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Archive for March, 2010

Last day to purchase a discounted business class ticket to Europe

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

continental-finalPlanning a business trip to Europe this summer? Well, today is your lucky day – if you already know your itinerary, you still have time to go on line at continental.com and purchase a discounted ticket towards a participating European destination. The offer includes round trip flights to more than 20 European cities, including London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Madrid.

Prices are valid for a BusinessFirst ticket and start at only $1498. Most flights depart from Newark Airport, NY and, provided you manage to book your ticket by the end of the day, you could choose to travel somewhere between the end of June and the beginning of September. Just to give you an example of possible rates: the price of a round trip flight from New York to Brussels starts at $1718, a trip between Cleveland and London might cost you around $1998, whilst to Manchester or Birmingham you can fly with only $1698. Hurry up!

Rent a car in Arizona from $17 per day

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Avis_Rent_a_Car2In case you’ll be traveling to southwestern USA within the 2 months or so, chances are very high for you to be directed through Phoenix airport (the biggest air hub in the area). This should be the case, it could be a great idea to just rent a car and head directly towards your destination, rather than taking another flight. Avis Rent-a-Car comes with a great offer for any of those looking for a one-way rental in Arizona.
As part if their Arizona one-way specials, you could get a car for as little as $16 per day and drive your way through the dessert. Your final destination can be each one of the participating locations from Arizona, Nevada or California. Between March 26 and April 30, you can benefit from all these incredibly cheap fares: $17 per day for a compact car, $22 for an SUV. However, these prices can increase dramatically once the peak season starts: during June, the price of a subcompact car rises up to $87.95. For more details on this particular deal or Avis coupons and discounts, visit the company’s site at avis.com.

Amazing South Pacific cruises from $759

Monday, March 29th, 2010

cruise_linesCruising is the kind of activity that will never let you idle once you got a taste of it. Every year, you will try to embark for a new voyage, that is longer and more adventurous. After trying some popular destinations as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, maybe it’s time to go on with something more exotic, like, let’s say, New Zealand or Australia.

Although you won’t find the same unbelievably cheap  rates in this part of the Pacific, the sight of New Zealand’s picturesque coastline or the opportunity to dive into the shallow waters of the Great Barrier Reef are worth of every penny. The price of a 7-night cruise alongside Australia’s and New Zealand’s coasts aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas starts at only $759. You could also choose the 12-night South Pacific cruise departing from Sydney, with starting prices of $1245 per person (for an inside cabin).  For more details, take a look at cruisecheap.com’s hot deals.

Europe Flights From $269 One Way

Friday, March 26th, 2010

delta-airfare-dealLeaving behind the jammed streets of NYC for a thrilling European break might the perfect cure against spring melancholia. However, a trip to Europe may also require a little more planning that a weekend excursion to Boston or Philadelphia. And the most time consuming activity is probably the painful process of searching for a fairly priced ticket. But if you benefit from Delta Airlines New York specials, you can easily get away with less than 600 $ a round trip flight.
These special fares are valid for flights between NYC’s JFK Airport and 7 European cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, London, Madrid and Niece. Whether you’re planning to study the architecture of Barcelona or go clubbing in Berlin, the most important thing to remember is that flights must be purchased till May 29, 2010 and that the travel period ends somewhere around June, varying for each location. The cheapest destination is Barcelona, for which the price of as one way flight starts at only $269 (based on a round-trip purchase).

Inexpensive Beach Vacations with Dreams Hotels

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

orbitz-logoThe fashion industry and hospitality business can be quite similar sometimes: just as a season’s trends are set several months before, so do the smart travelers plan their trips in advance. Advance planning is one of the best methods to save some money: in many cases, you don’t even have to pay all the price in advance -10 or 20% should definitely do it.
Dreams Hotels and Resorts has prepared a very special deal for anyone looking for an exotic Caribbean beach escape in the month of September.  Most Dreams hotels offer 4 or 5 star facilities and are also equipped with private beaches, emerald pools and, most important, state-of the art spa centers. If you are looking for peace and relaxation, just go on line at orbitz.com and check their vacation package that have Cancun, Punta Cana or Riviera Maya as final destinations. Just as an example, the price of a 3 night stay at Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa can cost around $591 per person (round trip light from Chicago included). For more information, just take a look at this Dreams Resorts and Spa special.

Discover Europe with Mariott 3 for 2

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

hotelscomNow that the weather is finally warming up a little, Mariott Europe has decided to reward its early spring guests with a free extra night. The offer is valid through May 2, 2010 at the following Mariott franchises: Marriott, JW Mariott, Ranaisasance and Courtryard. However, if you want to take advantage of the offer, the most important thing to do, no matter what the location, is to book your hotel room with your Visa card.
The deals sound pretty good, especially when considering that all the above mentioned brands offer 4-star and up accommodation and the price of one room per night starts at only 81 euros. This way, you could spend a magnificent weekend at Renaissance Bercelona Airport hotel, an pay as little as 93 euros per night.  As for the 5-star Marriott Copehgagen hotel and its world-class spa, the starting price of one room is around 110 euros. If you want to see the full list of participating locations or find more details about the offer, all you have to do is take a look at hotels.com’s Mariott deal!

Mediterranean cruises from $499

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

When it comes to European cruises, we’re speaking of a whole new way of looking at the cruise industry. Whether we’re talking about a Mediterranean cruise, a Nile cruise or a cruise-shipDanube cruise, a European cruise is usually longer, more culturally significant and, of course, much more expensive than the typical Caribbean cruise. The $1000 and up fares usually act as psychological barriers: if you’re willing to pay all this money for a one week cruise, it means that you’re looking for much more than sunbathing on a crowded deck.
Around the lovely Mediterranean Sea one can encounter the most picturesque cities (Nice, Venice, Barcelona), explore the remains of Europe’s greatest civilizations and, why not, get more of those irresistible Mediterranean dishes. The good news is that, if time doesn’t represent a priority for you, it is quite possible to find a Mediterranean cruise that is under $1000. A good example would be the Norwegian Cruise Lines journey through the Western Mediterranean, departing the port of Barcelona in November 2010, which is now available from $499. Or you could try the same line’s sail through Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean (inside cabin starting at $649). Form similar offers, check out cruisecritic.com‘s deals section.

Drive yourself out of Manhattan with only $14.99

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

hertz_logoWhen you find yourself in a big city like New York and you have a plane to catch, the safest thing to do is to reserve half of the day for getting transferred to the airport, checking in, going through security and all those boring steps that are part of the flying routine. Although in such a big city there are usually lots of ways to get to the airport, other variables like traffic, a considerable distance between the city center and the airport or an overbooked flight can make your journey become a living nightmare. Of course, you can always take the cab, but even in this case there is the risk to be overcharged.
For budget travelers or anyone who travels in a small group, a very smart solution would be to rent a car through Hartz Rent-a-Car’s “Drive-ur-self  to the Airport” deal. This way, you can drive yourself from Manhattan to one of NYC’s three airports, travel at your own pace and, of course, get to save some money. Thus, the price of a subcompact Sedan starts at only $14.99 (this flat rate is valid for a one way drive to La Guardia airport, for a maximum rental period of 2.5 hr); adding some extra 13$ will take you to JFK.

NYC hotels from $99

Friday, March 19th, 2010

hotwire-travel-logo-designThis week, hotwire.com is trying to give the ‘best of its best’ in terms of hotels deals. If you are planning a New York trip within the next few weeks, then you definitely have to check out Hotwire’s New York Hotel deals: the price of a luxury hotel room in the Big Apple can go as low as $99 per night. If there is one city in the US that is really worth going all the way up to four-star accommodation and booking an expensive hotel, that can only be New York City (a fancy hotel room is part of the whole NYC experience).
You might expect for a hotel in Soho, Times Square or the Central Park area to be outrageously expensive, but thanks to Hotwire’s deals, you could book a room at Empire State Building for only $117.  All across Manhattan, the price of a hotel room per night varies between $109 and $150, depending on the hotel’s location (hotel names include such brands as Hilton, Crowne Plaza or Millennium). The best of New York is just within a click’s reach!

Ireland Spring Escapes

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

travelzooTravelzoo’s favorite destination for this week is, of course, Ireland. Although St. Patrick’s day and the colorful parade taking place on the streets of Dublin  happen only once a year, there are still plenty of reasons to visit Ireland. And spring, with its bright nuances of green and positive vibrations, is just the right time to explore Ireland’s steep shores, old castles and beautiful cities.
This is why Travelzoo editors have come up with some really convenient deals for those willing to visit this fascinating country. A very good offer comes from Mont Clare Hotel in Dublin – a land-only vacation package includes 4-night accommodation, complimentary breakfast, airport transfer and a guided tour through the city  – all for $278 (no air fare included, though). You could also choose the luxury vacation pack starting from $799, which comes with a week’s worth of five-star accommodation, free rental car and round trip flight from USA included. If looking for discounted airfares and hotel deals, just visit Travelzoo’s ‘destination of the week’ section.



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