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: 


An aerial view of the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach.  Hilton Hawaiian Village Photo

Half-price suites at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu is offering San Diegans a half-price suite sale. Rates start at $236.50 for a junior suite in the Tapa or Diamond Head towers. (Those suites, which include a roomy relaxation area and an outdoor lanai with comfortable seating, usually start at $473 per night.) Or splurge on the resort’s coveted two-bedroom Rainbow Tower Presidential Suite for $1,142 per night — a rare 50 percent discount on the regular rate. Half-off suites can be booked between 10 a.m. Aug. 5 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10. The deal is valid for stays anytime between Aug. 12 and March 31, 2019. Be forewarned: There’s a $40 daily resort fee, and parking will add another $43 per day to your tab. Hilton Hawaiian Village has... Continue reading

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A refurbished Airstream trailer at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in Buellton. Exclusive discounts for U-T readers.

Your Choice: Vintage Airstream, glamorous tent

Want to try something a little different? Maybe a stay in a refurbished Airstream trailer? Or a cozy night in a glammed up safari tent? Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in Buellton offers it all — and Travel Deals readers can get a 20 percent discount on Sunday through Thursday night stays through mid-May 2019. Consider a vintage escape in a fully equipped Airstream trailer, starting at about $130 a night this summer (with our discount). For another $15 or so, opt for a glamorous safari tent with a king-size bed, a sofa, mini fridge and private patio. The campground includes pools, hot tubs, a fitness center, playgrounds, laundry facilities, a cafe ... Continue reading


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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


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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.

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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:

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