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mar 10 2017

Deal of the Day: Sheraton Grand Chicago invites you to forget your car and make it a trip to remember, from $166

While we certainly won’t say it’s balmy, by this time of year it’s safe to assume that the worst of the Chicago winter is behind us. Makes sense, then, that the city hosts some amusing festivals and events in March and April, not to mention the massive St. Patrick’s Day throw-down which includes dyeing the Chicago River green. That’s just one of the reasons why the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located on the river and within walking distance to most of Chicago’s iconic sites and lively districts, is cutting its rates through the end of April, which means you can book a room for as low as $166/night. As an added bonus, they’re dropping the $55 parking fee to…[wait for it]….$1. Yes, you read that right—a buck.

mar 02 2017

Deal of the Day: Stylish hotel on Honest Abe's Illinois turf from $89, plus tickets to his presidential library

(Travelzoo)

If Abe Lincoln was a hipster, he'd definitely recommend staying at The State House Inn when you visit his homeland. This design-minded boutique hotel, which is mere minutes from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, features all the modern trimmings, like microwaves in the stylish, individually designed rooms and a cocktail bar in the lobby. WiFi, parking, access to the fitness center, and a buffet breakfast are free.

feb 15 2017

Cheap April flights to book now

Do the white sand beaches of Fort Myers, Florida, sound good right about now? April round-trip flights from Chicago start at $103. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

(Courtesy The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel)

Our friends at Skyscanner.com have crunched the numbers to deliver some amazing airfare deals for April. The only catch? You need to pick from an array of enticing destinations and book now.

New York to Fort Lauderdale
Wednesday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 25
Starting at: $159
(Typical ticket price: $204)

aug 29 2016

Share a Taste of Your Favorite City

Budget Travel recently had a blast celebrating the Best Foodie Cities in America, and since we never get enough of all the delicious regional delights the U.S. has to offer, we were psyched to learn about Harry & David’s “Regionally Inspired Gourmet Gift Baskets.”

may 02 2016

See the Windy City For Free! Explore Chicago With This Exclusive DIY Walking Tour

downtown, Chicago, Illinois, Wrigley Building, skyscraper, Michigan Avenue, Tribune Tower, Magnificent Mile

See the lesser-known nooks and crannies of Downtown Chicago—without paying a dime.

(Andreykr/Dreamstime)

Often the best way to explore a new city is on your own two feet. Jeff Mikos, founder of Free Chicago Walking Tours, is no stranger to that idea—the inspiration for his business came from a meaningful international trip.

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 30 2016

Bueller... Bueller... Ferris Fest Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off'

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Shake it up, baby...at a re-creation of this parade during Ferris Fest in Chicago, May 20–22.

(Paramount/Everett Collection)

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." —Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Talk about travel inspiration! That was the only reason '80s icon Ferris Bueller needed to devise the coolest staycation in movie history: ditching high school with pals one last time before graduation for an epic day in the city of Chicago, from cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field to having an existential moment at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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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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.

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.)

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