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Crazy last-minute Colorado vacation deals with

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Priceline_Negotiator32009 has been a crazy year for all of us. And this is exactly why you should leave all your worries behind just go somewhere for several days. It makes no difference if it is a Colorado ski resort or a Caribbean beach, as long as you can just relax. The good news for those of you that haven’t got any plans yet is that, even with two days left until Christmas, you still got time to book something.  Just to give you a heads up, here are some great last minute travel package deals that the Priceline Negotiator has prepared for you:

If a ski trip is what you’ve got I mind, then probably you would like to take advantage of the 3-night vacation package in Vail, Colorado, providing 4.5-star accommodation for as little as $356 per night.  Or you could just spend your nights in a Denver 4-star hotel, and be charged around $79 per night (this great bargain is only valid by the end of this week). So, take some time to consider my suggestion and maybe take a glance at Priceline’s last-minute deals.

World luxury hotels with

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

jebelaligolfresortandspadubaiouterIf you decided to spoil yourself with a short vacation during this winter break but you haven’t got the time to book a hotel, Booking. com comes with a comfortable solution for you. The site offers some great rates for luxury hotels, in some of the coolest touristic spots around the globe.  Just as an example, a night in a New York 4-diamond hotel like the ‘Crown Plaza Times Square’ can cost you only $179.10 (the site can also display prices in several currencies).

You could as well choose to go to London or Dubai and enjoy the benefits of an trendy, upscale hotel for a relatively modest sum of money. A night staying in Park Lanes Mews Hotel in London can go down to $107.29, while the 5-diamond, state of the art Jebel Ali hotel in Dubal will charge  you and incredible $122.58 per night if you book it now. All you have to do is type the name of your preferred location in the site’s search bar and choose some dates. After all, we all deserve some five-star accommodation, especially when it’s Christmas.

Amazing Dollar car rentals for $1 per day!

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Dollar_logo2Dollar Rent-a-Car has customized its ‘specials’ for this winter. With all families and outdoor lovers moving around from place to place, Dollar has decided to offer special deals for the mid-size to SUV rentals. Hence, if you decide to rent a mid-size car by the 3rd of February 2010, you can pay as little as $31.99 per day. This price is available for a selected number of cities across the US and applies for a minimum of 5-days rental period. If you need some extra space for the dog, the ski gear or a larger family, you can also rent a minivan starting at $51.99 per day (same terms and conditions as in the previous offer apply).

If you happen to travel from Halifax or Lady Hammond to some Canadian airport like Montreal, Toronto or Union Station (the complete list of location is listed on the deal page), you will pay the incredible amount of $1 per day! This amazing 1$ offer is also applicable for one-way trips from Edmonton and will be valid till the last day of 2009!

Last-minute weekend flights starting at $139

Friday, December 18th, 2009

orbitz-logoWhen it comes to budget traveling, advance booking might be the less risky solution, but not necessarily the cheapest. If you want to make somebody a surprise this weekend or just fly out of the city for a short vacation, has prepared some special last-minute deals for you. Depending on your destination and departure/arrival hours, you can book an online roundtrip flight for prices starting at 139$.

The best deal we found so far is the two-way flight from Phoenix to Las Vegas, that you can book for as little as $139. If you want to take a longer flight, like, let’s say, from Philadelphia to Orlando or Houston to Denver, you will have to take around $225 out of your pocket. These rates are available for about 40 US cities and include all taxes (all listed deals are valid for an economy class seat). To see the terms and conditions and a complete list of the departure and arrival destinations included in the offer, visit the fight deals section of

December Hotel Rates from $39 per night

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

expedia_logoWith winter claiming its rights and Christmas knocking at our doors, it’s time we forgot about our worries and head for some hot destinations. And by hot I don’t mean just literally hot (like in Mexican beaches or the Bahamas) but also some important touristic hot-spots like Las Vegas, New York City or Orlando. For this kind of destinations, Expedia has come out with some really special hotel rates, valid within the next few days.

Hence, you can book online a Manhattan hotel for as low as $52 per night (offer is valid till December 28th). If you want to take your family to Orlando’s beaches, a night at the hotel can cost you only $40 pp.  There are also some really awesome last minute hotel deals available, especially for the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. Staying in a Vegas Hotel between December 17th and December 30th can take around $39 out of your pocket (but you can also have the magnificent Bellagio for only $129 a night). If any of these sounds appealing, you can find out more on Expedia’s deal page.

Alaska summer cruises starting at $499

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

pricelinecruisesLet’s face it! Among all the excessive shopping you do around Christmas, how many of the things you buy have the potential of becoming the holiday of your dreams? But advance planning and smart spending can bring you a bargain cruise in Alaska next summer.  Most cruise operators have prepared special deals for those travelers willing to book early an adventurous summer vacation along Alaska’s scenic coast.

Thus, embarking the Royal Caribbean cruise ship ‘Rhapsody of the Seas’ for a 7-night journey from Seattle to Sawyer Glacier can cost you only $549 – book online with Priceline and you get a free hotel stay for 2 nights. For the Vancouver to Hubbard Glacier trip with Celebrity Cruises, you can pay as low as $649 for an interior cabin; or you can choose to be upgraded to an ocean view and get up to 100$ back from Priceline. Other bonuses include a free discounts booklet or $25 onboard credit – check these cool deals yourself on the Priceline site.

Best weekly vacation package deals from Travelzoo

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

bahamas-paradise-islandA good place to search for travel deals is the ‘Top 20 Weekly Travel Deals’ made by the editors of Travelzoo. It is quite amazing what you can get these days with a little research! Just to give you an example, a weekend cruise in the Bahamas aboard a Celebrity Cruise ship can go as low as $149 (and you also get $50 credit onboard). If you want to take a swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, there are numerous options to choose from. One would be to take an all-inclusive vacation package in Carbo for the modest amount of $499. Or to pay around 75% per night in a Jamaican all inclusive resort.

If you prefer big cities to exotic beaches, no problem: you can stay in London for 6 nights and spend only $597, including the plane ticket. Low rates also apply for big city hotels:  according to Travelzoo, this week you can book a room in San Francisco, Las Vegas or Austin with less than 100$ and enjoy the all privileges of a top rated hotel.

Special December deals form Avis Rental Cars

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Avis_Rent_a_Car2For the upcoming winter holiday season, Avis Rental Cars has prepared a series of interesting offers, ranging from free navigation systems to complimentary upgrades.  If you’re not sure where you’re going or you are ready to adventure yourself into the great unknown, Avis has come up with a great solution: booking a car for the weekend (at least three days) gets you a free GPS. A similar thing applies for weekdays: rent a car for at least 5 consecutive days and you Avis lets you use the navigation system for free for two days.

For those inhabitants of the far west who decided to head south within the next weeks, Avis decided to offer special prices at one-way trips. Renting a subcompact car form Avis to take you from Washington to California can sum up to %390 a week.  Adding $100 more would take you from Oregon to Arizona. There are also some appealing offers for skiers and American Express holders; check them yourself in the deals section.

European cruise deals with Norwegian Cruise Lines

Friday, December 11th, 2009

1208456435-33548_fullGoing to Europe old school can be the perfect way to start the forthcoming year! I mean, why going through all the trouble of planning your trip, making hotel reservations, searching for the best air fare deal when you can take the boat like your ancestors did and see the marvels of Old Europe without headaches?  Not only you will have a relaxing journey, but also you will enjoy all the benefits of a luxury cruise ship, and even save some money!

Norwegian Cruise Line has prepared some special packages for those customers interested in booking a European cruise in advance. Starting from march 2010, the Norwegian Sun can take you for a 15 day journey from Miami through Europe’s northern ports (Le Havre, Brussels, London) for only $648 pp (fare applies for inside cabin). Another good deal would be to take the 9-day Canary Islands & Morocco roundtrip cruise from Barcelona and pay as little as $749 for an ocean view cabin. Other destinations listed in the deals section of the site include Venice, or different parts of the Mediterranean coast.

Advance Booking: Virgin Island Vacations Starting from $293

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

200366314-001Most of you have already planned their Christmas and New Years Eve vacations in detail by now, but what about Valentine’s weekend, Family Day of the Mid-Winter Vacation? Booking now can save you lots of time and effort. And if you haven’t thought about a possible destination by now, I dare make you a suggestion: what about Virgin Islands? It’s warm, it’s luxurious and, most of all, you don’t need visa if you have a US passport!

If you book a trip to St. Thomas or St. John by January 31, 2010, through you can spend as little as $476 for several days of relaxation in a 4-star resort. Many Virgin Islands upscale resorts have decided to offer special rates for this time of the year (January-March). Another option is to pay for at least 4 or 5 nights and get one for free. Depending on your departure city, the length of you staying and your flexibility in what concerned the dates; at Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas you could pay only $293.33 for a 5-night staying. Take a look at the Virgin Islands deals page on and you’ll be able to read a brief travel guide and get a personalized offer.

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