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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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October 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Off-season in Washington, D.C., means a nice break from blazing summer heat and crowds on the National Mall. Now it also means a nice break on hotel rates from Travelzoo at the stylish Donovan House: $109 a night on Fridays and Saturdays for a limited time. The deal: Travelzoo features the Donovan House weekend deal  on its Top 20 list, which means rooms may go fast. This Thompson hotel has a good central location (1155 14th St. N.W.) and free Wi-Fi comes too. Use the Travelzoo link or the promotion code "TZOO" to make a reservation.
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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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February 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Who said airfare deals would peter out in 2011? I suppose they still might, but here's one I like from JetBlue that features good fares for spring from Long Beach. One-way fares start at $39 to Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, and $49 to Seattle -- but you must book by Tuesday night. The deal: The So-Much-to-Love Sale also features one-way fares of $65 to Salt Lake City, $69 to Portland and $84 to Austin, Texas. One-way coast-to-coast hauls to New York City and Boston are set at $129 from  Long Beach or Los Angeles International Airport.
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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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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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August 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Four big ski resorts in the West are teaming up to offer a one-of-a-kind pass for skiing and snowboarding next winter that spans eight mountains in four states. The Mountain Collective Pass goes on sale Tuesday (today) and allows users two free days at Alta in Utah, Aspen/Snowmass (which includes Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk) in Colorado, Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows in the Lake Tahoe area. Once free days are used up, skiers receive half off lift tickets for the rest of the season -- and there are no blackout dates.
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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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