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Archive for January, 2012

Canada vacations – from Montreal to Vancouver from $662

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Rideau Canal in Ottawa, CanadaRideau Canal ©Vince Alongi/Flickr

Canada, in my humble opinion is on the top 5 list of the most beautiful counties in the whole world, I just love it. That’s why I picked these Canada vacation package deals by Expedia to share with you today. If you ever get tired of the busy life and crowds of LA and want some nature and tranquility, you can travel to various destinations at our Northern neighbors and spend there 4 nights from only $662 per person – taxes included.

You can travel in the first half of April, the deals we have found are mostly for travel between April 5 and 9. Several great places are available from Vancouver to the Niagara Falls, we have picked some of the best offers and included in the below table; apart from the destination, you can also choose the price range you can afford and the hotel you like. (more…)

Bulgaria airfares – fly to Sofia from $704 with Iberia Airlines

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Ivan Vazov National Theater, Sofia

Sofia National Theater ©korom/Flickr

If you want something special for this year’s holiday, go to Eastern Europe, it is cheap, very  nice and becoming more and more popular as a travel destination. Bulgaria is an exceptionally gorgeous country with very friendly people and an amazing culture. With these cheap Sofia airfares we have found on ASAPtickets, you can fly to the Bulgarian capital from $704 round-trip.

Travel from now to January 2013, you just have to book by February 15, 2012 and get individually negotiated prices that are – as ASAPtickets claims – unbeatable on the market. Travel with airlines such as Iberia, LOT, Air Canada and other well known airlines. (more…)

Discount hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean under $100 per night

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Caribbean beach

Caribbean beach ©tiarescott/Flickr

Are you also tired of the long winter and can’t wait to get a few days off? We have found you something amazing. With these Mexico and Caribbean hotel deals by Expedia you can go on an exotic vacation from the books and get great accommodation from $47 per night per room.

Travel between February 16 – 20 and save up to 50% on your hotel in Mexico or the Caribbean in wonderful places such as Jamaica, Cancun, Riviera Maya and tens of others. We’ve collected you a bucket of these hotels, check them out in the below table together with their total prices with no additional taxes or fees.  (more…)

Top health and fitness breaks for 2012

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Beach view on Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife ©Leo-setä/Flickr

For fitness fans, the idea of a lazy beach holiday can be pretty disconcerting, especially if you’re used to regular workouts and are keen to not let your fitness levels drop while you’re away. But instead of resigning yourself to a week of enforced relaxation, why not try an activity holiday?

These breaks allow you to get away from it all, while still indulging in your favourite sports, and best of all you’ll probably end up meeting loads of new people too. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top health and fitness breaks for 2012, so get ready for the most energetic holiday of your life. (more…)

Villas in Spain: see the best of Fuerteventura

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Fuerteventura beach

Fuerteventura ©michaeltk/Flickr

When it comes to a successful holiday, the failsafe winning formula, more often than not, contains sun, sea and sand. If these are the key ingredients for your dream holiday, than there are several destinations that comfortably meet your criteria, while saving a pretty penny or two.

One such place is the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. A particularly bright jewel in the Canary Island‘s crown, this vibrant area has activities and attractions to suit people of all tastes and persuasions.

Top of the list of enticements are the beaches. Golden and black volcanic sands stretch for miles around this beautiful island, creating a picturesque environment to equal anywhere in the world. (more…)

JetBlue discounts – cheap flights from $83

Monday, January 16th, 2012

attentionUPDATE: The original post was published in 2012 January and the deals it contained were no more available. (the one for $83). Find below current Jetblue deals as on July 2012, valid for August-September-November, picked up manually by our editors:

• Las Vegas, NV (LAS) ↔ Burbank, CA (BUR) for $46.8 each way ($93.6 roundtrip)
• Long Beach, CA (LGB) ↔ Las Vegas, NV (LAS) for $46.8 each way ($93.6 roundtrip)
• Washington DC, DC (IAD) ↔ New York, NY (JFK) from $54.8 each way ($109.6 roundtrip)
• Sacramento, CA (SMF) ↔ Long Beach, CA (LGB) from $58.8 e/w ($117.6 rt)
• Boston, MA (BOS) ↔ Washington DC (IAD or DCA) for $59.8 e/w ($119.6 rt)
• New York (JFK)/Newark (EWR), NY ↔ Boston, MA (BOS) for $59.8 e/w ($119.6 rt)
• Buffalo, NY (BUF) ↔ Boston, MA (BOS) for $61.8 e/w ($123.6 rt)
• Long Beach, CA (LGB) ↔ San Francisco, CA (SFO) for $66.8 e/w ($133.6 rt)
• Boston, MA (BOS) ↔ Baltimore, MD (BWI) for $67.81 e/w ($135.61 rt)
• New York, NY (JFK) ↔ Syracuse, NY (SYR) for $69.8 e/w ($139.6 rt)
• Buffalo, NY (BUF) ↔ New York, NY (JFK) from $74.8 e/w ($149.6 rt)

Note that all prices listed above apply for Jetblue flights and include all taxes and fees – to check their availability run a search below. Remember, a common user searches minimum 4 providers to find the cheapest airfare prices.


JetBlue plane

JetBlue ©premii/Flickr

This winter you can fly extra cheap in the US as well as across the borders; Metafares editor found some very low rates on round-trip flights with JetBlue, provided by Cheapoair. Perfect for family visits as well as short – or longer – getaways to shake off the gloominess of  the cold season.

You will have to book your flight by January 29, but you can travel through March 28, 2012 so you have plenty of time to plan your trip. There is a good deal of departures and destinations available and we have listed below some of the best rates we have found for some popular routes.


Fly with JetBlue from under $200

Book before all seats sell out and try to travel on weekdays from Monday to Thursday, when rates are the lowest. Note that tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. And here is how you book:

Step 1.: Click a price and get to Metafares comparison search.

Step 2.: With travel details already filled, you just have to select some providers – don’t forget Cheapoair.

Step 3.: Hit search, pick the flight and follow the booking instructions.


DepartureDestinationDepart onReturn onTotal price*
 Burbank, CA Las Vegas, NV Feb. 7, 2012 Feb. 14, 2012 $83
 Boston, MA Washington, DC Jan. 25, 2012 Jan. 30, 2012 $125
 Long Beach, CA San Francisco, CA Feb. 1, 2012 Feb. 6, 2012 $125
 Long Beach, CA Salt Lake City, UT Feb. 13, 2012 Feb. 16, 2012 $189
 New York City, NY Charlotte, NC Mar. 6, 2012 Mar. 14, 2012 $205
 Orlando, FL Nassau, Bahamas Feb. 28, 2012 Mar. 8, 2012 $157


*All taxes and fees are included in ‘Total price’.

Domestic and international flights – deal summary

Price: from $83 round-trip

Book by: January 29, 2011

Travel Dates: now through March 28, 2012

Blackout Days: Friday to Sunday

Departure:  Burbank, Boston, Long Beach, Orlando and more

Destination: Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Nassau and more

Airlines: JetBlue

Class of service: Economy Class

Check deal at: Metafares comparison search

Provider: Cheapoair

Taxes and fees: included into the price shown at ‘Total price’

Florida vacations – air + hotel under $400 in Orlando

Monday, January 16th, 2012

UPDATE: The vacation packages listed in this entry below were applicable for Feb/Mar 2012 – yet the prices are the same (very good ones) now for October/November:

Caribe Cove Resort from 377 by Expedia

Caribe Cove Resort from $377 pp from Expedia


Norfolk, VA car rentals – daily under $30

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Cars for rent, different types

Rental cars ©

One of the most important business centers of Virginia, Norfolk is not primarily famous for its touristic landmarks, however, the well-intentioned visitor can find many interesting sights in this nice city from the amazing skyscrapers to the nice seashore and beaches.

With this car rental offer Metafares editor found at Hotwire you can hire a car from under $11 and choose from 8 car types from economy cars to minivans. Book now, these hot rates change quickly,  from one hour to the other. You get a car with unlimited mileage and minimum equipment of air bags, AM/FM stereo and air conditioning. (more…)

Stonebridge Inn in Aspen from $99 per night

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Room in Stonebridge Inn

Room in Stonebridge Inn

Surely, Aspen, CO does not need any introduction, it is the ultimate sky paradise of the USA. Metafares editor now found a great Aspen hotel deal on Bookit for you. But you have to hurry up, these rooms for hot rates are not only subject to sellout, but they also expire on January 13 –  Friday, at Midnight.

You can travel through May, 2012 and actually the end of May brings the best rates. So you get good prices for the high ski season and even better prices for the low season when there might not be snow, but the mountain landscapes are spectacular. We have found you some of the best rates available, check the table below with total prices. (more…)

Winter cruise sale from $45 per day from Carnival, Disney Cruises and more

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Cruise ship near Belfast

Cruise ship ©

January is usually the time for huge sales everywhere and Orbitz cruises are no exception, lucky thing we were there in time to be able to bring them to you. You can find a large amount of discounted cruises if you look right now, but hurry up, the best options are selling out very quick.

There are various travel dates available throughout 2012 and in the first half of 2013. You car travel with nearly 20 cruise lines and to many cruise destinations from the Caribbean through Hawaii through the Norwegian Fjords. Did you know cruise is the cheapest vacation, and yet it is superb, get one for yourself from Orbitz’s collection. (more…)

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