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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 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Leaving your car at Los Angeles International Airport can run $12 to $30 a day, depending on which parking lot you choose. Here's a cheaper way to go: LivingSocial offers a $20 coupon for more than three days of parking at a lot near the airport. The deal: The coupon is worth $45 or 3 1/2 days in the self-parking section of Park Air Express (5757 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 90045). Park Air runs shuttles between the airport and the parking garage. When: You can buy a coupon from LivingSocial until 9 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday.
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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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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.
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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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December 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Ski Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has some of the best tree-skiing and remote runs in New Mexico, according to Skiing Magazine . The Santa Fe Sage Inn just 5 miles from the ski area offers a two-day stay with daily lift tickets stating at $239 a night. The deal: Ski for Free in Santa Fe offers a good deal for those who want to tour the high-altitude city and get in some skiing/boarding too. The package includes two full-day lift tickets at Ski Santa Fe , two nights lodging, breakfast, shuttle to the city's downtown area, parking, Wi-Fi and access to the on-site fitness center.
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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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