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Great cruises under 250$

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

cruise-shipFor this much awaited spring, the editors at lastminutecruises.com have selected a number of great cruises that you can enjoy for less than 250$. Booking a spring cruise through this site can help you make some serious savings (up to 61% of the brochure price).
One of the best deals comes from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, whose 3-nights journey to Bahamas can cost you as little as 169$ (providing you choose to book an interior cabin between mid September and mid October). If you have an interest in other  regions of the Caribbean, like, let’s say, Baha Mexico, you could choose to sail with the Carnival Paradise, whose inside cabins are available from $199.  For an extended weekend, a great choice would be the Western Caribbean cruise departing from Miami, whose prices start around $179. All the above mentioned fares are valid for the case in which you want an interior cabin – however, upgrades to an ocean view cabin are somewhere around 50$.

Last minute rentals from Alamo

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

alamo-logoIf your weekend plans have suffered a sudden twist and you find yourself in the position of renting a car, the last thing to do would be to start worrying about your budget. In many cases, it is much easier if you just take a last minute offer: you will save both money and time.
For example, Alamo Rent-a-Car features some pretty decent last minute deals on its site. In selected locations such as Cleveland, Boston, Billings or Portland, the price of a compact car on a weekend day can start at only 17.95$. If saving some extra bucks is your major concern, then the best you could do is choose a compact during a weekend day (the above mentioned rate is valid for airport locations in cities like Baltimore, Detroit or Omaha). Weekday rates are a little bit higher (somewhere between 30$ and 40$), however you can choose to rent the car for the whole week and pay a total of $140.  For updates on this offer, don’t hesitate to check out Alamo’s last minute deals section.

Spend the spring in Europe with United Airlines

Monday, March 15th, 2010

airline-logo-template-UnitedSt. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, the Orange Festival in Amsterdam, the Holy Week in Spain or Budapest Spring Festival are only few of the events waiting for you this spring. Spending a few days in Europe might help you leave your worries behind and see how other nations are welcoming this wonderful season. And in case you worry about the costs of such an escape, then we’re happy to let you know that United Airlines is offering some really decent airfares as part of its European Spring Sale.
Thus, booking your ticket on line at united.com through March 24, 2010, will help you save a considerable amount of money, given the situation in which you have in mind destinations like Amsterdam, Geneva or Moscow. The price of a one-way ticket from Washington Dulles to Moscow starts at an incredible $381 (price is based on a round-trip purchase), while getting from Washington to Amsterdam can be as inexpensive as $311. To find out more details about this offer, just look for United’s Special Deals Europe.

California hotels from $37 per person

Friday, March 12th, 2010

expedia_logoA trip to sunny California can be a great way to inaugurate the 2010 traveling season. Visiting California’s big cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento) is always a good occasion to get updated on the latest trends, Hollywood gossips and all the great events happening all year round in these insomniac cities.
For the next two weeks, Expedia has selected some really convenient hotel deals for you. Between the 12th and 26th of March, a room at the fancy Raddison Hotel in San Francisco, which strategically located near Fisherman’s Wharf, can cost you as little as $109 per night. Budget travelers might as well try the Mark Twain Hotel in SF, whose spring rates are starting at $89. Several hundred miles south, in the buzzing Los Angeles, the price of a room at Good Nite Inn Sylmar starts at only $38 per night. Down in San Diego, you’ll find the Good Nite Inn Sea World, with nightly rates starting from $37 per person. If you have an interest in some other American city, check out these amazing hotel deals at expedia.com.

Spend the weekend Vegas from $348 per person

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

cheapticketsWhen it comes to having fun, Las Vegas is among the first destinations that would cross someone’s mind. And the best thing about Vegas (well, the second best thing, if we take into consideration that inimitable, mesmerizing atmosphere) is the fact that every day is a good day for Vegas (or should I say night)?
But before you start studying the effect of multicolored lights over people’s fortune, let’s see how we can save a few dollars out a Las Vegas trip. At cheaptickets.com you’ll find quite a number of Vegas deals available, whose prices, starting form $348 per person, include several nights in a top rated Vegas hotel plus a round trip flight (in this particular case, we’re talking about 3 nights at the famous Stratosphere Casino & Hotel and a flight out of Chicago). Another great offer comes from Treasure Island, where, for the modest amount of $402, you can get all the above mentioned services, plus buffet coupons and show tickets. Find out more on the site’s Las Vegas Packages section.

Short’n’sweet cruises from Priceline

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Priceline_Negotiator3Just as spring time is the time of rebirth and renewal, maybe a rejuvenating vacation might be just what you need right now.  Instead of spending the whole weekend watching TV or dining out at the same old restaurant, you could just book a weekend cruise and head for some mysterious island in the Caribbean. With Priceline’s weekend getaway deals, you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of a cruise for as little as $159. This incredible rate is valid for the 3-night Bahamas cruise aboard Carnival Imagination (and booking this weekend-short cruise departing from Miami through Priceline.com will help you save up to 77% of the initial price).
Another great offer comes from Norwegian Cruise Lines, where, for the same route, this time aboard Norwegian Sky, you will pay around $169 for an inside cabin, and have the possibility to get some cool bonuses like free upgrades, 30% discounts on spa treatments as well as up to  $150 on-board credit per suite. To see what other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean or Celebrity are ready to offer, just check out all the short’n’sweet offers on priceline.com.

Cherry Blossom Festival flights from $100

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

cherryblossomThere is less than one month left till the beginning of the 75th edition of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which will take place between March 27 and April 11 in Washington DC. The festival represents a good occasion to visit the capital, celebrate the arrival of spring and enjoy everything cherry. For the 2010 edition, the organizers have prepared the traditional parade, fireworks show and fund raising party, plus a series of exclusive concerts, theater representations and exhibitions.
This spring, United Airlines comes with a special offer for all those travelers planning to spend a few days in the company of millions and millions of scented cherry blossoms. Thus, the cost of a one way flight departing or arriving in Washington Dulles Airport through June 9, 2010 starts at only $100. This special rate applies for flights between the US capital and 20 other American cities, including Kansas City, Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville or New Orleans.  To check out the offer’s terms&conditions and see the full list of participating locations,  just look for the Washington DC special deals.

Dollar Rent-a-Car Canada Specials

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Dollar_logo2There is no need to wait for the spring meltdown in order to visit your Canadian friends. Just take advantage of the Dollar Rent-a-Car Canada Specials and you’ll be able to surprise them with an early spring visit sooner than you think. The car renting company has decided to shrink down prices for mini-van rentals at a number of participating locations all over Canada.
Just pick up your car through March 16 and you can benefit from the special rate starting at $39 per day. In case you’ll be needing the car for more than 5 days, you will be able to qualify for the weekly rate, which starts at an incredible 199$/week.  If you feel more comfortable driving a mid-size car, than you should consider Dollar’s weekly rates for this category, which is available for only $139 per week till April 30. (Offer is also valid for Ottawa, where weekly rates start at 142$). For more info concerning on-going Dollar deals and discount coupons, visit their site at dollar.com.

Carnival cruises from $70 per day

Friday, March 5th, 2010

carnival-cruisesIf you ever made some research on cruising, them you’ve probably figured it out by now that there are two ways in which you can mix the pleasure of cruising with the advantages of budget traveling. One way would be to plan your vacation several months ahead and take advantage of the “book early” discounts. In this is the case, you might want to check Carnival Cruise Lines’ Early Saver program. Purchasing your tickets in advance might help you book a 3-day cruise for the unbelievable price of $169 (which gives you an average price of only $70 per day).
The other way to do it would be to just “pack’n’go”: wait till the last days before departure and hope for a price drop – which, in many cases, is very likely to happen. For example, the price of a last-minute journey aboard Carnival Valor starts at an amazing $409 (rate valid for a seven day cruise in the Western Caribbean, departing from Miami on the 2nd of May). Bon voyage!

Fly Southwest from $178

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

continental-finalJust because spring, as wonderful as we know it, can sometimes be a little whimsical and taking us by surprise with a blizzard or some really cold nights, a trip to the warmer lands of the Southwest United States can bring the much awaited summer a little bit closer. In case you are planning to visit the mesmerizing Las Vegas or the stunning Grand Canyon, it is worth taking a look at these Continental Airlines Southwest specials.
Many of their connection flights with southwestern cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas are now available for special rates. Thus, the price of a round trip flight between a number of selected locations is somewhere between $178 and $308. The cheapest routes include Philadelphia – Las Vegas, Columbus – Las Vegas and Boston – Phoenix, all having starting prices that are under 200$.  Being able to cross the  country forth and back and pay only 250$ for the whole deal is something you should consider, especially when Continental Airlines have stated on their site that, for the above mentioned offer, advance purchasing might be required, but is not mandatory.



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