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December 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short cruises between Los Angeles and Mexico are one of the most inexpensive cruises around, and January is a month when they get even cheaper. It's good news for those who want to take a few days to recover from the holiday madness or those who want to experience a starter cruise. Here are some sample itineraries and prices for interior cabins on sailings from Los Angeles: Deal 1: Three-day West Coast Getaway cruises aboard the Sapphire Princess spend a day in Ensenada, Mexico , and a day at sea before returning to L.A. Interior staterooms start at $218 per person for a Jan. 13 departure, excluding tax and fees.
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March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
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April 10, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Talk about a travel deal. How does $3 a night sound, meals included? Or less than $1 for a train trip between cities? Or a transatlantic cruise for less than 9 British pounds? If that's your idea of a bargain, hop in a time machine to circa 1860, just before the outbreak of the Civil War. And bring along your 2011-vintage paycheck. Yes, prices were low for antebellum tourists, but so were wages; a middle class U.S. family might live on $1,000 to $3,000 a year. Travel in those days also entailed dangers and discomforts.
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January 12, 2014 | By Jen Leo
A social travel site that rewards followers of popular itineraries with savings. Name: CarryOn.com What it does: Features deals with escalating savings, meaning that the more people who follow a trip, the more savings CarryOn delivers. Members (free to join) choose between following an existing deal or creating their own. As more people follow the same deal, the price starts to drop. The site claims members can save up to 40%. What's hot: The site is attractive, and the deals are inviting, with large photos.
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November 8, 2009 | Terry Gardner
The trick to Web surfing for a travel deal is often deciding where your mouse can best catch a wave. Here are a few newer websites, along with some old reliables, with a new trick or two to help you surf into savings. Dealbase.com Helps find hotel deals primarily in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Pros: Allows comparison between its deals and those on Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Orbitz and Hotwire. Its "deal analyzer" sizes up whether a "deal" really saves you money.
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June 29, 2008
Staff writer Chris Erskine, on assignment in Alaska, blogged a letter to Santa about reindeer appearing on local menus (latimes.com/reindeer). Here are comments we received: I'm just back from Alaska and noticed that what they're selling as reindeer sausage is made up mostly of beef. Richard Miller -- We're planning a trip to Alaska in July. Is there anything else to eat besides reindeer and salmon? Laura Ridnor -- Yes, some of us eat moose, salmon, caribou, bear.
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December 6, 1998 | EILEEN OGINTZ
Looking for a family vacation deal? Grab your computer mouse and start clicking. Travel planning consistently ranks as a leading reason people turn to the Web, researchers say. Online vacation travel bookings are expected to grow from $3 billion this year to a whopping $29 billion in five years, reports Forrester Research, a leading think tank on Internet-related issues that recently issued a comprehensive report on the subject.
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March 29, 2009 | Jen Leo
There's a budding travel giveaway trend on Twitter.com. The micro-blogging tool on which users send messages, or "tweets," of 140 characters at a time to their followers has become a hot networking tool for the Web-savvy travel community. What's hot: Airlines and hotels reach out to their customers and offer personal service and tips, travel bloggers befriend and keep tabs on colleagues -- even convention and visitors bureaus have joined the Twittersphere to stay connected.
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June 10, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Times
Although airfare and hotel rates are up this summer, deals are out there - if you know where to look. Here are some options based on input from Travel-Ticker.com , Priceline.com , Orbitz.com and FlipKey.com . San Francisco When L.A. heats up, the City by the Bay usually keeps its cool, and experts at all four websites recommend San Francisco for a summer getaway. "With its mild temperature and gearing up for the America's Cup in 2013, there will be lots of races all summer," said L. Jasmine Kim, general manager of Travel-Ticker.com.
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October 25, 1998 | ARTHUR FROMMER
Remember when 60 was considered "old"? Today, 60 can mark the start of a new life of travel. As the first baby boomers near their "golden years" of retirement and create a vast new clientele for trips and packages, the travel industry has responded with deals limited to that age group.
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December 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short cruises between Los Angeles and Mexico are one of the most inexpensive cruises around, and January is a month when they get even cheaper. It's good news for those who want to take a few days to recover from the holiday madness or those who want to experience a starter cruise. Here are some sample itineraries and prices for interior cabins on sailings from Los Angeles: Deal 1: Three-day West Coast Getaway cruises aboard the Sapphire Princess spend a day in Ensenada, Mexico , and a day at sea before returning to L.A. Interior staterooms start at $218 per person for a Jan. 13 departure, excluding tax and fees.
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March 10, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This website finds savings so much deeper than those from Kayak and Travelocity that you'll think it's magic. Name: GetGoing.com What it does: Finds better rates for flights by showing airlines that they are selling to leisure travelers. Deals are found when the traveler is flexible about dates and destinations. What's hot: Proven savings are key. I tested flights for two adults and one child from San Diego to Beaches and Sun for June 22. I got several destination options and narrowed them to two choices: San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Honolulu.
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January 20, 2013 | By Kelli B. Grant
Now that the obligatory holiday trips to see family are in the books, consumers hoping for a more leisurely getaway may want to keep their suitcases handy. Experts say the travel deals available in January are often some of the best all year. That's important because travelers can expect to pay more for airfare and hotel stays this year. Average daily rates for U.S. hotels increased 4.2% in 2012, to an average $106.23 in November, according to Smith Travel Research. Domestic airfare increased 4.5%.
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June 10, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Times
Although airfare and hotel rates are up this summer, deals are out there - if you know where to look. Here are some options based on input from Travel-Ticker.com , Priceline.com , Orbitz.com and FlipKey.com . San Francisco When L.A. heats up, the City by the Bay usually keeps its cool, and experts at all four websites recommend San Francisco for a summer getaway. "With its mild temperature and gearing up for the America's Cup in 2013, there will be lots of races all summer," said L. Jasmine Kim, general manager of Travel-Ticker.com.
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July 3, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Do we really need another members-only travel flash-sale site? If you've ever scored a deal on one, then yes, because they can be addicting. If one site doesn't have the destination you're looking for, another might. Introducing: Spire.com . Name: Spire What it does: Offers members (free to join) luxury hotel stays at 30% off the lowest offer found anywhere else for a limited time. What's hot: The site offers a "Best Deal Guarantee. " If you find the same room at the same hotel for a lower price, Spire will refund the difference between the lower rate and what you paid, plus give you $100 credit toward future Spire reservations.
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April 10, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Talk about a travel deal. How does $3 a night sound, meals included? Or less than $1 for a train trip between cities? Or a transatlantic cruise for less than 9 British pounds? If that's your idea of a bargain, hop in a time machine to circa 1860, just before the outbreak of the Civil War. And bring along your 2011-vintage paycheck. Yes, prices were low for antebellum tourists, but so were wages; a middle class U.S. family might live on $1,000 to $3,000 a year. Travel in those days also entailed dangers and discomforts.
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March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
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March 10, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This website finds savings so much deeper than those from Kayak and Travelocity that you'll think it's magic. Name: GetGoing.com What it does: Finds better rates for flights by showing airlines that they are selling to leisure travelers. Deals are found when the traveler is flexible about dates and destinations. What's hot: Proven savings are key. I tested flights for two adults and one child from San Diego to Beaches and Sun for June 22. I got several destination options and narrowed them to two choices: San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Honolulu.
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January 1, 2011 | By Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
The paralyzing New York blizzard reminded me about my favorite travel experience of 2010: a $12 ride on the Chinatown bus. I was in New York this fall and needed to get to Philadelphia for the day to see the fascinating Barnes art collection made famous in the documentary "The Art of the Steal. " A colleague had recommended "the $10 Chinatown bus," but I didn't seriously consider it until I found out that a plane or even a train would cost more than $200 round trip. So there I was marching through Manhattan's Chinatown one morning, where I found the Apex Bus on Allen Street.
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October 5, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
Today we re-launch the Los Angeles Times Travel Deals & News blog on a new platform with a new look and a new URL: www.latimes.com/travel/deals . We hope you like it. You’ll notice several new features: —You’ll now be able to see 15 items per page, so you can take in more travel news and deals with one click. — Photos are larger. — Our Twitter feeds (@LATimesTravel) appear at the top right of the landing page so that they’re easier for you to find.
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