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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The less you pay, the better it feels on CheapTickets

By Valerie Moloney

There are certain luxuries in life where you can – but shouldn’t – skimp on price. A great leather jacket. That pair of designer jeans. New hardwood floors for your house. But travel? The less you pay, the better it feels. With our Best Price Guarantee, we’re all about cheap flights, cheap hotels and cheap vacations. See our new commercial, and spread CheapTickets’ travel deals with your friends.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

5 tips for cheap vacations with kids

 

Not-so-cramped-quarters: Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim at Disneyland Resort offers family suites on the cheap.

By Valerie Moloney

As the self-designated CEO of the household, I embrace any opportunity to shave money off the family budget. I’ll buy Irish Spring even if passion fruit pomegranate body mousse smells much prettier. I frequent flash sales, and scour the boards for promo codes (because who wants to pay for shipping?). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Florida’s cheap thrills, from mermaids to mullet tosses

By Valerie Moloney

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Florida is proud of its offbeat status — and cheap vacation deals. Where else would gators, Goths and bats share the same real estate? Expand your Floridian context beyond a Disney vacation this year to experience the sandy underbelly, and go back to your home state with a few quirky tories and a better tan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bargainista beauty: $50 treatments during Spa Week 2012

 

Enjoy the wet rooms at The Mirage after your $50 treatment during Spa Week, to be held April 16-22.

By Valerie Moloney

To those who love beauty bargains, this one ranks right up there with $1 Wet ‘n Wild eyeliner: 7 straight days of $50 spa treatments. Held twice yearly, Spa Week, to be held from April 16 to 22 at spas nationwide, treats the stressed, washed-out masses to $50 treatments and the savings to plan a cheap vacation. Considering that many spas charge $100 and up for the most basic services, guests can truly make a day of pampering and sampling the luxe life inside high-end properties.

Consider these offerings, and just how good it will feel to afford a few treatments for the price of one: Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All about adrenaline: Spring ramps up with new rollercoasters

 

Six Flags Great America's X-Flight is scheduled to open this May. Credit: Six Flags Great America

By Angie Jaime

Spring is here early (thanks global warming) and that means only one thing — time to take a family vacation to scope the season’s latest theme park expansions.

Heartland thrill junkies can soar at 3,000 feet on Six Flags Great Americas latest, X-Flight. Five inversions, a 12 story drop and a zero-gravity roll are more than enough to get the adrenaline pumping. Designed by the Swiss engineers behind the Raging Bull, SUPERMAN and BATMAN rides, the X-Flight is the first of its kind in the US. The unique “wing” design pairs riders on either side of the track, creating the illusion of free flight. This ride will make its home in the County Fair section of the park, replacing the old school Iron Wolf in May.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Cheap, cheaper & cheapest: 3 travel deals for Isla Mujeres

Fertile grounds: Ixchel Beach Hotel in Isla Mujeres is ripe with cheap hotel deals -- and breathtaking views.

By Valerie Moloney

The Mayans were onto something when they named this 5-mile-wide island after the goddess of fertility. With sugary beaches and water tinted the perfect aquamarine, it’s easy to see how lovers could lose themselves in a sea of coral, fresh ocean eats and tequila.Well here’s another reason: price. Isla Mujeres, or the Island of Women, rules as a budget beach destination. Think boutique hotels with some of the same amenities as pricier Cancun hotels – sans the partiers – and on a stretch only accessible by ferry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Budget in the ‘Burg: Virginia’s answer to a cheap spring break

Lesson learned: The Historic Powhatan Resort boasts its own piece of colonial Americana -- a manor house circa 1735.

By Valerie Moloney

Chances are, if I said Old Dominion, not everyone would know the reference to my home state of Virginia. Now allow me to make a statement that resonates with everyone: Virginia is a hotbed for cheap spring vacations. While my hometown Virginia Beach, Va. is one of the beach capitals on the East Coast, I was always partial to the place that enriched my understanding of 1770s America: Williamsburg. And besides, the theme parks kicked butt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Locking Irish eyes: My run-ins with 2 Irish celebrities

Blogger Val Moloney met U2 hotness Larry Mullen Jr. in Chicago's Gold Coast 10 years ago. Credit: Clancy3434.

By Valerie Moloney

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk random run-ins. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Disneyland Hotel: A magical makeover on park grounds

Royal sleeping quarters: Headboards powered by fiber optics recreate the Disneyland skyline -- complete with fireworks.

By Amanda Ficili

The Disneyland Hotel, which has undergone many changes and makeovers since its birth in 1955, got another facelift worthy of its iconic status. The massive, two-year renovation project did not leave a single inch of the property untouched. With its lavishly redecorated guest rooms, imaginative redesigned pool and water play areas, stunning courtyards and landscaping and delicious dining options including a one-of-a-kind interactive bar, it’s no surprise why the property is a guest — and my personal — favorite.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Gals gone wildlife: 3 cheap Vegas hotels for girls’ weekends

White days & nights: the cool cabanas at Tropicana, one option for a cheap Las Vegas vacation.

By Valerie Moloney

The last time I was in Vegas, I passed out in the middle of the night (not from what you think) and later found my husband down $400 at the Luxor blackjack table at 5 a.m. The trip wasn’t a whole bust – we saw a revue, hotel hopped and ate our weight in buffets – but I’m craving a Sin City redo since little did I know that I was pregnant with my first at the time. Mama needs a cocktail, and a girls’ weekend.

Help me decide between these cheap Las Vegas hotels. Read the rest of this entry »

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