Spending: Deals for bargain-loving travelers
If you’re looking to save money on a vacation, here are some travel deals worth checking out.
Bargain flights to Hawaii
Volcanic eruptions in Hawaii have gone on for months and tourists have canceled trips. This has prompted some airlines to try to lure travelers to the Aloha State with a slew of airfare bargains.
Tracy Stewart, senior editor of travel site Airfarewatchdog.com, says if you’re patient and persistent, you can find flights from the East Coast for less than $400. She recently came across a round-trip flight from Atlanta to Honolulu for $394 on American Airlines , and United and Delta have similarly priced flights. “These fares are unadvertised and seem to reappear every few weeks,” Stewart says. Check airlines’ sites regularly, and sign up for travel alerts through Airfarewatchdog.
West Coasters can find even better deals, says Scott Keyes, of Scott’s Cheap Flights newsletter, who has seen round-trip, nonstop flights from Pacific states for as low as $177.
A free hotel room
A number of hotel rewards credit cards throw in a free night’s stay for cardholders each year. The catch: All of the cards charge an annual fee, and the room may be at a lower- or mid-tier property. Participants include Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express (annual fee: $95), Marriott Rewards Premier Plus ($95), IHG Rewards Club Premier ($89) and Hyatt Credit Card ($75). The Citi Prestige card carries an annual fee of $450, but cardholders have unlimited use of their “fourth night free” benefit by booking a stay of four consecutive nights at almost any hotel by phone through the Citi Prestige “concierge” or at www.thankyou.com.
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RVs for a dollar a day
Las Vegas may be famous for The Strip, but it’s also home to some sweet travel deals — if covering hundreds of miles in an RV is your thing. You can book a three- to five-day relocation RV trip for as little as $1 a day on Imoova.com, Apollorv.com and Jucyusa.com.
Relocations redistribute RVs to locations with the most demand. Among the most popular routes are Las Vegas to Denver, San Francisco or Los Angeles. You can also start in Los Angeles and head to the Bay Area or Seattle. The deals are usually posted about a month in advance on the websites and may come with other perks, such as an additional travel allowance or gas reimbursement. You’re typically allowed three to five travel days, depending on the route, and you will be charged 45 cents per extra mile if you decide to take any detours.
You can visit two destinations for the price of one if the airline you’re taking to your final destination allows free “stopovers” at its hub cities. For example, you can arrange a stopover in Lisbon or Porto for up to five nights when flying on TAP Portugal. The deal includes discounts on hotels and other perks, such as a free bottle of wine in partner restaurants. Another possibility is the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean for up to seven nights when you fly to destinations in Europe on Azores Airlines from Boston; Oakland, Calif.; or Providence, R.I. Or spend a night in Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver when your Air Canada connection exceeds six hours.
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