Since January 2013, Alison has been writing a monthly “Travel Deals” column for the San Diego Union-Tribune. The column aims to help readers stretch the dollars they spend on travel – so that they can ultimately do more traveling.
“Travel Deals” runs in print on the first Sunday of each month in the newspaper’s Travel Section; it appears online a few days earlier. Watch for it – and be rewarded by getting first crack at the month’s most tantalizing travel bargains.
In the meantime, check out these recent columns:
Riding the trails at Tanque Verde Ranch. / Graddy Photography
June Deals: Arizona dude ranch, Eurostar sale
Tanque Verde Ranch, a family-owned dude ranch near Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a deal that includes accommodations and daily breakfast for two for $150 a night. The offer is available through Aug. 30. Tanque Verde is one of America’s longest operating cattle and guest ranches. Family friendly activities (which cost extra) range from horseback riding/lessons to art classes. The ranch dining room offers gourmet meals — or guests can opt for specialty dining events, such as cowboy cookouts. There’s a ... Continue reading
Bonfire at Conestoga Ranch in Garden City, Utah
May Deals: From the South Pacific to Conestoga wagons
Air Tahiti Nui has a super deal for couples dreaming of visiting the South Pacific. Fly roundtrip from LAX to Auckland, New Zealand, for as little as $1,098 per person — and they’ll throw in a free three-night stopover in Tahiti, including accommodations at Hotel Tahiti Nui in Papeete. Travel Deals readers can use the booking code SDUT to add a pair of free roundtrip ferry tickets so that during your stopover, you can explore the nearby island of Moorea, too. The deal must be booked by May 23, for travel between Aug. 24, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The free stopover is permitted in either direction. The entire journey must run a minimum of seven... Continue reading
Spring skiing at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
Lodging bargain, free lifts for spring snow play
Nature was ultra generous to California ski resorts in March. Here’s one way to make the most of spring skiing at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: Stay in the Village at Squaw Valley Sundays through Thursdays through May 1 and get 30 percent off rates — plus get two free lift tickets per night stayed. (Lift tickets can only be used Sundays through Thursdays.) Rates start at $278 per night, plus a $25 daily resort fee. The current lift ticket window rate is $169 per adult, so your lift freebies have a value up to $338. The Village complex includes eight outdoor hot tubs, restaurants suitable for all budgets and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Get a 30 percent discount on commutes in a luxury Tesla
Get your Elon Musk on and commute between San Diego and Orange County or Los Angeles in a chauffeur-driven luxury Tesla — and do it through April with a 30 percent discount offered exclusively to Travel Deals readers. Tesloop is a new service that offers city-to-city shared-car transportation in all-electric Teslas. Onboard amenities include free Wi-Fi, use of device chargers, noise-canceling headphones, comfy neck pillows, plus healthy snacks and drinks. There are multiple pickup/drop-off locations in all three counties. Avoid the hassles and expense of flying from Lindbergh Field to LAX by riding in style in a Tesla. Or why not discover the arts, culture and shopping opportunities in Costa Mesa? (Find lodging deals here: www.travelcostamesa.com/hotel-specials-and-discounts.)