Best Summer Travel Deals: Travel Editor Peter Greenberg's Top Finds for Great Rates on Transportation, Attractions and Accommodations
CBS News.com - May 11, 2010 - Traveling has been rough lately, with all the cancellations due to the volcano in Iceland, and high airfares. So, how can you plan a summer trip without breaking the bank?
On "The Early Show," CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shared some easy ways for you to get great rates on your summer getaways.
FLASH SALES: (Facebook, Twitter and others)
Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort - Fans and friends of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort's Facebook page can enjoy a sunny Bahamian getaway for up to 40 percent off with the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort's Facebook Fans and Friends offer. The special discounted rates start at $129 per night, and guests can upgrade to an ocean view room for only $20 more per night. To book this offer, travelers must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with rate code FACEBOOK by May 31 for travel through November 11, 2010. To become a fan of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Facebook, please visit http://www.facebook.com/SheratonNassau.
Discover Ohio - Want buy-one get-two-free admissions to a great Ohio zoo? Buy-one-get-one train rides, wake boarding and Segway tours? How about $50 savings on bed and breakfast stays? Follow @DiscoverOhio on Twitter, and you'll see a new valuable travel offer every day in May. If you like what you see, make sure you purchase your deal right away, because most offers are only available in a limited quantity, and once the day is over, the deal is gone! You'll only find these great deals by following @DiscoverOhio on Twitter, so get on board today and make sure you're among the first to know!
DailyGetwaways.com - Discover America Daily Getaways is a month-long partnership between the U.S. Travel association and American Express that will auction daily travel packages to a number of American cities to cardholders. These once-in-a-lifetime packages feature exclusive access to events. For instance, revelers can get behind-the-scenes access to Mardi Gras, including a ride on Harry Connick Jr.'s float, followed by a black-tie and other inside-access experiences over a five-day stay. In addition to the travel packages, Discover America is also offering a limited number of deeply discounted travel offers that anyone can participate in. There is a new vacation package and set of deals every weekday until the promotion ends on June 4.
Vacationist.com - A new partnership between LuxuryLink.com and Travel & Leisure. An invitation-only, private-sale travel website for luxury travelers, offers exclusive luxury hotel and resort rooms available for purchase to its members at 25 to 40 percent off for limited periods of time. Invitees to Vacationist are initially limited to Travel + Leisure customers and Luxury Link members.
JetSetter.com is an invitation-only flash sale community with deals offered first come, first served deals include luxury hotels, African safaris, and more. For example, a junior suite at the Epic Hotel Miami for $169 per night, half the regular rate. Visit the site to request an invitation.
Kayak offers private hotel sales to members for up to 50 percent off regular rates, based on hot search trends.
Tablet Hotels is a private sale site that offers reduced hotels for members only. To become a member, you just have to book with Tablet or be invited. To receive alerts about becoming a Tablet member, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Sales start every Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET and are live for only two days. Tablet Plus members ($195 fee) are given early access starting Monday at 10 a.m. ET.
CheapCaribbean.com - The 99-Hour Sale, gives customers exclusive access to up to 70 percent savings on vacation packages to the Caribbean and Mexico. The sale begins Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET and lasts through Friday at midnight. Subscribers to the company's e-mail newsletter get an early preview of the week's 99-Hour deals on Monday afternoon, and with this deal alert e-mail the company gives you an early preview as well.
The first 99 bookings receive additional savings, plus all bookings receive the Sunshine Protection Plan, which provides a $100 coupon if it rains during the customer's vacation. The webpage for the 99-hour sale has special features including a clock counting down the time remaining on the sale, and the number of bookings left of the first 99 for each resort. Go to this page or call 800-915-2322.
CheapCaribbean.com is the leading online resource for travelers interested in vacation deals to the Caribbean and Mexico. Its mission is to be the premier e-commerce beach company by inspiring and fulfilling the dreams of its stakeholders. The CheapCaribbean.com website provides in-depth content on hotel properties and destinations, including authenticated user reviews, exclusive insider tips, as well as beautiful destination photos. The online travel site has grown dramatically since its inception 13 years ago. The site attracts more than 50 million unique visitors a year, resulting in over 1.5 million customers serviced.