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It’s Vegas, baby. And if that calls to mind the flashing marquee signs, smoke-filled hotel lobbies, and sequin-clad showgirls so often portrayed in the movies, well… that’s about right. As recently as last week, the city announced a two-year residency by the pop princess herself, Britney Spears – yet another vice just waiting to tempt travelers into this unadulterated, high-spectacle city.

But for those needing a break from all the sin, there are options.

This month, MGM Grand, quadruples the number of its “Stay Well” rooms, essentially taking over the entire 14th floor of the main tower with a special tier of health-focused rooms. There are 17 amenities in total, including HEPA-standard air purification to remove allergens and toxins from the air; light therapy to help you fall asleep and wake up according to your body’s internal clock; vitamin C-infused shower water to give you healthier hair and skin; and even an educational welcome video from Deepak Chopra. The cost for all this wellness? A $30 per night upgrade on your basic rate.

We had to wonder, what are some other sin-free indulgences travelers can make during a stay in Las Vegas? Read more

Hurricane Season Caribbean Travel DealsNine months out of the year, Caribbean islands are a postcard-ready panorama of blue skies, swaying palm trees, and cocktail-sipping, hammock-lounging bliss. But from September to November (as in, right now), they are associated with another thing: hurricanes. As we speak, reports are showing that the season’s first tropical storms are already forming.

But for those willing to roll the dice, hurricane season can also yield up some incredible bargains. Flights, cruises, and hotels often go for a fraction of their peak season rates, at a time when most travelers are too spooked by the thought of having their trip washed, blown, or flooded down the drain.

And if you’re worried about showing up to a ghost town, rest assured: of the 25 million tourists who visited the Caribbean in 2012, roughly a fifth of them were brave enough to travel between September and November, the peak of hurricane season.

To give you a head start, we logged onto Expedia and CheapCaribbean and chose some hotel-and-flight packages for a range of dates in late October and mid-November. All packages are priced per-person, based on double occupancy, with flights from Miami. Other departure cities are usually available for more.

Clearly, none of the following destinations can provide guarantees on anything weather-related (otherwise they wouldn’t be offering the deals in the first place!). But with prices this low, you can afford to have your trip cancelled and still have extra cash lying around to re-book the whole thing from scratch. Now, get out those bathing suits! Read more

Revel Files for BankruptcyAtlantic City has had a hard go at it these past few months. Hurricane Sandy hit the boardwalk at the end of October forcing a five-day shutdown and today, another big blow to the economy: Revel resort is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Read more

Experience a different side of Las Vegas and save over 40 percent at a 4-star property just outside of Sin City. Stay at the upscale JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa from just $103 a night and save big on rates later in the season. Choose this grand resort and you’ll be close enough for a quick trip to Vegas’ famous Strip while staying in the calming surroundings of an 11-acre oasis of gardens, coursing streams, waterfalls, and palm trees.

But don’t worry; you won’t miss out on any of the amenities Vegas hotels are known for: The JW Marriott Las Vegas features a 50,000-square-foot casino with 1,200 slot machines and 40 gaming tables, 24-hour room service, a wide variety of dining and entertainment experiences (from casual to formal), three pools, a  full-service spa, and more. Located near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the resort is just 20 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip and 25 minutes from McCarran International Airport. You’ll stay in an oversized guest room with views of the interior garden, city, or surrounding mountains.

Book by June 25 for travel on select dates July 1 – September 25. Visit the JW Marriott website or call 800-721-6996. Use promo code D59.

See our Las Vegas destination guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights.

Take a luxe escape to Sin City this season. From just $109 a night, stay at the 5-star ARIA Resort & Casino and receive $110 resort credit, plus two VIP passes to HAZE, the property’s nightclub. This great rate is valid when you stay two nights or more on select dates through December 27 – but hurry, you need to book by May 31.

One of the most elegant property’s in Las Vegas, ARIA is located right on the Strip, at the heart of all the action. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the city and desert beyond (see picture to the right) and enhance the spacious guestrooms that also feature a touch-screen that controls the room’s temperature, lighting, television, and video systems. Use your credit at one of the resort’s many casual and specialty dining venues or the rejuvenating spa and salon.

This deal is available through SmarterVegas.com. Click here or call 866-359-7757 to book and use promo code ARLT0FB2.

See our Las Vegas destination guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights.

This summer, stay in the lap of luxury in the heart of Sin City. Book the 5-star Venetian, located on the legendary Las Vegas Strip, from only $119 per nighta savings of 40% on seasonal rates. Plus, you’ll receive $100-worth of exclusive savings at the luxe hotel and casino.

Stay on select dates from July 15 through August 1 in a Luxury Suite, a 650-square-foot room with a plush king sized bed and Egyptian cotton sheets, an HDTV, a spacious sitting area, and a marble bathroom with an over-sized Roman tub. Each room is also equipped with complimentary high-speed internet.

The Italian-centric Venetian channels its namesake city at every corner, from ceiling frescoes to jugglers in a make-shift St. Mark’s Square. There’s even a canal in the middle of the resort’s shopping complex, through which visitors can take a romantic gondola ride.

The $100-worth of resort savings include:

  • Free admission to the Lavo Nightclub
  • $20 off a food bill of $50 or more at both the First Food and Bar and Zine Noodles Dim Sum
  • $30 off any 50-minute spa treatment at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub
  • 20% off any Belvedere cocktail at the Laguna Lounge

To book these low summer rates, visit Vegas.com.

Be sure to check out our Las Vegas destination guide before you go, and use our Travel Search price comparison tool to book the best deals on flights.

Enjoy the bright lights and bustling casinos of Atlantic City. When you stay for two nights at the Showboat Mardi Gras Casino in February, you’ll get the third night free – which means you’ll pay as little as $36 per night for 3 nights, and save 33%.

The Showboat is a 1300-room, New Orleans-themed hotel and casino located on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. Try your luck in the 24-hour casino, walk down the Boardwalk, or relax in your Orleans Deluxe room. Dine at some of the many hotel restaurants including the authentic French Quarter Buffet, which boasts traditional Cajun and Louisiana specialty dishes. Even the House of Blues Atlantic City is located right inside the hotel, which offers nightly entertainment or concerts and an in-house restaurant.

THE VALUE: Save 33% at this Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, where you’ll find no shortage of activities and entertainment.

THE CATCH: Some blackout dates apply.

THE DETAILS: Visit the Showboat Mardi Gras Atlantic City and choose the “Buy 2 Nights, Get the Third Night Free” promotion or enter the code B2GO.

WE’VE GOT MORE: For general trip-planning information, see our Atlantic City guide. Then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Atlantic City.

Enjoy the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas this season. Rooms at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino begin from an astounding $20 in February and March – a savings of 40% on current hotel rates.

The Palace Station offers sweeping mountain vistas and panorama views of the Las Vegas strip. Try your luck at the 24-hour casino, soak up the sun at the pool or garden sundeck, and indulge at your choice of eight hotel restaurants and cafes. Live hotel entertainment, including music and comedy, happen almost every night. The hotel also provides free shuttles to the Strip, which is just two miles away.

Stay in a Courtyard Hotel Room, which includes high-speed WiFi, cable TV, comfortable accommodations, and courtyard views.

THE VALUE: Save 40% on current pricing with these online exclusive rates.

THE CATCH: These rates are most widely available in February and early March, so you need to act fast.

THE DETAILS: Visit the Palace Station Hotel and Casino and choose the “Online Exclusive” package.

WE’VE GOT MORE: For general trip-planning information, see our Las Vegas guide. Then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Vegas.

Stay in a spacious suite at an exciting Las Vegas resort this season. The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is offering 50% off their Masquerade Suites, starting from just $129 per night. This 1600-square-foot suite includes a formal dining room, a wet bar, a private Jacuzzi, and views of the Las Vegas strip.

The upscale Rio certainly doesn’t lack in grandeur: among its amenities include four pools, two nightclubs, a world-class spa, and a private beach and lagoon. The Rio’s Masquerade Village Shops offers over 60,000 square feet of shopping, gaming, and dining, and the Rio Entertainment Court offers nightly shows of famous Vegas acts, including Circus Vargas and Penn & Teller.

THE VALUE: Save 50% on a luxurious Las Vegas suite, in this resort with endless activities.

THE CATCH: This is only valid for travel through the end of February.

THE DETAILS: Visit the Rio Las Vegas to learn more, then visit their Special Offers page to book this deal.

WE’VE GOT MORE: For general trip-planning information see our Las Vegas guide, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on hotels, flights, vacation packages, and more travel deals.

Looking for a fun, warm-weather family getaway? Travel to Las Vegas this winter or spring and stay at the iconic Circus Circus for just $26 a night. On select dates January through April, rates are slashed by 40 percent, plus kids eat free.

The Circus Circus is located right on the Strip, close to shopping and downtown Las Vegas. Featured in the property are circus acts, a theme park, dining, and more to keep the whole family busy.

THE VALUE: Save 40 percent on already discounted online rates at one of Las Vegas’ most iconic properties.

THE CATCH: These low rates apply on select weekdays and Sunday nights only, weekend rates are higher.

THE DETAILS: Visit SmarterVegas.com to book and use code XCCLNET.

WE’VE GOT MORE: See our Las Vegas Travel Guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, packages, and more travel deals.

Book a fun, warm-weather getaway to Las Vegas and stay at the Luxor, known for its 350-foot pyramid. On select dates in January, February, and early March rates are as low as $36 a night, including many extras such as two for one roller coaster rides, 25% off spa services, and restaurant, shopping, and drinks discounts. Book by February 29 and this deal will save you as much as 90% on current rates.

The Luxor is located on the South Strip. The famous property is comprised of two 22-story towers and an eye-catching 30-story pyramid topped by a powerful light beam. All of the spacious guestrooms feature marble bathrooms, video games, and TV Internet access. The five-acre pool complex, spa, retail complex, casino, and more will ensure you’re never bored on this trip.

THE VALUE: You’ll save as much as 90 percent on travel this winter.

THE CATCH: These low rates apply only on select weekdays and Sunday nights, weekend rates are higher.

THE DETAILS: Visit SmarterVegas.com to book and use code LPARTY.

WE’VE GOT MORE: See our Las Vegas Travel Guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, packages, and more travel deals.

Atlantic City is offering travelers a duo of hot hotel deals that are a sure bet for savings on your winter getaway to this storied gambling seaside mecca, situated on the New Jersey Shore. Act fast to snag two hotel package deals starting from as little as $50 per night for single travelers, or from $84 per night for two, including extras like dining credits, slot play, and more. Bunk down at Bally’s with its spa, Blue Martini bar, and, of course, bustling casino, all situated right on the boardwalk; or, try the massive, Havana-inspired Tropicana just down the shore, known for its stellar dining, entertainment, spa, and retail complex, The Quarter.

THE VALUE: Bally’s Eat, Play, and Get Lucky package is valid through March 31, 2012, with rates starting from $84 per night that include accommodations for two, entrance for two to the Virginia City Buffet (a $44 value), and $10 slot play per person – working out to nearly 30 percent off of booking the individual components separately. The Tropicana’s Romantic Getaway Package is valid through January 31, 2012, and features rates of $50 per night, per person (or $100/night for two), and includes accommodations, a $75 Tropicana and The Quarter Gift Card, continental breakfast-in-bed (valued at $17.50 per person), health club admission ($10 per person), and late checkout – a savings of as much as 67 percent.

THE CATCH: The two package deals from Bally’s and Tropicana are only valid for Sunday through Thursday stays.

THE DETAILS: For the Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, call 800-223-7277 or visit www.ballysac.com. For the Tropicana Casino and Resort, call 800-345-8767 or visit www.tropicana.net.

WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Atlantic City.

For general trip-planning information, see our Atlantic City Travel Guide.

Encore Las VegasThe five-star, bronze-tinted tower of Encore Las Vegas and its neighboring big sister, The Wynn (just a corridor away), mark the de facto northern end of the Central Strip. The Encore’s swank rooms afford fabulous views through wall-to-wall windows and remote-controlled lighting and drapery. The resort’s casino gets great light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto pools and greenery (a rarity in gaming destinations). There’s also a 60,000-square-foot beach club, a gorgeous spa, several trendy nighttime spots like Tryst and Blush, and topnotch restaurants like La Cave and Wazuzu. From now through March 23, you can knock an additional 25 percent off regular room rates when you book two nights or more at Encore Las Vegas. Rates start from $134/night. Reservations must be made 60 days in advance. Click www.vegas.com/resosrts/encore to book.

Look out Las Vegas – this ain’t your daddy’s Atlantic City. Recent years have seen a wave of development crash ashore at this long-standing Jersey Shore resort town, with a plethora of initiatives soundly underway despite the economic downturn – in fact, more than 15 new restaurants have cropped up in the last year alone, while the much-anticipated $2.4-billion Revel mega-casino resort is due to open its lavish doors in May 2012 (www.revelresorts.com). Read more

Ravella at Lake Las VegasRavella at Lake Las Vegas, the former Ritz-Carlton, opened this past February and is a Mediterranean-style palace fronting its gleaming private lake. There’s fly-fishing, boating, hiking trails, golf, a stellar spa, and complimentary transportation to/from the Strip. 349 classy rooms come with plush beds, views of the Mojave Desert or the lake, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and fancy bath amenities – all and all, the kind of rooms you’d expect to cost $300/night. To celebrate the resort’s first summer, Ravella is offering the Summer on the Lake package with accommodations, $25 fuel allowance, $22 FreePlay at next door Casino MonteLago, $25 spa credit per day, $30 breakfast credit per day, and a $20 beverage credit at Firenze Lounge per day. All this for only $79/night, plus guests who book the offer will be automatically entered in a weekly summer giveaway with the VESPA grand prize awarded in September.

THE VALUE: The hotel values this package at $400, which means you’re saving a crazy 80 percent.

THE CATCH: Rates must be paid in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable.

THE DETAILS: Visit www.avellalasvegas.com and enter the code LAKE11 to book. Travel is valid through August 31.

WE’VE GOT MORE: See our recently updated Las Vegas Travel Guide, then use our Travel Search comparison tool to find the best rates on flights to Las Vegas.

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