Home for the Holidays (or Not): Last-Minute Planning Tips (& Deals)

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  • Airfare: Many airlines and travel companies – including Travelzoo – have published their holiday fare calendars, highlighting specific holiday dates when airfare will be cheapest (or most expensive)
    • Tip: Best fares before 12/18
    • Tip: Fly on New Year’s Day
  • Strategy:
    • Book the earliest departure you can
    • Don’t check bags (easier to accommodate rebooking if your flight’s canceled)
    • Download the app (for faster info updates than they’ll give you at the gate)
  • Holiday vacationing?
    • Look at big cities for best bargains
    • Go international (strong US dollars versus currencies in Canada, UK, Europe, etc.)
    • Early ski season

Holiday Vacationing Deals: Ski
Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton, VT

  • World-class ski resort w/625 acres of skiable terrain and a charming village sit at the base of the mountain full of shops and après ski spots
  • condos have full kitchens, living rooms and fireplaces
    • $399 for 2 nights in the Black Bear Lodge w/breakfast & 3-day lift ticket per person (55% off)
      • Travel thru early April

Interlaken Inn, Litchfield Hills, CT

  • Historic lakeside resort set on 30 acres at the foothills of the Berkshires and near 3 ski resorts
  • Onsite Morgan’s Restaurant serves farm-to-table American cuisine
    • $149/nt. (40% off)
    • $399 for Townhouse Suite for 5 w/$50 dining credit
      • Travel daily thru March, inc. Christmas, and MLK

Holiday Vacationing Deals: Big Cities
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston

  • Landmark lucury property on Copley Square, one block from Newbury Street and near Back Bay
  • Two resident black Labradors greet guests in the hotel lobby
    • $175/nt. (40% off) w/breakfast for 2 at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen ($70 value)Travel thru Jan. 31

The Omni Chicago Hotel

  • Famous 4-Star hotel overlooking Michigan Avenue, where every room is a suite
  • Completed $60 million revamp last year and is home to one of the few hotel pools on the Mag Mile
    • $139/nt. (50% off) w/$30 dining credit
      • Travel thru March

Holiday Vacationing Deals: Europe
Grange City Hotel, London

  • Upscale 5-Star hotel centrally located 5 minutes’ walk from River Thames and the Tower Bridge
  • Hotel has spa, swimming pool, 2 restaurants and cocktail bar
    • $155/nt. (45% off) w/breakfast daily & 2 tix to Tower of London
      • Travel thru mid-April

Italian Vacation, Milan

  • Roundtrip airfare from NYC on Emirates
  • 4 nights in choice of centrally located hotels in downtown Milan
  • Breakfast daily
    • $439/pp (!)
    • Travel thru April