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Deal Alert: Buy A Package of 3 R/T Virgin America Tickets from Gilt City

4 Aug

Gilt City has a great promotion going on right now with Virgin America. If you’ve flown the airline before, then you already know it’s clean, has great snacks and great entertainment options. If they had more options for short or medium-haul flights from NYC, I’d scoop one of these bad boys up right away.

 

Starting today, if you visit Gilt City (www.GiltCity.com– note: membership required), you can purchase a bulk package of 3, 5 or 10 Virgin America flights.

 

 

Here are the options (*note: prices are for coach seats only):

Package of three roundtrip flights:

– 3 short-haul (ex: SFO to SEA): $427

– 3 medium-haul (ex: DFW to LAS): $964

– 3 long-haul (ex: JFK to LAX): $1,205

 

Package of five roundtrip flights:

– 5 short-haul: $673

– 5 medium-haul: $1,521

– 5 long-haul: $1,900

 

Package of 10 roundtrip flights:

– 10 short-haul: $1,270

– 10 medium-haul: $2,870

– 10 long-haul: $3,585

 

If you’re a business traveler or someone constantly on the go, definitely pounce on one of these packages– they are going FAST!

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Hotel Flash Sales Roundup!

7 May

I don’t know about you, but the weekend is when I do most of my vacation planning (or wanderlust researching). If you are currently scoping out various locations for inspiration, or looking for a good deal, check out the various flash sale websites that are around.

Here are some of my go-to flash sale websites:

  • Jetsetter
  • Vacationist
  • SniqueAway
  • Ideeli
  • RueLaLa
  • Living Social Escapes

There are tons of great sales out there this week but I’ve highlighted some of my favorites below. Check them out and be sure to join these websites. You never know, you might find a great price at an ultra-luxe hotel for your next trip!

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Flash Rates: from $365/nt

Travel Dates: May-December

Book by: Thursday, May 12

Book with: Jetsetter.com


Teton Village, WY: Snake River Lodge & Spa

Flash Rates: from $175/nt

Travel Dates: May-February, 2012

Book by: Wednesday, May 11

Book with: Jetsetter.com


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Anantara Qasr Al Sarab

Flash Rates: from $100/nt

Travel Dates: May-Feb 2012

Book by: Wednesday, May 11

Book with: Jetsetter.com


Charleston, SC: Harbourview Inn

Flash Rates: from $225/nt

Travel Dates: May-September

Book by: Thursday, May 12

Book with: SniqueAway.com

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

Costa Rica: Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

Flash Rates: from $125/nt

Travel Dates: May-December

Book by: Thursday, May 12

Book with: SniqueAway.com


Whistler, Canada: Nita Lake Lodge

Flash Rates: from $139/nt

Travel Dates: May-September

Book by: Thursday, May 12

Book with: SniqueAway.com


Soufriere, Saint Lucia: Anse Chastanet

Flash Rates: from $348/nt

Travel Dates: May-October

Book by: Wednesday, May 11

Book with: Vacationist.com

Palazzo Manfredi

Palazzo Manfredi

Rome, Italy: Palazzo Manfredi

Flash Rates: from $280/nt

Travel Dates: May-September

Book by: Wednesday, May 11

Book with: Vacationist.com


Santa Cruz, Costa Rica: Bahia Del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites

Flash Rates: from $195/nt

Travel Dates: May-August

Book by: Wednesday, May 11

Book with: Vacationist.com

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Flash Rates: from $60/nt

Travel Dates: June-September

Book by: Tuesday, May 10

Book with: Ideeli.com


Florence, Italy: Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

Flash Rates: from $369/nt

Travel Dates: July-Aug and Nov-Dec

Book by: Tuesday, May 10

Book with: Ideeli.com


Intervale, NH: Glen Oaks Inn

Flash Rates: $244 for two nights

Travel Dates: throughout the year

Book by: Tuesday, May 10

Book with: LivingSocial Escapes

Vail Cascade Resort

Vail Cascade Resort

Vail, CO: Cascade Crown Jewel

Flash Rates: $75/nt

Travel Dates: May-June

Book by: Tuesday, May 10

Book with: LivingSocial Escapes

Happy Planning!

Vacation Travel Deals Roundup!

4 May

Here are some great travel vacation deals that will spark your wanderlust and have you planning for trips you likely didn’t even have on your radar (the beauty of a sale… makes us do crazy things!).

Check it out and be sure to drop a note if you end up booking anything!

  • 4-Night Moscow Getaway/$749: Includes r/t air from NYC to Moscow; 4 nights in a 4-star hotel; daily breakfast; airline fuel surcharges; travel select dates in September or October; more at ShermansTravel
  • 6-Night Ireland Vacation/$899: Includes r/t air from NYC to Dublin; 6 nights’ accommodation (3 in Dublin at the Ashling Hotel and your choice of 3 nights in Galway at the Imperial Hotel or 3 nights in Killarney at the Scotts Hotel); r/t domestic rail between cities; daily breakfast; travel select dates October-December; book by May 13; more at ShermansTravel  
  • 5-Night Tahiti Island Tour/$1459: Includes r/t air from LA to Papeete; 5 nights at the Radisson Plaza Resort; Half Day Circle Island Tour in Tahiti; all transfers and baggage handling; travel until May 31 or November-December; book by May 20; more at ShermansTravel
  • 6-Night Paris Vacation/$999: Includes r/t air from NYC to Paris; 6 nights in the Montmartre Hill area of central Paris; daily breakfast; hotel taxes and service charges; travel Nov. 21-23; more at ShermansTravel
  • 6 Nights in Madrid and Barcelona/$1119: Includes r/t air from NYC to/from Madrid/Barcelona; domestic flights; 3 nights’ accommodation in Madrid; 3 nights’ accommodation in Barcelona; all hotel and air taxes; travel November 25; book by May 18; more at ShermansTravel
  • 8-Night Great Britain Tour/$1999: Includes r/t air from NYC to London; 8 nights’ accommodation (3 nights in London; 1 in Bristol; 1 in Liverpool; 2 in Edinburgh; 1 in Leeds); 9 meals (8 breakfasts; 1 dinner); all airport transfers; sightseeing and English-speaking tour manager; travel select dates July-October; more at ShermansTravel
  • Barcelona Vacation/$999: Includes r/t air from NYC; four nights at a 4-star hotel; daily breakfast; hotel taxes and airline fuel surcharges; travel select dates September-October; book by May 10; more at TravelZoo
  • All-Inclusive Bahamas Getaway/$299: Includes r/t air from Ft. Lauderdale; four nights at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach; all hotel fees; travel May-June; book by May 9; more at Travelzoo
  • 10-Night, 3 City Italy Vacation/$1299: Includes r/t NYC or Boston to Rome, from Venice; accommodations in 4-star hotels (3 nights in Rome at the Park Hotel Villa Grazioli; 5 nights at Fattoria degli Usignoli in Tuscany; 2 nights in Venice at Villa Pace Hotel Bolognese); manual car rental; travel November-February, 2012; book by May 13; more at Travelzoo
  • 11-Night Thailand Vacation/$1499: Includes r/t air from LA to Bangkok; intra-Thailand flight and ground transportation to Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai among other cities; accommodations for 11 nights at upscale, centrally located hotels; daily breakfast and welcome dinner; sightseeing tours and transfers with English-speaking tour manager; travel October 4 or April 3 or 17, 2012; book by May 26; more at TravelZoo
  • Riviera Maya, Mexico/$439: Includes r/t air from Ft. Lauderdale; 5-night all-inclusive stay at the Blue Bay Grand Esmerelda; travel select dates in May-August; book by May 13; more at TravelZoo
  • 9-Nights in Croatia and Slovenia/$1399: Includes r/t air from NY to Venice; r/t ground transfer to Opatija; Nine nights accommodations (three in Dubrovnik, two in Bled, two in Opatija, one in Split and one in Zagreb); all transfers and entrance fees per itinerary; English-speaking guide;  11 meals (daily breakfast, two dinners); travel select dates November- February, 2012; book by May 18; more at TravelZoo

Happy Planning!

Newsflash: New Travel Flash Sale Website

3 May

I’m still a little torn on the whole travel flash sale website craze. I am a huge fan of a deal, especially when it gets me into a luxury hotel for 1/3 the price, but seeing the weekly sales often sparks a severe case of wanderlust, resulting in resentment that I can’t take advantage of the awesome deals available!

Okay, so maybe I’m just a little bitter that I can’t travel nearly as much as I want to. Maybe travel flash sale sites are okay after all…

Which brings me to a bit of news. I received some intel about a new site called TrippoDeals.com launching soon and thought I’d spread the word!

TrippoDeals specializes in weekend package getaways. So, want to getaway for a ski weekend but don’t have time to price out the cost of the lift tickets, ski rentals, etc? That’s where TrippoDeals comes in. They would offer a 1-2 night stay at a ski resort, with the rental and lift tickets included for 50% off the published rate. A website that does the itinerary research AND bargaining for you? Sounds pretty great to me! Like most flash sale website, all deals are available for 7 days only.

If you have a second, check it out! Here is a bit of news about the website as well: http://www.tnooz.com/2011/03/09/tlabs/tlabs-showcase-trippo/

Happy Planning!

Sunday Night Hotel Flash Sales Roundup

1 May

I don’t know about you, but the weekend is when I do most of my vacation planning (or wanderlust researching). If you are currently scoping out various locations for inspiration, or looking for a good deal, check out the various flash sale websites that are around.

Here are some of my go-to flash sale websites:

  • Jetsetter
  • Vacationist
  • SniqueAway
  • Ideeli
  • RueLaLa
  • Living Social Escapes

There are tons of great sales out there this week but I’ve highlighted some of my favorites below. Check them out and be sure to join these websites. You never know, you might find a great price at an ultra-luxe hotel for your next trip!

Crystal Peak Breckenridge

Crystal Peak Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado: Crystal Peak Breckenridge

Flash Rates: from $115/nt

Travel Dates: April-November

Book by: Friday, May 6

Book with: Jetsetter.com

 

Cancun, Mexico: La Amada Hotel

Flash Rates: from$220/nt

Travel Dates: May-December

Book by: Saturday, May 7

Book with: Jetsetter.com

 

Turks and Caicos: Ocean Club West

Flash Rates: from $105/nt

Travel Dates: May-October

Book by: Saturday, May 7

Book with: Jetsetter.com

 

Laos: La Residence Phou Vao

Flash Rates: from $140/nt

Travel Dates: May-December

Book by: Friday, May 6

Book with: Jetsetter.com 

 

St. George, Grenada: LaSource

Flash Rates: from $330/nt 

Travel Dates: May-July

Book by: Sunday, May 8

Book with: Vacationist.com

 

Santorini, Greece: Notos Therme & Spa Hotel 

Flash Rates: from $110/nt

Travel Dates: May-October

Book by: Sunday, May 8

Book with: Vacationist.com 

 

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA: Terranea Resort

Flash Rates: from $200/nt

Travel Dates: May-December

Book by: Thursday, May 5

Book with: Vacationist.com

 

Dominican Republic: Balcones del Atlantico

Flash Rates: from $415/nt for two-bedroom villa suite

Travel Dates: May-September

Book by: Thursday, May 5

Book with: SniqueAway.com

 

Newport, RI: Forty-One Degrees North

Flash Rates: from $215/nt

Travel Dates: May-December

Book by: Thursday, May 5

Book with: SniqueAway.com

 

Chicago, IL: Allegro

Flash Rates: from $105/nt

Travel Dates: May-August

Book by: Thursday, May 5

Book with: SniqueAway.com

 

Napa Valley, CA: Silverado Resort

Flash Rates: from $349 for two nights for two people (midweek stay)

Travel: May 1-July 31

Book by: Wednesday, May 4

Book with: Ideeli.com

 

Rome, Italy: The Duke Hotel

Flash Rates: from $289/nt

Travel: July-September

Book by: Wednesday, May 4

Book with: Ideeli.com

 


Happy Planning!


Newsflash: $9 Fares from NY/NJ to Boston

28 Apr

Looking for a fun weekend getaway from NY or NJ this spring? Consider Boston.

JetBlue just released $9 one-way fares from Newark, totaling to $39 r/t after taxes!! This insanely-tempting deal is good for travel only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursday from May 4th-June 15th.

Boston, Quincy Market

Boston, Quincy Market (Getty)

Diggin’ this deal? Book your ticket on JetBlue.com before 11:59pm ET TONIGHT (April 28th) and be sure to let me know if you take advantage. Hurry!!

Vacation Travel Deals Roundup

27 Apr

Here are some great travel vacation deals that will spark your wanderlust and have you planning for trips you likely didn’t even have on your radar (the beauty of a sale… makes us do crazy things!).

Check it out and be sure to drop a note if you end up booking anything!

  • 8- Night Adriatic Sea Cruise Getaway/$1399: Includes r/t air from NYC; one night in Venice; seven night cruise to Koper, Slovenia, Ravenna, Italy, Bari, Italy, and Dubronvik, Croatia; transfer from hotel to port; airline fuel surcharges; travel June-October; book by May 11; more at ShermansTravel
  • Galapagos Island-Hopping/$2229: Includes r/t air from Miami to Guayaquil; 6 nights accommodation; 14 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners); sightseeing per itinerary; entrance to the Galapagos National Park Fee & Transit Control Card; travel May-December; more at ShermansTravel
  • 4-City China Vacation/$999: Includes r/t air from Los Angeles; three nights at the 4-star Doubletree Hilton in Beijing, one night at the 4-star Aster Hotel in Suzhou, two nights at the 4.5-star Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan; daily breakfast and one lunch; English-speaking tour guides; all domestic air and transfers; travel select days in November and December; book by May 6; more at Travelzoo
  • Turks & Caicos Vacation/$555: Includes a four-night stay at the all-inclusive Club Med; travel select days in May-August; book by May 6; more at Travelzoo
  • Ireland Vacation/$999: Includes r/t air from NYC; six nights at The Ritz Carlton Powerscourt; manual shift car rental; 20% on on-site spa treatments; travel select days in October-December; book by May 4; more at Travelzoo
  • 3-City Costa Rican Getaway/$611: Includes r/t air from NYC; six nights accommodations (two in San Jose, two in Arenal, 2 in Monteverde); seven day car rental with unlimited mileage; travel select dates May-October; book by May 11; more at Travelzoo
  • Puerto Rican Getaway/$549: Includes r/t air from NYC; four nights at El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; daily breakfast; $50 spa credit; travel August-October; book by May 3; more at Travelzoo
  • All-Inclusive Cancun Vacation/$928: Includes r/t air from NYC; five nights at the all-inclusive Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa; travel May-July; book by May 4; more at Travelzoo
  • 7-Night Hawaii Cruise/$1699: Includes r/t air from Los Vegas, San Francisco or San Diego; 7-night cruise to Maui, Kona, Hilo and Kuai; $100 on board credit; travel select days May-July; book by April 29; more at Travelzoo
  • 3-City, 8-Day, Italian Vacation/$1499: Includes r/t air from NYC to Venice/from Rome; 2 nights in Venice, 2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Rome; daily breakfast; all transfers; sightseeing, entrance fees and English-speaking tour guide per itinerary; travel select dates January-March; book by May 11; more at Gate1 Travel
  • 6-Night Australian Vacation/$1995: Includes r/t air from Los Angeles; domestic airfare; 3 nights at Uluru at The Lost Camel; 3 nights in Sydney; the Uluru Trek; two meals; travel May-August; more at Australia’s Northern Territory

Happy Planning!

Vacation Travel Deals Roundup

21 Apr

Here are some great travel vacation deals that will spark your wanderlust and have you planning for trips you likely didn’t even have on your radar (the beauty of a sale… makes us do crazy things!).

Check it out and be sure to drop a note if you end up booking anything!

Vacation Packages

  • 7-Night Thailand Vacation/$1299: Includes r/t air from LA; intra-Thailand transportation; first class hotel accommodations; daily breakfast; sightseeing tours; all transfers; English-speaking tour guides throughout; travel September-February 2012; more at ShermansTravel
  • 3-Night Bahamas Vacation/$699: Includes r/t air from Miami; 3 nights at the all-inclusive RIU Palace Paradise Island; hotel transfers; book by May 31; more at Hot Caribbean Deals
  • 6-Night Ireland Castles Vacation/$1099: Includes r/t air from NYC to Dublin; 1 night at Cabra Castle in Kingscourt; 1 night at Kilronan Castle in Roscommon; 2 nights at Bunratty Castle Hotel in Clare; 2 nights at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin; travel July-August; more at ShermansTravel
  • 6-Night Spain Vacation/$1125: Includes r/t air from NY into Barcelona, out of Ibiza; 3 nights in Barcelona; domestic air; 3 nights in Ibiza; daily breakfast; hotel taxes; travel May 19, 2011; more at European Destinations
  • 4 Nights in Melbourne, Australia/$1246: Includes r/t air from Los Angeles; 4 nights in Melbourne’s Travelodge South Bank; travel April-October; book by April 30; more at Go Away
  • 4-City Europe Tour/$1499: Includes r/t air from NYC to Amsterdam, out of Paris; 2 nights in Amsterdam; 1 night in Bruges; 2 nights in Paris; 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners; sightseeing with English-speaking tour guide; all transfer; airline fuel surcharges; travel November- March; book by May 4; more at ShermansTravel
  • 4-Night Mexico Getaway/$599: Includes r/t air from Fort Lauderdale; 4 nights at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun (other hotel options available); all meals and beverages; travel May 1 – July 4; book by April 26; more at Travelzoo
  • 3-Night Las Vegas Getaway/$321: Includes r/t air from Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest Airlines; 3 nights at Circus Circus Last Vegas Hotel & Casino (other hotels available); travel May 1-September 30; book by April 27; more at Travelzoo
  • 3-City Israel Tour/$1299: Includes r/t air from New York to Tel Aviv; 3 nights in Jerusalem; 2 nights in Tiberias; 1 night in Tel Aviv; English-speaking tour guide throughout; all transfers and entrance fees per itinerary; daily breakfast and one dinner; travel select dates throughout January and February 2012; book by May 4; more at Travelzoo
  • 6-Night Tuscany Vacation/ $1099: Includes r/t air from NYC to Pisa; 6 nights at Il Borro Estate; car rental; complimentary bottle of wine from the Il Borro Vineyard; travel November-February 2012; book by April 29; more at Travelzoo
  • 11-Night Antarctica and Argentina Vacation/$5992: Includes 10-night Antarctica cruise with accommodations and meals; one night in Ushuaia, Argentina; all transfers; travel November 13; book by April 30; more at Travelzoo
  • 7- Day Galapagos Islands Tour/$2229: Includes r/t air from Miami; ground transportation and transfers; two nights at Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil; one night at Red Mangrove Divers Lodge; one night at Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge; one night at Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge; one night at Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge; 14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners; Galapagos National Park Fee and Transit Control Card; tour guide throughout; travel May-December (prices vary); book by May 18; more at Friendly Planet
  • 6- Night Costa Rica Vacation/$999: r/t air from Miami; two nights in San Jose; two nights in Arenal; two nights in Monteverde; daily breakfast; all transfers; travel April-November (prices vary); book by June 2; more at Friendly Planet

Deal Alert: Vacation Packages to Tahiti Starting at $1459

8 Apr
Aerial View of Bora Bora, Society Islands, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Aerial View of Bora Bora, Society Islands, Tahiti, French Polynesia (Getty)

The French Polynesian Islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea are usually at the top of an extremely short list of “wish list” honeymoon destinations. Unfortunately, if you don’t have an unlimited budget, these islands are usually out of the price range for most people as airfare typically costs around $1200 from LAX and hotels can cost on average $500 per night.

Well… Tahiti’s Tourism Board is offering some pretty amazing vacation packages for as little as $1459 for five nights. Compared to the cost of what it would be like planning a trip on your own, that’s a steal!

Here’s a look at some of the packages available:

5 nights in Tahiti for $1459

  • Includes: R/T air from Los Angeles to Papeete on Air Nui
  • 5 nights at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti with breakfast (or Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti)
  • All transfers and baggage handling
Moorea

Moorea (Getty)

5 nights: Tahiti/Moorea Combo for $1699:

  • Includes: r/t air from Los Angeles to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui
  • 1 Night at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort (or Manava Suite Resort Tahiti)
  • 4 nights at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa (or Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa)
  • Daily breakfast
  • One complimentary 3 course dinner for two in Moorea
  • R/T ferry from Tahiti to Moorea
  • All transfers and baggage handling
Bora Bora

Bora Bora (Getty)

6 nights in Bora Bora for $2459:

  • Includes: r/t air from Los Angeles to Papeete on Air Tahiti Nui
  • 5 nights at Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora (or Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa)
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and limited beverages
  • Non-motorized activities (kayaks, canoes, snorkeling, etc.)
  • R/T inter-island air transportation on Air Tahiti
  • All transfers and baggage handling

For more information, or to book, visit TahitiTourisme.com.

Happy Planning!

Deal Alert: Sign Up for British Airways Visa and Get 100,000 Bonus Miles

7 Apr

I can’t tell you how many times I hear about someone using their airline miles to pay for their vacation, or a new televion or iPad. Me? Not so much. I recently sat down and took a look at why I’m so behind on miles and realized my longtime Capital One and TD Bank Visas were pretty cheap on the mileage offering. Very rarely do they offer bonus miles and I was only receiving one mile per dollar spent. Well, considering I’ve been with both companies for at least three years, I was not too thrilled to hear this. After a morning spent on the phone with both banks, I was able to bump up to 1.5 miles per every dollar for my Capital One card and 1.25 for my TD. Cue the unenthusiastic “yay…”

I wanted, no, needed, more miles. I had to catch up! After chatting with the rep at Capital One, I realized there was one card that could bump me up to where I need to be: the highly-coveted (and uber exclusive) Venture Card. With this card, which I quickly received within 5 business days, I receive double points for ever purchase plus 10K miles after spending a grand within my first 3 months. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about.

Or is it? Enter: British Airways’ Visa.

Ah, the British… Gotta love them. Now, they GET it!

Just announced this week, British Airways has brought back their most popular promotion: a visa credit card that gives you ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND bonus miles after spending $2.5K within your first three months. 100K miles can earn you TWO ROUND TRIP TRANS-ATLANTIC flights to various London or other cities through British Airways’ Oneworld airline partners. How crazy is that?! Make this card your primary credit card for three months and I’m sure you can easily hit the $2,500 mark to get those 100,000 bonus miles. It is soooo worth the $95 annual fee.

 
Here are some examples of the type of flights you can get using those bonus points:

  • JFK-LAX in American Business Class for 50,000 Miles and $5 in fees
  • Miami to Easter Island for 40,000 miles and $75 in coach
  • Los Angeles to Auckland One Way Qantas Business Class for 80,000 Miles and $213
  • JFK to Lima in Lan Business Class for 80,000 Miles and $65

For more information on this promotion, check out this post from The Points Guy.

Or apply here.

I can’t apply fast enough. Will you?

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