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March 10, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Las Vegas Hilton has a sweet special good through the end of the year: Rooms start at $49.95 for a midweek stay and come with such extras as drinks, breakfast and a discount on gift shop purchases. The deal: The Escape to Vegas package includes a room, two free cocktails at the hotel's Tempo Lounge, two free breakfast buffets, two free passes to the fitness center and a 15% discount in the hotel's gift shop. It's good for midweek stays; a two-night minimum is required.
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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.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I love introductory airfares that airlines offer when they start new service because they nearly always involve crazy low prices. Case in point: $149 each way from San Diego to Honolulu this winter after Alaska Airlines starts daily nonstop service in November. Need I say more? The deal : Alaska Airlines' Introducing San Diego to Honolulu fares start at $149 each way plus tax and fees. Yes, this airfare is super-low but my research shows that this price isn't available on all dates.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Anyone taking the kids to Disneyland this spring should consider this Travelzoo hotel offer within walking distance of the Anaheim theme park. A room for four costs $119 for a night or $219 for two nights - and that includes free parking and breakfast. The deal: The Travelzoo deal really suits families with kids who don't want to spend a fortune on a hotel room but do want to stay close to the park. It's good at the Anabella Hotel (1030 W. Katella Ave.), which is within walking distance of Disneyland.
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Virgin America announced Tuesday that it would begin flying three daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Philadelphia in April -- bringing more options to fly on the airline deemed best in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure readers.  Flights between Los Angeles and Philadelphia international airports begin April 4. Tickets are on sale now and cost $129 each way, excluding tax and fees. To get that fare, reservations must be made by 9:59 p.m. PST Friday for travel between April 4 and June 15, with some blackout dates.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
It just got more expensive to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. Again. Walt Disney Co. raised entry prices to its theme parks in California and Florida, effective Sunday. A single-day ticket to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim for visitors 10 or older now costs $92, up from $87 -- a jump of nearly 6%. The cost of the day pass has risen 28% since early 2010, when it was $72. Prices were previously raised in August 2010, June 2011 and May 2012.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Aqua Hotels & Resorts has put rooms in Honolulu and other Hawaii destinations on sale for $99 or less a night . The chain also tacks on a 10th anniversary discount that rewards those who bring along a childhood photo with a discount of 10% more. The deal: Aqua Hotels & Resorts has a dozen properties near Waikiki. Sample sale rates: I checked dates in late October online and found rooms going for $79 a night at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki and $99 a night at Aqua Palms Waikiki (prices exclude tax)
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hotel Abri in San Francisco was built the year after the city's devastating 1906 earthquake. The former Monticello Hotel has been transformed from a vintage building into a contemporary boutique hotel with an urban vibe. Now the Abri offers a spring deal on rates, but only for a limited time. The deal: The Get Lucky offer takes 20% off nightly rates at the hotel at 127 Ellis St. in the downtown area north of Market Street and not far from Union Square. Use the promotion code "LUCKY" to get the discount.
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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.
NEWS
September 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This jaw-dropping Santa Barbara deal from Travelzoo posted Wednesday and, like many Top 20 deals, may go quickly. A midweek night at the Canary Hotel plus a three-course meal for two at the hotel's Coast Restaurant goes for $299 -- less than the cost of a typical one-night stay.  [ For the record at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 21: An earlier version of this post wrongly said the Travelzoo offer cost $297.] The deal: The Canary is a little boutique hotel with a downtown location (31 W. Carrillo St.)
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