Couponing for the Rest of Us

*HOT* Crowne Hotels: $75 Rebate and $75/Night Rates!

Hoping to get away somewhere this summer?  I belong to TravelZoo – a travel bargains site that lets me know when there are any great deals – and today I got an exciting email from them (Thank you TravelZoo!!)

Crowne Plaza Hotels is running a summer hotel special – they’ve slashed rates to as low as $75 a night (reg $124).  PLUS if you book 2 nights in a row – you can get a $75 Rebate! Get more details HERE (Register, then look on left at TravelZoo Top20 Deals)

So…  book a 2-night stay for $150, then get a $75 rebate = $37.50 a night!

A few deals:

  • FORT MYERS - Bell Tower
    $75 Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-28 (regularly $124)
  • MINNEAPOLIS – Mall of America
    $81-$86 Friday-Saturday, July 1 – Aug. 27 (regularly $150)
  • D.C. AREA – Old Town Alexandria
    $88 Friday-Saturday, July 15 - Aug. 27 (regularly $190)
  • SAN ANTONIO Riverwalk
    $88 July 8, 10, 17; $96-$112 Friday-Saturday in August (regularly $133)
  • ORLANDO – Universal
    $90 July 3-10; $109 July 17 – Aug. 31 (regularly $173)
  • DENVER Downtown
    $102 July 8-9, 15-16, 29-30; Aug. 5-6, 12-13 (regularly $171)

Read my post HERE to find out why else I love using TravelZoo!


Groupon: 7 Night Resort Vacation for $399!

Here’s an amazing deal on a resort vacation from Groupon today, last time this deal was available it went very quickly!

For $399 you’ll get a 7-Night Resort Stay ($1500 Value) at your choice of 500 World Resort Locations available in the U.S., Mexico, or Canada.  That comes to just $57 a night – which is a huge value for a resort stay.

As of yesterday there were 500 available Groupons and 71 have been bought already, so if this is something you would consider, consider it now!

GO HERE to read all the details, see available resorts, and comments left by others.

**This doesn’t include things like airfare and extras – but they do have places that might be nearby you if you want to drive there (As close as Helen, GA or Smyrna Beach & Boca Raton, FL)

FREE Disney Vacation Planning DVD!


Disney is offering a FREE Vacation Planning DVD Package to help you plan a vacation to Disney Parks – including lots of really helpful info:

  • Tips to save on your vacation
  • Tour of the Florida & California theme parks, water parks, & resort hotels
  • Comes with pocket-size Planning guides, maps, & event information
  • CLICK HERE to order yours!


How about a FREE Hotel/Resort to go with that Disney Trip?

GO HERE to sign up for a FREE  resort hotel stay near Disney, but only for the brave souls who don’t mind hearing a timeshare spiel :)   You’ll get 5 nights of FREE accommodations, compliments of Calypso Cay Resort in Orlando, FL, when you purchase 2 tickets to any Walt Disney World theme park.

Amenities include:

  • A 3-Night stay for up to four guests with complimentary breakfast in Orlando
  • PLUS a 2-Night Stay for four at our Resort On The Beach
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service to Resort & Theme Parks
  • Jacuzzi, Pools & Waterslide & Mini Golf
  • Interested? GO HERE for more info!

Here’s the deal: PGR (Preferred Guest Resorts) offers this vacation waaaay below retail value in to promote ownership at PGR and sponsoring partner resorts. Therefore, while on vacation in Orlando and Daytona, you and your spouse will be required to attend a 90 minute sales presentation on the benefits of acquiring vacation ownership and/or membership travel services during part of one morning or afternoon.

Have any of you done timeshare vacations to save money in the past?  I know my parents took us to several when I was a kid, that’s how we got our grill, our big cooler, and a few other odds & ends :)  But never a whole vacation!!

 

FREE Calypso Cay Resort Stay w/purchase of Disney World Ticket!

We’ve been discussing on our Facebook Wall today, whether or not Time2Save Readers think it worthwhile to sit through a 90-minute timeshare presentation in order to take a cheap vacation – and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of it!   I found this offer – for those of you who take timeshare trips – or might be considering it.

5 Night Orlando Resort Stay FREE w/purchase of (2) Disney Tickets

GO HERE to read more about this vacation offer, which includes:

  • (3) Nights at the Orlando Country Inn & Suites Cayman Resort (A Disney Good Neighbor Hotel)
  • (2) Nights at the Daytona Beach Resort
  • Amenities:
    - Free shuttle service to the theme park(s)
    - Breakfast
    - (4) heated pools, mini golf, water slides, poolside tiki bar
  • *Good for up to 4 Guests

The only “catch” that I can see here is that you agree to sit through a 90-minute timeshare presentation during the trip.(Heck, I just spent 90 minutes ogling the resort pictures!)  As a child, my parents went to a few timeshare presentations – to the tune of such prizes as a Foreman Grill, an Igloo Cooler, a weekend at a campsite, and $50 Traveling expenses.  It seemed too good to be true, but according to our readers – it’s not!  Provided you are willing to listen patiently and follow with a firm “No Thank You” – this might be an excellent way to take a frugal vacation to a very nice location.  GO HERE to get all the details – and read the fine print.

Because I find personal experience so helpful, here the comments we received on our Facebook Wall this afternoon – scroll down if you’re interested in reading them!

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Expedia $25 Off Hotel Coupon!

I’ve been a little slow in getting the next post up in my Travel Bargains Series – but I just got a deal in my inbox that reminded me of another great site to join – Expedia.com!

GO HERE to get $25 off ANY hotel stay (including 1-night stays!)

Just join/sign-in HERE, and after you’ve chosen your hotel & room details, just enter code SAVE 25 in the Rate Details Page.

  • PLUS – Today Only (Wednesday) they’re running a 24-Hour Sale, where you’ll get an extra 20% OFF most hotel rooms.

I plan to visit my brother when his baby is born in a couple weeks – and I was able to book a nearby hotel for just $32 (+$7.20 Taxes)!

I don’t know when this deal will end – so book a mini-getaway while you can!

Tippr: Travelocity Gift Card 1/2 OFF!

Today’s Tippr deal (Search under Atlanta) is a great one for all you folks planning vacations – or those who travel a lot.  Purchase a $100 Travelocity Giftcard for just $50 from TIPPR - a great daily deal site.

**Make sure to read all the fine print/restrictions!

If you’re looking for more Travel Bargains – check out the three sites we’ve reviewed over the last week!

New Series: Summer Travel Bargains (Snique Away)

*This is a castle.  In Georgia. (YES! – Georgia!)  It’s going to be a deal on Snique Away this week!!!

Hi and welcome back to our new Summer Travel Bargains series!  As I told you last week, my family of 6 has NEVER been on vacation – and I’m ready to take the plunge….  but I need a deal!   So – last week we talked about two new travel sites (well, new to me!)
TravelZoo and FamilyGetaways

Today – I’ve got a new one to talk about: Snique Away.

One of our readers commented about it on the last post in the series – and I went to investigate!  Since it’s “Invite-Only” – it took them like 4 days on the waiting list to get an email.  You won’t have to do that though – because Here’s Your Invitation Link!

Snique Away is set up just like the Daily Deal Sites we’re used to (which I like) – so it’s easy to see the package offered, the price, the savings, and how long you have to snag it. Here’s how to use the site:


Snique Away:

  1. LOOK – Check out the jaw-dropping photos of current (and future) escapes.  When a destination grabs you (you’ll know by the quickening of your pulse), click it.  You’ll find TripAdvisor reviews, hotel amenities, room details—even local hot spots. Select the dates you desire on the accompanying calendar and the features and pricing of available room options.
  2. BOOK -  Grab it fast if you want it, because sales end in 7 days (or sooner).  You’ll receive an email within 2 weeks, featuring your hotel confirmation number. That’s all that’s required for check-in at your destination—although you might want to bring a toothbrush as well :)
  3. $25 Credits - Invite friends or family to get a $25 added to your account. (When they book)

Okay now – I’ve done that one, what other bargain travel sites would you guys suggest?  I’ll check them out and then come back to talk about them!

 

New Series: Summer Travel Bargains (Let’s Go On Vacation!)

I have a confession to make: My family of 6 has never been on a “real” vacation.

It’s not as terrible as it sounds – growing up, I just went camping tons of times each year whenever my dad wasn’t working overtime.  Now that I’m a mom – the kiddos hop from VBS to Boy Scout Twilight Camp, etc… and stay pretty entertained throughout the summer.

But it hit us this year that our eldest is going into middle school in the fall.  We don’t have lots of time left to make family vacation magic happen! It’s high time we take an honest-to-goodness family trip – and as in all other areas of our life – we need to find a bargain!

To that end, I’ve been signing up for lots of great sites lately that offer discounted hotel packages, travel rates, etc…   Starting today – I’m going to suggest two bargain-sites a day that I’ve looked through and like.  Let me know if you already use any that you think are worthwhile!

TravelZoo:

  • This cool site sends an email of the “Top 20″ deals they’ve found each day.  For example, today one of the Top 20 is a Myrtle Beach 2-Bedroom Upscale Oceanfront Condo for $199 a night. This place is GORGEOUS and the rate is 75% OFF Summer time rates!
  • There’ve also got a list of Memorial Day Airfare Specials – Starting at $39 each way!!
  • One more thing I like – they have a “Test-Booking” center where they call and “test book” each deal to make sure nothing’s a hassle, no dates change, no hidden fees pop-up, etc…

Family Getaways:

  • I JUST found this site today – and if you sign up right now HERE, you’ll get $100 off your first package!  You can buy some seriously cheap packages, like 2-night stays for $124.  That $100 discount would make it just $24!!
  • You can either bid on these packages, auction-style, or choose the “Buy Now” option, which is a little bit pricier than the starting bid.  I’m a “Buy Now” girl myself – and these were still great deals.
  • One more thing – if you change your mind about your booking FOR ANY REASON – you get a full refund!  That makes me happy :)

Here’s an example of one of the deals I like -it’s a 3-Night Stay in Branson, MO! If you bid on it at $300, and used your $100 off credit, you’d get such a great deal!