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ImageHappy Frugal Friday! Today let’s pay homage to the Oscars, which are just a few short weeks away. If you’re looking to rub elbows with LA’s high society, check out these sweet hotel deals at some of the city’s top hotels. Many nights are under $100!

Have a great weekend, friends. See you Monday.


ImageYes! Back to deals in warm destinations! (Sorry skiers…but not really.)

Bermuda Tourism is offering travelers the chance to save 50 percent off listed room rates with the “Bermuda Pink Sale.” This offer is good on minimum four-night stays booked by February 3 for travel January 23 to April 30.

Participating hotels include:

Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Tennis Club- $97.50 per night

Coco Reef Bermuda- $99 per night

Coral Beach & Tennis Club- $125 per night

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess- $129.50 per night

The Fairmont Southampton- $129.50 per night

Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa- $234 per night


Hey friends. Happy Friday! I’m not sure how many of you are skiers. I, as you know, am definitely not. But for those of you out there, here’s a deal for you.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area are ramping up their snowmaking efforts to counter the recent dry spell, and as a further incentive the two Lehigh Valley, PA-area ski resorts are offering Stay and Ski packages that combine vouchers for skiing, boarding or tubing with lodging at one of 13 participating area hotels. These packages are valid through March 31.

Rates at Bear Creek start at $95 per person at the resort’s slopeside hotel, which features indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs. Call 1-866-754-2822 or visit

Blue Mountain Ski Area boasts the highest vertical in Pennsylvania (1,082 ft), and the region’s only Natural Luge Run open to the public. This season it has added two new trails: Razorback for experienced skiers and Little Gap for beginners. Visit

To learn more about Stay and Ski packages visit

To learn more about the Lehigh Valley area visit

Let’s face it – the best deals are to the Caribbean. Why? Because it is so easy to get to. Hey, I’m not complaining – especially when this week started at 14 degrees. is offering a slew of hotel packages with air credits. Some of the offers include three nights for $199 at Grand Lucayan Radisson Resort in the Bahamas, air included, as well as four nights for $289 at Comfort Suites Paradise Island in the Bahamas, air included. The sale ends TODAY! Come on people…be impulsive!

So here it is, friends. The last Frugal Friday (and post) of 2011. I’d like to thank everyone who supported the new and improved trippin: a travelogue. It’s been great being back in the swing of things. Here’s to a fun 2012 filled with more trippin than you can ever imagine.

Starting with, perhaps, this deal from Priceline. From $73 a night and up, you can book a stay at  the 4-star Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and more. Stay between now and February 6, 2012. Make your New Year’s resolution to do more impulsive things and book these today. The deal ends January 1. Flights are included in many of these prices!

Happy New Year!!!!

Sorry for being MIA this week, friends. The week before the holidays at work is always quite hectic. But fear not – I’m off all next week so you can look forward to much holiday cheer. Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy New Year, my dear readers!!

Southwest Airlines Vacations is starting 2012 with savings offers of up to 40 percent off hotels and free nights to destinations across the country such as Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, Clearwater, Phoenix, Reno and Salt Lake City.

Travelers who book a flight plus hotel vacation package to any Southwest Airlines Vacations destination, will save with reduced rates on packages. Plus, they will save even more with hotel discounts in some of Southwest Airlines Vacations destinations. Travelers can save up to an additional $120 per person, roundtrip because Bags Fly Free with Southwest Airlines Vacations, including skis, snowboards and golf bags.

Travelers must book their flight plus hotel vacation package by January 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. CT for travel January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012. One-day advance purchase is required.

Customized vacation packages include roundtrip flight via Southwest Airlines, hotel accommodations (including taxes), Rapid Rewards points on the flight portion, 24-hour traveler assistance and first and second checked bags fly free.


If you are anything like me, you are always ready for a last-minute adventure. Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas is preparing for its early 2012 sailings to the West Caribbean and there are some spots left. Here’s where you come in. Snag this seven-day cruise that hits Cozumel, the Caymans, and Jamaica – and it can be yours for just $399. Hey, we’ll even throw in this free set of ginsu knives!

Happy weekend, friends. I’m off to the newly renovated Mount Airy Resort for a mini press trip. Tales on Monday.

So I’m off to Mexico in January (more on that later), but please, don’t feel jealous. I have a deal this Frugal Friday that can get you there, too!

Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun is offering 35 percent off for 2012 travel. Book before April 30 for travel from August 14 to December 22, 2012 and receive 35 percent off. For more information visit

Have a great weekend! I return on Monday with tales from SantaCon, so you know you won’t want to miss that!

Vegas is a walking cliche, but I kind of love it. I know I’m not the only one, so let’s all fess up now…

…cricket, cricket…

Okay, fine. If you won’t admit to it, you can check out this deal from the privacy of your own computer.

Stay at Planet Hollywood for 20 percent less, plus two-for-one deals. Book trips anytime for travel before February 28. Rooms start at $47.95 for a minimum two-night stay. Visit

I know all about Black Friday, but apparently there’s also something called Cyber Monday? Sounds like a bunch of bull to me, but on this Frugal Friday perhaps you will disagree.

Marriott Florida Resorts are looking to help you rake in the savings and are joining together to offer up to 25 percent savings on Cyber Monday with rates starting from $95 to $186 per night. Available online on Monday, November 28 ONLY, the savings can be applied on stays from November 9, 2011 through January 8, 2012. For reservations visit or visit and enter the promotional code DOD.

The savings applies to these destinations:

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort
Miami Airport Marriott
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
South Beach Marriott

Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Hollywood Beach Marriott
Delray Beach Marriott
West Palm Beach Marriott
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina

Orlando/St. Petersburg
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes ®
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld ®
Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Orlando World Center Marriott

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort