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Fun and almost free: top 5 bike-friendly towns

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Ah, what a feeling to have the world at your fingertips when beginning to make your travel plans, mapping out the places you want to see, the food you want to eat, and the things you absolutely must do. But, wait, how are you going to get around without breaking the bank on transportation costs, once you get to your desired vacation spot? Consider two wheels to cheapen the deal. When travel prices hike, the answer is to bike!

Major cities—the ones you totally want to take an extended weekend trip to—are earning top makes on Walkscore’s list of bike friendly cities. Tight wallets, rejoice! When it comes to your travel expense list, you can cross off cab rides and car rentals.

Join the fleet of penny-wise pedal pushers. Plan your next trek to these bike-lovin’ cities utilizing bike share programs and traveler-friendly bike rental shops:

1.  Portland, OR
Bikescore: 70.3

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It makes sense that Portland is number one. Every good hipster has a bike and Portland is to hipsters as a hive is to bees. Surprisingly, Portland has yet to launch a bike share program. Not to worry; you can rent a bike for the whole week for $100 at Pedal Bike Tours. They have five stars on Yelp and are located only two blocks from the Waterfront Park Trail—no brainer.

2.  San Francisco, CA
Bikescore: 70.0

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An image of San Franciscans with totally ripped thigh muscles comes to mind when one thinks of all those hills, but alas, it must not be that hard to get around on two wheels if SF is ranking in at number two. These West Coasters have the bike share thing down. A cheap $22 rental for three days of access to Bay Area Bike Share is perfect for you weekend travelers.

3.  Denver, CO
Bikescore: 69.5

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The mile high city is home to a monstrous 96 miles of bike lanes, which provides a safe place to ride for those new to city cycling. Denver B-cycle is the bike share program in town. At $20 for a week of unlimited rides, this might be the best deal on the list!

4.  Philadelphia, PA
Bikescore: 68.4

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Liberate your inner child on a ride to the Liberty Bell and right hook those wheels over to the Rocky Steps in the same day. While Philly has yet to adopt a bike share program, there are tentative plans in the works to bring one by spring 2015. Fairmont Bicycles is in your corner for rentals and only a six-minute ride to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The best deal there is a two-day rental for $60.

5.  Boston, MA
Bikescore: 67.8

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Cobblestone streets are no match for the savvy cyclers of Boston. Ride like Paul Revere in and around the circular hub of Bean Town’s central neighborhoods. Although it’s closed during winter, for obvious reasons, bike share is the way to go with The Hubway system. Best deal on the menu is $12 for a 72-hour access pass, leaving plenty of budget left for some chowdah.

Click here for a list of other major US cities with high bikescores.

Commonly asked questions about cheap cruise vacations

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

For travelers thinking about taking a cheap cruise, now is the time. CheapTickets is offering hundreds of cheap cruises on your favorite cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines. If you’ve never set sail, you might have some questions. Let CheapTickets answer some of the most commonly asked questions:Cheap Cruise

What does my cruise fare include?
In most cases, your cruise fare will include your room, meals in the buffet restaurants and main dining room, most entertainment, and 24-hour room service. It does not include discretionary items such as specialty restaurants, organized shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, spa treatments, medical services, casino expenditures, or other miscellaneous items.

What type of clothes should I pack for my cruise?
Consider your cruise itinerary when deciding what to pack. For tropical cruises, you’ll want to take shorts, skirts or sundresses, pants, t-shirts, knit tops, one formal outfit and a bathing suit.  For cooler days or Alaska cruises pack warmer clothes such as sweaters, raincoats, and fleece. It is also a good idea to bring a pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes for deck sports. For international cruises, keep in mind that some shore excursions to shrines or religious sites require a more conservative dress code. (more…)

Cheap vacations

Friday, June 26th, 2009

cheap-vacationCheap vacations can let you explore a new place, escape your stress, or enjoy time with friends and family. If you’re looking to get away, we can help. Find a cheap vacation for less than $500 with these cheap travel deals.

Check out these sample prices for cheap vacation packages that include a flight plus two-night hotel stay in cities across the country:

  • Orlando: (from Baltimore) $294
  • Denver: (from Austin) $393
  • Atlanta: (from Buffalo ) $419
  • San Francisco: (from Seattle) $481
  • Fort Myers: (from Milwaukee) $365
  • New Orleans: (from Dallas) $487
  • Philadelphia:(from Fort Lauderdale) $458
  • Fort Lauderdale: (from Washington, D.C.) $442

Sample prices for cheap vacations are per person, and actual rates will vary depending on date of departure, hotel selected, etc.

See where you can go for less than $500 with these cheap vacation deals.

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Weekly travel deals: Save to New York, San Francisco

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

cheap New york vacation This week's travel deals include cheap New York vacations and a cheap San Francisco hotel.

Cheap New York vacations: Book your New York hotel and flight together and save. A two-night stay at the Flathotel August 3-5, with airfare from Washington, D.C., starts at just $368 per person. Flathotel is a four-star luxury boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Or try a three-night stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea August 3-6. With airfare from Washington, D.C., this cheap New York vacation starts at $439 per person.

Cheap San Francisco hotel: Save up to 50% on stays through October 31 at the Cathedral Hill Hotel. Amenities at tis three-star hotel include a heated outdoor pool, indoor parking, on-site restaurant and 24-hour fitness center. Rates start at just $63 a night June 30 at this cheap San Francisco hotel.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap hotels in Orlando, Las Vegas

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Cheap Orlando hotels This week's travel deals include a cheap Orlando hotel and a cheap Las Vegas hotel.

Cheap Orlando hotel: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa is a four-star resort located close to all of Orlando's big attractions. The all-suite accommodations, featuring generously equipped kitchens and full living rooms are ideal for family travel. With amenities including two pools, a full spa and free scheduled transportation to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, this won't feel like a cheap Orlando hotel. Book now and get 35% off each night through September 7.

Cheap Las Vegas hotel: With its permanent circus and theme park, Circus Circus is another hotel that's ideal for family travel. Rooms start from $26 a night July 16, and this cheap Las Vegas hotel is offering a discount to make it an even better travel deal: Get 30% off each night through January 31.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap Denver hotel, cheap flights to Mexico

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Cheap-denver-hotel This week's travel deals include a cheap Denver hotel and cheap flights to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Cheap Denver hotel: Hotel Teatro is a boutique luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Denver. Named to Travel + Leisure's Top 500 Hotels in the World list, this four-star property doesn't feel like a cheap hotel — especially with touches like Frette linens and free Wi-Fi. But now you can save 35% on stays of three nights or more through July 7.

Cheap flights: American Airlines sale on Caribbean and Mexico flights makes it easy to plan a beach vacation. Sample fares include Los Angeles to Cozumel – $142; Boston to Cabo San Lucas – $300; Chicago to Puerto Vallarta – $210; New York to Cancun – $176. Cheap flights are valid for travel Monday through Thursday, through October 31. Sale ends June 16.

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Weekly travel deals: Save on Chicago, Las Vegas hotels

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Cheap-chicago-hotel This week's travel deals include a cheap Chicago hotel, cheap Las Vegas travel deals and AirTran's cheap flight sale and .

Cheap Chicago hotel: The Essex Inn is on Michigan Avenue, just steps from Millennium Park and some of Chicago's most famous museums. This three-star hotel boasts a 24-hour business center and a garden pool under a retractable glass roof. The Essex Inn offers a great location and city views, and earns a 4.3 out of 5 rating from CheapTickets customers. Now save 30% on three-day stays through September 7.

Cheap Las Vegas hotels: From Bally's to the Tropicana, we have travel deals on some of the hottest spots on the Strip. Book a stay of three days or more at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower and save 30%, with rooms starting at $25 a night, or try Circus Circus for 30% off. Several other hotels are offering resort credits for gaming, dining or spa services.

Cheap flights:Air Tran's cheap flight sale offers round-trip flights for as low as $78 (between Milwaukee and St. Louis.) Sample fares on other cheap flights include New York to Orlando – $158; Minneapolis/St. Paul to West Palm Beach – $148; and Pittsburgh to Atlanta – $118. The cheap flight sale is good for travel through October 30, but you must purchase your ticket by June 4.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap Daytona hotel, cheap flights

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Cheap daytona hotel This week's travel deals include a cheap Daytona hotel and cheap flights with United Airlines' cheap sale on flights across the U.S. and Canada.

Cheap Daytona hotel: At La Playa Resort, all rooms have an ocean view, and guests can enjoy an indoor pool, outdoor pool, children's pool, exercise room and more. This three-star resort is offering a big travel deal: 40% off stays of five nights or more through September 30.

Cheap flights: United Airlines' cheap sale across the U.S. and Canada means low prices to hundreds of destinations. Cheap flights include San Francisco to Honolulu – $274; Chicago to Pittsburgh – $96; and Denver to Los Angeles – $136. Sale prices are for round-trip flights and are good for travel through August 31.

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Travel on the cheap: Arizona hotels offer unbeatable savings

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Scottsdale-resort This week’s travel deals feature cheap Arizona hotels. From golfing to lounging by the pool, a cheap Arizona hotel puts you close to the action.

For an outstanding cheap Arizona hotel deal, check out the Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club & Spa. It's offering up to 50% off your hotel reservation for stays through June 1, plus 30% off spa services. This resort, which has earned a 4 out of 5 satisfaction rating from CheapTickets guests, features tennis courts, tai chi classes, Pilates, discounts on surrounding golf courses, and personal training to bring your golf game up to par.

In Tucson, the Viscount Suite Hotel is offering 25% off a one-night stay through Oct. 1. Newly renovated and business friendly, this cheap Arizona hotel is great for a traveler on a budget.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap flights, cheap Oahu hotels

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Cheap-oahu-hotel This week's travel deals include American Airlines' cheap flight sale and cheap Oahu hotels.

Cheap flights: Book your tickets by May 3 for travel through June 24 and save. Sample fares on cheap flights include Atlanta to Chicago – $146; St. Louis to Tuscon – $196; and Austin to Los Angeles – $140. Fares shown are for round-trip flights and include service fee.

Cheap Oahu hotel: The AQUA Waikiki Wave is a block from the beach and offers plenty of amenities, including in-room microwaves and refrigerators and free Wi-Fi. Now save 50% on stays through June 30, with rooms starting at under $100 a night. Enjoy the sun, shopping and nightlife of Waikiki at this cheap Oahu hotel.

Don't forget: CheapTickets has cut booking fees on hotels through July 15  and has no booking fees on flights through May 31.

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