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Puerto Vallarta hotel deal – CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Sunset over Banderas Bay
Sunset over Banderas Bay by Deb Schaffer

Puerto Vallarta is a great winter getaway from Denver. Travelzoo.com has partnered with the CasaMagna Marriott to offer room rates starting at $109 per night for a garden view room. Guests can upgrade to a ocean-view room for an additional $30 per room.

This five-star resort includes five restaurants, three pools, and a spa. There’s plenty to do in Puerto Vallarta, from golf at the Marina Vallarta Golf Club, to a day trip to the Marietas Islands and see the blue-footed booby!

Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and black-out dates and to book your Mexican holiday!

Denver airfare sales

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Las Vegas Welcome Sign

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are having airfare sales for travel from Denver through the winter months.

On Frontier, travel to Las Vegas and Phoenix for as little at $58 one-way, travel to Dallas starting at $78 one-way. Check out the rest of the sale at Frontier Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is offering sale fares to numerous U.S. destinations. For example, fly Denver to Albuquerque for as little as $104 one way and and to Burbank starting at $94 one way. Find out about the other great deals at Southwest Airlines.

Small ship cruising deals, the Northern Lights of Iceland, visit La Jolla

Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons
Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons

Today’s travel deals include specials on small ship Windstar cruises, a winter escape to Iceland, and discounts on bungalows in La Jolla, California.

Small ship cruise deals

The Fourth of July is bringing out the travel sales and Windstar Cruises is offering it’s best deals this weekend. With only 148 to 310 passengers on any ship, Windstar offers the best in small ship cruising. One of their best deals is seven days on the Wind Surf, setting sail fro

Airfare deals from Southwest, Half Moon Bay getaway, road trip in Tuscany

travel, Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, by Aaron Logan, LightMatters, Creative Commons

This week’s travel deals include great airfare discounts from Southwest Airlines, an adventure in Tuscany, and 40% off rooms at Half Moon Bay, California.

Southwest Airlines is having a three-day sale on flights out of Denver. One-way airfare from Denver to Salt Lake City, Omaha, and Oklahoma City starts at $49. For $99 one-way from Denver fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and many others. Visit Southwest.com by June 4 for more details and to book your flights. Southwest is also offering discounts on hotel and vacation packages.

Grab those cheap flights to San Francisco, rent a car and visit the Oceano Hotel and Spa at Half Moon Bay, about 26 miles from the San Francisco (SFO) airport. Groupon.com has partnered with this hotel to offer a King Suite for two for $175 per night – a $313 per night value. The stay includes a bottle of wine. Bring the kids and stay in a Princeton Double Suite for the same price, with dates available into August. The suites include private balconies, fireplaces, and 42-inch flatscreen TVs. Browse the shops, boutiques, and galleries in historic Half Moon Bay. Many restaurants source locally, inviting you to sample the wine and produce from the area. Visit Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, watching the life in the tidal pools. For the sun worshipper, spend the day on Half Moon Beach. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your getaway.

For those who like road trips, check out Gate 1 Travel’s excursion to Tuscany and Milan, Italy. Discounted to $799 per person, this six day road trip through Tuscan countryside starts with roundtrip airfare from New York to Milan, five nights at a 4-star hotel in Tuscany, and one night in Milan, daily breakfast, seven day car rental (manual transmission), unlimited mileage, insurance, theft protection, taxes and airport fees. Departures from other U.S. gateways are available. Talk with the Gate 1 Travel representative. Personally, I’d ask about an extension! Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to arrange your Tuscan treat. Book your vacation by June 17.

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These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Airfare deals for Black Friday, La Fondue in Denver, rail car resort

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Las Vegas Welcome Sign

Today’s deals include Black Friday airfare sales, half price on dinner for two at a popular restaurant in the Denver area, and a great deal on lodging with the Featherbed Railroad.

Southwest Airlines is having an airfare sale to celebrate Black Friday, with one way airfares from Denver as low as $87 one way to Las Vegas and $124 one way to New York (LaGuardia). Book these deals by November 27 for travel between December 6 through December 16, 2014 and January 6 through February 11, 2015. Visit Southwest.com for more information and to book your warm weather vacation.

For those staying in town, La Fondue is partnering with Travelzoo.com to offer a four-course dinner for two with wine for $59. This is a 45% discount from the regular price. La Fondue is within easy walking distance to the Colorado Convention Center as well as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Dinner includes two salads and any cheese fondue with veggies and bread, a main course and chocolate fondue for dessert. The meal also comes with two glasses of beer or wine. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

For those who like to getaway to unique destinations, the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast in Nice, California might fit the bill. This resort is about 120 miles north of San Francisco near Clear Lake and is comprised of nine renovated railcars. For $99 per night, the accommodations for two include the Wild Wild West Caboose, with western décor and a claw foot tub. If you prefer the tropical atmosphere of the Florida Keys, check out the TropiCaboose with its white wicker furniture and hardwood floors. The cars are air-conditioned and feature queen-size featherbeds and flat-screen TVs. Visit Livingsocial.com by December 9 for more information and to buy your voucher.

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These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Holiday in Los Cabos, play in the flight simulator, enjoy a Florida vacation

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Visit Florida

This week’s deals include a great deal on a Mexican holiday, pretending to fly a fighter jet, and rooms close to Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida. An easy getaway from Denver, Los Cabos is all about the ocean breezes and relaxing by the pool. Spend four nights at the Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos starting at $629 per person, including flights from Denver with dates into October. Stay in a junior suite overlooking the ocean, with unlimited meals and drinks, Wi-Fi, and taxes. This resort offers a beach-centric vacation with beach parties, activities and conservation programs. Visit Travelzoo.com by July 16 for more information and to book your getaway. For the adventurous among us, the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is offering a turn in their flight simulator and a day at the museum. For $24, one person gets 30 minutes in the WWI or WWII fighter jet flight simulator and museum admission. Pretend to pilot a P-51 Mustang on a war-time mission as part of larger computerized network, allowing friends to join you. The Air and Space Museum also has a collection of 48 aircraft and exhibits on space technology. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to buy your vouchers. Summer is only half over, but school will start soon enough and then folks will start planning their Fall break vacations. Direct flights between Denver and Orlando make Florida an easy vacation spot. Livingsocial.com has partnered with the Legacy Vacation Club Florida to offer discounts on one and two bedroom suites in Kissimmee. For a week in October, a one-bedroom suite sleeping four averages $72 per night, and a two bedroom unit sleeping six averages $87 per night. These units include full kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi, washers and dryers and multiple televisions. The parks are a 15 minute drive away, and for those days when Disney World or Universal Studios are not on the itinerary, the resort can keep you busy with swimming pools, volleyball, and mini-golf. Visit Livingsocial.com soon to book your vacation in the Florida sunshine. Like this article? Click the subscribe link at the top of the page to get the latest information by email when it’s published. For more fun deals and information, go to www.debtalkstravel.com and follow Deb on Twitter at debtalkstravel. These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Five money-saving tips for travel budgets

Now that you have your budget estimate, it’s time to see how to bring it in line. There are lots of ways to do this. Here are my top five tips to saving money when planning a trip.

Keep your travel dates as flexible as possible.

Hotels and flights eat up most of your travel dollars. By keeping dates flexible, you can arrange travel on the least expensive dates for your trip. In general, traveling in the middle of the week is cheaper than the weekends. Traveling mid-winter is often cheaper than traveling mid-summer, and with fewer crowds. Sometimes, seasons make the difference. For example, we had planned a trip to Puerto Vallarta with another couple in October when the flights were in the $600 per person range. Unfortunately, something came up and we needed to re-book the trip. We ended up re-booking for the week before Christmas, and the flight costs dropped by half. We ended up having a marvelous time in the Mexican town, joining the Saturday night street fair and parade celebrating Advent. There were fewer people on the beach, and the weather was great.

Use rewards points or mileage accounts

I’m not a big fan of spending money just to accumulate rewards points. If it’s convenient to use that credit card or that rewards account, by all means carry on. I know that many folks are corporate travelers, and this is how they build up those points accounts. If those accounts are yours, use them. The airlines have a habit of reducing the value of the points over time, so accumulating points is not always the best move. I’m planning a trip to Panama in October, and we used my husband’s points to get him there and I paid for my ticket. Once there, we’ll use my hotel points for at least one night stay in the city. These two accounts save us nearly $1000 between the airfare and the hotel stay.

For accommodations, look beyond hotels

Hotels have gotten into the business of “fees”, the most noxious being the “resort fee.” Las Vegas hotels love their resort fees, charging as much as $50 extra per day over and above your room rate for amenities such as pools and fitness centers.  The most noxious part about this is that guests have no choice whether to pay this fee – but that’s another post. Check out other available accommodations such as VRBO.com or Airbnb.com. These options can be very cost-effective, particularly for larger groups or multiple night stays. In Spain, my friend and I stayed in two bedroom apartments, complete with kitchens, living rooms, and washing machines for less than it would have cost us to stay in a hotel. We were very comfortable and the hosts made a little extra money. Everyone wins! Pay attention to locations. It doesn’t save you any money of if you spend lots of time and money getting to and seeing the attractions you want to experience.

Do you really need a rental car?

In many parts of the world, renting a car is more of a hassle than it’s worth. Here in the United States, it’s almost a given that you will need a car. I’ve traveled in Europe and in Latin America, having never rented a car. In Europe taxis and trains are usually much more cost effective, particularly if you’re staying in one place for awhile. For our trip to Panama in October, we will be renting a car for the first time outside the U.S. We’ll be driving from Panama City to Coronado, using the car for day trips. Since neither my husband nor I speak good Spanish, we didn’t want to brave the bus system quite yet. Rental cars pose their own set of issues, and there are plenty of complaints about overcharging for extra insurance and phantom damage to cars. If possible, take time and date-stamped pictures of your rental before you leave the parking log, including the windshield. Return the car to the agency during the day, when you can talk with the staff and get a signed statement that the car was returned in good condition.

Travel light

Avoid overpacking. Most people take too much on their travels. There are many different sites, including www.onebag.com, that explain how to get the most from the room you have in a roll-aboard or carryon. In the United States, most folks are spending about $25 one way to check a bag, depending on the airline. At the end of the flight, folks are milling around a luggage carousel instead of hopping in a cab or on a train and starting their adventures. I spent 10 days in France in May taking just a carryon.  Most places have laundry facilities close by or in your hotel. In Spain, I rented apartments that included a washer and dryer. You don’t need any many things as you think you do. Or take your older clothes, wear them overseas, and then throw them away or donate them. Get rid of clothes you no longer want and lighted up your suitcase as well.

How do you save money when travelling? Let us know in the comments below.

The Northern Lights in Iceland

Icelandair is offering great package deals to Reykjavik, starting in November. Depending on the hotel and the time frame, packages start at $854 per person for 6 nights, including air and hotel. Iceland is a small country with glaciers, beaches, and impressive landscapes. Go hiking, explore caves, or climb glaciers before relaxing to watch the Northern Lights in the evening. Visit Icelandair.com for more information and to book your getaway.

Travel Deal Roundup

Travel deals found on the web today, February 5, 2014

  • For those of us here in the Denver area, Travelzoo.com has partnered with the Millenium Harvest House in Boulder to offer a standard room at $89 per night including weekends through April. Visit Travelzoo.com for more information and dates.
  • Airfare deals: Frontier Airlines is offering a $122 round-trip fare between Denver and Chicago.   American Airlines is offering a $92 round-trip fare between Denver and Phoenix. Check the airline websites for more information and dates.
  • The LVH-Las Vegas is offering 30% off rack rates plus 2-for-1 tickets to the Raiding the Rock Vault show. The LVH Las Vegas is right off the Strip, near the monorail. Rates start at $20 per night. Visit LasVegas.com for more information. This deal is valid through April 30, 2014.