Category Archives: Deals

Beach, Ski and Hilton Special Hotel Offers

In addition to our easy-to-use tools for finding hotels near wherever you’re going, frequently creates special offer pages for hotels and hotel + flight packages.  We currently have three options available for travelers, for those who want to visit a beach, visit some snow or visit a Hilton.

Our “Spring Beach Getaway” sale can save you up to 50% on hotels in Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico.  The Florida offers includes savings of up to 30% at the 5-star Gansevoort Miami Beach, while similar savings can be found at 3-star and 4-star accommodations in Mexico and various islands in the Caribbean.

If you’re more interested in spending some time on skis or a snowboard, the Winter Vacation Sale makes it a great time to save on trips to Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Utah, Wyoming or Canada.  For that trip north of the border, consider the Fairmont Chateau Whistler or Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – two memorably spectacular hotels in memorably spectacular locations.  (You can save even more if you book your flight and hotel together!)

Finally, the Hilton Vacation sale has offers to save 20% to 40% at Hilton hotels all over the world.  “City Escapes” include 5-star and 4-star Hilton hotels in New York, London, Miami, Phoenix and San Diego.  Also on sale are “Beach Getaways” in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Bahamas – even the 5-star Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa in the Indian Ocean.

Springtime in Vegas

Las Vegas has always been a top spot for great hotel deals – they assume they’ll make up for it with the “contributions” you make at the gambling tables – and the economics of the past few years have resulted in even better offers as they try to get visitors to come to town.  From now until the end of April TheRealPlaces will be promoting a special on Las Vegas hotels and vacation packages, with savings of up to 40%.

Participating casino hotels vary from newer properties such as The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas to “classic” options like the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, the Las Vegas Hilton and the recently renovated Tropicana Las Vegas.   Our special Las Vegas Promotional page lists the current offers from these hotels and more. 

Planning to fly into town?  We’ve also got special prices on Hotel + Flight packages that can save you $hundreds compared to booking separately.

These kinds of prices won’t last forever – even in Las Vegas – so book now to take advantage before they all go away on April 30th!

Cost-Free Charitable Giving – Multiplied

If you’ve watched much TV lately, you’ve probably seen the ads featuring Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, George Lopez and Marlo Thomas on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  It’s a very worthy organization, offering medical assistance to children with “cancer and other catastrophic diseases”.

Expedia has joined the fund-raising bandwagon with an offer that’s hard to pass up.  Donate $10, $50 or $100 to St. Jude’s and Expedia will give you a coupon code of equal value.  If you’re a regular traveler – or if you plan on doing any travel in 2011 – it’s one of those “no brainer” deals.  The coupons are good for travel anytime in 2011, but you have to make your donation by December 31, 2010.

Better: Expedia is doubling the value of your contribution by matching it.

Best: Use your MasterCard to make your donation and they’ll TRIPLE it.

Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco Hotel Offers has some new special offers for places to stay in top destinations like Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Chicago.  No need for any “promo codes” – just look for hotels in your destination city and the special offers are always there!

Miami on Sale: Save up to 40% – The weather’s still great in southern Florida, not as unbearably hot as it sometimes gets in the summer.  Great Miami area hotels are offering savings of up to 40% for those who book by November 2, 2010.

San Francisco Deals: Save up to 20%!  Maybe you’re heading to the Bay Area for Halloween or the holidays?  Then saving 20% doesn’t sound so bad, does it?  Just book your San Francisco hotel before 10/21/10.

Las Vegas Hotel Deals – Save up to 30%! Despite the country’s recent economic difficulties, Las Vegas is still one of the most popular vacation destinations.  Book your next Las Vegas hotel stay by the end of October and save up to 30% at some pretty nice casino hotels!

Chicago on Sale: Save up to 35%! Those winds in the “Windy City” have started to get a bit chillier, but Chicago weather is still bearable for the next couple of months.  Reserve your hotel for your next visit to the shores of Lake Michigan by October 25th and save up to 35%.

Wine Country Sale: Save up to 35%! You may or may not know that it’s wine grape crushing season. has some special deals for wine afficianados – and wannabes.  Just make sure you book your oenophile vacation by 11/2/10 to save up to 35%!

Marriott Vacation Club 25% Off Celebration

The Marriott Vacation Clubs are celebrating their 25th anniversary by offering 25% off their regular rates on villas at some of their most popular vacation destinations.

Marriott’s Grande Vista in Orlando is offering 25% discounts on deluxe guest rooms, one-bedroom villas, and two-bedroom villas.  Rates start at under $100 per night after the discount.

In Las Vegas, the Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau is the place to find the same 25% discount, this time on one-bedroom villas.  The Grand Chateau is located just off the Vegas Strip, near the MGM Grand.

Or you can go a little north of Las Vegas and enjoy 25% savings at Marriott’s Timber Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, California.  Deluxe guest rooms, one-bedroom villas and two-bedroom villas qualify for rate reductions that start at around $142/night.

And that’s just a taste: Still more 25%-off deals are being offered at Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island, Marriott’s Summit Watch in Park City, Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club, Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas in Palm Desert, Marriott’s Grande Ocean on Hilton Head Island – and many more.

Search for “Marriott Vacation Club” at to find all the clubs offering these great 25th anniversary discounts.

More Tweaks To City Hotel Pages

With a couple of weeks having passed since our major update to the format of the city hotel pages at, we’ve had an opportunity to check out the impact of those changes – and make some more improvements.

The biggest change is that we now provide a separate page containing a large map of all the hotels in the city – and nearby locations.  There’s a link to the “city hotel map” page found on each city’s page.  For example, if you visit our Washington, DC hotel page and click on the small map on the left side of the page, you’ll be taken to the new map of hotels in the Washington, DC area.  In this particular case, it makes it easy to consider places to stay in suburban Virginia and Maryland as well as in DC itself.  Works just as well for many other cities and towns.

We’ve also improved the aesthetics of the basic city page.  We think it looks a bit prettier and provides new information about each of the top hotels in the city.  See the results on examples such as our Dallas, Minneapolis and Birmingham pages.

Independent of, but related to, the changes to our city lists, we’re now offering weekly top hotel deals in Arlington, Texas (home of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium) and current top hotel deals in Branson, Missouri.