September 30, 2012 |
In the Sept. 23 On the Spot column, reader Mae Chandran of Malibu wrote in to say she had been charged a resort fee of $40.32 at a Las Vegas hotel that "had to be paid before we could check in. " She hadn't known about the charge, so she tussled with the online booking agency and eventually got a small reduction in the price. But, she said in her letter, it really wasn't about the money; it was about the principle, and others agree. Three consumer advocates last month filed a letter of complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the practice, which the FTC calls drip pricing.
August 31, 2011 |
Take a drive on U.S. Highway 395 to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and pay $395 for a three-night stay at Snowcreek Resort . This package at the 450-acre vacation rental resort is ideal for Labor Day and good for families that want to hike, fish or just laze around the eastern Sierra site. The deal: Stay $395 includes three nights in a one-bedroom condo. Visitors have access to the resort's athletic club (indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball, exercise classes)
June 20, 2010
Golf until you drop? OK, it's not the same as shopping, but a summer package at La Quinta Resort & Club allows you to spend as much time as you like on the resort's five golf courses. The deal: The "Desert Links" play-and-stay package includes a room and unlimited golfing for two starting at $229 per night at the 45-acre resort near Palm Springs. You also get a $25 credit for dining or other expenses, and the resort waives its usual $27-a-night resort fee. The more golf you play, the better the deal, given that a single round ranges from $59 to $109.
April 26, 2013 |
Here's a vacation that can keep two generations happy: a stay in California's Napa Valley wine region combined with a daily sports program for teens and pre-teens. The 1,200-acre Silverado Resort & Spa , 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, includes two 18-hole PGA championship golf courses, 13 tennis courts, swimming pools, a spa, a restaurant, an 1870s mansion and more. In the summer, the resort offers a four-day Silverado Golf Tennis Swim Camp for ages 11 to 16, at all skill levels.
November 8, 2011 |
Winter is a beautiful thing in the Arizona desert, with no shortage of sun and mild temperatures. For a kick-back holiday getaway this season, Loews Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson has rooms on sale starting at $89 a night -- but only until Wednesday. The deal: The resort teamed up with Travelzoo for the limited-time offer . Temps in Tucson are nice and cool in late fall and early winter and great for hiking, golfing or...
November 3, 2011 |
This deal from Marriott makes it easy to get a jump-start on a vacation. Stay at a JW Marriott, Renaissance or Marriott Resort through January and receive a companion airline ticket to anywhere in the continental U.S. plus a $100 resort credit. The deal: The Stay Here, Fly There package is available in California (including Sonoma, San Diego and Palm Springs), Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Florida. It requires a two-night stay, and the $100 credit may be used for golf, spa services or food.
July 24, 2012 |
The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has a deal you've likely heard before: an extra night or two at a price determined by the year you were born. I've written about deals like this in the past, but just because it's been done before doesn't mean you won't save -- whether you go during the heat of summer or the cool of late fall. The deal: The birth-date rate is good for a second or third night, and guests must have valid proof of ID to show when they check in. Use the code "NBR" when making a reservation by phone; "PAYAGE" when booking online.
November 13, 2012 |
La Quinta Resort & Club turned into Bedford Falls? That's the idea behind the 1926 resort's holiday decorations inspired by the movie "It's a Wonderful Life. " After Thanksgiving, the Palm Springs-area hotel will have decorations in place and offer free screenings of the movie, a chance to roast chestnuts -- and a special room rate for California residents. The deal: The California Residents Rate at the resort with a PGA West golf course starts at $135 a night plus tax and requires a two-night stay.
January 24, 2013 |
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo., is offering deep discounts on rooms this spring for a two-night stay. The ski-in ski-out hotel takes up to 60% off room rates, which could be a good deal for those still planning their spring break. The deal: Spring on Sale rates require a two-night stay at the hotel. Use the code "vcspring1" when making a reservation online or by phone. When: The sale is good through Jan. 31 for stays Feb. 24 to April 13. Tested: I checked online and found some of the discounted rooms a bit more than the promised 60% off. I found availability for a midweek rate Feb. 25-27 for a room with a king- or two queen-sized beds for $169 a night plus tax (instead of the published $459 a night)
July 9, 2012 |
The Wigwam east of Phoenix began life in 1918 as a resort for Goodyear Tire & Rubber executives and a decade later emerged as a full-service resort. Here's a great summer deal good for families: $99 a night for California residents. The deal: The Wigwam in Litchfield Park outside Phoenix is a historic hotel with 331 casitas and suites in more than 400 acres with golf, spa and four pools, including one with a 25-foot twisting water slide. (Don't confuse this with the funky Wigwam Village Motel in Holbrook, Ariz., with tepee-shaped rooms.)