The exclusive site (invitation required) specializes in the upmarket and the exotic. Its carefully curated properties and vacations often appear on dream-trip lists, but with up to 50 percent off, they’re now making the rounds in reality. Sales are based on specific dates.
Sample deals: A seven-day Mount Kilimanjaro climb with Abercrombie & Kent, from $7,350 for two; a two-story penthouse loft at Thompson LES in New York for $1,099 a night; a seven-night Windstar cruise from Istanbul to Athens for $3,190 per couple.
Overview: This growing e-retailer focuses on hotels and excursions of a more inclusive bent. Its deals span the globe, but the site really excels at regional getaways packed with perks. Travelers receive a voucher for their trip.
Sample deals: Two nights in the Lieutenant’s Lodge at the Lodges at Gettysburg for $259, including a $10 dining credit and two tickets to the American Civil War Wax Museum; two nights, plus breakfasts, at the J.D. Thompson Inn on the Jersey Shore for $149; a six-night tour of China, with air from the West Coast, for $1,999 single.
Overview: The pioneer of cattle-call coupons taps into Expedia’s supply chain of properties and packages, offering a mix of the lowbrow (e.g., a chain hotel near the Daytona Beach raceway) to the high-adrenaline (an all-inclusive Alaskan fishing tour). Book and you shall receive a coupon to be used within a certain time frame, unless otherwise specified.
Sample deals: Sandaway waterfront lodging in Oxford, Md., from $139 a night; two nights at the Palms Place at the Palms in Las Vegas, plus a $25 pool credit and Ghostbar passes, from $169 for a family of four; all-inclusive volunteering trip to Zambia, plus a Botswana safari and a Victoria Falls excursion, for $2,000 per person.
Overview: Part of the Smarter Travel Media and TripAdvisor family, this lodgings-only site offers sales only on hotels that garner at least a four on the rankings scale. You must book a specific date for the flash sale.
Sample deals: The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., from $189 a night; . . . Viceroy Bali from $499 a night; Hotel Gault in Montreal from $239.
Overview: The tastemakers from Luxury Link and Travel + Leisure cherry-pick upscale properties in states near and countries far. Many deals tack on extras. You must select a date to nab the bargain.
Sample deals: A night at Mr. C Beverly Hills, plus two bellinis and a $50 food-and-beverage credit, from $271; the all-inclusive Cocos Hotel in Antigua, from $312 a night; Hotel Santa Teresa in Brazil, from $390 a night.
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Overview: Travel is a small segment of this lifestyle site, which also posts sales on such trip-related accouterments as a leather John Varvatos duffel bag. Offers based on specific dates or time periods.
Sample deals: The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis., $598 for three nights; three midweek nights at Tucson’s Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa for $2,325 for two, including a $150 spa credit per person per night; a land package to the French Open or Wimbledon: for the latter, pay $4,999 for two tickets to the men’s and women’s first-round matches and two nights at the Stafford London.
Overview: You have only 12 hours to book a property before it goes poof. Read the fine print for blackout dates and restrictions on travel dates.
Sample deals: Circus Circus Hotel in Vegas from $26 a night; all-inclusive Riu Jalisco in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, from $147 per night; Savoy Hotel in Buenos Aires from $68 per night.
Flash sales on Groupon, LivingSocial, other Web sites are changing travel buying
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