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April 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hard to believe that Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego charged just $8.16 for a room when it opened in 1963. Half a century later, that rate is still available  -- if you pay regular price for two nights. The deal: Stay two nights at the best available rate and receive a third night for $8.16. It's all part of the 50th Anniversary Package at this resort, which features 287 rooms, swimming pools, fitness center, golf course and more. The deal must be reserved by phone using the code "RBI50.
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June 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's no secret that movies inspire travelers to visit places they see on the big screen. Now one travel company has designed a tour to India based on the movie " The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . " The film takes place in Rajasthan, and the 13-day tour follows suit. However participants stay in four-star hotels rather than the down-at-the-heel "hotel" shown in the film (though there's a visit to that site). The trip begins and ends in Delhi and includes a tuk-tuk ride, a visit to Kanota Castle where the Viceroy Club was set in the film, and a day trip to Rawla Kumpar to see the hotel featured in the movie.
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December 1, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Winter airfare sales are such a distraction at this time of year. Aren't we all supposed to be holiday shopping? Nevermind. Check out what could be good savings on fares for winter or spring break. Would you believe $19 to Las Vegas? JetBlue Airways: Las Vegas is the sweet spot for this airfare sale. The airline's website said Tuesday that JetBlue will fly five flights daily between Long Beach and Las Vegas and, for a limited time, will charge just $19 plus tax each way. Last week, no-frills newcomer Allegiant Air promoted a $40.68 round-trip fare on the same route to celebrate its new service, which starts Dec. 15. It will be interesting to see how this Vegas airfare war plays out – hopefully with more low fares for fliers.
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July 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Summer airfare sales at JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines could help if you're a little behind on summer vacation planning. JetBlue has lowered the price on Las Vegas to $29 each way from Long Beach. And Frontier offers $84 fares each way from Los Angeles to Denver. Act quickly if you want a seat because these sales end Thursday night -- that's tonight. [ Updated at 11:09 a.m. July 7: Virgin America is also cutting fares, mainly for autumn, with a Quadruple Play sale that lasts only until 4 p.m. Pacific time Thursday (July 7)
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October 9, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Omni San Diego is touting a holiday package (no, it's not too early) that works for a shopping getaway before or during the upcoming holidays. The price is $149 a night, more than 20% off the hotel's best available rate, and it comes with free valet parking too. The deal: For a winter getaway, the San-ta Diego Holiday package includes these nice extras: free valet parking (usually $35 a night) and homemade eggnog and banana ginger cake upon arrival. The hotel is in a central location too, adjacent to Petco Park in the city's Gaslamp Quarter.
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October 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Fall and winter are quiet seasons good for quick getaways in California. The Crescent San Francisco near Union Square has a good deal on rooms -- starting at $129 a night -- for shoppers, sightseers or anyone seeking a stylish break. The deal: The hotel is at 417 Stockton St., in an older building a few blocks from Union Square. It provides a good central location, particularly if you are car-less in the city. Continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi come with the rooms too. When: The offer is good through Dec. 31, though blackout dates apply.
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November 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Cyber Monday shopping starts today with a special offer from Hyatt Santa Barbara . If the name doesn't ring a bell, that's because Hyatt only recently took over the 80-year-old ocean-front Hotel Mar Monte at 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Some guest rooms, the lobby and the pool and deck area have been refurbished; other rooms are in the middle of a $9-million renovation expected to be completed in 2012. For those who want to check out the new look, the hotel takes off 25% on room rates for reservations made on Cyber Monday.
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November 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
There's a lot going on for the holidays at Loews Ventana Canyon . The Tucson desert resort hosts a tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 27 and nightly concerts Dec. 10-21. Join in the fun on a Travelzoo escape that knocks room rates down to $109 a night. The deal: Buy the coupon from Travelzoo , then book the room with the resort. Winter is the best time to visit the Sonoran Desert, when temperatures are warm but not hot. This resort made the top 10 list of golf resorts in Conde Nast's 2012 Traveler Readers' Choice Awards too. When: The offer is good until 9:59 Pacific time Wednesday for stays Nov. 18-Jan.
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February 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Thompson Hotels' Donovan House in Washington, D.C., has a lot going for it this spring -- its downtown location at Thomas Circle, for one, and a room sale in February and March that starts at $109 a night. The deal: I found this deal on Travelzoo 's Top 20 list  so availability may be limited. Donovan House room sale rates start at $109 a night on weekends in February, $119 for weekends in March and $159 Mondays-Thursdays through Feb. 24. The deal comes with free Wi-Fi too. It's easy to find this rate on the hotel's website; if you're calling, you need to request the code "PROM7.
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January 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Yotel New York , which uses the term "cabins" instead of "rooms" at its Manhattan hotel, is offering rooms, uh, cabins for a limited time for $129 a night, a slim price for a night on the town. The idea of a stripped-down budget hotel with electronic extras originated in London and has been up and running in New York City since 2011. The deal: The compact Yotel at 570 10th Ave. offers a room for two - with a view, no less - for $129 a night plus tax. The deal is good for stays from now through March 10 and for July 4-Sept.
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