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apr 27 2016

Save Major Dough on Tourist Attractions with Last-Minute Booking App Whym

Big Ben, London
(Iakov Kalinin/Dreamstime)

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Some "tourist" attractions are 100 percent worth visiting. The ticket-booking app Whym gets us. The app offers travelers last-minute deals on desirable activities like guided tours of the Colosseum in Rome, U.S. city passes, Parisian wine tastings, Nevada desert sunset horseback rides, and admission to all kinds of museums at deep discounts—up to 60 percent off. All you need is a smartphone: The app is available for both Android and iOS (free, itunes.com, play.google.com).

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.)

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

feb 26 2016

Pizza Party! Delta Buys Pies for Rerouted Passengers

Pizza

We're getting hungry just looking at this picture of pizza, taken in Italy.

(Lonely Planet)

Fact: Pizza makes everything better. Even flight delays.

On Wednesday, passengers on Delta flight 802 from Atlanta to NYC's LaGuardia airport got a tasty surprise when their flight was rerouted due to bad weather: boxes upon boxes of pizza pies and bottled water waiting for them when they de-planed in Syracuse, New York.

feb 17 2016

$69 Flights to Caribbean Paradise? You Bet!

Mt Pelee, Martinique

Mount Pelée, in northern Martinique.

(Courtesy Selden Vestrit/Flickr)

When it’s this cold outside, all we can imagine is lying on the beach with coconut trees as shade, sipping on delicious local rum. And now Norwegian Air is making our tropical paradise dreams come true, releasing a crazy-good deal for flights as low as $69 each way to Martinique, one of our Where to Go in 2016 destinations. That's 10 bucks lower than rates we reported just a few weeks ago.

jan 28 2016

A Cool New App for Theater Lovers

(Lonely Planet)

You know that moment when you walk into a Broadway theater and an usher hands you a Playbill and takes you to your seats? As a native New Yorker and avid theater-goer, that's been one of my favorite experiences since I was a little boy. Well, that feeling of discovery and anticipation just got a whole lot cooler.

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.

dec 21 2015

4 Tours To Try On Your Next Trip To NYC

Dough donuts at City Kitchen in Midtown

Get to know local favorites on one of these unique NYC tours.

(Courtesy New York City Urban Adventures)

So, you've already been to Times Square, walked around Central Park, and visited iconic sites like the Empire State Building. But there's more to the Big Apple than meets the eye. These four tours offer another look at a place you already think you know.

Walks of New York Disney Broadway Stages Tour

dec 11 2015

Best Places To Ring In The New Year

New Year's Eve at Great Wolf Lodge

Celebrate the New Year at Great Wolf Lodge.

(Courtesy Great Wolf Lodge)

This is the year you’re gonna do better than watch the ball drop on TV, right? There’s a great big world of New Year’s celebrations out there! From a big-city bash to a beach retreat to family fun, our resolution is to deliver a Happy New Year for every travel personality. BT Senior Editor Jamie Beckman shared these three great ideas on the Weather Channel's AMHQ this morning:

The Roxy Tribeca Surrealist Ball

dec 04 2015

Stay in NYC for $100 a Night During Hotel Week

Pod 39 in New York City

Mention "Hotel Week" when booking a room at Murray Hill's Pod 39 and pay only $100 a night during Hotel Week.

(Courtesy Pod 39)

Don't miss this—New York City's fifth annual Hotel Week is happening Jan. 3-15, 2016. Rooms at more than a dozen participating hotels around the city are being offered from $100 and $200 per night, which can save you tons of money compared to regular prices that are often in the $500 range. Listed below are the participating hotels, their "prix-fixe" price ranges, and how to take advantage of the deals. Room prices are per night and do not include hotel taxes—some of the hotels (noted below) also include continental breakfast.

ROOMS FROM $100 A NIGHT

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