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Cheap hotels in the Caribbean

Friday, August 28th, 2009

As summer winds down, how can you keep your sun and sand dreams alive? Plan a cheap Caribbean vacation. Come October or November, you can escape to a tropical paradise — just take advantage of our deals on cheap hotels. Here are just a few to consider:

Cheap hotelsCheap St. Thomas hotel: You won’t need a passport when you head to this cheap hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resorts is a four-star resort on a world-class beach. As the largest resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and there’s something for everyone. With three pools, tennis courts, a complete fitness center with spa services and a full menu of water sports, there’s plenty to do. And when you get hungry, there are nine restaurants and bars to choose from. Through December 18, when you stay six nights, you get two of those nights free — plus free breakfast for two.

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Cheap Puerto Rico hotel: The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel offers the best of the beach and the city. San Juan’s only boutique hotel on the beach, this cheap hotel offers chic, contemporary decor and a hip rooftop lounge with views of the ocean and city. Unique touches include waterfalls in the elevators. Situated in posh Isla Verde, just 15 minutes from historic Old San Juan, it’s easy to explore all the city has to offer, yet feel a world away. Get a fifth night free on stays through December 24. But hurry, you must book by September 7 to take advantage of this offer.

cheap hotelsCheap Jamaica hotel: White sand beach meets clear turquoise waters at Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa Luxury All Inclusive. Situated on a half-mile stretch of the famous Negril beach, the resort offers a perfect location for relaxing at the beach or pool, strolling through the lush grounds, getting pampered with spa services, or participating in water sports, tennis and more. Six restaurants offer guests dining options ranging from traditional Jamaican to Italian cuisine — with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and sounds of the sea. Previous guests rave about the attentive staff and give the resort a rating of 4.8 out of 5 . Get 50% off stays of three nights or more when you travel through December 19.

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Cheap last-minute flights for Labor Day weekend

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
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Celebrate Labor Day weekend in New York or another favorite city with cheap last-minute flights. (Photo: Corbis)

Still no plans for Labor Day weekend? Don’t worry. With our deals on last-minute flights for next weekend, you still have time to plan a cheap vacation. Check out these sample cheap flights:

  • Boston to Orlando – $224
  • Chicago to Las Vegas – $286
  • Denver to Los Angeles – $206
  • Detroit to New York – $215
  • Houston to Denver – $164

These cheap flights are available for travel departing Thursday, Friday or Saturday next week and returning the following Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Sample cheap flights shown are for round-trip fares and include taxes and fees.

You can celebrate the end of summer with a cheap vacation. Just book a cheap flight and enjoy Labor Day weekend.

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Cheap cruises

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Get away to the Caribbean, Mexico and more on Norwegian Cruise Lines cruises and save. For one week only, CheapTickets is offering special deals on these cheap cruises to give you even more reasons to sail away on vacation.

When you book select cheap cruises of five nights or more on Norwegian Cruise Lines, you’ll qualify for up to $250 in free onboard spending to use for spa treatments, shore excursions and more. And, when you book a qualifying cruise, you can take 50% off your initial deposit.

Here are a few cheap cruises you may want to consider:

Five-night Western Caribbean: The Norwegian Dawn sails to Cozumel, Mexico, and Grand Cayman starting at $299.

Seven-night Mexican Riviera: Explore Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta on this cheap cruise starting from $399.

Seven-night Bermuda: Sail from New York and enjoy three days of fun and sun in Bermuda, starting at $549.

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Cheap all-inclusive vacations

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Cheap all-inclusive vacations may be the ultimate getaways: you pay once and enjoy a bounty of food, drinks and fun without pulling out your wallet again. If that sounds like your kind of travel, check out these deals for cheap all-inclusive vacations in the Dominican Republic:

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort All Inclusive: This AAA Four-Diamond resort offers luxury and services for couples and families alike. Twelve restaurants, a casino, full-service spa, a Kids Zone and so much more entertain guests of all ages. Get 30% off stays through December 28.

Luperon Beach Resort All Inclusive: A cheap all-inclusive vacation at this four-star resort gives guests the benefits of two hotels for the price of one: Guests have access to all of the facilities and restaurants at the adjacent Hotel Tropical Luperon Beach. The Beach Resort itself offers everything from scuba lessons to horseback riding — all against a backdrop of multiple pools, restaurants and bars. Get 40% off stays of three nights or more through November 4.

The Bungalows All Inclusive: From 24-hour room service and concierge to a 17,000-square-foot spa, this five-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata aims to surround guests in luxury. Save 20% on stays of three nights or more.

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Cheap Europe travel deals

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
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The Cavendish London

Our cheap Europe travel deals make it easy to explore England, eat your way through Italy and visit other exciting European cities. You may not think of Europe as a cheap vacation destination, but these travel deals on hotels may make you think again.

Cheap London hotel: Save 35% on a seven-night stay at the Cavendish hotel. This four-star London hotel is in the heart of Piccadilly, an easy walk to theaters in Leicester Square and shopping in Mayfair.

Cheap Florence hotel: Make Florence a cheap vacation destination when you save 30% on the Rosso23 Hotel Florence. This three-star Florence hotel offers 42 rooms in a location close to the Santa Maria Novella train station.

Cheap Berlin hotel: Arrive at the Axel Hotel Berlin on a Sunday or Monday for a three-night vacation, and save 30%. This four-star Berlin hotel features a fitness room, restaurant and spa services.

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Cheap Royal Caribbean cruises

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

With our one-week sale on Royal Caribbean cruises, now is a great time to book a vacation at sea. You’ll find cheap cruises to destinations around the world, and up to $100 in free onboard spending. Here are just a few cheap cruises to consider:

  • 7-Night Greek Isles & Turkey: Sail from Venice to ports in Croatia, Turkey and Corfu and Santorini, Greece. Oceanview rooms start at $599, with $50 in free onboard spending.
  • 4-Night Bahamas: Visit Key West, Florida, and Nassau and a private island in the Bahamas. Oceanview rooms start at $229 with $25 in free onboard spending.
  • 9-Night Eastern Caribbean: Enjoy stops in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and a private island. Oceanview rooms start at $818 with $100 in free onboard spending.

There are plenty of cheap cruises to choose from. But hurry — sale ends August 24.

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Cheap hotels at the beach

Friday, August 14th, 2009
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Camelot by the Sea

It’s not too late to add some sun and sand to your summer. We’ve rounded up cheap hotels on both coasts, so you can dip your toes in the Atlantic or Pacific — for less.

Cheap Myrtle Beach hotels:

Camelot by the Sea is a themed resort where guests are served by costumed staff — in the style of King Arthur and Camelot. This cheap hotel features indoor and outdoor pools, kiddie pools and a lazy river. Get a third night free when you book by August 31 for travel through September 30.

Anderson Ocean Club & Spa is a four-star resort with indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river and large oceanfront sundeck. Get your third night free when you book by August 31 for travel through September 30.

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The Dana on Mission Bay

Cheap San Diego hotels:

The Dana on Mission Bay features an infinity pool and a tropical pool with lush greenery and a palapa bar. This three-star hotel is close to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Get 30% off on stays through December 31.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is a four-star hotel right on San Diego Bay, with views of the water and city skyline. This cheap hotel has two restaurants and an outdoor pool. Save 33% on three-night stays through September 30.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap Cancun hotel; cheap flights

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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La Amada Hotel

This week’s travel deals include a cheap Cancun hotel and cheap flights on Virgin America.

Cheap Cancun hotel: La Amada Hotel is a five-star resort that feels like a relaxing oasis, yet is easily accessible to all of the activities of the Hotel Zone. The hotel boasts contemporary decor with the latest amenities and services, including a spa, fitness center and generous suites. Save 50% per night on stays November 1 through December 31 when you book by August 31.

Cheap flights: Virgin America’s sale across the U.S. means cheap flights to some of your favorite cities. Just look at these sample round-trip fares:

  • Boston to San Diego – $238
  • New York to Las Vegas – $238
  • San Francisco to Las Vegas – $98
  • Los Angeles to New York – $238
  • Seattle to Los Angeles – $138

These cheap flights are good for travel between August 18 and November 18 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sale ends August 17.

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Cheap vacation packages

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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Looking for a cheap vacation package? We’ve got them. You know you can save even more when you book a cheap flight and cheap hotel together. Now here’s a deal that’s even better: vacation packages under $500. See if these sample cheap vacation packages inspire you to get away:

  • San Diego (from Milwaukee) – $474
  • San Francisco (from Denver) – $467
  • New York (from Detroit) – $408
  • Las Vegas (from Seattle) – $368
  • Orlando (from Philadelphia) – $362
  • Chicago (from Fort Lauderdale) – $432
  • Boston (from Washington, D.C.) – $485
  • Denver (from Austin) – $426

Sample prices are per person and include flight plus a two-night hotel stay.

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Cheap hotels in some of your favorite cities

Friday, August 7th, 2009
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Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas

Sometimes a cheap vacation in your favorite city is the best getaway. You can check out new restaurants, do some shopping, maybe see a show… For that reason, we’ve rounded up travel deals for some cheap hotels in big cities across the country. Here are the highlights:

Cheap Los Angeles hotel: With a perfect 5 out of 5 rating, previous guests rave about the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas in West Hollywood. Choose a suite or detatched, multi-room villa with private patio. Guests can enjoy two heated outdoor pools, spa services and five acres of landscaped grounds. Get 40% off on stays from September 1-15.

Cheap Denver hotel: The Hotel Monaco Denver is an AAA four-diamond hotel in the heart of downtown and was voted one of the World’s Best Hotels for 2009 by Travel + Leisure magazine. Save 30% on a three-night stay through September 29.

Cheap New York hotel: The Ramada New Yorker puts you in the center of it all — just blocks from Macy’s, the Empire State Building and 5th Avenue shopping. Save 25% on stays through October 1.

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