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Hyatt Hotels and Resorts recently re-branded three lodges in Park City, Utah; Beaver Creek, Colorado; and Lake Tahoe, California as part of their new Hyatt Mountain Collection. Targeting skiers, the collection aims to drum up interest in the high-up mountain resorts, with one deal in particular leading the way.
By selecting the Stay at Three, Ski for Free offer, guests who book a 3-night stay at each of the three properties in the Hyatt Mountain Collection from November 27, 2013 through April 20th, 2014, will receive a complimentary Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass for the 2014/2015 winter season. The ski pass, which normally costs $729, provides unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenl, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora – with no blackout dates. Not a bad deal, especially if you had already planned to spend some time out west this fall – just nine nights spent at Hyatt hotels, and you’ll be set for the entire 2014/2015 ski season!
The three properties in the Hyatt Mountain Collection are the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa (from $229); Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City (from $153); and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino (from $179)
To Book: Visit www.hyattmountaincollection.com and reserve each stay using the code EPIC.
We keep saying you’ll find the best deals at a newly opened hotel, and here’s a case in point. Having opened only a year ago, the JW Marriott Cusco is still a little under-the-radar in this highly trafficked travelers’ town. As a result, rates at the five-star luxury hotel are going for decidedly un-luxurious prices.
“Relaxing” and “romantic” are two words rarely used to describe a Las Vegas vacation. This deal from the 4-star Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, situated on a scenic slice of desert 30 minutes from the Strip, may change that. On weekends from November 1 – December 22, the resort is offering a $199 per night package for couples, a savings of 45 percent on current rates. Or, make it a group outing. Each additional traveler pays just $99.
Hotel Week NYC, a promotion aimed at attracting more visitors to NYC in January, a traditionally slow time for tourism, has managed to one-up itself each year by offering bigger and better hotel deals. That expansion looks set to continue in 2014, when a total of 30 hotels will be offering uncharacteristically low rates for all stays from January 3-9. Both the rates themselves and the selection of hotels are good enough to silence those who complain that high accommodation costs prevent them from traveling to NYC at all.
We’re not about to sit here and tell you that Milan is Italy’s newest “it” destination, or that it beats out Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast when it comes to scenery. However, several recent developments in the travel world have made us stop and reconsider the northern Italian city’s tourism potential.
Fall in New York City is one of the best times of year. The weather is incredible, fall foliage is at its best in Central Park, and there’s plenty to celebrate. If you’re planning a trip to the city in November, consider coming for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch as floats, bands, and dancers pass by; after, stroll through the park for some leaf peeping.
While normally you’d have to fight your way through the crowds to get a good spot to watch, you can stop stressing this year. Four-star Affinia Manhattan is offering a special “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” package with lots of great add-ons including four sought-after Grandstand tickets. The coveted VIP-only seats (usually only offered to Macy’s employees, charities, and other organizations, though we found them being auctioned online for $700 each) provide guests with the best view in town. Here’s what you’ll get with the Affinia deal:
There is generally one main factor at play when it comes to cruise prices during the holiday season: the strength of the cruise industry. If it’s been a gangbuster year, don’t expect the cruise lines to wave you aboard for a pittance. Conversely, if sales have been lagging over the past ten months, they’re more likely to roll out holiday deals in a bid to shore up fourth quarter revenues. Value offers will vary by line, so consumers will benefit from some comparison shopping.
Though 2013 brought some challenges to the cruise market – remember the Carnival Triumph power loss in February? – deals seem to be on the scarce side this season. Nevertheless, we found a few decent ones floating around: Read more
As the temperature slowly drops across North America, your mind may be on planning a tropical getaway. The luxury hotel Gansevoort Turks + Caicos has an offer that can extend your vacation without costing extra. Their Stay 7 Nights, Pay for 5 promotion is available now through December 19, and includes accommodation in a luxurious beachfront room, daily full American breakfast for two at the on-site Stelle Restaurant, and two nights free (including taxes) when you pay for five.
Rates at the Gansevoort Turks + Caicos normally start at $550 per night, meaning that you’d pay $2750 for five nights before taxes. With this package, you’ll get seven for that same price, effectively bringing the nightly rate down to $392. Still pricey, but a good deal for this property.
Named one of the top ten trendiest resorts in the world and a member of the 2013 Conde Nast “Gold List,” the 91-room hotel (the first international property from the hip Gansevoort chain) is tucked away in a secluded location on Grace Bay Beach. Amenities include a full-service spa, 7,000 square foot infinity pool, and access to the 18-hole championship golf course at Provo Golf Club.
The cold, snowy months of the U.S. winter feel a lot brighter when you hit the ski slopes. But traveling to the best resorts at the height of the season also means you’ll have to contend with crowded slopes and high prices.
If you want to miss those crowds, and don’t mind not actually getting to ski, consider visiting during shoulder season (from now until around mid-to-late-November) when there are still lots of activities on offer, but the resorts will be quieter and the prices lower.
Although it’s not quite as cool as Costa Rica or Guatemala, El Salvador is truly a gem in Central America. The country is rebuilding after its bloody civil war in the early ‘90s, and is now improving its tourism infrastructure. The best news? The country is very inexpensive to visit, and your money goes a long way.
Do you live near… well… just about any major city in the U.S.? Have you always wanted to go to Ireland? Well now is the time to book a flight. Major airlines like Delta, United, Aer Lingus, and more have slashed round-trip airfare to Dublin to the lowest prices we’ve seen all year. Our deals experts found flights from 18 American gateways below $670 — and one as low as $361!
The pass costs $399 for a limited time and allows six days of first class train travel in the two countries over a period of one month. You can travel on both the French and Swiss rail networks, as well as the high-speed TGV Lyria train that connects the two. So, is it worth it?
You may be thinking that it would be foolish to approach Ireland outside of the summer months, but while it does start getting chilly and wet around this time of year, there are a few reasons to consider a fall trip to the Emerald Isle — and why we consider this time of year Ireland’s Sweet Spot.
For starters, Ireland’s festival calendar is full of interesting events: from the Cork Folk Festival (October 10th to 13th); to the Wexford Fringe Festival (October 18th to November 3rd ) and Opera Festival (October 23rd to November 3rd), and the Dublin Marathon on October 28th. And then there’s the final few months of events to celebrate The Gathering 2013, too.
If that’s not quite enough to convince you to hop across the pond, how about some great deals that will make a visit to Ireland very affordable? And, remember the Dollar-Euro exchange rate is quite favorable now, too. Read more
Each summer, the majority of U.S.-based cruise lines deploy several ships to Europe. In order to move the vessels from their stateside winter homeports, the cruise lines organize springtime trans-Atlantic voyages; in autumn, it’s the reverse. These are known as repositioning cruises.
Typically, consumers can find decent deals on these so-called repositioning cruises. The cruise lines’ logic is this – they have to shell out for fuel and staff costs no matter what, so it’s better to have a half-full ship crossing the Atlantic rather than a completely empty one.
This week, Royal Caribbean International decided to rename their repositioning cruises in an effort to make them sound more appealing to consumers. The new Ocean Voyages program will launch in spring 2014, with eleven ships sailing between Europe and the USA. To spur interest, Royal Caribbean even announced a limited-time offer that includes a free premium beverage package for the first two passengers in each balcony or suite stateroom on bookings made by Oct. 15. The premium package includes name-brand liquor, wine, beer and all non-alcoholic beverages.
Let’s take a closer look at the value…
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