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Doesn’t a sunny Mexico vacation sound good — especially as a fall chill comes over the northern U.S.? As always, CheapTickets is here to help with great hotel deals in Mexican resort towns. This week, we’re highlighting cities along Mexico’s beautiful Pacific coast.

Puerto Vallarta: The Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta is offering 20% off rates, 10% off food and beverages and 10% off spa services for stays between November 11 and December 18, 2008. This hotel is right on the beach in the exclusive Marina Vallarta area — closeto Marina shops and restaurants. All rooms have a private balcony. Hurry: This deal ends October 15.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo: The Hotel Villa Mexicana is offering
33% off room rates for stays of three nights or longer. Or book a
six-night stay and get the seventh night free. Offers are good through
December 18, 2008. This hotel is located in Zihuatanejo — known as a quintessential beach village — and is a
good value for budget travelers.

Acapulco: Las Brisas Acapulco is offering 30% off regular room rates for stays through December 15, 2008. This hotel is famous for its casitas with private or semi-private pools, and it received a 4.8 out of 5 by CheapTickets guests who’ve stayed at the property.

Now may be a good time to plan a Mexico vacation, with these hotel deals, and cheap flights from CheapTickets.

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The holiday travel season is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to head out of town for Thanksgiving or take a Christmas vacation, take note: CheapTickets has identified the top 10 holiday travel destinations for 2008.

The list includes a mix of big cities and beach vacation destinations, with Florida and Mexico cities grabbing the most spots. According to CheapTickets’ data, Las Vegas hotels are the most popular for holiday travel, while travelers also have booked plenty of rooms in New York hotels and Cancun hotels.

Travel deal alert: Average rates are less than $100 at Las Vegas hotels, Orlando hotels and Fort Lauderdale hotels.

Check out these popular travel spots and average daily hotel rates.

CheapTickets’ 10 Most Popular Holiday Getaways
1. Las Vegas / $97.74 6. Riviera Maya, Mexico / $284.21
2. New York City / $273.95 7. Miami, Fla. / $134.49
3. Cancun, Mexico / $194.62 8. Chicago, Ill. / $135.52
4. Orlando, Fla. / $83.80 9. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / $87.02
5. Oahu, Hi. / $151.08 10. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / $155.18

The data is based on the average price for all hotel bookings on CheapTickets compared to the listed destinations for arrivals November 24 – December 31, 2008.

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If you’re looking for cheap cruises, CheapTickets is the place. With our Fall Cruise Blowout, you can save up to 75% on select cruises and get special offers, including free upgrades, free onboard spending and more.

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering free upgrades, free onboard savings and exclusive prices on some of its cruises. Its seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, starts at just $349 for October sailings, with an opportunity for up to $200 in free onboard spending.

Royal Caribbean is giving travelers free $260 onboard spending booklets when they book oceanview rooms or higher on its cruises. To take advantage of the offer, try the seven-night Deep Southern Caribbean cruise, with stops in Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Oceanview rooms start at $599 for select fall sailings.

And CheapTickets and Celebrity Cruises are teaming up to offer travelers the opportunity to be among the first to experience Celebrity’s newest ship. The Celebrity Solstice features a manicured half-acre lawn for bocce ball, croquet and picnics with a view, as well as an adults-only pool/waterfall solarium, art galleries and more.

You can check out the Celebrity Solstice  on a unique two-night weekend cruise from Fort Lauderdale. This exclusive sailing leaves November 21, and rooms start at $349.

Cheap cruises are easy to find with CheapTickets’ Fall Cruise Blowout. But don’t wait. Many offers end September 30.

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CheapTickets and Holland America Line help you travel the world with cheap cruises that pamper you with service.

If you want to travel to Europe, consider the Mediterranean Romance, a 12-night cruise that includes stops in Italy, Greece and Spain. Aboard the ship, you can enjoy elegant meals in the two-tier Vista Dining Room and relax in the Greenhouse Spa, which features a heated ceramic lounge in the style of a Turkish bath. The September 29 sailing starts at $1,699.

Or, you can save up to 40% on the seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, and travel to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. The ship features two pools, a state-of-the-art fitness room and entertainment options including a cigar bar, piano bar and casino. The November 1 cruise starts at just $449.

Holland America Line recently upgraded its ships with new programs and amenities, including cooking demonstrations and plush-top mattresses, so even cheap cruises feel luxurious.

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AalogoWant cheap tickets to Mexico? How about a Caribbean vacation? CheapTickets and American Airlines can help.

American has Mexico and the Caribbean on sale with cheap flights to your favorite tropical destinations. Look at these sample airfares:

  • Chicago to Aruba — $292
  • Denver to Grand Cayman — $401
  • Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta — $289
  • Washington to St. Maarten — $251
  • Charlotte to Cancun — $360

Fares are good for travel September 2 through December 10, 2008 and don’t include taxes and fees. This airfare sale runs though July 31, so plan your fall vacation now and save.

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Cheap cruises are easy to find when you plan ahead. That’s because Princess Cruises is offering up to $100 in free onboard spending for select cruises this winter when you book by July 31.

The seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Sapphire Princess includes stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Interior rooms start at $712 for January sailings, and you get up to $100 in free onboard spending. Travelers can enjoy plenty of dining options, including eight-course Italian meals at Sabatini’s and a prime rib carving station at Sterling Steakhouse.

The Caribbean Princess sails through the southern Caribbean, with stops in Barbados, Antigua and St. Lucia. The seven-night Classic Southern Caribbean cruise starts at $737 for the February 1 sailing, and you get up to $100 in free onboard spending. The ship features plenty of activities and entertainment, including three pools, plus an indoor lap pool and a kids pool, a nine-hole golf putting course and movies under the stars.

One of these cheap cruises could make a great tropical getaway this winter. Book yours by July 31.

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