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Handy Discount App HotelTonight Now Offers Discounts from 9am Daily Instead of Noon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/26/2013, 5:45 PM

The same-day hotel discount app HotelTonight has grown by leaps and bounds since its debut in 2011, going from a coverage of just a few cities to now around 200 locations around the globe. If you're not familiar with it, the app works like this: On the same day that you need a hotel reservation, you check the app to see which handful of hotels need to unload last-minute rooms for cheap. So...

Introducing Wanderu, the Site that Streamlines the Search for the Cheap Shuttle Bus Services

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/21/2013, 7:00 PM

It had to happen: Kayak for cheapie shuttle buses. New website Wanderu stops budget travelers from having to hunt through multiple sites for cheap bus fares. It grabs search results from a multitude of other sites—the back-end technology is a lot more complicated than you'd think—to bring bus options, including Megabus, Bolt Bus, Go Bus, DC2NY, and other modern shuttles, to a single s...

New Hotel Bidding Site Stayful.com Cuts Out the Chains and Slashes Rates on the Boutiques

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/20/2013, 5:45 PM

Although the big Web hotel reservations booking engines are undoubtedly helpful and convenient, they also tend to favor the same old corporate chains. But a newly launched booker aims to tap into consumer restlessness and cut those cookie-cutter Sheratons and Marriotts out of the running, giving boutique properties a leg up in pitching for last-minute business. It’s called Stayful.com...

At Westin, If You Decline Housekeeping, They'll Give You $5 to Spend

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 1:00 PM

If you're cheap, you will now benefit from being a slob, too. Westin, an upscale-ish branch of the giant Starwood group of hotels, has a new idea. If you do something "great for the environment" (its words) and decline maid service, it will either give you a vouncher worth $5 at the hotel's restaurants or you can have 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. In making the "Make a Green...

At Westin, If You Decline Housekeeping, They'll Give You $5 to Spend

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 1:00 PM

If you're cheap, you will now benefit from being a slob, too. Westin, an upscale-ish branch of the giant Starwood group of hotels, has a new idea. If you do something "great for the environment" (its words) and decline maid service, it will either give you a vouncher worth $5 at the hotel's restaurants or you can have 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. In making the "Make a Green...

TodayTix: A Promising New Source for Scoring Deep Discounts on Broadway Show Tickets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2013, 7:30 PM

Broadway is huge business, and a major tourism industry. Last season, which ended in May, raked in a staggering $1.14 billion in grosses for New York City's theatres. In the same way that Avatar managed to become the highest-grossing movie of all time because its tickets came with a bloated 3-D surcharge, Broadway is able to hit massive numbers like those because its tickets cost big bucks...

Rooms for $100 in New York City During 'Hotel Week NYC', coming January 3 to 12

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2013, 3:00 PM

Once again, many New York City hotels have banded together and chosen a low-season week during which to knock rates down to approachable levels. The next "Hotel Week NYC" as they call it (probably a riff on the Restaurant Weeks that are so popular at cities around the country) will fall January 3 to 12—fortunately, a week during airfare should also be at a low ebb. Thirty hotels are partic...

Decoding Three Common Travel Tips on Dining, Timing and Packing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2013, 2:45 PM

When it comes to tips on how to travel better and more affordably, there are some old-chestnuts that always apply. But though they sound obvious, many actually require insider knowledge to use effectively. I’m here to supply that, so here goes. Tip 1: Travel in the off-season to save money: Yes, that’s correct, but when exactly is the “off-season”? Truth is off-season varies greatly from d...

New 5-Star Iberostar Playa Mita Slashes Room Rates as Low as $105, But Book By Sept. 30

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/12/2013, 9:00 PM

Iberostar, a Spanish operator of major beach resorts for the past 30 years, is opening its first resort on the Mexican Pacific Coast this December, and to drum up word of mouth, it's slashing rates for people willing to buy ahead. The new, five-star Iberostar Playa Mita will be 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit area, far from major cities and so far dominated by long...

The How To's of Choosing the Right Broadway Show to See

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/25/2013, 2:30 PM

During the 2012-2013 theatrical season, some 11.6 million people attended Broadway shows in New York City, more than the attendance at the games of all of the city’s major league teams combined. That statistic comes via the Broadway League, which also notes that Broadway shows netted $1.14 billion in grosses. Which leads to an admittedly rude question on my part. It’s no secret that going ...

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