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:
The “Visit Philly Overnight” package includes free rides, roller-skating and restaurant discounts.
Package Makes Philly a Bargain
More than 40 hotels in Philadelphia have teamed to woo travelers to their city this summer. The “Visit Philly Overnight” package includes everything from free hotel parking to tickets to Philly’s most popular science museum and its new “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” exhibit. Visitors get free roller-skating (including rentals), Ferris wheel and carousel rides — plus two free single-day, all-day-use passes for the city’s popular PHLASH downtown shuttle. A $25 gift card for use at Garces restaurants in Philadelphia is included. (Visit Philadelphia officials say the perks have a value of $286.) Participating hotels range from the Sleep Inn Philadelphia, where rates start at $129 a night, to the Rittenhouse Hotel, where rooms go for…Continue reading
Pay as little as $112 a night at Civana, a luxe spa resort in Carefree, Ariz.
New Colorado Resort Offers 2-for-1 Booking
Granby, Colorado’s River Run, a brand new resort for those who enjoy the outdoors, is offering a buy-2-get-2-free deal exclusively for our readers. Book this month for RV site rentals between July 1 and Oct. 15 (when the RV season closes) — or book cottage rentals valid through the end of the year. Stay two consecutive nights and you’ll get two more consecutive nights free. (Stay a minimum of four nights, a maximum of … Continue reading
The Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island has an all-inclusive deal for Union-Tribune readers. / Hilton Waikoloa Village
Deals: Big Island, Vermont Spa, Tahoe, Oregon
Hilton Waikoloa Village on the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is extending a rare all-inclusive deal for Union-Tribune Travel Deals readers. Book April 7-14 for stays starting April 14 through Dec. 19. You’ll get daily breakfasts and dinners (including luau dining), plus unlimited beer, wine and cocktails through your stay, along with accommodations in the resort’s Ocean Tower, access to three pools and the resort’s lagoon beach, a prime spot for snorkeling. You’ll get to participate in cultural classes such as lei making, hula dancing and ukulele playing, as well as daily fitness classes. The 62-acre oceanfront resort has a full-service spa and two championship golf courses. With this deal, rates start at … Continue reading
Guests enjoy the Friday night Fireworks show at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Courtesy photo
Deals: Waikiki, Disneyland, wine country
Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach is offering half off all suites for stays from March 13 through Dec. 19 — but you’ll have to book between 11 a.m. (PST) on March 6 and 8 p.m. on March 13. It means guests will pay just $223 a night for a junior suite, which includes a roomy relaxation area and a balcony or lanai. One-bedroom corner suites in the Tapa Tower, normally $610 a night, will go for $305 nightly; you’ll get a separate bedroom with an ocean/resort view, plus a large parlor and a pair of balconies. Celebrating a special occasion? Consider splurging on one of the resort’s specialty suites: For half the usual $1,810, get a night in the 14th floor Presidential Suite in the Ali’i Tower, best known as the King Suite, because it’s where Elvis … Continue reading
Get your second night free at Santa Cruz’s West Cliff Inn. Courtesy photo
Stay in SLO, Collect $100
San Luis Obispo is giving away $100 cash to visitors who stay two consecutive nights before the end of March. Here’s how to get your C-note: Book two nights at any of the 38 participating hotels in the city (sanluisobispovacations.com/find-a-hotel). Options range from the $60-a-night Motel 6 to the $300-plus-per-night SLO Brew Lofts. Email your room confirmation to info@SanLuisObispoVacations.com. You’ll get back a promotion confirmation email. Once in San Luis, take that confirmation email, plus your hotel booking confirmation and your room key to the SLO Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 895 Monterey St.. That’s where you’ll collect … Continue reading