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Hotel Booking ‘On the Fly’ – Literally!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

JT Holmes is booking a hotel room while skydiving!

Remember the last time you jumped out of a plane and thought, “Oh shoot! I forgot to book a hotel for my family getaway this weekend!” – wasn’t that horrible? Didn’t you wish there was a way to easily and quickly book a hotel room from almost anywhere, even at the very last minute?

All kidding aside, not many travelers find themselves jumping out of airplanes like extreme athlete and stuntman, JT Holmes (pictured above), but a vast majority do have a need to book accommodations on-the-go or in-a-pinch – especially as the use of mobile devices as consumer travel tools increases.

In tune with this trend and the needs of travelers, hotels.com continues to launch new applications with sophisticated functionality, such as its high-speed mobile booking application, which allows users to book rooms at its network of almost 140,000 worldwide hotels.

What’s more, today, hotels.com launched an exciting, “extreme” campaign centered on this valuable app; teaming up world-renowned skydiver, JT Holmes, to put on a wild digital demonstration to prove just how easy it is to book a room while doing just about anything – even flying at over 115 miles per hour in a 15,000 foot freefall!



This stunt is a live-action version of a hotels.com animated television commercial.

This stunt is a live-action version of an animated television commercial, produced by hotels.com, in which claymated characters also book a hotel room while on a skydiving vacation.

The hotels.com mobile booking app, which has been downloaded over a million times by iPhone and Android users, features exclusive mobile deals and over 20,000 last minute deals. It is available in more than 30 languages in more than 70 countries, and can access past and future reservations, even when offline. Mobile GPS functionality will allow the app to find the closest hotels with the best deals, based on a user’s current location. welcomerewards® loyalty points can also be tracked and redeemed through the app.

Download it yourself, or visit TheSmarterApp.com, to learn more!

 
 

 

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Fall into Football

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


Football season is back and it's the perfect excuse to travel. (Photo courtesy of associatedcontent.com)

Football season is back! Whether you love the NFL or the NCAA, the next 12 weeks should definitely satisfy the most committed armchair quarterbacks. But why sit idly by at home when you can join tens of thousands of spirited fans clad in team colors and shouting for a win? Traveling to see your team play is a great way to renew your commitment to the team and even explore some of those “away” game destinations.

Hotels.com is featuring a Football Sale on its website, promoting savings up to 30%. Here are a few examples:

Ann Arbor, MISheraton Ann Arbor Hotel: from $149/night.

ChicagoHotel Felix: from $114/night.

New OrleansEmbassy Suites Hotel New Orleans: from $79/night plus 3rd night free.

San DiegoHumphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites: from $84/night.

TampaWyndham Westshore Hotel: from $84/night.

If you are flying, remember that airfare into small towns is more expensive. Most college towns are located within driving distance to a major city; check flights into the larger cities and look for car rental deals or a city shuttle.

Some of the airlines are putting out their fall and football airfare sales this week. Check Southwest, Delta, American, and Spirit airlines for some of those deals.   And note that most fare sales only last a day or two with limited seats for sale.  If you want to go, you’ll have to book quickly to score the big savings. United Airlines often posts Twitter exclusive fares, called Twares, so be sure to follow airlines that offer the routes that interest you.

What team will you be rooting for this football season?

 
 

 

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New York City Steals and Deals

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011


New York City is beautiful when the leaves change colors and it's the perfect time to book a trip. (Photo courtesy of scienceline.org)

I’m not sure if there truly is a more lovely time to visit New York City than in the fall. It’s still warm outside but not blistering hot, the crowds are noticeably fewer but the energy that only exists in NYC is still vibrant and pulsing, and traveling in and around the city is also more affordable after its peak summer season.

From 30 percent off your stay to free nights, savings abound at some of the city’s top hotels.  Check out the hotels special deals in New York from Hotels.com.  Here are just a few deals worth noting:

-Save 40% off at The Alex

-Rates from $319.20 per night (down from $456) at the W New York plus stay three nights and get 20% off your stay.

-Save 20% when you stay one night at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.

-Save 25% on stays before September 30, 2011 at the Flatotel New York.

-Pardon our dust! There’s a Renovation special at the Thirty Thirty Hotel New York with rates as low as $142 per night for stays before December 31, 2011.

With summer’s winding down, airfare prices are also taking a dip. Here are a few examples of great fares that I have found. Check airfarewatchdog.com to see the prices from your origination city.

  • $95 RT from Chicago on Delta, United and Continental
  • $144 RT on American from Miami
  • $164 RT on Southwest from Chicago (MDW). No minimum stay required.
  • $198 RT on Airtran from Atlanta to LGA
  • $238 RT on Frontier from San Francisco.

And when you’re there, consider some of these great ideas for strolling, sightseeing and shopping in New York City.

 
 

 

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Last-Minute Labor Day Hotel Deals

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

There’s still time to plan one last long summer weekend getaway! Take advantage of last minute deals and the upcoming Labor Day Weekend to squeeze in a trip.

It's not too late to plan a fun-filled Labor Day Weekend Vacation. (Photo courtesy of photographyalbumstoday.com)

If you want to fly, airlines are beginning to post their Labor Day fares and most will require a 14-day advanced purchase, so get booking! As for where to stay, Hotels.com has a number of deals with savings up to 30 percent in hundreds of cities for its Labor Day Sale.

Travel Tip: You will score the most savings if your schedule is a little bit flexible. Traveling on the Thursday before and the Tuesday after a holiday weekend is less competitive and therefore less expensive.

If you need some inspiration, try out one of these vacation destinations for a salute to summer.

Hotel Deals in Acapulco

For an unbelievable last minute hotel deal, rates at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess are just $100 a night beginning August 22nd.

Hotel Deals in Bend

Now’s a great time to visit the Pacific Northwest! The whole family will enjoy a visit to the Brasada Ranch in Bend, Oregon. Then go from the country to the city with a visit to nearby Portland. The temperature is just right for some unique experiences and great seafood.

Hotel Deals in Miami, FL

The stars are shining day and night on Miami Beach and the deals aren’t so bad either. Stay at the South Beach Plaza Hotel from $84 per night. If you stay three nights, you’ll save an additional 30 percent on your visit. You can get your fourth night free with a stay at the acclaimed Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Hotel Deals in New Orleans

Airfarewatchdog.com is reporting some great flight deals into the Big Easy for Labor Day weekend on Southwest Airlines. Tickets do require a 14-day advanced purchase. Stay at the 3-star Queen & Crescent Hotel from just $63 per night and you can save up to 50% on your visit of three or more nights.

Hotel Deals in San Diego

Save 20% on your stay at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego located in the Gas Lamp Quarter from just $179 per night.  The Best Western Yacht Harbor Hotel from just $121 per night is a summer steal. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast each morning.

Are you planning on taking a Labor Day Weekend vacation? Where will you be traveling?


 
 

 

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Kick Off August with the hotels.com 48 Hour Sale

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Summer always seems to fly by, but it’s not too late to fit in another sand, sun, and surf filled adventure to an exotic locale or a short jaunt close to your home.

Today and tomorrow, hotels.com is running a 48-hour sale where you can save up to 50% on select hotels to places like OrlandoSan DiegoChicago, and even Barcelona.

So what are you waiting for? Book your hotel, pack your bags, and enjoy the last month of summer because it won’t be here again for another year. Where will you be taking your end of the season vacation?

 
 

 

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Summer Kick-Off! Last Minute Memorial Day Deals

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Even though Mother Nature has seemingly forgotten that summer is quickly approaching in Colorado, I am confident that she will not fail me for a gorgeous Memorial Day ushering in summer this weekend.

Did it creep up on you too? Have no fear because last minute deals abound and there are great spots ripe for the picking for your next long weekend getaway.

The Cayman Islands are a great place to kick-off summer. (Photo courtesy of travel.nytimes.com)


In 2010, over 281 million people visited U.S. National Parks, and this year, they’re expecting their biggest numbers ever. I, for example, am spending the weekend at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

And if you are looking for a last minute getaway and don’t know where to go, here are my suggestions with the help of my friends at hotels.com.

Orlando

It will be hot, the lines will be long, but nothing says welcome to summer quite like a trip to Orlando and a visit to the theme parks and hotel prices are too good to pass up. You can save up to 50% on your stay through hotels.com.

Suggestions: The Coco Key Hotel and Water Resort is an affordable and fun spot where you can cool off in the hotel pools when the Florida sun gets too hot; or rent your own private home with its own pool thru Legacy Vacation Homes.

Chicago

I can’t say enough about Chicago in the summer time. Haven’t been? Now’s your chance to go with huge hotel savings from hotels.com!

Suggestions: The Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile, the Radisson Chicago O’Hare and The Hotel Felix are fun, affordable options in the heart of Chi-Town.

Charleston, SC

One of my favorite cities for a summer stroll is Charleston, South Carolina. You can’t go wrong with a stay in the historic district or on the coastal sand dunes.

Suggestions: In the heart of old Charleston you can stay at the historic Francis Marion Hotel.

Stay 3 nights and save 30% at the ResortQuest Rentals at Kiawah Island located on the Atlantic Ocean.

Austin

I love everything about Austin from the music to the food, and spending some time in the summer down south is always a blast.

Suggestions: The Omni Austin Hotel at South Park is a great family-friendly option, with rooms starting at just $116 on hotels.com

Cayman Islands

If your passports are ready then catch a plane and a deal when you visit The Cayman Islands this summer!

Suggestions: Treasure Island Resort is a 2 ½ star affordable lodging option with three pools and a private beach.

The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa – Seven Mile Beach features open-air restaurants, a gorgeous beachfront and the Westin Kids Club.

What are your favorite places to visit in the summer? Will you be taking any trips this year?

 
 

 

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Hotels.com and MasterCard Give Travelers an Early Gift for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Looking for an awesome gift to give a friend or family member?

Hotels.com is giving the gift of savings to travelers this holiday season with a $50 discount when they pay with MasterCard now through the end of the year at select hotels.com Price Match Guarantee properties. The discount applies to a future stay of three or more consecutive nights, and hotels.com customers should use coupon code “MASTERCARD50″ for a one-time discount of $50 when they make the reservation.

Also, I wanted to share this great list of “MasterCard Bookable Bargains” with you all.. 

1. The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Dallas - Close enough for guests to do-si-do to downtown nightclubs and bars, the hotel’s chic signature restaurant, Bolla, features a $40 four-course pre-fixe menu and the popular Bolla “Happy Hour” always draws a lively crowd onto its sprawling patios. For guests looking to lasso an affordable and delicious Dallas cocktail this is the spot. Rates at Dallas’ Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa start at $179 per night, and the property boasts a 96 percent approval rating according to hotels.com guest reviews.  

2. Rittenhouse 1715 in Philadelphia – Guests are invited to party like it’s 1776 and to step back into the age of Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross at this boutique property located just steps from historic treasures. This 23-room hotel exemplifies all the elegance and refined style of Philadelphia’s most fashionable neighborhood. Rittenhouse 1715 has an impressive 98 percent approval rating from hotels.com customers, and rooms start at $167 per night.

3. The Hotel Huntington in San Francisco - The “Golden Gate City” is known for its hippies, distinctive Chinatown, wickedly winding Lombard Street, and world-famous gastronomical treasures sprinkled throughout funky and eclectic neighborhoods. Built in 1924 in Nob Hill, this great property stands 12 stories tall and is close to downtown San Francisco, Chinatown and the Financial District – all within four blocks of the property. Rates start at $185 per night, and the hotel is 95 percent recommended by hotels.com users.

 
 

 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the 2010 holiday shopping season about to launch into full swing  this weekend with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, hotels.com is offering a tremendous sale for the busiest shopping days of the year!

In addition to 50 percent off nightly room rates, the first 500 hotels.com customers who book the Hotels.com® 4-Day Sale and use code “4DAY” will receive a Flip™ Ultra camcorder.  

The 4-Day sale goes live at midnight on November 26th and ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on November 29th. Happy shopping!

 
 

 

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5-4-3. Five Cities with Great Four and Three Star Hotels for Less Than $99

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Take advantage of hotel deals in cities such as Los Angeles and visit family attractions like Universal Studios (photo courtesy of themeparkcodes.com)

Looking to take a trip in the next few weeks without breaking the bank as you head into the holiday season? Well, there’s good news! There are plenty of discounts on travel and hotel sites such as Hotels.com, where you can find great deals at top rated properties.

 Here are five fall and winter destinations where properties are offering some amazing deals over the next few weeks, so be sure to book fast!

1. SAN FRANCISCO – Take the family on a fun, educational journey to Alcatraz or bring your loved one to a World Series game to root on the San Francisco Giants. The Golden Gate City is home to a variety of attractions for families and couples to enjoy.

Where to stay: Best Western Grosvenor Hotel

Located right by Monster Park (formerly Candlestick Park) and just 10 miles from downtown, this three-star property has deals starting at $60 per night. This property has a 4.0/5.0 hotel review rating, and is recommended by 85 percent of guests.

2. AUSTIN (TX) – Not only is this city the state capital of Texas, it’s also recognized as the Live Music Capital of the World with nearly 200 live music venues and Austin City Limits. With great area attractions such as Austin Lakes, and of course having a plethora of delicious BBQ restaurants with Texas-sized portions, this is a city to check out!

Where to stay: Hotel Allandale
From $81, this three-star hotel offers an indoor and an outdoor pool, fitness facility, restaurant, and a 24-hour business center. It has a hotel review rating of 4.2/5.0 and is recommended by 83 percent of guests. And if you’re looking to spend just a tad over $99, try the beautiful Barton Creek Resort and Spa and take advantage of special discount offers of up to 35% off. Music lovers will enjoy the live piano music Friday and Saturday nights.

3. LOS ANGELES – Catch a glimpse of movie stars and celebrities, watch the world champion LA Lakers in their quest for another NBA title, or enjoy the warm weather as you stroll through Rodeo Drive.

Where to stay: Hollywood Hotel
From $65, this property is located less than five miles from Universal Studios, the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park. This three-star hotel is recommended by 77 percent of guests and has a hotel review rating of 3.6/5.0.

4. NASHVILLE – Have you ever been to the Grand Ole Opry or The Parthenon? What about seeing a Tennessee Titans or Nashville Predators game? Well, now’s your chance!

Where to stay: Millennium Maxwell House  
Located within two miles are the Just minutes from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gaylord Entertainment Center and Frist Museum, this 3.5 star hotel is available at rates starting at $87. Recommended by 87 percent of guests, this property has a hotel review rating of 4.1/5.0.

5. ST. LOUIS – With the famous Gateway Arch, Six Flags St. Louis, and five casinos, this Midwest destination has activities and events for the entire family to enjoy.

Where to stay: Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center St Louis
Offering a health club, restaurant and lounge, pools and a sauna, this 3.5 star hotel is available at just $68 per night. This hotel has also earned a hotel review rating of 4.5/5.0 and is recommended by 95 percent of guests who have booked and stayed at this location.

Taylor L. Cole, APR, is director of public relations for Hotels.com.
 
 

 

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Five Cities With Can’t Miss Travel Events In October and November

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

New Orleans is home to Voodoo Experience, one of the year's best music and arts festivals in the country

So now that I offered you some tips on how to pack for your next vacation, I figured the next logical step would be to give you some ideas on where to go and what to do! 

1. New Orleans - 3 and 4 star rooms from $67 per night

From Oct. 29-31, one of the most exciting events of the year is the Voodoo Experience. A multi-day music and arts festival, bands such as Weezer, Ozzy Osbourne, this extravaganza has attracted more than 450 artists and close to one million fans over its 10-year tenure. It has also been twice nominated for Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Year.

2. Miami3 and 4 star rooms starting at $46 per night

A great trip for the whole family, Miami offers its Zoo Boo! event on Oct. 30 and 31st. Kids are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, and even get to see wild animals get their Halloween goodies! Music and games with fun prizes will also be available.

Also, just thirty minutes north of the city you may want to checkout the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Nicknamed the”Yachting Capital of the World,” show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display, as well as attractions such as The Blue Wild Dive Show and Hook the Future’s Kids Fishing Clinics.

3. Chicago - 3 and 4 star rooms from $53 per night

There is a TON of fun events happening in the Windy City during October and November. On Oct. 27, rock band Maroon 5 performs at the UIC (University of Illinois-Chicago) Pavillion, and on Oct. 29, superstar singer, Shakira, is live at Allstate Arena.

Oh, and for all you sports fans out there, you may want to purchase tickets now to visit Soldier Field when the Chicago Bears take on division rival Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 14.

4. Wine Country/Napa Valley (CA) - Save up to 35 percent

A fun, but pricey ($100 per person) event worth exploring is the Twilight Fright Night at Trefethen Family Vineyards on Oct. 29. A thrilling after experience that begins after the winery closes to the public at 7pm, you’ll walk through the winery with just candlelight eating finger foods, sampling a variety of aged wines, and hearing ghost stories and tales of the winery’s haunted past. 

5. Las Vegas - Hotels from $24 per night

Where to begin?! This city has plenty of shows and attractions every day, but I wanted to highlight a few events to be aware of in case you want to check them out.

  • Music legends Cher and Rod Stewart perform this month and next at Caesars Palace
  • David Copperfield, the most commercially successful magician in history, performs at MGM Grand throughout October and November. 
  • Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. Performing daily at The Venetian, this show is currently in its fifth year on the Strip and was recently  named the “#1 show in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

So which cities/events are you going to find yourself visiting? Let me hear your thoughts!

 
 

 

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