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By Heather Leisman

Our Deal of the Day this week is in New Orleans, a city known for great food and great jazz.

Our pick among New Orleans hotels is the five-star Le Pavillon Hotel, an historic landmark with luxurious amenities. Right now you can save 25% off the hotel’s regular rates when you stay four or more nights. I found discounted rates of $96 per night August 6-10.

Watch my video for more information about what makes Le Pavillon Hotel our pick among New Orleans hotels.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

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Cheap airfares + cheap hotels = cheap vacation packages. And CheapTickets has the right equation to helpyou get away.

With vacation packages to destinations across the United States for under $500, it’s easy to travel to your favorite places.

Check out these sample prices on vacation packages:

  • West Palm Beach (from Philadelphia) — $482
  • Boston (from Baltimore) — $485
  • Denver (from Los Angeles) — $482
  • Orlando (from Indianapolis) — $415
  • Las Vegas (from Seattle) — $451

Sample prices are for travel July 14-16 and include one airfare and a two-night hotel stay(including taxes). Once you select a destination, you’ll see several airline and hotel options for less than $500.

So pick a city and find the vacation package that works for you.

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Cheap tickets? Check. BBQ? Check. That’s right. CheapTickets has teamed up with BBQ guru Rick Browne to create a BBQ Travel site, so no matter where you are, you can find the barbecue that you love.

If you’re a barbecue fan, you already know that Dallas and Kansas City are known for their BBQ. But did you know that you can also find good BBQ in San Francisco and Orlando? Check out Rick’s picks, and book your cheap tickets to try it out.

Our BBQ Travel site also features big BBQ events and some of Rick’s special recipes. So you can travel well and eat well with CheapTickets and Rick Browne.

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When are cheap hotels even cheaper? When you book them during a less-than-popular travel time. And now CheapTickets reveals these travel deals just in time for your summer vacation.

The CheapTickets 2008 Summer Off-season Travel Report highlights destinations in Florida, the Southwest and The Bahamas with savings of up to 56 percent (based on hotel bookings for May 30 – August 15, compared to average monthly rates).

Grand Bahama Island, with its white sand beaches and tropical vibe, is a great travel deal in the summer. One of the Grand Bahama hotels where you can save is the Sheraton at Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort. CheapTickets found rates of $90 a night for August 4-7.

Phoenix, Arizona, known for its golf courses, spas and stunning scenery, can be a cheap vacation destination in the summer.  The Carefree Resort and Villas is one of the Phoenix hotels with low summer rates. CheapTickets found rates of $67 a night when you travel July 14-17.

For a cheap Florida vacation this summer, Fort Lauderdale may be a good pick. This sunny city has golf, nightlife and miles of beaches, and hotel savings averaging 34 percent in the off season. One of the Fort Lauderdale hotels with low summer rates is the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club, where CheapTickets found rates of $99 a night for July 23-26.

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Cheap flights make it easy to plan a weekend getaway. So pack your bags, because CheapTickets has round-trip airfares starting at $153 for weekend travel in July.

Here are some sample airfares:

  • Washington D.C. to New York — $153
  • Boston to Orlando — $213
  • Denver to Los Angeles — $184
  • San Francisco to Chicago — $301
  • Seattle to Las Vegas — $261

These cheap tickets are good for travel outbound Thursdays through Saturdays; returning Sundays through Tuesdays throughout July. The airfares include taxes and fees.

Plus, with the CheapTickets Summer Sale, you can save an extra $50 when you book a flight + hotel vacation package of three nights or more. Just book your airfare by July 6 for travel by August 31.

It’s called summer vacation for a reason. Schedule your getaway today with these cheap flights.

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You can find cheap flights and cheap hotels. But if you want really cheap travel, you’ve got to learn from the experts.

The first four winners of CheapTickets’ Show us your Cheap contest are experts when it comes to cheap travel, so we wanted to share their strategies with you.

For Cynthia and Steve from San Diego, CA, cheap travel means saving money on food and strategically booking train tickets through Europe.

"I was able to save money by having unlimited train passes, booking trips between countries at night so I could sleep on the train, and eating light during the day so that I could afford a nicer meal at night."

Mary Ann and Thomas from Canandaigua, NY, also watch their food budget.

"To save money on traveling, we would skip breakfast and eat a late lunch, saving the leftovers for later. We always requested water instead of soda with meals, and I price checked every online sale! With these small savings, we had money for great trips, lots of fun and many memories."

Karen, Willem and Isabelle from New York City save money by picking a warm-weather destination that has a cheap airfare. Then, they look for cheap hotels with great amenities.

"We picked our accommodations by searching online for something affordable with amenities, such as a kitchen. Dining in helps keep costs low and provides relaxing and enjoyable family time. We ended up staying in a fabulous, low-key resort. The resort provided –- FREE of charge –- fishing poles, snorkel gear, canoes, kayaks and unlimited videos/DVDs. It was fantastic."

Carol and Anthony from San Marco, CA, are very intentional about how they choose to spend their money when they travel.

"In order to stay cheap, we make sure to stay at
timeshares with full kitchens. That way we can we prepare our own
meals. With
the money we save on eating out, we get to enjoy different activities
like ziplining in Kaui, submarine tours in Maui, ferry rides to Molokai
and snorkel tours."

Do you have cheap travel tips of your own? We’d like to hear them! Enter the Share your cheap contest for a chance to win two airline tickets.

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By Heather Leisman

Our latest CheapTickets Deal of the Day is in Orlando, Florida — one of the world’s top vacation destinations and home to theme parks, great shopping and sunny weather.

Although there are plenty of great Orlando hotels to choose from,  we opted for the 4-star Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa, where right now you can save 30 percent off the regular rates.

Plus, you can save an additional $75 now through April 27 when you book vacation packages of 4 or more nights through our Spring Sale.

Check out the video to find out more about this excellent deal. And if you’ve been to Orlando recently, please share your money-saving travel tips in the comments area below.


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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

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By Heather Leisman

If you’ve got spring fever, maybe our Spring Sale can help. You’ll save $75 instantly on a flight and hotel vacation package of four nights or more.

The sale is good for travel to almost anywhere in the United States. We’ve got Orlando hotels, Philadelphia hotels and hotels in lots of other great spots. So whether you want a big city vacation or a beach vacation, we’ve got the travel deal for you.

In fact, if Philadelphia is your destination of choice, don’t miss The Windsor Suites hotel, a three-star gem with great rates.

Check out this video to learn more about the CheapTickets Spring Sale and find out what makes The Windsor Suites hotel a great Philadelphia hotel.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets. 

Tagged: City, Vacation packages

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Itching to travel somewhere warm? Wishing for plane tickets to the big city? AirTran has cheap flights to plenty of destinations across the United States.

Here are some sample one-way airfares (not counting taxes and fees):

  • Boston to Orlando — $162
  • City to San Francisco — $283
  • Chicago to New Orleans — $202
  • Atlanta to San Juan — $242

The sale is good for travel through November 5, 2008, for airline tickets purchased by March 6, 2008. So travel to the Big Apple or the Big Easy. Or get great airfare to Arizona. With so many cheap tickets, you don’t have to choose!

Book your travel now!

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Tagged: Flights, FREE!, Limited-time Offers