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aug 16 2016

The Prime Time to Save on Hotels This Summer? Right now!

(Trivago)

It’s happened to the best of us: the summer flies by before we have a chance to take a vacation. Meantime, the fall looms in the none-too-distant future in all its busy glory. But there’s still a significant chunk of August remaining and, as it turns out, they’re prime weeks for travel. (See, you’re not alone. Lots of people didn’t notice how fast the summer flew by.) Hotwire did some serious number-crunching and reported that hotel rates are at the height of affordability during the last two weeks of August.

jul 14 2016

Never Brush Your Teeth at the Airport Again, Thanks to This Cool Website

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Flight delay? Instead of languishing at SFO, nab an affordable daytime rate at a reliable hotel at Hotels By Day.

(Courtesy BrianL74/myBudgetTravel)

For the weary traveler, is there anything more refreshing than taking a hot, soothing shower after a long flight? But when you have an epic layover, that relaxing "me time" can feel light years away.

Before you pull out your toothbrush in the airport bathroom, consider booking a room with why-didn’t-we-think-of-this site Hotels By Day. This game changer lets you snag unoccupied hotel rooms for the day at discounted prices, for either a morning, midday, or afternoon stay. Time frames tend to be generous, too, usually ranging from five to nine hours, such as 10 a.m.–6 p.m. or 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Perfect for downtime, whether you're hitting the beach or luxuriating in a sunken tub.

jul 05 2016

Deal of the Day: Naples, Florida, from $89

The Bayfront Inn 5th Avenue can be yours at a 45 percent savings with this exclusive Travelzoo deal.

(Travelzoo)

Florida in summer and early fall can mean incredible savings, and this Travelzoo exclusive gets you to some of America's most beautiful beaches with a stay at Bayfront Inn 5th Avenue, a beautiful boutique hotel in Naples, from $89 (a savings of up to 45 percent off current rates).

may 26 2016

Prepare to Binge on Budget Travel's Addictive Coast-to-Coast Video Series!

(JW Player)

My name is Robert and I am addicted to Budget Travel's Coast-to-Coast by Word of Mouth video series.

I honestly thought I was immune. After all, I'm the editor in chief who greenlighted the crazy coast-to-coast concept: Our photo editor, Whitney Tressel, would drive from Los Angeles to Charleston, sans GPS, sans guidebooks, following only the advice of locals she met along the way; Whitney would shoot video and still photography and deliver dispatches from the road, which our senior, Jamie Beckman, turned into fun blog posts, a huge feature, and a pleasantly endless slideshow.

apr 21 2016

Tap That App! Ask a Digital Jeeves for (Almost) Anything With HotelTonight's Cool New Feature

HotelTonight San Francisco
(Dreamstime)

The last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight has been a longtime favorite of ours here at BT. The genius is in its simplicity: Wait until 12 p.m. for across-the-board price drops the day you want to book a hotel (or 6 p.m. for deeper discounts), then scoop up deals on properties ranging from "Solid" to "High Roller." (HotelTonight says its prices tend to be 18 percent less than Expedia's or Booking.com's.)

mar 29 2016

15 Last-Minute Spring Break Deals You Can Book on Your Phone

Costa Rica

Ahhhh... Spring break bliss in Costa Rica can be yours for $106.61 per night, new findings show.

(SimonDannhauer/Dreamstime)

Everyone knows that procrastination typically doesn’t pay off. But it does if you’re still looking to book a spring break vacation this year.

Down to the wire and still hunting for a bargain? Check out these destinations first! For spring break, they have some of the lowest average hotel rates, according to new data from Priceline.com, whether you want to hit the beach, ski some fresh powder, or take advantage of sunny outdoor activities.

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mar 17 2016

Jump on These Spring Cruise Deals

(Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)

As the days get longer and the sun shines warmer, a lot of people start thinking about the sea. Well, there’s no better way to get up close and personal with the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Europe’s legendary rivers than hitting the water on one of these luxurious, but affordable, cruise ships.

mar 10 2016

Now Google Can Plan Your Entire Vacation in One Click

Destinations by Google

Are our phones the future of trip-planning?

(Courtesy Google)

Offering fully formed trips with a single search is an ambitious move, but if anyone can pull it off, it's Google

Yesterday the company rolled out its smartphone-based Destinations on Google, "a mobile-first travel planning experience": In addition to its practical and easy-to-use Google Flights and Google Translate services, Google is aiming to plan your next vacation for you too by offering comprehensive trip plans that include flight and hotel suggestions, day trip ideas, road trip itineraries, suggested activities and attractions, and general travel guides. Here's how to use Destinations on Google.

First, don't download anything new. (Unless it's the Google app.)

feb 29 2016

6 Unbeatable Spring Hotel Deals

Marriott Pompano Beach Main Pool

Care to take a dip? The main pool at Marriott Pompano Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of several options for water-lovers—the area's coral reefs and shipwrecks are ideal for diving and snorkeling.

(Courtesy Marriott)

There's no better way to shake off a long winter than taking a spring trip. Plus, springtime is shoulder season, which means your wanderlust dreams can come true at slashed prices, some with savings of more than 50 percent. Before the crowds descend for the summer, beat the rush—and the high-season surge pricing—with these six spots during the month of May.

Sea Crest Beach Hotel: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

dec 29 2015

Spring Flights From Under $100!

Be here now: Plenty of Southwest flights to (and from) sunny Los Angeles are under $100 if you purchase by December 31.

(Lonely Planet)

Our friends at Southwest are offering some pretty amazing airfares for winter and spring travel through May, but you have to act now: The sale ends as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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