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Weekend Getaways

If you're itching to get out of the house, there's never been a better time for a quick weekend trip. Thanks to the Web, travel companies can offer awesome last-minute deals on airfare, hotels, car rental -- even entire vacation packages. Take a look...

Airfare

  • Northwest
    Weekend getaways are a snap with Northwest's WorldPerks. The site allows you to take advantage of promotional offers, such as earning bonus miles on some international flights.

  • Other Airlines
    Other airlines that offer special Internet rates include Continental, Southwest and United.

Hotels

  • Embassy Suites
    This hotel's Web site allows you to book hotel, air and car reservations at special prices. Find out about more special offers from Embassy Suites here.

  • Holiday Inn
    Holiday Inn offers hotel packages that give you the opportunity to book a romantic escape or embark on a tourist adventure. In addition, you can create your own vacation packages with air, car and hotel.




  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
    Choose one of Hyatt's Retreats for your next getaway, whether your goal is romance, relaxation, a bed and breakfast or exploration. Use the search bar to enter your destination, and you can see participating hotels in the area.

Car Rental

  • Alamo
    Save $10 on weekend rentals or $15 on a 3-day weekend ski vacations with an Alamo e-coupon. Check out other great deals, e-coupons and last minute specials at their Web site.

  • Avis
    At Special Deals from Avis, find offers like discounted weekly and weekend rates in the U.S. and Canada and 10% savings when making reservations through Avis Online.

  • Hertz
    Hertz's Special Offers allow you to save 50% on weekend rental rates, at both airport and non-airport locations. Check out this site to see if there is a participating Hertz car rental near you.

Comprehensive Sites

  • Travelocity
    Locate the best prices on airfare, hotels, cars and cruises. Also check out special travel offers and info on featured destinations. Similar sites include Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline, where you can save up to $325 with vacation packages.

  • Best Fares
    Each week, get a comprehensive guide to the Internet's major airline specials, car rental specials, cruise deals and hotel discounts. A chart format makes specials easy to follow.

Vacation Ideas

Want to get out but not sure where to go? Try these ideas from Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online. Deals change over time, but you can find great opportunities all over the world.

  • In the U.S. and Canada, you can find volunteer vacations, ski deals and even whale watching trips in California. For the little ones, look for an American Girl hotel stay.

  • In the Caribbean and Latin America, try diving in Cozumel or look for deals to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Belize.

  • In Europe, look for a sailing trip in Portugal, an Ireland road trip or a visit to Paris and the Loire Valley.

  • In Asia, Africa and the Middle East, check out a Morocco camping trip or a tour of Iran.

  • In Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, you can visit Tahiti or Tasmania.

  • Also, take some ideas from the Budget Travel Girlfriend Getaways or 40 Best Vacations issues.





   --- R.M.

 
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