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nov 23 2015

Are Airline Passengers Subject to Racial Profiling?

(Courtesy Southwest Airlines)

Have you ever been questioned or asked to de-board a plane because of your physical appearance or the language you speak?

Southwest Airlines is under media scrutiny for two reports last week that it may have singled out passengers who were Muslim or of Middle Eastern background. (In addition, just last night, Southwest diverted a flight because of what it termed “unruly behavior” by three passengers, who appear to have been removed from the flight.)

oct 12 2015

10 B&Bs You Won't Believe Are Under $200

Auberge on the Vineyard, Cloverdale, California
(Courtesy bedandbreakfast.com)

It's amazing what you can get for less than 200 bucks at a B&B. Along with delicious eats and personable innkeepers, each of these spectacular inns offers private baths, complimentary Wi-Fi, and luxurious perks galore. Plus, they're located near some of America's most popular cities and attractions.

Peter Shields Inn, Cape May, New Jersey

sep 22 2015

5 Blissful Spa Week Escapes You Can Actually Afford

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Relax at the spa and admire the scenery afterward during Spa Week in locations across the country, including Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

(Courtesy nancyb926/myBudgetTravel)

At BT, we love indulging in affordable spas when we travel. If you do too, now is a great time to take that relaxing spa vacation you've been dreaming about: October 12–18 is Spa Week, a magical time when mega-expensive treatments—think fancy pumpkin facials and soothing Swedish massages—are offered at deep discounts at luxe spas across the country. Most services are just $50.

apr 23 2015

Take a Cooking Class on Vacation (or at Home!) With This Great Deal

Dim Sum

Make your own dim sum in one of Le Cordon Bleu's workshops at a reduced rate.

(Lonely Planet)

Indulge your inner Julia Child on your next vacation—no plane ticket to Paris necessary.

A new hands-on cooking class deal from Travelzoo offers half-priced courses from Le Cordon Bleu chefs at Bleu Ribbon Kitchen locations in 16 U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Pasadena, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Seattle.

feb 08 2015

Don't Miss These Valentine's Day & Presidents' Day Travel Deals!

Royal Sonesta Houston

You can save on rates at Royal Sonesta Houston this Valentine's Day weekend.

(Courtesy Royal Sonesta Houston)

Looking to take a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day or enjoy a long weekend trip in honor of Presidents' Day? Here are the deals you won't want to miss!

New England

The Wolfeboro Inn in Wolfeboro, NH, is offering a special Valentine's Day weekend package with rates from $189 a night including a chilled bottle of Moscato and homemade sweets upon arrival, a $60 voucher for dinner for two at Wolfe's Tavern, Sunday brunch for two, and a 1 p.m. late checkout on Sunday, Feb. 15th. Based on availability; valid on Feb. 14th only. Please call 1-800-451-2389 or book this deal online.

apr 25 2014

Five Unforgettable Vacations for Under $100/Night!

Charming Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is one world-class destination that won't break the bank!

(Mike Clime/Dreamstime)

Here at Budget Travel, we know nobody wants to skimp on vacation—it’s the time for great food, luxurious surroundings, and breathtaking scenery. But what if we told you that all that can be yours for less than $100 a day? Contributing Editor Darley Newman joined Today show hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda to share five “real” budget destinations:

nov 08 2013

Great Getaways: Chicago

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago
(Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes/Dreamstime)

If you're looking for a fun, affordable Chicago city getaway, the options are endless: you can spend the day shopping your heart out along the Magnificent Mile, cruising the Chicago River, and even go to the beach on beautiful Lake Michigan. It's a great walking city—you'll even see tourism officials around to steer you in the right direction, and if all else fails, the L metro system isn''t hard to navigate. In short, there are enough parks, museums, and family-friendly attractions to keep everyone entertained. Plus, there's great food everywhere—deep dish pizza or Chicago-style hot dogs, anyone? We've got eight ways to soak up the city whether you're in town for the week or the weekend.

oct 14 2013

10 Essential Vacations for Every Bucket List

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

When in Paris, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring all who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

(Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)

Article by Jennifer Gilligan.


The Run Down: Dubbed the city of sin, Las Vegas is an adult's playground. Between the drinking and the gambling, though, you may find yourself with a few hours to burn. During your downtime, check out the Bodies exhibit, Madame Tussauds, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and CSI: The Experience. You should check out the Miracle Mile shops as well. There's plenty of fun to be had in Las Vegas without drinking or gambling.

aug 22 2013

How to Save Money This Labor Day Weekend 2013

The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Where will you go this Labor Day weekend?

(Courtesy of The World of Coca-Cola)

Who says getting away for the long weekend has to be expensive? We've already covered the best getaways that should be on your travel radar—here, we present more ways to save money this Labor Day weekend.

jun 25 2013

Amtrak Expects Summer Ridership to Rise This Year

Glacier National Park is just one of the breathtaking vacation destinations served by Amtrak this summer.

(Courtesy Loco Steve/Flickr)

A reporter recently asked me for some rail travel tips. I told her quite honestly, "You know, I have to admit sometimes train travel is my favorite way to go."

A great train ride can combine the best of road tripping (beautiful sights whizzing by your window, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of images) and flying (comfy seat, the ability to nod off at a moment's notice). Amtrak is reporting that advance ticket sales suggest ridership will be up significantly this July and August compared with last year. Translation? If you're considering taking the train this summer, don't wait too long to make up your mind. With that in mind, I thought I'd take a second to remind you of some of the options Amtrak is offering this summer.

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