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Domestic Car Rental Deals, Fresh from Thrifty

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

thriftyWhether you are taking a vacation, go to visit your relatives or take a business trip, renting a car is always a comfortable way to get around. Renting a car not only eliminates the stress of having to carry your baggage all around, but it can also chase away all your worries that your old car will let you down in the middle of nowhere. Before heading for your next trip, it is worth taking a look at some car-renting sites and check out what each of them has to offer.

Some of the most advantageous car renting deals are currently available at thrifty.com. For the upcoming months, Thrifty is offering various deals, customized for each location and car type. Mid-size cars can be booked through February 13th 2010 in locations like Orlando, Fl and Ohio for a daily rate of $31.99. If you prefer a mini-van or SUV and you happen to be in selected locations such as Orlando, Texas or Oklahoma, you’ll pay around $49.77 per day (rates differ for mini-vans and SUV’s). There are also some interesting international rates, which you can check up on the same Thrifty Deals page.

Special Weekend Airfares with Continental Airlines

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

continental-finalNo idea what to do the next weekend? What about a trip to New York? Or Panama City? Or Toronto? There are dozens of such destinations in Continental Airlines’ list of last-minute offers. If you go online at continental.com and book a round-trip flight by January the 15th, you get the chance to take advantage of their special weekend prices. Thus, for number of selected locations, the price of a round-trip flight ranges between $119 and $218.

For many of the Continental flights departing from New York, NY or Huston, TX on Saturday, January 16 and returning the next Monday (or Tuesday), you get to pay around $119. Continental also gives you the chance to transform this airfare deal into a travel pack, by adding some discounted hotel and car rental fares (for example, booking the $139 flight from Cleveland, OH, to Manchester, NH, will get you a hotel room for only $45 per night and a rental car for some additional $15 per day). For more information, don’t hesitate to visit Continental Airlines Specials page.

Luxury hotels starting at $39 per night

Monday, January 11th, 2010

hotwire-travel-logo-designIf you’re back on tacks hunting for travel deal this week, maybe it would be a good idea to check the discounted hotel rates available on HotWire.com. The hotel deal of the day comes from Sparks Hotel in Nevada, where you can enjoy a four-star accommodation for as low as $39 per night (the offer is valid on a five night stay basis, starting with January 13th or January 24th). In Portland, Oregon, you can even be upgraded to a 5-star level and end up paying a modest amount of $79 per night. The offer is valid for numerous luxury hotels all across the nation, and most nightly rates are situated between $50 and $100 (for example, 4-star hotel room in Cleveland would cost you around $54, while a 41/2-star hotel in New Orleans can give you a similar deal for $63).

Since the site’s deal section is constantly updates, it is highly recommended that you checked out their hotel offers yourself.

Up to 65% Savings when booking a travel package with Travelocity

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

travelocityIf you really want to start the New Year with a boost of energy, maybe you should consider taking a vacation. You don’t necessarily have to jeopardize your job by asking for a vacation in the first month of the year; an extended weekend in some classy hotel could be enough to restore your strength. A short glance over Travelocity’s vacation deals will show you that prices hadn’t gone up since last year and a decently priced vacation pack is only within a click’s reach.

As part of their “Cure the cabin fever campaign”, Travelocity are offering discounted vacation packages that allow you to save up to 50% of the initial price. Thus, you can stay at Nickelodeon Family Suites in Orlando for only $79 per night. In their Travel Deals section, Travelocity are offering a total of 4435 deals, most of which are in the United States, but also in exotic locations as the Caribbean, Australia or South America. Going for a weekend ski trip is another smart option: spending a night in the 4-star Aspen Meadows hotel can cost you only $149 per night.

Up to 20% savings when renting a car in Europe with Alamo

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

alamo-logoTraveling to Europe this winter is not such a bad idea: you’ll find everything cheaper and less crowded than during peak season. Getting the chance of visiting Europe’s top attractions at such convenient rates can even make you totally ignore the chill weather and enjoy yourself. Just in case you decide to go for the deal, it’s worth taking a look at Alamo Rent-a-Car Europe Specials.

When renting an Alamo car in France or Spain for more than 3 days, you’ll be able to save up to 20% of the normal fee.  As for UK, Italy or Switzerland, a 15% discount applies for on-airport locations in most of their major cities. Another option would be to book a car for more than a week by the 1st of March, 2010, and pay for only 5 days out of 7.  If you check out the ‘hot deals’ page on Alamo.com, you’ll even find some cool upgrades and bonuses, like a free driver or inclusive rates.

Delta Airlines specials starting at $51

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

delta-airfare-dealDelta Airlines has decided to extend the New Year Special offers until the 7th of January. Booking a Delta flight before this date can help you make some serious savings, especially now that winter holidays have emptied out pockets. If you’re planning to fly within the US before March 11, don’t hesitate to take a look at these offers. You could get off really cheap and end up paying only $51 for a round-trip flight from Denver, CO to Salt Lake City, UT. Other discounted routes include NYC-Chicago ($71), Los Angeles-Salt Lake City ($93) and Atlanta-Denver ($156).

If you are aiming a bit higher (of further) and are willing to do some serious traveling, Delta has prepared some Europe deals as well (all the mentioned airfare deals are listed on Delta’s Deals&Offers page). Thus, for a flight departing New York and landing in some big European capitals like London, Berlin or Madrid, you’ll pay between $229 and $349 round-trip. This offer is valid till January 11, 2010 and applies to 10 European destinations.

Fresh Cruise Deals from Travelzoo

Monday, January 4th, 2010

cruise_lines2009 is over, holidays are over and we are back in business with lots of energy and a new set of expectations.  However, this doesn’t mean that we cannot take another vacation during, let’s say, Valentine weekend or early spring. A glance at Travelzoo’s Top 20 Travel Deals of the week is enough to let us know that affordable traveling is still on in 2010.

We especially liked their selected cruise deals: booking a 7-night cruise in the Caribbean with Cruise-N-More can cost as little as $419 (and you also get $50 onboard credit).  On the other hand, Celebration Cruise Lines is offering an oceanview cabin for only $92, in case you decide to embark their 2-nigh Bahamas journey. If you check out the Travelzoo site, you will also find some pretty decent airfare and hotel deals, including some 45$ international flights offered by United Airlines for a number of specific locations across the US.



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