 22 and December 27, you’ll receive a free onboard savings booklet. Plus, Carnival is offering free round-trip airfare between select cities with the purchase of balcony rooms on select 6- to 8-night Caribbean cruises.

Holland America Line: Get 50% off your deposit on select sailings, plus, guests on select sailings receive up to $340 in free onboard spending. And families cruising together may appreciate reduced prices for the third and fourth guests in each stateroom.

  • The 7-Night Alaskan Explorer cruise on the Zaandam includes stops in Juneau and Ketchican, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Sailings start at $749.

Other travel deals on cheap cruises include:

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