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

Monday, March 5th, 2012

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. (more…)

Deal of the Day: Cheap hotels in New York, Orlando, Las Vegas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

This week we're highlighting travel deals on cheap hotels in three top travel destinations. Each offers big savings for business or leisure travelers.

Cheap New York hotel: Free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast make the Clarion Hotel at LaGuardia Airport a smart pick among cheap New York hotels. Rates at the Clarion Hotel at LaGuardia Airport start at just $77 a night March 31 – April 1, and when you book by March 16 you can save an additional 15%.

Cheap Orlando hotel: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge is a golf resort, tennis club and spa all rolled into one. It may not sound like a cheap Orlando hotel, but with these travel deals, your wallet will think it is: Get 45% off each night for stays before March 22, and get 55% off each night for travel March 30 – October 1.

Cheap Las Vegas hotel: Get 30% off each night of your stay at the Stratosphere Hotel & Tower when you travel through December 28. This cheap Las Vegas hotel has a Business Services center for working guests, and a 67,000-square-foot pool deck area with waterfall and private cabanas for leisure travelers. Rooms start at just $25 a night April 7 – 8.

Our travel deals mean there are cheap hotels wherever you want to go.

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Travel deals: Top budget vacation destinations for April

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Travel-deals By Kate Schwartz

Travel to these cheap vacation destinations in April and take advantage of tremendous travel deals. The CheapTickets Value Travel Forecast indicates that Columbus, GA; Santa Fe, NM and Brazil are April’s vacation hot spots, with significant savings on cheap hotels. Each of these locations boasts loads of local charm and regional flavor. From the birthplace of CocaCola, to the famous beaches of Rio de Janiero, discover the travel deals you’ve been missing this April.

Book your cheap flight to Columbus in April and experience a bustling town nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Famous for being the birthplace of CocaCola, Columbus is an old-fashioned Civil War town,with a modern twist.The CocaCola Space Science Center offers the chance to explore new-age wonders, while the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus takes you back in time. Columbus also boasts a 15-mile river walk, several performing arts venues, and is the home of American Indoor Football Association’s Columbus Lions.Travel to Columbus over the 14th of April and experience a commemorative ceremony for FDR complete with a military band. With hotel savings of 17 percent as compared to peak rates, a trip to Columbus has never been more affordable.

If you prefer a cheap vacation destination in the Southwest, take a cheap flight to Santa Fe this April and explore this multicultural arts center. Artists from all over the country flock to Santa Fe to capture the natural beauty of the region, while enjoying the strong Hispanic heritage. For those who want adventure, Santa Fe also offers hiking, skiing and a wide variety of outdoor activities. In the month of April, travelers can take advantage of cheap hotels, with savings of up to 36 percent on Santa Fe accommodations — leaving plenty of money left over to expand an art collection.

Looking for international travel deals? Try South America. Visit Brazil this April and explore the beauty and diversity of this vast country. With average savings of 58 percent on cheap hotels in Brazil, you can stroll along the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, sail to one of the many islands off the coast, or explore the Amazon, the world’s largest rain forest. Brazil is an amazing place to take advantage of travel deals, and this April it couldn’t be more affordable.

In this economy, getting the most for your money is of utmost importance, which is why the CheapTickets Value Travel Forecast is highlighting travel deals on cheap vacation destinations throughout the year.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Cheap off-season travel deals

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

By Kate Schwartz

Looking for a cheap hotel for your next vacation? Try cheap off-season travel deals and enjoy smaller crowds, better rates and amazing deals. From California to Vermont, there are plenty of off-season travel destinations to choose from.

Cheap Chicago hotels: Book a cheap Chicago hotel this winter and explore the Windy City without the crowds. For a great cheap hotel in a great location, check out the 4-star Allerton Hotel Chicago. With rooms from $79 a night, this Magnificent Mile cheap hotel offers the best for less. From free hot cider, coffee and Wi-Fi, to luxurious in-room spa services, this hotel has it all. In addition to the already low rates, take an additional 10% off when you book a 3+ night stay.

Cheap San Diego hotels: It’s always sunny in southern California, which makes winter the perfect time to visit. Shed your down jacket for flip flops when you book your cheap San Diego hotel at Kings Inn in San Diego. This 3-star pool-side hotel starts at just $66 a night and is conveniently located along Route 8 and minutes from San Diego’s hottest attractions. After spending your days exploring San Diego, relax at Amigo Spot, one of King Inn’s two on-site restaurants and enjoy live mariachi music on Fridays nights or live Spanish flamenco guitar on Saturday nights. Until January 1, 2010 take advantage of additional discounts when you book 34 days in advance.

Cheap Colorado Springs hotels: Looking for mountainous adventures or Olympic action? Look no further than Colorado Springs. Located at the base of Pikes Peak and home to the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs is a unique place for off-season travel. Book a cheap hotel room at Crestwood Suites and take advantage of 10% off your 1+ night stay when you book by December 31. With current off-season travel deals starting at $44 a night, and a full kitchen at your disposal, your cheap Colorado Springs hotel stay has never been cheaper.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Warm up with cheap hotels in Florida, Arizona and California

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Say "So long" to winter with cheap hotels in sunny destinations. With travel deals like these, you'll be poolside in no time.

Get five-star style on your cheap Orlando vacation when you stay at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge. This luxury hotel features a PGA-tournament golf course, six tennis courts, three restaurants and a full spa. Book now for travel through March 22 and get 45% off each night.

Plan a cheap Scottsdale vacation with a stay at the Scottsdale Villa Mirage Resort. This condo-style hotel offers suites with kitchenettes or full kitchens and balconies or patios. Take advantage of all the activities on site: tennis, swimming pool and fitness center, or enjoy Scottsdale's golf courses, museums, restaurants and shopping just a short drive away. Travel by February 1 and save 30% on one night or 50% on two or more nights.

Viceroy Palm Springs is a hip hotel for your cheap California vacation. Choose a regular room with a kitchenette and patio or balcony, or a detached one- or two-bedroom villa with a fireplace and full kitchen. The hotel features three outdoor pools and two outdoor Jacuzzis on a beautifully landscaped three-acre site. Guests who've stayed at the Viceroy Palm Springs give it a 4.8 out of 5 rating, and now you can save 45% on your stay.

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Deal of the Day: Cheap hotel in Boston

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Cheap hotels
The CheapTickets Deal of the Day this week is for a cheap hotel in Boston, known for its historic sites, beautiful waterfront and chowda.

One of the Boston hotels we’re highlighting is the Westin Boston Waterfront. Right now you can save 35% off regular room rates, with rooms starting at just $122 a night.

Comfort and location make this our pick among Boston hotels. The Westin Boston Waterfront is a new AAA Four Diamond hotel less than three miles from Logan Airport and close to restaurants and attractions. CheapTickets guests who’ve stayed at the hotel give it 4.6 out of 5 points and rave about the helpful staff, great views and dual-head showers.

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Top cheap vacation destinations for 2009

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The key to cheap travel is knowing the best time to find cheap flights and cheap hotels. So we created the CheapTickets 2009 Value Travel Forecast, a month-by-month guide of top destinations that offer the most savings for travelers.

To help identify the best budget-friendly travel opportunities for next year, we analyzed hotels booked on CheapTickets from December 2007 to November 2008 and calculated the percentage of savings compared to peak rates.

Here are the winners (and honorable mentions) for 2009:

Italy vacationsJANUARY: 37% savings in New York
In addition to a 37 percent savings on New York hotels compared to peak rates, retailers are buzzing with post-holiday sales, and big-city attractions are easily accessible now that the holiday crowds have come and gone. Visitors can also take advantage of New York City’s Restaurant Week in January, giving them access to some of the city’s best restaurants for a fraction of the price.

Other January cheap vacation destinations: Santa Barbara, CA and Hong Kong

FEBRUARY: 42% savings in Italy
In February, Italy is just starting to come out of its winter cloak, and budget travelers will appreciate the lower airfare and savings of up to 42 percent on Italy hotels when compared to the high season. February visitors can experience one of Italy’s most famous festivals, Carnevale.

Other February cheap vacation destinations: France and Colorado Springs, CO

MARCH: 53% savings in Portland, ME

This historic, seacoast town is filled with galleries, one-of-kind boutiques and incredible restaurants serving everything from creamy clam chowder and lobster rolls to nouvelle New England cuisine.

Other March cheap vacation destinations: Reno, NV and Canada

APRIL: 58% savings in Brazil
In April, the summer surge of tourists in Brazil is complete, which means fewer crowds, but the same great tropical weather.

Other April cheap vacation destinations: Santa Fe, NM and Columbus, GA

Lake tahoe hotels MAY: 38% savings in Lake Tahoe
For those who love the outdoors, Lake Tahoe is the ideal destination in May. The lake is popular for water sports and beach activities, and with 38 percent savings on Lake Tahoe hotels compared to peak winter rates, going during the off-season means affording activities like a guided cruise or dining at the many lake front restaurants.

Other May cheap vacation destinations: Denver, CO and Atlanta, GA

JUNE: 38% savings in Egypt
With 38 percent savings compared to peak rates, June visitors can relax on the wondrous Red Sea or Sinai coasts, take in the high culture of Cairo or even leisurely float down the Egyptian Nile on a river boat.

Other June cheap vacation destinations: Columbia, SC and Dallas, TX


More free holiday events to celebrate the season

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Even with cheap flights and cheap hotels, your wallet could probably use a break this time of year. So here’s our second roundup of free holiday events to help you celebrate the season on the cheap.

BOSTON — From strolling with historic characters to performances of the Nutcracker, Boston has lots of events to celebrate the season. We’ve listed a few of the free ones below. You can see all the events online.

  • Sparklefest Holiday Parade: Santa and others parade from the Inn at Harvard down Massachusetts Avenue. Sunday, December 21, 12-1 p.m.
  • Skating rink at the Charles Hotel: Free skating and skate rentals during the grand opening Sunday, December 7, 12-8 p.m.
  • Tree lighting ceremony: Local and national performers and carolers join Santa for holiday entertainment and the lighting of Boston’s official non-denominational holiday shrub. December 4 at 6:30 p.m. Boston Common.

PHILADELPHIA – Light displays, children’s programs and events celebrating Chanukah and Kwanzaa are part of Philly’s holiday celebration. Learn more.

  • Holiday Light Show: 100,000 LED lights illuminate to create holiday images, accompanied by music from the Wanamaker Grand Organ. November 28-January 1 at Macy’s Center City.
  • Sharing the Heritage Holiday and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration: If you bring an unwrapped gift to donate, you’ll get free admission to this event featuring discussions, films and performances about Kwanzaa. The African American Museum in Philadelphia. December 20
  • Holiday Railroad: More than a dozen model trains traverse snow-covered mountains and wind through miniature towns at this display at Reading Terminal Market. November 28-December 31.

DENVER – The Mile-High City has plenty of holiday happenings. See them all online.

  • City & County Building Holiday Lights: 600,000 lights illuminate the building and the bell tower plays carols. Nightly November 23 – January at 6 p.m.
  • Parade of Lights: Eight marching bands, giant balloons and brightly lit holiday floats wind through downtown Denver. December 5 at 8 p.m. and December 6 at 6 p.m.
  • Denver Christkindl Market: Vendors from Germany and throughout Europe offer traditional handcrafted items and food. At 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street through December 23. Note: It’s free to enter the market and browse, but if you want to shop, bring your wallet.

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Save up to 30% on ski vacations

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Jackson hole hotels
By Kate Schwartz

It’s already snowing out West, so make sure to book your cheap ski vacation today. This winter, CheapTickets is offering is offering up to 30% off cheap hotels in top ski destinations. Whether you ski, snowboard, snowshoe or prefer to remain fireside, CheapTickets makes all your ski travel needs cheaper. Check out some of CheapTickets’ top cheap ski-town hotel picks:

  • Jackson Hole: After spending a day tackling the steep terrain of the Tetons, you will need a comfortable place to rest your head. The Snake River Lodge & Spa in Teton Village provides high-end luxury without the high-end price tag. Book now through April 6, 2009, and CheapTickets will help you save 25% on four or more nights. Let the Snake River Lodge & Spa show you how luxurious cheap travel can be.
  • Lake Tahoe : Lake Tahoe offers the best of both worlds: world-renowned skiing overlooking one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States. If you travel to Lake Tahoe this winter and book a four-night stay at the Horizon Casino Resort, you can save 30%.
  • Breckenridge : If miles upon miles of groomed terrain overlooking magnificent Summit County isn’t enough, try skiing into Crystal Peak Lodge. A new luxury condominium property at the base of Breckenridge Ski Area’s Peak 7, Crystal Peak Lodge offers unbeatable convenience and luxury for a cheap ski vacation! Book with CheapTickets today and save 20% off your stay.

After a full day of winter activities, CheapTickets wants to make sure you have a great place to rest your head and your wallet. With great travel deals on cheap hotels in some of the hottest ski spots in the nation, your next ski vacation can be fun and affordable.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Cheap hotels, activities make cities great travel destinations

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

By Kate Schwartz

Get the most for your money this holiday season with a cheap vacation to a big city. As cultural and transportation hubs, it’s easy to find cheap flights to and cheap hotels in big cities, and they offer plenty of cheap — and sometimes free — activities. From visiting museums on days when they offer free admission, to taking efficient and cost-friendly (not to mention eco-friendly) public transportation, big cities can be fun and cheap vacation destinations. This holiday season, CheapTickets is offering great deals on cheap hotels in big cities across the country.  Here are just some of the ways you can save on your big city adventure:

Chicago: Enjoy being steps away from Lake Michigan and a mile of magnificent shopping when you stay at the Talbot Hotel in Chicago. For a limited time, CheapTickets is making your stay cheaper with 25% off your reservation. For cheap travel fun, take a short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art and see the latest and greatest for free on Tuesdays.

New York: Although the city never sleeps, you may have to, and when you do, the Wellington Hotel provides a cheap place to rest your head. With 15% off your stay, traveling to New York City has never been cheaper.  Conveniently located a mere three blocks from Central Park, you can spend your days exploring without having to spend a penny.

Los Angeles: Hollywood here you come! Travel like a celebrity this holiday season without breaking the bank. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering an astounding 50% off a two-night stay. For a fun and free travel activity, take a trip to the Griffith Observatory. A mere seventeen minutes away from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, this popular attraction includes a free observatory, museum and park.

Wherever your travels take you, there are always ways to save money. With cheap flights and cheap hotels from CheapTickets, combined with savvy travel tips, you can always afford to explore!

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.