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Travel Deals: How to Spend Your Tax Return

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Tax Day has come and gone, which means refund checks will be arriving soon. For those of you looking to spend your return on a quick getaway or a longer vacation, we’ve got this week’s best deals. And if you owe the IRS, here are a few affordable vacation options including Hawaii for $99 a night, deep discounts in Vegas, Italian cruise and driving vacations, and much more.

Take the Family to Maui

Aston Hotels and Resorts has “Splash into Summer” deal with nightly rates as low as $99 at various Maui locations. You have until July 3 to book for travel from June 9 through August 25th.

Aston also has a “Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE” program that applies to children under 17. Plus, kids under 12 can receive free admission and discounts at many of the island’s top attractions. Upon check-in, guests receive an Aston Aloha Book full of coupons for an additional $2,500 in savings.

Aston’s “two to five palm” resorts and hotels include Maui Banyan, Papakea Resort, Maui Lu, Kaanapali Shore, The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, or Maui Kaanapali Villas. Prices range from $99 to $299 per night. For more information, visit Aston Hotels and Resorts online.

Visit Italy with Virgin Vacations

Now is the time to take advantage of Virgin Vacation’s Fly & Drive packages to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. The current offer includes 6 nights of accommodations (with free breakfast) in addition to a 7-day manual car rental (with unlimited miles). The Tuscany get-away starts at $479 with accommodations at the Tuscany Inn in Montecatini, an hour’s drive from Pisa, and 30 minutes outside of Florence. The Amalfi Coast vacation starts at $589 for land. The four-star Villa Romana, located 2.5 miles outside of Amalfi, is the hotel of choice. Day trip options include Pompeii, Positano, Naples, and Ischia. All-inclusive flight options can be added at additional costs.

Windstar’s One-Week Sale

You have until April 22, 2013, to take advantage of Windstar Cruises One Week Sale, where you can save up to 68 percent on one-week sailings through Europe.

Deals include:

68 percent off Lisbon to London (Europe’s West Coast Odyssey)
8 days sailing from June 3 and September 7, 2013
starting at $1,999pp

67 percent off London to Dublin (Idyllic British Isles)
7 days sailings from June 11 and August 31, 2013
starting at $2,199pp

61 percent off Venice to Rome (Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast)
7 days from May 5, 13 and June 4, 11, 2013
starting at $2,399pp

62 percent off Athens to Istanbul (Greek Isles & Turkish Delights)
7 days sailings from May 5, 11, 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 15 and August 10, 17, 31, 2013
starting at $2,399pp

Remember, these rates are only available this week. To book, call 1-800-258-7245

Get Tropical with Hilton

Hilton Worldwide is letting you make your tax return go further at tropical properties. Rates are based on double occupancy and are subject to availability, so don’t wait to book:

  • British Colonial Hilton Nassau, The Bahamas – $179
  • Hilton Barbados Resort – $229
  • Hilton Curaçao – $159
  • Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – $129
  • Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica – $329 all-inclusive
  • Caribe Hilton San Juan, Puerto Rico – $149
  • Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, Puerto Rico – $139
  • El San Juan Resort & Casino, Puerto Rico – $159
  • Hilton Ponce Resort & Casino, Puerto Rico – $149
  • Hilton Trinidad Conference Centre – $149
  • Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa – $319 all-inclusive
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose, Costa Rica – $129
  • DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific, Costa Rica – $178 all-inclusive
  • Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport, Costa Rica – $129

For More Information or to make a Reservation visit Hilton‘s spring deals website.

Expedia’s Casino Week

Planet Hollywood Resort & CasinoTest your luck and you could land on a big deal. It’s Casino Week on Expedia, which means that select hotels are up to 50 percent off. There are standalone hotel deals as well as flight and hotel packages that can save you up to $525.

Some of the potential Casino Week hotels deals include:
• $39 a night in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, valid between April 30 and May 2, 2013.
• $63 a night in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at Quinta del Sol by Solmar, sample dates between May 9 and 11, 2013
Some of the potential Casino Week flight and hotels packages include:
• Four nights at the 3.5 start Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, have rates starting at $280 per person, including flight
• Four nights at the four-star InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort starts at $652 per person, including flight.

To book, visit Expedia’s Casino Week Page, where new deals are posted every day this week at 12 pm.

A Happiness Sale with Perks

Right now, Club Med is bringing a little spring cheer to its properties around the world. The Happiness Sale features seven-night all-inclusive trips starting at $749 per person. The deal is valid for travel through October 23, 2013 at more than 50 resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, France, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and China.

Club Med is also attracting families with its Kids Stay Free promotion, which allows kids up to 4 years to stay for free with parents. Club Med properties also boast kid-friendly programs including tennis, golf, circus school, and other programs for children from 4 months to 17 years old.

To book, visit Club Med online or call 1-800-CLUBMED.

Destination Hotels & Resorts’ 40 Percent Off Sale

Already planning your summer travels? Destination Hotels & Resorts is offering up to 40 percent savings with its Countdown to Summer promotion.

The earlier you book, the more you save:
Book between April 1- 30, 2013 and save up to 40 percent.
Book between May 1 -15, 2013 and save up to 35 percent.
Book between May 16-31, 2013 and save up to 30 percent.

Sample rates include: $156 for a 1-bedroom villa in Maui and weekend rates from $82 at the Embassy Suites Chicago. Other participating properties include Terranea Resort in Southern California and Carolina Inn. Destination Hotels & Resorts also operates properties in nearly 40 others in destinations around the country.

Offers are subject to change at any time and are based on availability. These offers cannot be combined with any other promotion. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply. New reservations only and these rates are not valid for groups. Click here to book at participating properties.

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