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Posts about Winter getaways

Travel deal of the week

Posted by: Updated: December 9, 2009 - 1:27 PM

 

 

 

 

 

At Travelzoo I found a hot deal for those want to escape the cold (sort of), but stay close to home. The Chula Vista Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells is offering a special $69 a night deal for accommodations in any room type up to a Junior suite. That includes four passes to the resort’s 80,000 square foot indoor water park. The offer applies only to the following dates: Dec. 9 to 11, 13-18, 20 to 21, 23 to 25  and Jan. 5 to 8, 14, 17 to 22, 24 to 25, 27 to 28.

If you stay two nights, you'll also get a $25 dining voucher. Stay three or more nights and receive a $50 voucher. You must book by Dec. 18.

Go to www.chulavistaresort.com and type HOT in the promo code box, or call 1-800-388-4782.
 

 

Lutsen on sale

Posted by: Kerri Westenberg Updated: November 12, 2009 - 3:19 PM

The ski season officially opens at Lutsen November 21. To entice you there, the North Shore ski resortt, with 92 runs, is offering to double your online discount when you purchase lift tickets online through November 15. Also, buy a day lift ticket and a single night of lodging and you'll get another lift ticket and night for free. To read more, go here.

Last-minute airfares and sales continue through Thursday

Posted by: Updated: October 21, 2009 - 1:19 PM

It's a week for a number of online deals for Twin Cities travelers.

For last-minute getaways this weekend, United is offering a truckload of last-minute destination roundtrip deals from Chicago ($112) to El Paso ($190) to Syracuse, NY ($214).

United is also offering additional deals for next weekend to more than a dozen more cities, ranging from $88-$434.

The usual fine print applies to these deals: Purchase by Friday and travel departs the Saturday with a return flight the following Monday or Tuesday.

Details can be found here:

http://travel.united.com/ube/efares/us/eFares.do

American Airlines is also offering a last-minute deal this weekend to Chicago for $120 as part of their NetsAAver promotion. Details here: http://www.aa.com/netsaaver/

Thursday is the final day for the $39 one-way airfare sale out of Minneapolis, at least as far as AirTran is concerned. The most recent e-mail I'm receiving is from Hotwire's Travel Ticker touting flights out of the Midwest for as low as $44 one-way.

Personally I'm not a fan of generic sale-fare claims, but feel free to check it out all the same. The link can be found here:

http://www.travel-ticker.com/savings.jsp?vert=air

But, if you go directly to AirTran, you can find specific fares listed, such as Orlando for $64-$124; Dallas for $74-$124; Philadelphia for $64 - $176 and more.

Here's the link:
http://www.airtran.com/sale/default.aspx

Tickets must be purchased by midnight Thursday and travel must be completed by Dec. 16. Sale fares are not valid for travel on Fridays or Sundays and there are some blackout dates -- basically the bookends to Thanksgiving.

That said, decent fares can be found for the flexible.

(Likewise, Southwest was touting sale fares this week through Thursday for as low as $59 one-way, though in my few searches of destinations, the lowest fare I could find was $80. Here's the link: http://travel.southwest.com/)

Elsewhere on the web, Travelzoo this week is touting sale fare prices from Minneapolis to Tampa for as low as $199, including tax, through much of November and December. Granted, it's Tampa. But it's a pretty cheap flight, relatively speaking, and just this week on Hotwire I priced December rental cars for under $30 a day.

That airfare deal can be found here:
http://www.travelzoo.com/top20/8837308-674978/

And then, of course, there are the charter deals, which are starting to heat up this week as the weather continues to drizzle.

Low price specials that I spotted this week:

Funjet Vacations' 3 nights air+hotel to the Luxor Las Vegas, for $300 a person.

http://www.funjet.com/hotdeals/detail.asp?plCode=&OAC=MSP

Otherwise, over at worryfreevacations.com, the best deals seemed to be airfare-only deals to Caribbean and Mexico, hovering in the $300 range.

http://www.worryfreevacations.com/specials/hotdeals/origin.do?originCode=MSP

 


 

Warm thoughts for Mexico and cheap trips from United

Posted by: Updated: October 15, 2009 - 9:35 PM

Cold weather brings warm thoughts -- at least, that's the case with Worry Free Vacations this week.

Now that the snow is falling (albeit early) in the Twin Cities, you'll start to see more of the getaways out of MSP to the warmer climes. When I start looking for last-minute deals, one of the first sites I hit is www.worryfreevacations.com, where this week I was finding airfare-only deals to Cancun, Cozumel and other Mexico locations for as low as $279 roundtrip -- package deals were also available -- and flights to Jamaica in the $300 ballpark.

The site usually is offering deals up to about three or four months out.

If you're looking for more of a getaway next weekend (Oct. 24-26), United Airlines is answering that last-minute call.

United is offering last-minute airfares out of Minneapolis next weekend to more than a dozen cities, including Chicago ($104), El Paso ($182), Reno ($206) and Saskatoon, Canada ($338).

The usual fine print -- purchase by this Friday (Oct. 16), fly out Saturday, return Monday or Tuesday, etc. -- applies here.

Whether you want to take a chance with United, after this story, of course, is up to you.

Warm thoughts for Mexico and cheap trips from United

Posted by: Updated: October 15, 2009 - 9:35 PM

Cold weather brings warm thoughts -- at least, that's the case with Worry Free Vacations this week.

Now that the snow is falling (albeit early) in the Twin Cities, you'll start to see more of the getaways out of MSP to the warmer climes. When I start looking for last-minute deals, one of the first sites I hit is www.worryfreevacations.com, where this week I was finding airfare-only deals to Cancun, Cozumel and other Mexico locations for as low as $279 roundtrip -- package deals were also available -- and flights to Jamaica in the $300 ballpark.

The site usually is offering deals up to about three or four months out.

If you're looking for more of a getaway next weekend (Oct. 24-26), United Airlines is answering that last-minute call.

United is offering last-minute airfares out of Minneapolis next weekend to more than a dozen cities, including Chicago ($104), El Paso ($182), Reno ($206) and Saskatoon, Canada ($338).

The usual fine print -- purchase by this Friday (Oct. 16), fly out Saturday, return Monday or Tuesday, etc. -- applies here.

Whether you want to take a chance with United, after this story, of course, is up to you.

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