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Flight deals, hotel deals for last-minute travel

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo: Visit Florida)

If you’re looking for a break from cold, snowy weather, last-minute travel may be just the mood-booster you need. As a service to you, we’re highlighting some flight deals and hotel deals so you can create the cheap vacation you want.

Last-minute flights for this weekend: If you’re really ready to go, you don’t have to wait. We’ve got flight deals for last-minute travel that could have you vacationing in just days. Sample fares include

  • Denver to Los Angeles – $186
  • Philadelphia to Orlando – $186
  • New York to Fort Lauderdale – $267

These last-minute flight deals are for departure Thursday, Friday or Saturday, returning Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. And if you need more time to pack, that’s okay too. Just check out our last-minute flights for next weekend.

And since you can’t plan last-minute travel without a low-cost place to stay, here are some hotel deals for you to consider:

  • Los Angeles: Yes, there are even hotel deals in Beverly Hills. Glam it up at The Beverly Hilton and get a third night free.
  • Orlando: The 4-star Royal Plaza starts at just $73 a night and offers free transportation to all Disney theme parks and water parks. Get 60% off each night.
  • Fort Lauderdale: The Lafayette Motel is on Ocean Boulevard, just steps from shopping and dining. Get 25% off each night.

Last-minute travel is easy with flight deals and hotel deals like these, so go ahead and go.

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Cheap California hotels: save up to 30%

Friday, February 19th, 2010
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The Island Hotel Newport Beach

Looking for some cheap California hotels for a vacation or weekend getaway? Look no further. Whether you want to hit the beach in SoCal or take in all that San Francisco has to offer, these cheap hotels can help make it happen.

The Island Hotel Newport Beach: If you want to spend your time shopping and relaxing at the beach, check out this cheap California hotel. This five-star hotel offers luxury and location for the price of a cheap hotel. It’s walking distance to Fashion Island and Balboa Island, and you can relax at the hotel spa and pool or enjoy biking along the beach, whale watching and more. Save 25% on four or more nights.

The Beverly Hilton: Feel like a star when you stay at this iconic cheap California hotel. The Beverly Hilton is walking distance to Rodeo Drive and home to the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. A recent $60 million renovation gives this cheap hotel a luxurious feel. Stay two nights and get a third night free.

W San Francisco: This cheap hotel is big on style. And if you’re looking for shopping, culture and good food, this may be a good place to start. Adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and just steps from boutiques, theaters and galleries, this cheap California hotel puts the city’s best at your fingertips. Save up to 30% on your stay.

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Cheap cruises: Free spending, upgrades on Celebrity

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

cheap cruiseswidth=If you want to vacation on the cheap, cruises are an easy way to go. Cheap cruises on Celebrity give you stunning scenery, great dining and entertainment, exciting excursions — all in one all-inclusive vacation. Now Celebrity Cruise Lines has several offers that make their cheap cruises an even better deal:

  • Oceanview upgrades from $99: Book an oceanview stateroom for just $99/person more than an interior room on select cheap cruises to Alaska or Bermuda departing April 25-Aug.29.
  • Up to $100 in free onboard spending: Get $50 for 7- to 10-night cruises and $100 for 11+night cruises departing April 10-Jan. 15, 2011.
  • Third and fourth guests from $299/person for qualifying stateroom categories on select cruises
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AquaSpa thalassotherapy pool on the Celebrity Summit

Here are some cheap cruises on Celebrity that you may want to consider:

7-Night Bermuda Celebrity cruise: Leave from New Jersey for three full days in Bermuda. The Celebrity Summit features a waterfall pool with pool bar, onboard golf pro, Champagne and caviar bar and more. The April 25 sailing for this cheap cruise starts at $549.

7-Night Southern Caribbean Celebrity cruise: Sail from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Lucia. Onboard, relax in the spa with seawater jacuzzi, enjoy weekly afternoon tea service and take advantage of Celebrity Select Dining, Celebrity Cruise Line’s flexible dining program.

Special offers on cheap cruises like these end Feb. 28.

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Cheap flights to Europe starting at $394

Monday, February 15th, 2010
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London (Photo: PhotoDisc)

Eating gelato in Rome. Visiting museums in Barcelona. Seeing a show in London. Make it happen with cheap flights to Europe.

American Airlines’ sale on Europe flights means cheap flights to the destinations you’ve been dreaming about. With this airfare sale, cheap flights start at just $394 round trip from Tampa to London. Other sample cheap flights include:

  • Boston to Barcelona: $430
  • Denver to Madrid: $514
  • New York to London: $418
  • San Francisco to Madrid: $516
  • Houston to London: $464

If you want to do Europe on the cheap, flights this this can’t be beat. Sale ends March 16.

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Get free nights, breakfast on a cheap Hawaii vacation

Friday, February 12th, 2010
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Hilton Waikoloa Village

Stop dreaming about a cheap Hawaii vacation and go. With these Hawaii hotel deals, just pick your favorite island and pack your bags.

Hilton Waikoloa Village: A big resort on the Big Island, this 4-star hotel is a study in superlatives. The 62-acre property is so expansive, guests can take a tram or gondola to get from one place to another. The amenities and activities will keep you plenty busy during your cheap Hawaii vacation: two 18-hole championship golf courses, three pools, a 25,000-square-foot sports club and spa, dolphin encounter program and more. Get a seventh night free.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa: If Maui is your Hawaii vacation destination, consider this 4-star hotel on popular Kaanapali Beach. It has all of the things you’d expect in a tropical paradise: a swim-up bar located between two waterfalls, a restaurant overlooking a swan-filled lagoon, available outdoor massages. Get a third night free and buffet breakfast for two.

Sheraton Kauai Resort: This 4-star hotel features four restaurants, a children’s program and a location along Poipu Beach, the #1 rated beach in America according to “Dr. Beach.” Enjoy water sports or tennis, or relax at the pool on your cheap Hawaii vacation here. Get a third night free and buffet breakfast for two.

No matter which island you choose for your cheap Hawaii vacation, these hotel deals help make it easy on your wallet.

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Cheap Cancun hotel: save at 5-star all inclusive

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Cheap Cancun hotel

Cancun Palace

One of these things is not like the other: All-inclusive resort. 5-star property. Cheap Cancun hotel. But lucky for you, all three have converged in this travel deal.

Cancun Palace All-Inclusive is now offering 25% off spa, 30% off golf and 2-for-1 dolphin swim experiences for stays through May 31.

All of that, on top of Cancun Palace’s many luxurious amenities, including in-room jacuzzis, unlimited select tours, free Wi-Fi and more. The resort caters to couples and families, with spa services and swim-up bars, as well as a kids club and kiddie pool. Plus, when you stay at Cancun Palace, you have access to the restaurants, pools, etc. at the other Palace resorts.

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Cheap flights on AirTran — one day left

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Ready, set, fly! Book that trip you’ve been wanting to take with cheap flights on AirTran Airways.

cheap flightsThe AirTran big sale on flights has round-trip fares as low as $88 between Orlando and Nassau. Check out other sample cheap flights, including:

  • Denver to Miami: $178
  • New York to Los Angeles: $178
  • Seattle to Jacksonville, Fla.: $188
  • Chicago to Orlando: $148
  • Boston to Baltimore: $98

The lowest price on cheap flights is for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, though sale prices are available for flights other days of the week. So pick your favorite destination and find your cheap flight. But hurry, sale ends Feb. 9.

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Cheap cruises: free upgrades, up to 20% off

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Cheap CruiseHow do cheap cruises get even cheaper? When you plan ahead.

Take advantage of Carnival Cruise Lines Early Saver prices and save up to 20% when you book your cheap cruise in advance — 3+ months ahead for 3- to 5-night cruises; 5+ months ahead for 6+-night cruises.

Plus, get a free upgrade (an up to $120 value)  when you book select staterooms on select cheap cruises. Here are a few Carnival cruises you may want to consider:

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Cheap flights to Hawaii — five days left

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

cheap flightsYou’ve got less than one week to make your Hawaii vacation dreams come true with cheap flights on United Airlines.

The United sale on Hawaii flights has round-trip airfares starting at $448 (from Los Angeles to Maui). These cheap flights are good for travel through March 10, but they’re only on sale through Feb. 8.

Imagine yourself on the beach in Maui or snorkeling in Kauai with cheap flights like these:

  • Atlanta to Maui: $612
  • Denver to Kauai: $566
  • Cincinnati to Kona: $618
  • Indianapolis to Maui: $606
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Maui: $594
  • Austin to Kauai: $594

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Cheap Orlando hotels: save 40%

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Universal's Loews Portofino Bay hotel

These cheap Orlando hotels make it easy to plan a family vacation. Just book a stay of five nights or more through March 25 and save 40%. Plus, both properties offer free Universal Express ride access, which lets you skip the lines at Universal Orlando attractions.

Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: Your 40% savings may make this feel like a cheap Orlando hotel, but the amenities at this five-star property are luxurious: Italian-themed decor, three pools and eight restaurants and lounges.

Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel:Fun is the hallmark of this cheap Orlando hotel, with its rock memorabilia and sand beach pool with underwater music. Guests can dine at the legendary Palm Restaurant and enjoy free water taxi rides around the resort.

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