Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, November 2014 Issue
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Smoky Mountain Cabin Specials
|Cabin Fever Vacations offers cabin specials in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN.
November Cabin Specials
- Stay three nights, receive 10 percent off your stay. Use promo code CFV1101.
- Stay three nights, receive one night free. Use promo code CFV1102.
- Stay five nights, receive 20 percent off your stay. Use promo code CFV1103.
- Stay six nights, receive two nights free. Use promo code CFV1104.
These discounts are valid for stays Nov. 1 to 30, 2014 based on availability. Smoky Mountain cabin specials do not apply to cabins with a private pool. Specials cannot be combined, unless noted. Specials are not valid Thanksgiving Week Nov. to 30, 2014.
Special offer for all Cabin Fever guests: Buy one, get one free Wahoo Ziplines course for every person in the cabin (up to a $100 value) and one free whitewater rafting expedition (up to a $45 value) from Big Creek Expeditions. Seasonal tickets, based on the weather attractions may not be available during your stay.
10 Percent Military Discount – A special thank you to those serving and who have served our country. The 10 percent off is available year-round off the entire stay, based on availability. Use promotional code MIL14 and show your military ID card. The offer cannot be combined unless noted.
AAA Members – 10 percent off your stay year-round, based on availability. Use promotion code AAA1. This offer does not apply to cabins with a private pool and cannot be combined, unless noted. You must show your AAA membership card.
AARP Members - 10 percent off your stay year-round, based on availability. Use promotion code AARP14. This offer does not apply to cabins with a private pool and cannot be combined, unless noted. You must show your AARP membership card.
Year-Round Signature Stay – Stay five nights and get the sixth night free. Use promotion code CFVSIG14.
To receive the discount, reference the promotion code noted for the special you desire. Code must be entered in the form when making online reservations or given to the reservations staff when calling.
Cabin Fever Vacations or 866/582-2246.
Stay in Italy Free with Barter System
|Now in its sixth year, "Bartering Week," Nov. 17 to 23, 2014, organized by the bed and breakfast portal in Italy, http://www.bed-and-breakfast.it allows you to stay in Italian B&Bs paying with whatever you can do, produce or invent.
Bartering ideas have inspired the site's virtual "market" over the years, allowing owners to make requests and contact travelers, with successful bartering for all concerned.
For example, you could stay in Rome in exchange for food products; or sleep in Venice in exchange for a professional photo shoot of the host B&B; or, stay in Siena in exchange for creating a website or a native speaker translation.
Some Italian B&B owners are open to barter suggestions year round.
To participate, choose from one of these ways:
- Go to the Bartering Week websiteand click on the desired destination, contacting the B&B via the "Contact and Barter" form. Or contact the B&B at the addresses listed on the site. Look at the B&B "wish list" to see if what you can offer will interest your chosen B&B.
- Enter your barter offer on bartering site, in the section "What will you barter for a stay in a B&B", and indicate the region, if any, that you prefer. B&B owners in the chosen region will view barter offers and get back to you if they are interested.
- Post your barter ideas on the Facebook wall and wait for replies from the B&Bs on the social network.
Bartering week is perfect for a creative, inexpensive holiday with lots of human contact, dedicated to swapping experiences and professional skills.
Bartering Week, Facebook Wall and Barter all year round.
Semara Celebrates Third Birthday with 65% Savings
|Semara Luxury Villa Resort, in Bali, celebrates its third birthday with savings of 65 percent on suite rooms through Dec. 20, 2014.
Suites start from $416 per night, plus 10 percent service and 11 percent government tax charge, and include breakfast, butler on request and VIP entrance to Finns Beach Club.
Located on the cliffs of Uluwatu, Semara offers ocean view, private plunge pool and garden terrace suites which include king beds, TV, outdoor and indoor shower and bathtub.
You have access to all resort and villa facilities including swimming pools, media rooms, cliff top restaurant, spa, ocean-view gym and Finn's Beach Club on nearly 600 feet of secluded beach below the resort.
Forty percent discounts are available for the resort's two, three, four and five bedroom villas with include return airport transfers, car and driver for eight hours daily and a private chef and butler for eight hours each day. Each villa offers privacy with about 300 feet of cliff frontage and private swimming pools overlooking the ocean.
Villas are a more private and economical alternative to a hotel for families or groups. The per person rate for a stay in a five bedroom villa is not much more than $200 per night.
Semara Luxury Villa Resort.
Off-Peak 20% Discount on Eurail Passes
|Non-European travelers can get a 20 percent discount off the regular price of Eurail Global and Select passes during the fall and winter season. The off-peak promotional passes are available until Dec. 31, 2014 for travel in Europe through Mar. 31, 2015. The offer is applicable to all products and includes first and second class.
Eurail Global passes are valid in 24 European countries (including free or discounted travel on some major shipping lines) and the flexibility to create your own itinerary while hopping on and off trains across Europe. The Eurail Global pass continues to be the most popular pass followed by the Eurail Select pass which is valid for travel in four adjoining Eurail countries.
Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents.
Made for Canadians Deals in Orlando
|Escape to Orlando this winter with savings designed for Canadians. Visit Orlando's Deals Made for Canadians program is back with 75 discounted offers and packages on theme parks, dining, accommodations and attractions throughout the Central Florida area.
A full list of discounts included in Visit Orlando's Deals Made for Canadians promotion can be found online.
Sample offers include:
Theme Parks & Attractions
- Save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels
- Save up to $40 when purchasing a SeaWorld Orlando weekday ticket
- Save 25 percent on adult and child tickets at DUPLO Valley, a farm-themed attraction at LEGOLAND Florida
- Tickets start at $54 for performances by La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
- Save 20 percent off the best available room rate at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort
- Rates start at $79 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel
- Save 30 percent off the regular room rate at the Orlando World Center Marriott, including breakfast buffet for two adults and two kids
- 50 percent off at Capone's Dinner & Show
- Buy one, get one free menu item at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
- Free tapas at Canadian-owned and operated Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Deals Made for Canadians or 800/551-0181
Parc Sovereign Hotel Early Booking Rates
|Early bookers at Parc Sovereign Hotels in Singapore will get up to a 20 percent discount for room rates.
Parc Sovereign Hotels have different discounts for early bookings. Book 30 days in advance of your arrival date and get a 20 percent discount. Book 21 days prior to arrival and get a 15 percent discount. Book 14 days prior to arrival and get a 10 percent discount.
In addition to the early bird discount, Parc Sovereign Hotel offers the Bugis Street deal which includes a free Bugis Street goodie bag with discount vouchers. The Long Stay promo gives an additional 10 percent discount for a minimum stay of two nights.
Room charges must be pre-paid via a credit card and the payment is non-refundable. The date of reservation cannot be changed or cancelled. Rooms are also subject to availability.
All bookings come with free internet access.
There are two Parc Sovereign hotels in Singapore: The Parc Sovereign- Albert St., and the Parc Sovereign- Tyrwhitt.
The Albert St. location is near art institutions, galleries, museums, and Bugis Village. The hotel has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, mini-playground, function room and car park.
The 270-room Parc Sovereign-Tyrwhitt has a cafe, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and car park. It is at the Lavender MRT station- EW11.
Parc Sovereign Hotel.
Warm-weather Destination Resorts Offer Fall Packages
|From Arizona to Puerto Rico, here are four offers to forget that winter is coming.
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ – 816/716-8137 - The “Sunsational Savings” package starts at $127 per night with a $50 food and beverage credit when booking two or more nights. As a bonus, you receive a free upgrade at check-in. Book through Dec. 31, 2014 and use promo code ZS4.
Hilton Orlando, FL – 800/774-1500 - The “Leisure Escapes” package includes a $50 daily credit. Rates start at $129 per night through Dec. 24, 2014.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico – 800/474-6627 - The “Fall Sale” has starting rates of $149 nightly when booking four or more consecutive nights. That’s a 40 percent savings plus you receive a $100 food and beverage credit for every room booked for stays through Dec. 20, 2014.
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in SC – 843/681-4000 - For $229 per night, the Adventure package features zipline or Aerial Adventure tickets, two-hour kayak or standup paddleboard rental, free use of New Balance Lending Kit, amenity on arrival and a $20 donation to the Coastal Discovery Museum Conservation Fund.
50% Discount at Passage Samui Villas & Resort
|The Passage Samui Villas & Resort on Laem Yai Beach, in Koh Samui, Thailand, offers a discount for rooms on select dates this year. You can receive a 50 percent room discount if you book and travel by Dec. 15, 2014. A deposit is not required and you may cancel a booking with no charge three days before your booked date.
The resort overlooks Laem Yai Beach, in the Gulf of Thailand, with views of Koh Samui’s sister island, KohPhangan. The resort is located near restaurants, markets and shops of Nathon. Nearby attractions include Mu KoAng Thong National Park and Nam TokHin Lad Waterfall. The resort has a spa and beachfront dining restaurant for its guests.
Passage Samui Villas & Resort.
Early Booking Savings at ExperiencePlus! 2015 Tours
|Bicycle tour operator ExperiencePlus introduces five new tours for 2015.
In 2015, ExperiencePlus expands their classic tours to highlight Brittany and Normandy in France, and Portugal’s Alentejo region. ExperiencePlus will add a new route from Venice, Italy to Kalamata, Greece. For those not interested in challenging tours, there is the novice-friendly Sightseer tours with two itineraries geared towards travelers new to cycle touring, families, or those interested in cycling at a more leisurely pace.
All tours are on sale. Provide a $500 per person deposit before Nov. 15, 2014 and save $200.
ExperiencePlus! or 800/685-4565.
Carnival Renews Great Vacation Guarantee
|Carnival Cruise Lines renews its Great Vacation Guarantee which provides an opportunity to receive a 110 percent refund, free transportation home and a $100 shipboard credit on a future cruise if you are dissatisfied with your vacation for any reason. In the year since Carnival introduced the guarantee, the line's 24 ships have carried 4.5 million guests and the guarantee has been invoked 47 times.
To exercise the Great Vacation Guarantee, notify the ship's guest services desk within the first 24 hours of the voyage to receive a full refund of your cruise fare plus an additional 10 percent, along with free return air transportation from the next port of call, and free ground transportation and hotel accommodations (if necessary), along with a $100 shipboard credit to be used on a future Carnival cruise. Carnival will fully handle all travel arrangements to make it a hassle-free experience.
The Great Vacation Guarantee is valid on all three- to eight-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Bermuda, Canada and New England through Dec. 31, 2015, including holiday sailings. The program applies to U.S. and Canadian residents who possess a valid passport to return to the U.S. by air.
Great Vacation Guarantee or 800/CARNIVAL.
OZO Pattaya Special Opening Rates
|Thailand's second OZO property has opened in the seaside town of Pattaya, located within walking distance of attractions and beaches.
Opening rates start from 1,100 Baht per night or about $35 per night not including breakfast, service charge and local taxes, for stays through Dec. 24, 2014. The offer is subject to availability.
OZO Pattaya's 'Snooze Zone' includes 164 sleep inducing guestrooms consisting of Sleep Rooms, Dream Rooms and OZO Suites. Each room includes bedding, climate control for the optimum sleep temperature and black out curtains.
To help make each stay fuss free, the hotel is equipped with multimedia connectivity panels with HDMI, USB and audio ports and free Wi-Fi internet throughout.
In the common areas, team members provide information about a destination at the 'Spot,' OZO's take on a hotel lobby.
Breakfast and espresso are offered at EAT, the hotel's all day dining restaurant. For those in a rush, EAT2GO is a grab and go option for breakfast or snacks.
After a busy day, you can enjoy down time at 'Splash,' the rooftop swimming pool or the gym.
Fall in Love with Captiva Package
|Stay for two nights or longer at the South Seas Island Resort at Captiva Island, FL, through Dec. 18, 2014, and receive breakfast for two each day, a $100 resort credit and a coupon booklet with more than $250 in savings at Resort outlets.
Resort credits will be applied at time of check-out toward applicable charges. Credits can be applied towards all charges except room rate, corresponding taxes and resort fees. Unused portions of the credit will be forfeited and not reimbursed in cash.
This offer cannot be combined with other promotions, packages, rate plans and offers and is subject to availability. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply. Not applicable to confirmed, existing reservations or group bookings.
South Seas Island Resort or 866/565-5089.
Free Native Trail Performances
|American Indian culture in the Southwest will grow louder January through April 2015 with the return of Native Trails, presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
For the first time, this series of free song and dance performances in Scottsdale Civic Center Park will focus on passing traditions from one generation to the next. Native Trails brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances, and customary attire to share the stories of Southwestern tribes including the Hopi, Dine (Navajo), Akimel Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache. Performances include the Southwest Horse Dance, inter-tribal pow wow dancing, world championship level hoop dancing and the audience-participation round dance.
Performers of all ages will share their traditions with the audience. After the performance, you can talk with the cast. American Indian artisans will sell specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
The stories of the Southwest tribes will be on display most Thursdays and Saturdays noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 8 through Apr. 4, 2015.
Native Trails is free of charge, so bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and head to Scottsdale Civic Center Park to enjoy an afternoon of cultural immersion.
Native Trails or 480/421-1004.
Fall Rates at Millennium Hotels and Resorts
|To celebrate fall, Millennium hotels across the U.S. offer a "Fall Into Autumn" package with 10 percent off Best Flexible rates, 10 percent off food and beverages and free Wi-Fi.
With locations from Chicago and Los Angeles to Nashville and Minneapolis, rates start from $99 per room, per night ($199/night in gateway cities).
Parents can make their fall stay special for little ones with the Ask Alfred Children's Concierge program, with Alfred bear as part of a custom-designed children's amenity kit. For $15 per child, kids receive a backpack with goodies including an Ask Alfred Teddy Bear, natural and organic Gummy Bears, a crayon activity set, Stickables and a set of 12 collectible Color Me postcards featuring Alfred on his travels. Millennium Hotels and Resorts will donate $2 from each Ask Alfred amenity sold to the Dream Factory, which grants the dreams of critically and chronically ill children.
The "Fall Into Autumn" package lasts until Nov. 30, 2014 and is subject to availability.
Millennium Hotels and Resorts or 866/866-8086.
AT&T Value for International Travel
|AT&T1 offers the AT&T Passport packages for international travel. 1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc
For use in more 150 countries, AT&T Passport gives you unlimited messaging plus affordable rates for calling and a data allowance. When using the AT&T Passport app,2 you get unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots in select countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico.
Designed for international travel from one to 30 days, AT&T Passport packages can be added to your domestic postpaid plan. They have a one-time charge, are valid for 30 days and expire automatically. There's nothing to cancel once you're back home from your trip.
When it's time for your next trip abroad, visit myAT&T or call 800/335-4685 to add another 30-day, one-time-charge package.
Choose from three packages for cell phones: Passport, Passport Plus and Passport Pro.
The one-time charge for the Passport package is $30, Passport Plus $60 and Passport Pro $120.
With any of the Passport packages you get unlimited messages which include picture, text, and video plus unlimited Wi-Fi.
Available cellular data for the Passport is 120 MB with $.25/MB cellular overage charge, 300 MB for Passport Plus and $.20/MB cellular overage charge, and 800 MB for Passport Pro with $.15/MB cellular overage charge.
Talk is charged at $1 per minute for Passport, $.50 per minute for Passport Plus and $.35 minute for Passport Pro.
If you frequently travel abroad, new AT&T Global packages are available with a monthly recurring charge. They include the same services, allotments and rates as Passport packages. Data-only Passport and Global packages are also available for tablets, laptops and other data-only devices.
Golf Packages at Marriott
|Marriott offers golf packages at properties in their International portfolio. Here are a few of the offerings.
Golf package at the Coral Springs Marriott in Coral Springs, FL – Use promotional code ZJ4 in the Corporate/Promotional code box for online reservation or calling. The package starts from $149 per night and valid through Aug. 29, 2015. One or two player packages include accommodations, one round of golf (18 holes for one or two players and golf cart.
Golf Getaway Package at Gaylord Opryland Resort - Rates from $244 single occupancy and $294 double occupancy. The package includes one night’s accommodations at Gaylord Opryland Resort, one round of golf at Gaylord Springs Golf Links and shuttle service to and from Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Tee times may be reserved within 30 days of your scheduled arrival. Use promotional code YQ5 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making online reservation or calling. The package is valid through Dec. 30, 2014.
Golf Getaway at Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, FL from $239. The package includes upgraded bay view room with one king or two double beds; round of golf for one or two players and unlimited same day replay; free range balls, bag storage, and use of practice facilities; unlimited access to the health club and spa facilities. Call the Vinoy Golf Club 727-896-8000 prior to booking to ensure tee time availability. Use promotional code GOF in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online or call-in reservation. Valid through Sep. 29, 2015.
smarTours' Beijing & Shanghai Sweepstakes
|smarTours offers a journey to Beijing and Shanghai. Sign up for the smarTours email list before Nov. 9, 2014, and you will automatically become eligible to win the smarTours Beijing and Shanghai sweepstakes for a free trip for two to China.
smarTours' Beijing and Shanghai vacation package includes roundtrip international airfare from San Francisco or New York, all airline fees, fuel surcharges and taxes, ground transportation, intra-China flights, accommodation at deluxe and first class hotels, daily breakfasts, sightseeing tours, and English-speaking tour hosts.
The smarTours email list provides deals and exclusive travel offers all across the globe.
Retail value of the promotion starts at $1800 based on double occupancy.
smarTours' Beijing and Shanghai Sweepstakes.
Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa 3rd Night Free
|Take advantage of the third night free promotion from Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, near Branson.
Available for stays Sunday to Thursday through Feb. 12, 2015, the offer lets you to stay at the mountaintop resort that overlooks Table Rock Lake, while minutes from the attractions and shows of Branson.
The resort’s third night free offer is based on availability, and the stay must be consecutive nights. Blackout dates may apply. The promotion may not be combined with any other offer, and is not applicable to any existing reservations or groups.
From Nov. 3 to Dec. 27, 2014, the resort will be decorated with a life-sized nativity, Christmas décor in the 10-story atrium, and gingerbread/candy houses display.
Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa or 888/215-0872.
Hurtigruten Offers Savings up to $7,820
|Due to a last-minute release of cabins on several 2014-2015 Antarctica itineraries, Hurtigruten offers savings of up to $7,820. New fares are from $6,081 per person, double occupancy. The 10-day “Land of the Penguins” voyage, from $6,081, departs Jan. 4 and 16, 2015; and the 15-day “Polar Circle Expedition” has fares from $7,764 for Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, 2015 sailings.
Using the expedition ship, MS Fram, the cruise takes in many of the sites seen by Norwegian explorers.
Camping overnight ashore, hiking with snowshoes, kayaking the ice-laden waters and small boat excursions offer experiences that yield memories and a greater understanding of this pristine environment. Combining adventure excursions with the numerous landings, penguin, lectures from experts, and the stunning scenery of the White Continent, makes an Antarctica itinerary a trip-of-a-lifetime.
The most remote Hurtigruten cruise is the “Polar Circle Expedition.” This 15-day voyage crosses into the Polar Circle and makes landings in rarely visited areas of the Antarctica Peninsula. Highlights include a visit to the former British research Station Won Detaille Island.
Hurtigruten or 877/301-3117.
Trafalgar $200 Per Couple Airfare Credit
|Book and deposit by Nov. 25, 2014, and receive a $200 per couple credit on 2015 air-inclusive Europe guided vacation bookings with flights on Lufthansa, Swiss, Brussels and Austrian airlines. Booked 2015 Europe trips must be paid in full by Dec. 18, 2104.
Combine with Trafalgar's 10 percent Early Payment Discount for additional savings up to $1,676 per couple.
On select flights, airlines may charge $35 per person, per Trans-Atlantic flight for seat selection. Once booked airfare is non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferrable.
Prices are based on double occupancy, vary by departure date and are subject to availability.
Trafalgar or 866/513-1995.
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