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We may be in the thick of winter and holiday chaos, but it’s not too early to start planning a sunny escape. Marriott is running a “Holiday Getaway Event” promotion that offers discounted rates plus resort credit to use toward dining, the spa, on-property retail stores, golf, and more. So give yourself a well-earned holiday after the holidays and unwind in the spa or on the golf course at these warm weather destination resorts.
For reservations, visit www.marriott.com/resortholidaygetaway and enter the promotional code P91. A minimum two-night stay is required, and the offer is valid for up to $200 in resort credit. Per-night and per-person rates of resort credit can vary, so check the individual property for details. The promotion is available at 14 different properties across Florida and South Carolina. It’s available through December 26 for travel until January 31, 2014.
Here are seven of the best deals that are part of this offer… Read more
These days, cost-conscious travelers have more options than ever. The question is no longer “Where will we go?” but “How cheap can we get there?” Rest assured, we’re here to tell you the answer: pretty cheap! As evidence, we’ve compiled a list of the ten most budget-friendly travel destinations to watch out for in 2014. These places show it’s totally possible to plan an unforgettable trip to a unique, accessible, and culturally interesting destination, and still feel like you’re getting a deal. Trying to fit all these fabulous trips into a single year? Well, that’s another question…
1. Singapore It’s telling that Singapore Airlines spent the better part of this fall introducing over two dozen brand new 777-300ER planes into its fleet. The national carrier, consistently recognized as one of the top airlines in the world, is simply catering to demand as more and more visitors flock to this verdant Southeast Asian hub. Scores of new hotels are opening all over the city – many of them artfully designed and, best of all, reasonably priced. But it’s not just affordable lodging that keep travelers coming back. The city’s treasure trove of cheap hawker centers (food stalls), diverse ethnic neighborhoods, and abundant green spaces (Gardens by the Bay, for one) show why it’s becoming one of the region’s most accessible, yet endlessly entertaining modern metropolises. (See also: Off The Beaten Path In Singapore)
Charming Charleston, South Carolina, has received lots of accolades, including “Top U.S. City” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the past three years, but this southern belle hasn’t traditionally been known as a low-cost destination.
All that changed when budget carrier JetBlue started offering twice-daily nonstop service from New York City and daily flights from Boston earlier this year. And with a new limited-time getaway package, which includes half-priced airfare for travelers booking an air-and-hotel combo package, visiting Charleston has become even more affordable. Read more
If you’re looking for an excuse to book a vacation to Spain, we have a good one for you this week: This 6-night trip to Madrid and Barcelona for $1009, including flights from New York City. (Other departure cities are available, too. Check the web site for pricing.)
Madrid in particular has caught our fancy lately. Once considered a dirtier, more hectic cousin to refined, seaside Barcelona, we’ve learned to appreciate this city’s bustle, and its incredibly varied offerings for visitors, from stately museums to sleek dance clubs. And with amazing tapas and wine to be had for just a few Euros, it’s a city that can be easy on your wallet. Here are just a couple of Madrid’s charms we’ve learned about recently:
Forgotten to book tickets home to see the family over Thanksgiving? Or maybe you just have the sudden urge to skip town over the holidays. With this brief but beautiful deal from Virgin America, you can book First Class or Main Cabin Select seats for 50 percent off regular fares.
One fun thing about the holidays? There’s always something to do. Whether you’re waving to Santa from the front row of a crowded parade, or ice skating around a 50 foot tall Christmas tree, the list of seasonal traditions is endless. For those looking to get away this year, here are a few traditions worth getting acquainted with; and, naturally, a hotel deal to make the magic happen.
A quick glance at Qatar Airways’ current “Bigger World Promotion“ will tell you two things: the folks at Qatar are really excited to join up with Oneworld Alliance (which will place them alongside British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Royal Jordanian, in addition to offering shared mileage among all the member airlines); second, the flight deals being offered right now aren’t just East Coast-focused – they’ve got love for Texas and the midwest, too. Fares like Chicago to Addis Adaba for just $934, or Houston to Hanoi for $1,002, certainly grab our attention. And in addition to the rates themselves, we’re also liking the focus on non-coastal cities – a trend we picked up on earlier this year.
In addition to these far-flung fares, we’re loving some other routes that are currently on sale, and not just from the right and left coast. For example, we priced some choice fares to the Middle East (Qatar Airways, after all, has its main hub in Doha), and here’s what we found:
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and, if you are thinking about a last-minute ditch-your-family getaway, but worry that holiday fares will be astronomical, a limited but rather excellent – dare we say, classy – deal from Virgin Atlantic can get you to London for a long weekend in the comfort of Upper Class.
In case you aren’t familiar with Virgin’s ultra-luxe Upper Class service, a few things you can look forward to include chauffeur transfer services; 33” wide flat beds (the longest of any airline’s business class), an onboard bar, and clubhouses with cocktail bars and spas.
The approach of Thanksgiving usually means readying yourself for the shopping frenzy that comes immediately after. Luckily, with these Cyber Monday hotel deals, you don’t have to brave the cold and the lines and can snap up a bargain, and mentally transport yourself to a sunny beachfront hotel (or the snowy ski slopes, if you prefer), from the comfort of your own home.
For all offers, conditions and blackout dates may apply; read the fine print. Read more
How many times have you thought to yourself, “This year, I’d like to go away for the holidays.” It’s a fantasy we all harbor, to escape your everyday surroundings and get another city’s perspective on the holidays. The current holiday special from the folks at Public Hotel in Chicago could let you do just that. Read more
New York City and Mexico City both teem with traffic, culture, amazing food, and beautiful architecture. But for the next year, these two metropolises will have more in common. The two cities recently announced their first-ever city-to-city partnership that includes a one-year agreement aimed at boosting tourism in both destinations. The best part? As part of the agreement, Aeromexico is offering $399 round-trip flights between the two cities, including flights on the 787 Dreamliner, through March. (Book by November 22.)
Even if you can’t take advantage of the special fare, you can enjoy some of the cities’ similarities just by visiting one or the other. Here are some related places that we love both in the Big Apple and south of the border…
In Mexico City: Downtown México
Downtown México is one of several Mexico City hotels that pare part of the design-savvy Grupo Habita. This one, in the heart of the city’s historic center, occupies one of the city’s few remaining 17th century palaces, and is just a short stroll from Zócalo, the main square. Habita’s typical contemporary design blends with original features such as high ceilings and a brick faςade. The hotel has two courtyard restaurants, as well as a rooftop bar and pool.
As Boston braces for colder weather – and revels in the World Series success of its beloved Red Sox – this small city with a big cultural pedigree offers plenty to see, and plenty of bargains. While a sunny stroll through the picturesque Public Garden might be out of the question, or at least an endeavor to be approached with caution and a really thick scarf, Boston’s indoor delights shine bright in winter. Here’s a sampling of winter activities in Boston, many of which cost twice as much in warmer months.
If this winter’s bright aurora forecast has you itching to see the northern lights, this last-minute flight and hotel deal from Icelandair might well be your ticket.
The Natura November Offer (available from November 1 through December 11) includes a roundtrip flight from cities including New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Boston, as well as accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, with guaranteed early check-in from 10 a. m., and a daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast.
The package requires a four-night minimum and eight-night maximum stay, and must be booked through the Icelandair website, where you can also reserve additional excursions and airport transfers.
For a four-night trip (one night is spent in the air; three at the Natura hotel) we found the following prices per person (based on double occupancy):
- From New York (JFK) $741
- From Boston $741
- From Washington Dulles $649
- From Seattle $649
- From Denver $685
- From Toronto: $943
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