Travel Deals and News Week of August 1, 2011

It’s hard to believe that August is already here, which means the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. This summer season in the US sure has flown by, and many of our readers have been making the most of their holidays, and hopefully saving a few dollars with our travel deals.

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There’s still time to take that last minute family vacation, or since school is starting, moms may be looking to take a girlfriend getaway to celebrate kids going back to the classroom. I had two teenagers home all summer and trying to keep them entertained was a feat in itself. My husband and I have a few romantic weekends already in the works for this fall.

Here are some of the trave deals, news, and contests from around the world. Remember that many of these are limited or expire soon, so take advantage of the travel deals before they run out.

Hotel Packages

Napa Valley High Season Getaway plus wine train – TripAlertz is offering a Napa getaway, plus wine train, all during the high season, for less than $500. This package is normally almost $900. Check out all the TripAlertz deals, which is like Groupon for travel.

Las Vegas Hotel Deals – I was browsing around Bing’s travel deals and found two great hotel deals avialable – ARIA Casino & Resort and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Check out all the Las Vegas hotel deals on Bing.


Sevierville’s Great Girlfriends Getaway Search – Sevierville, TN is searching for a star for their Great Girlfriend Getaway Advertising Campaign. Nominate someone today and the winner will get a a girlfriend getaway for her and a few friends September 25 – October 1, 2011. Nominate a friend today at the Official Girlfriend Getaway site. Sevierville is a fun girlfriend getaway destination full of dining, spas, and activities.

Jackson, MS Weekend Getaway – Southern Living is hosting a weekend getaway giveaway themed around “The Help” book and movie, to be released on August 10. I’ve visited Jackson, MS and I’ve seen the preview of the movie and encourage all readers to sign up for this taste of Southern hospitality and cuisine. Enter the Mississippi and a Movie Sweepstakes.

Four Seasons $1000 Gift Card – The Summer Memories is in progress, with full details available on at Four Seasons online magazine. Contest entry images are uploaded to Flickr at www.flickr.com/groups/FSsummermemories/ with the tag “FSSummerPics” before the contest closes on August 15, 2011.

300 Free Rooms in Queenstown, NZ – New Zealand’s premier visitor destination is celebrating Rugby World Cup 2011 with a 300 night Queenstown hotel giveaway during September and October.All details on how to enter the spring sweepstake can be found on the home page of Destination Queenstown’s website www.queenstownNZ.co.nz. Anyone from around the world is welcome to enter the spring sweepstake which will open at 9am Monday 1 August and will close at 9am Monday 8 August (NZ time).

Events and News

Breckenridge, CO Hilton Worldwide and Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) are pleased to announce the signing of a franchise license agreement for a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Breckenridge, Colo. Currently the Great Divide Lodge, the hotel conversion project will proudly open as the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge in late 2011 following refurbishment and upgrades. It will be the first DoubleTree by Hilton mountain resort hotel located just steps away from the ski lifts in the United States and the 14th DoubleTree by Hilton property in Colorado.

Louisiana Tax Free Shopping – August 5-6 All of Louisiana will be able to shop tax free. For all International Visitors to Louisiana shop tax free every day! Check out the details at louisianataxfree.com

New Family Travel Blog by Chris Elliott – Chris Elliott, consumer travel advocate and dad is now blogging about family travel at Away is Home. You can follow along their family adventure online as they travel around in a Honda Accord.

Know of any deals or discounts our readers need to know about? Be sure to let us know so we can include your info in our next travel deals post.

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