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Great hotels in Rome: Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

colosseum_180Rome is a beautiful city with many beautiful hotels, but when you are planning a trip, you can’t afford to overlook any details, be they related to price or the type of accommodation you are looking for. Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna is a beautiful historical building, with all the necessary modern amenities, where you can now stay for only 110$ a night (which means that you can save 35$). It is located very close the the historical centre of Rome, and there are good transport connections to the major sightseeing spots of the city, either by public transport or by rented car. There are no swimming pools or fitness rooms in the hotel, but it’s Rome, after all, it’s not a city where you go to stay in your room and waste time at the hotel’s swimming pool or bar. There’s a courtesy breakfast though, and pets are allowed, so you can take Fluffy with you on your Roman holiday if you want. All in all, if you are a traveler who is more interested in the city than the hotel where you’re staying, but you still want to have your comfort, Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna will be perfect for you.

Beach Cities on Sale: Roundtrips from $160

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

arubaIf you’ve already gotten bored of the autumn weather, American Airlines will help you move to warmer climates for a little while. The best beaches in the Caribbean are only a click away if you decide to take advantage from this amazing deal. You can book a roundtrip to an exotic tropical island for prices starting at $160, with departures at Boston, Charleston, Jacksonville, Key West, San Antonio, Washington and many other cities, to amazing places such as Montego Bay, Antigua, Curacao, Aruba and other beach destinations. If you book your ticket beore September 16, you are one step away from lounging on the beach, swimming in the crystal water, exploring the rainforest or scuba diving through the vibrant coral reefs. You have to purchase your ticket at least 7 days in advance, and your departure date cannot be later than November 17. The lowest fares are applicable for travel from Monday through Thursday, and your holiday must last for at least 2 days. The prices don’t include the additional taxes, but either way, this deal is much too enticing to miss.

Holiday Inn Pte Claire-Airport in Montreal for $399

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

montrealMontreal is a beautiful and diverse city, and one of Canada’s major cultural centres. So if you are thinking about an autumn getaway somewhere, Montreal is a good place for a quick holiday. If you can get four days off work, here’s a tempting package deal that will allow you to spend a few days in Montreal for record prices, starting from $388 per package. We recommend that you stay at Holiday Inn Pte Claire-Airport, cozily nestled in the middle of Montreal’s business district. Downtown Montreal is only 20 minutes by car, a perfect distance if you want to avoid the crowded city center, but still don’t want to be too far from it. The hotel is large and comfortable – not a luxury hotel, but perfect if you want to spend most of your time sightseeing and not in your room. Should you choose to spend a day or two relaxing at the hotel, or if you are on a business trip and you don’t have time to go downtown, there’s a fitness centre, swimming pool, golf course and tennis courts at the hotel and many other amenities that will offer you plenty of things to do. As far as dining options go, Holiday Inn is not bad off. There are two restaurants: Cafe du Moulin, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and all day dining, and Le Bavard, where you can have lunch and dinner, and relax at the bar afterwards.

Cruise Alaska for only $499

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

alaskaYou might think that it’s bit early to book cruises for next year, but when an opportunity like this comes up, you should definitely start planning for a spring cruise. For only $499, you can book a cruise to Alaska with the departure at Los Angeles, California, or the month of May. Don’t be alarmed that the temperature might be a bit on the low side, that’s not true at all…the weather in May in Alaska can be surprisingly summery! What you should expect from a cruise in Alaska is to see plenty of wildlife (or example bears and bald eagles from the Mount Roberts Tramway, outside of Skagway), and also the learn a lot of interesting things about Native American culture. You’ll also get to see some amazing landscapes: soaring peaks, glaciers, and the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska. You’ll be able to make several delightful stops on the way, for example at Timberline Bar and Grill on Juneau’s Mount Roberts , where you can sample an Alaskan Brewing Company ale. You can book a cruise ticket and already start traveling in September, but don’t forget to check the cruise calendar and fish for deals, some cruises are cheaper depending on their date (for example $499 from Los Angeles, in May).

La Quinta Inn Sacramento Downtown for $39 per night

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Sacramento_from_RiverwalkIf you are planning to visit Sacramento anytime soon and you still haven’t decided on the best possible accommodation for yourself, here’s a useful tip. Don’t look any further than La Quinta Inn Sacramento! For only $39 you can book a night in downtown Sacramento, starting with November 14. La Quinta is located right at the heart of Sacramento’s business district, so it is perfect for business trips, but it’s a great choice even if you simply want to spend some leisure time in this beautiful city. There are several amenities that you can enjoy at this hotel, for example the fitness centre, pool, hot tub and whirlpool. What’s more, your business dealing will be made easier through the free local telephone calls offered by the Inn. All rooms are fully equipped with anything you might need: high-speed Internet access, telephones, dataports, cable TVs, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, voicemail, and AM/FM alarm clock radios. In addition to all of this, there’s a complimentary continental breakfast every morning. If you are interesting in sightseeing and local attractions, you can visit the nearby Crocker Museum, Old Sacramento, Waterworld, and Cal Expo. When it comes to dining, La Quita offers you several mouth-watering choices, like a Chinese restaurant, a grill house, a seafood restaurant and a cafe.

Round-Trip Flights under $200

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

UPDATE: the deals listed in the original post have been expired, yet we have some new, unbeatable offers – prices listed include all taxes and fees:

? Washington, DC (IAD) to New York, NY (LGA) from $110 on United Airlines
New Orleans, LA (MSY) to Houston, TX (IAH) from $118 on United Airlines
? Denver, CO (DEN) to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) from $123 with Frontier Airlines
? Denver, CO (DEN) to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) from $113 with Spirit 
? Washington DC, DC (DCA) to Milwaukee, WI (MKE) at $142 on Multiple Airlines
? Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR) to New York City, NY (LGA) from $148 on Spirit Airlines
? Washington DC, DC (DCA) to Orlando, FL (MCO) from $150 (Multiple Airlines)
? Indianapolis, IN (IND) to Atlanta, GA (ATL) from $154 on AirTran Airways
? Washington DC (DCA)/Rochester, NY (ROC) to Atlanta, GA (ATL) from $176 with AirTran
? Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Denver, CO (DEN) from $184 on Spirit Airlines

You should also take a look at our freshly picked domestic flights from the table below, just scroll down and browse the best US flight deals we could find: (more…)

Rev Up Your Savings with Cars from $18.95/Day

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

roadIf you ask me, autumn is the best time to travel if you want to save up, but still enjoy a relaxing vacation, especially if you are a fan of road trips. It’s not even necessary to go on a full-blown vacation, you can take a weekend break and still feel like you’re rested for a couple of weeks at least. There are lost of really great car-rental deals this months, especially if you are able to book your car before September 6. So plan a nice break before September 14, and you can take advantage of the great prices offered by National. National has branches in every major city in the US, so you won’t have a hard time finding one close to where you live. To give you an example. you can book a compact car in Atlanta for $18.95 a day, $144 per week and $19,95 per weekend day. Of course, if you want to organize a family trip or an outing with friends, you can also book a midsize or full-size car for a very low rate. You can find all the available locations here.

Vacation: Chicago Ohare to Reno

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

renoWhether you are going to Reno to test your luck in its many casinos (it’s the second biggest gaming destination in Nevada) or if you’re planning a trip filled with exciting outdoor activities, if you want to save money, you should take advantage of this great package deal. For a staring price of $375, you can have a roundtrip from Chicago Ohare Airport to Reno, and three nights in a comfy hotel of your choice. We recommend the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino, where you can stay for 4 days for only $401, thus saving 12%. This towering 17 floor hotel has over 800 guestrooms, and it is equipped with top facilities: a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and an on-site casino. Actually, this hotel has the largest swimming pool in downtown Reno, its casino is full-service for 24-hours a day, and the Penthouse Health Club is free to all hotel guests. In addition to all this, you also get complimentary airport transportation, and garage & surface parking if you choose to come by car. Climb to the 17th floor and relax in the hot tub while admiring the breath-taking view of the Sierra Nevadas. Those who are visiting Reno with outdoor activities in mind have a bike&ski shop available right at the hotel. The hotel doesn’t lack dining options: All You Can Eat NY Steak Buffet, Fuzio Universal Bistro and Steak, Arby’s, Cabana Cafe and The Original Mel’s Diner. Booking and more details here.

Last Minute Cruise Deals from $129

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

bahamasWork getting hectic now that everything’s back to normal after the heat of this summer, and you already find yourself missing a long, relaxing vacation? All you need to do is clear out your schedule, because Travelocity does the all the other arrangements for you. Forgetting all about work and day to day life for a week, while sunbathing on the deck of a gorgeous cruiser sounds tempting, right? Well, with these last minute deals you can take your pick of some amazing cruises that will work wonders for your tired self. It can’t possibly get cheaper than this, so this is the perfect time to start planning a cruise. For example, you can choose a 4 nights Bahamas cruise for as little as $150, or a 4 night European Cruise for a paltry $200! Departure ports include Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale or Miami on the East Coast, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco for the West Coast, and Galveston, New Orleans and Tampa for the Gulf Coast (check out the full list here). You can pick a Bahamas, Hawaii or Carribean cruise if you don’t want to stray to far away from home, but there are some more remote cruises as well for those with a taste for adventure: the icy coasts of Alaska, or the distant shores of Europe. You still have time to book a cruise departing within the following 60 days, so don’t waste this chance to experience an incredible, relaxing vacation at sea.

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