Travel Tips

Travel Deals: 2012 Savings July to December

Locations in this article:  Chicago, IL Los Angeles, CA Venice, Italy

Looking for the perfect vacation to round out the summer as we coast into the second half of 2012?  You can spend a couples’ vacation on Hawaii’s beaches, take the family to visit the new Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure, or bike your way through Chicago.  For whatever adventure you crave, we’ve rounded up some of special deals to see you into 2013.

“Couples Month”

You might have thought that February was for couples, but September is Aloha Month in Hawaii and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has also declared it Couples Month.  Couples will experience a variety of activities and classes catered to couples.  Hone your cooking skills under Maui’s 2012 Chef of the Year, Roger Stettler; learn how to concoct exotic cocktails with the resort’s bartenders; participate in healing and wellness classes; visit the designer trunk shows; or take advantage of the special September rates that include up to $1,000 in resort credids.  To learn more or to book online, visit their website.

Chicago Pedal Power

Take the road less traveled and soak up the summer on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront trails and beaches, all on an eco-friendly bicycle. The “Bike this Town” package for Kimpton’s four Chicago hotels: Hotel Allegro, Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar and Hotel Burnham includes deluxe accommodations, 3-hour bike reservations, a picnic for two, and a bike survival kit that includes water, sunscreen, energy bars, and a cyclometer to track your progress.  This fun activity has an additional reward: a $1 donation to Chicago’s local Pedal Power Charity for each mile that you bike.  The package starts at $239 per night and is available until September 30.  Book online or call 1-800-KIMPTON and mention the rate code BIKE.

More Savings at the Marina

Located just 5 miles from Los Angeles International airport, Marina del Rey has its own waterfront beac and also provides easy access to Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu. For a luxurious side to the Marina, stay three nights at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey and get the fourth night free. This summer exclusive package starts at $439 per night and includes complimentary valet parking. To make reservations, visit their website or call (800) 542-8680.

Relax at Redondo

Head to Southern California’s Redondo Beach for several great packages at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel.  With the “refuel” deal starting at $199 a night, you not only get access to the club lounge and the best ocean views from an executive room, but will also receive a $25 gift card each day to spend on gas to fuel your adventures around the Los Angeles area.  In the “RELAX” package starting at $288.99 per night, enjoy two 50 minute spa sessions as well as access to the club lounge.  The “Rekindle & Relate” package for two includes a private balcony, couple’s massage, half-day bike rental, and champagne and strawberries delivered to your room.  Get more detail on Crowne Plaza’s other amazing deals on their website or call (800) 972-2576.

Steer Your Way to Cars Land

The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim, located just a few blocks from Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, is making the summer theme park visit a bit more affordable with a summer deal that starts at just $99 per night and includes free breakfast and parking.  Purchase your Disneyland tickets at the hotel and enjoy the newly unveiled Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park.  This offer lasts until December 24, but make sure to book before December 1.  To find out more, visit their website or call 800-Red-Lion.

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