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Cheap winter flights with Travelocity

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

travelocityDecember is a month of great joys but also lots of unexpected spending. A sudden trip to see one of your relatives or old friends might seriously affect your budget.  A smart way out would be to go online and search for some advantageous last minute flight deals. This week Travelocity comes with an even better solution. Round trips departing from New York to a number of major US cities are now available for online purchase starting at $98 per person (special rate for the NYC-Pittsburg route).

What announces to be the best rate within the next 90 days applies to 47 other destinations: Chicago, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Cleveland and St. Louis are only a few examples. Thus, flying out of New York to Cleveland or Washington DC and back within the next three months can cost you as little as $148. You can see the terms and conditions of the offer and the specific rates for your chosen date and destination in the travel deals section of Travelocity.com.

Drive a hybrid in Orlando for as low as $49 per day

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

ez-rent-a-carNo that everybody is heading for the warmer regions of the world, most car renting deals have been customized for destinations such as Florida, Mexico, or Central American countries. E-Z rental cars are not only available at special rates, but they also follow the latest trends.

For those families that decided to spend their winter vacation in (or around) Orlando, Florida, E-Z Car Rentals offers an interesting deal: the new Honda Insight Hybrid is available for renting starting from $49 per day .The price might seem too expensive for an economy car, but you can actually save a lot of money at the pump – the average gas mileage of the hybrid is around 44 mpg. The hybrid Honda has been added to the E-Z Orlando location in June and the company have posted some informative videos and articles about a hybrid’s advantages and fuel efficiency on their blog. So, if renting a car around Orlando is what you need and being eco-friendly is what you intend to do, check out the available rates in the reservation section of the site.

All-inclusive Mexican Hotels from $278

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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Orbitz.com comes with the hottest weekly hotel deals, directly from the warm Mexican beaches.  Barcelo Hotels and Resorts has special discounts for those customers who make a reservation through Orbitz. If you’re planning a beach vacation this winter, take a look at what Barcelo has to offer.

The number one deal comes from Barcelo La Jolla De Mismaloya, a four-star complex situated in Puerto Vallarta. Here, the average nightly rate is only $274 pp, on an all inclusive basis. If you book a hotel and a flight form LAX, you can end up paying only $608 for a three night staying. A similar offer is also valid for some Cancun hotels, as well as for other Mexican beach resorts like Huatulco and Ixtapa. At Barcelo Tucancun Beach in Cancun, an all inclusive 6 night staying plus a round trip flight from Los Angles can cost around $807 per person. For terms and conditions and other interesting hotel offers, check out the Bracelo Special Weekly Offer on the Orbitz site.

Winter Cruise Deals Starting at $329

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Winter holidays bring out the best in us but they are also terribly exhausting. Most times, the first days January find us optimistic and tired. Superstitious folks believe that the rhythm of these first days will continue throughout the year and affect everything we do. So why not starting the year with a well deserved vacation? Cruise deals.com comes with some interesting offers for the winter season. Norwegian Cruise Line has special rate for those embarking in an Adventurous Western Caribbean Cruise in January: only $329 pp in an interior cabin. Ad %100 and you’ll get to see the ocean from your window. Another option for January is to hop on the recently updated Celebrity Cruises ship, Celebrity Solstice: pay $849 for an ocean view cabin and you’ll get a balcony (offer valid for the 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise departing January 17th or 24th).

And one last thing: if you haven’t yet  made plans for Christmas or the New Year’s Eve,  you can find some amazing December cruise deals advertised on the Cruise Deals site. A warm Christmas aboard a Norwegian Sky ship can cost you only $349 (it includes an interior cabin and a three night trip to the Bahamas).

Up to 60% Savings with Budget Car Rentals in December

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

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Budget Car Rentals offers some pretty good last minute car rental deals! If you decide to take one of their last minute deals, you will be able to save up to 60% of the standard price. These weekly specials are valid till the 13th of December and include locations like Chicago, St. Louis or Milwaukee.  Florida’s main cities are also on the list: Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Daytona Beach. There are, however, some rules: cars must be returned to the renting location, the rental period is restricted for 5 to 14 days and the discounts only apply to reservations made on line.

Supposing you will be in these specific locations within the new weeks, you could make some real savings. Just for example, if you rent an economy car in Fort Lauderdale, FL, before December 13, you will only pay half of the sum you were supposed to (that’s a special rate of $138.99 out of a standard rate of $276.99 – total savings: $138.00). Since prices vary a lot according to the location and the type of car you need, the best thing is to check it yourself on Budget.com.

All-inclusive Vacation Packages from the Priceline Negotiator

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Priceline_Negotiator3The Priceline Negotiator comes with some interesting all-inclusive vacation deals this week. Destinations include the Caribbean beaches in Mexico and some Central American republics. But rates are quite incredible: with $779 you get a round-trip flight from Charlotte to the Dominican Republic, 7 night accommodation in a 3-star hotel and all you can eat and drink. For a shorter vacation, you can pay as little as $493 (the rate is valid for a 3 night staying at Oasis Cancun Hotel in Cancun, Mexico, with the departure from Philadelphia).

My personal favorite was the $574 worth of peace, relaxation and quality entertainment on the private beaches of Playa de Bravo Hotel in Melia Caribe Tropical. Encompassing 40 kilometers of beaches, golf courses, pools and plan trees, Melia Caribe Tropical is the newest resort in Punta Cana. The offer includes a flight from Washington and back and 5 nights in a modern, 4-star hotel (not to mention all the free food and drinks). For a bargain to your liking, check out the all-inclusive travel package section on priceline.com (rates might change from one day to another).



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