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Holidays are approaching fast, and whether you’re looking to visit family or take a much needed vacation during this festive time, we’ve got you covered.

Gabe Saglie from Travelzoo is here with some holiday travel advice.

Holiday Travel

         Booking Airfare

o   The early bird gets the deal: book now, as fares can climb daily

o   Use fare calendars

o   Study the landscape: aggregator sites (like  find real-time pricing across multiple websites

         Your Flight

o   Book early morning flights: best on-time performance

o   Alternate airports: compare fares into/out of a multiple airports, at destination and point of origin

o   Be wary of connections: lower ticket price may come with extra pitfalls

o   Have info handy: Have your airfare and hotel 800-number and apps handy, in case of delays

o   Wrap there: suspicious-looking gifts in your carry-on may be unwrapped and opened by the TSA

         Play tourist

o   Don’t have to go home for the holidays? Go on vacation!


The Deals: Holiday Vacation Options

Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis, MA

         Popular family-friendly resort known for its 8,200-square-foot indoor wave pool (w/2-foot waves, 50- and 80-foot waterslides, and a 24-person whirlpool)

         Kids Activity Program features bonfires and activities like magic shows, arts & crafts and live animal shows

         Resort also features a posh spa and high-end wine bar

o   $149-$179/nt. (40% off) w/$50 spa credit

  Travel thru Feb. 11, inc. holidays

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, FL

         Deluxe 4-Star 1350-acre beachfront resort (40 min. N of Jacksonville airport)

         Family-friendly resort is home to a 3.5-mile beach, 3 pools, 54 holes of golf, 23 tennis courts, a shopping village, 9 restaurants, mini-golf and a beach club

         Property underwent an $85 million revamp in 2013 and all rooms feature ocean views

o   $155/nt. (55% off) w/$50 resort credit daily

  Travel thru Feb., inc. holidays

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Deluxe 5-Star hotel considered the #1 hotel in San Juan
  • Property is set both on a beach and in the Condado region along Ashford Avenue, the chicest part of San Juan, as is home to bars, lounges, 3 restaurants and an infinity pool deck
  • Swanky property was built in 1919 by the same architects who designed NYC’s Grand Central Station
    • o $175/nt. (55% off) w/$50 spa credit and guaranteed room upgrade
      • Travel thru Dec. 20, inc. weekends and Thanksgiving


Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

Ritzy AAA 4-Diamond resort set on the soft pink sand beaches of Bermuda

      • Resort is home to a championship golf course, an outdoor pool with sun deck, the 31,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa (w/indoor pool and fitness center) and 8 restaurants, including a AAA 4-Diamond steakhouse set dockside on the bay in a traditional Bermuda cottage
      • Guests can take a ferry to the sister resort, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess
    • o $179/nt. (45% off) w/breakfast for 2
      • Travel thru Dec., inc. weekends and holidays