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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Stellar Summer Steals 6.1.11

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Summer is almost here and that means Summer Vacations! Once the kids are out of school, maybe you’ll be hitting the road or jumping on a plane to go do something fun with your family. You all know by now that this is the most expensive time of the year to travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it on a budget. I’ve searched the web and found some really fantastic bargains for you to take advantage of in the next 3 months. You and the family can have a great time, make some lasting memories and not go broke doing it. You will see worldwide deals here, only because I know not all my readers are from the U.S. and are looking for things closer to their homes, too.

If you have some frequent flyer miles burning a hole in your pocket that you can use on Summer’s high airfare, then flying isn’t a problem at all. If you aren’t, you might be able to take advantage of the flight sales going on right now. You may need to book as early as June 2, but some last a few days longer. Flights start as low as $22 each way and lowest rates are valid on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat departures from June 15 – September 30.

Take a 7-day cruise to the Western Caribbean from Miami and explore Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras and Cozumel on Carnival from $599pp. This is the same itinerary I took and loved it. If you can go after Summer, you can cruise for as little as $309.

If you haven’t signed up for Yuupon yet, what are you waiting for? Save up to 90% off travel packages! Right now there is a 4-night stay at Porto Vista Hotel in San Diego for just $387 for 2 people. You also receive $100 Restaurant.com gift certificate, complimentary breakfast for 2 each morning at the Glass Door Restaurant and free WiFi. The hotel is close to San Diego Zoo (3 miles) and Sea World (7 miles) and within walking distance of the Gaslamp District. It’s right in the heart of Little Italy! This offer is good through Sunday (June 5) for stays through June 30.

CheapCaribbean.com has some fantastic rates going right now for all-inclusive resorts. From just $29 per night per person, you can visit the Dominican Republic. For a bit more, visit Jamaica, Barbados, Cancun and other tropical and beach destinations. This is their 99-hour sale, so rates are good through Friday June 3. Some resorts offer resort credits through CheapCaribbean and others include a kids stay and eat free deal, which is fantastic if you have a couple little ones.

Save 60% off hotel rack rates with the Hotwire Very Best of the Best Sale! 4-star hotels for less than $75 per night and new ones being added every hour. Book quickly though, because when the available sale rooms sell out, the rates will go back up. Stay in anywhere you want, from Chicago to Dubai, but you with prices this low, you won’t know your hotel’s name until after you book! Pick your travel dates, price and area you want to stay in and get a hotel that fits your budget and specifications. 

Need a car to get around? Save up to 40% off with CarRentals.com and rent from just $17 per day through June 28th.

Portland was named the #1 Family-friendly Summer Vacation Destination. If visiting the Pacific Northwest this summer sounds like a fun idea, you can get this great offer from Expedia – 4 nights with air and hotel from $301 per person. Visit anywhere between Medford, Oregon to Whistler, BC for up to 30% off! Book by June 17 and travel by July 31. You can book an entire package or just your hotel (from $83 per night).

Save 30% off the US Virgin Islands with Expedia. When you book by June 30 and travel by August 25, enjoy $350 air credit, $50 shopping credit, $50 attractions credit and $50 dining credit. Choose from St. Croix, St. Thomas or St. John.

Stay 2 or more nights at Disneyland Paris Resort and save up to 20% on your hotel AND park tickets! Must book a 3 day/2 night package or longer and book by June 30 for travel through November 7. Kids under 7 stay and play for free (up to 2 per package). Plus you'll receive free continental breakfast each morning to get you ready to start your day in either Disney park! I love Disneyland Paris and can't wait to go back. It's one of the best deals in Europe and their packages are a steal!

Speaking of Paris, why not take a 6-night vacation there? From $999, you can enjoy a trip including RT airfare, hotel, daily breakfast and 1-hour Seine cruise. You can't even get airfare for this low right now. Book by June 14 and travel in July, September or October.


100 for 100! I would love to run another giveaway here on the blog, but in order to do that, I would like to get to 100 subscribers via Google Friend Connect and Networked Blogs. If you are a regular reader and not already subscribed, please consider doing so. Once we reach 100 readers, I'll be giving away $100 in Dining Dough to be used at Restaurant.com for dining certificates. Save $100 on your vacation dining! That's a nice savings!

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