Las Vegas Vacation Deals! Save on Airfare, Las Vegas Hotels, Cars and More!

If you are going to Vegas and want the best price on everything from Las Vegas hotels to your rental car, you need to think vacation package. That’s right; the deals are in the bundling today. A travel package usually includes you airline ticket, Las Vegas hotel reservation and car rental.

Where to start?

First have an idea of your vacation budget and travel dates. Keep in mind that in general, the more flexible you are with your travel dates and choice of Las Vegas hotel, the more likely you’ll be to find the lowest price.

Here are the basic steps for finding that Las Vegas vacation deal:

1. Look for deals: It may take some time, but it will be worth it. Search for bargains and member discount rates. You may be entitled to discounts that you didn’t even think of like student, youth, family, senior, frequent flyer, etc.

2. Compare rates: You may think you’ve found the best rate your first go around. Chances are, there is a better one out there. Search several online travel agencies and call a local travel agent.

3. Beware of extra charges: Read the fine print so that there are no financial surprises when it comes time to pay for this vacation.

Shop from the comfort of your home

Today the world is at your fingertips. The best place to shop is truly at your computer, especially for travel deals. Visit some of your favorite and reputable travel sites today, such as Orbitz, Priceline, or Marriott, as they are pushing deals now more than ever.

Last minute vacations can save you even more money

Odd as it may sound, planning your Las Vegas vacation the last minute can save you even more money. Many companies offer very attractive last minute deals in order to fill their vacant seats. Cruise lines, airlines and Las Vegas hotels can offer these great deals.

Other resources

Travel Zoo.com – You’ll find their newsletter very helpful. It offers a listing of 20 super deals every Wednesday as well as top daily deals.

Vacations To Go.com – This site has terrific “Hot Deals” and a 90-Day Ticker and Bargain Finder for cruises. An extra bonus at Vacations To Go is that most of the tour companies on this site belong to USTOA. This is an industry association whose members must post a million dollar bond to protect travelers in the event of tour company bankruptcy.

Last Minute.com – When you don’t know exactly where you want to go, LastMinute.com has a great feature. You can search from your hometown airport to any destination.

Sherman’s Travel.com – You will find this week’s top deals as well as daily best deals.

Good old newspaper

Your local Sunday newspaper if also a good place to look. Charter operators, travel agencies and tour companies with departures from your area will advertise their current hot deals in the Sunday Travel Section.

Tips and Warnings

* A terrific sounding $599 package can unexpectedly turn into a $1,000 package when additional taxes and fees are added in. So, when you compare tour prices be sure all taxes and fuel surcharges have been added in.

* If you see a deal you like, act on it fast. These deals often sell out on the day they are first advertised.

Now you are ready to shop for the best Las Vegas vacation package and enjoy one of the best vacations you’ve ever had!

Lifestyle Vacation Club, Pros and Cons of a Lifestyle Vacation Club

We all want to travel, some of us may not admit it to others but I find that’s more because they don’t want to admit it to themselves. They feel they can’t travel for whatever reason, so they tell themselves they don’t want to so they don’t feel they are missing out. I’m letting everyone know they can. Whether it’s finances holding them back, or not knowing how to go about setting up a great vacation, or just fear of going on their first trip outside of their comfort zone. And I’m going to explain it through talking about lifestyle vacation clubs. I’ll be talking about this from the experience I have in travel that I have done and the lifestyle vacation club I have knowledge about.

First pro of a lifestyle vacation club.

The first, and probably biggest, pro for a lot of people is the value. A lot of people want to get as much value as they can out of the money they spend. It makes sense, we work hard for our money so we want to get as much out of it as we can. The lifestyle vacation club that I have knowledge of does just that. They give a lot of bang for your buck. All the vacation packages available are located at 4 and 5 star resorts or hotels at 2 and 3 star prices. They guarantee the lowest price or they will refund you the cost of the trip and send you on the vacation anyway. Pretty powerful statement. There is always inclusions in the trip which adds so much value to the money you are spending as well. If your trip is to Disneyland, they include tickets to the park. A skiing trip, they include the lift pass during your stay. A day at a car race, great seats that include pit passes. A lifestyle vacation club has value.

Pro #2 of a lifestyle vacation club.

Worry free. Let’s face it, our lives are busy. Setting up a great vacation is time consuming. You have to find a resort in the area you’re wanting to go. You need to confirm vacancy during the time you want to go. Then you need to set up things to do in the area you want to go. You can avoid this buy doing it while your on your vacation, but who wants to do that? I’ve done it and it was added stress… while on vacation trying to get away from stress!! Then you have to pay for it, ahead of time or while on vacation like I did on one of my trips. Either method is a hassle and time consuming. With a lifestyle vacation club the hassle is taken away. You can set filters for the type of trip your looking for making it extremely easy to find the trip you want with the inclusions you’re wanting to experience, book the trip and you’re done.

The 3rd pro of a lifestyle vacation club.

As being part of a membership, the same trip is going to be available to other people. This allows you to have a common ground with the people on the outings with you, the membership. Whether it be whale watching off the coast of Mexico, or a wine tasting tour in France, some or many of the people on those excursions with you have a common ground with you to break the ice and make the initial interaction less awkward, you all are members of the same lifestyle vacation club. Knowing that there’s going to be other people on the trip that you share a membership with may make it easier to take that first trip to get over your fear of travelling.

Pro four of a lifestyle vacation club

As I’ve stated, there’s a certain lifestyle vacation club that I have knowledge of. There’s certain perks that this lifestyle vacation club has that make it truly amazing. One of these perks is an online mall. There are over one thousand shops in this online mall to choose from. When you make purchases online for things your going to buy anyway, you get a percentage back in the form of “travel dollars”. These can be applied to the trip you chose, flights for the trip, or just your own personal hotels, etc. Essentially, if you shop online enough, and accumulate enough “travel dollars”, you could go on a trip for free. Absolutely amazing.

Next are some supposed cons. A lot of things though are from points of view, and I’m going to offer different points of view to look at these cons in a positive light.

Con #1 of a lifestyle vacation club

I hear it all the time, “but I don’t like groups of people so I wouldn’t want to go on a trip where there’s a bunch of other people doing the same thing”. First, you don’t have to take part in the group activities, but it could end up being a pretty boring trip. So look at it in a different light. Trust me, whether you’re on a trip on your own or part of a lifestyle vacation club, there’s going to be other people around. You’ll have to pay a pretty hefty fee to have the scuba instructor take just you and your companion out for the dive, pretty pricey booking the whale watching boat for just your family exclusively. Unless you pay huge money there’s going to be other people doing the same things as you. So why not change your point of view and look at it as a pro like stated in pro #3. You have a commonality with the people on the outings with you.

Second con of a lifestyle vacation club.

They don’t include flights in the cost of the trip. OK so you got me there. It would be impossible for them to do this. There would be people flying from just a few hours away and people flying from across an ocean. There would be no way to make one price for these when people are coming from all over. But let me ask you this. A family in British Columbia Canada is booking a vacation to Cancun Mexico through some booking agent that “includes” the flight. Now, the same size family happens to be booking the exact same trip, at the exact same time, through the same booking agent, but this family is in the state of Texas in the United States. Do you think that the price of the vacation is going to be the same for each family? The answer is no. The family in Texas is way closer to Cancun than the family in Canada. Though they say the flight is included, it’s really just bundled in with the cost of the stay. As for the con… I’ve looked up the cost of flights to a trip in the lifestyle vacation club and totalled it up. I then looked up vacations to the same place at the same time that included flights. I then had to find the cost it would be to get the same things that the lifestyle vacation club includes in the cost, and add it to the cost of the “flight included” vacation package. Guess what, the lifestyle vacation club end price was hundreds of dollars cheaper every time. That takes us back to pro 1, bang for our buck. I’d rather book a separate flight and save hundreds of dollars then book a vacation that includes a flight. In addition, there’s many of us that have methods of collecting points to apply towards flights when we choose to travel. When booking a vacation where the flight is bundled with the vacation package, you can’t use your points to make the flight portion cheaper. When the flight is separate from the vacation package, you’re free to pay for the flight how you wish, so you can do this using your points, seat sales, etc. In my opinion this turns trips where the flight is “included”, into a con. And the fact that the flight is not “included” in the lifestyle vacation club, into a pro.

Con 3 of a lifestyle vacation club.

The vacations of the lifestyle vacation club are pre-set with the dates. Another thing I hear all the time. “It’s my vacation and I want to go on my time, not a time chosen for me by the livestyle vacation club.” OK, yes, the vacations in a lifestyle vacation club have pre-set dates. They can offer great prices because they buy vacations like Costco buys groceries. They book a huge amount of rooms from a resort at a specific time getting them huge discounts on the cost and they pass those savings on to the club member. I’ve seen ski trips for example, just a couple months apart, to the same place. Trips to Universal Studios in Florida at various times throughout the year. They offer as much options as they can for flexibility. So I offer a different way to look at it to lessen the negativity of it. Wouldn’t you be open to the idea of adjusting your vacation date’s a little, if it means saving hundreds of dollars on your trip? I know I would.

Fourth con of a lifestyle vacation club.

The lifestyle vacation club that I have knowledge of has a membership fee. There is an initial set up fee and a monthly fee after that. It’s a con in a way I guess but this company does something to make it a pro. Costco has a yearly fee. You pay that fee to have access to the great deals within their store. The deals are worth it so you pay the fee. Same idea with the membership fee of a lifestyle vacation club. You pay a fee to get access to the great deals on vacations. But what this company does to turn it into a pro is quite unique. Every dollar you spend, that includes the initial set up fee as well as the monthly fees, gets turned in to “DreamTrip” points, dollar for dollar, one dollar equals one point. The vacations have a point value that can be subtracted from the dollar value you have to pay to book the already deeply discounted trip. So really the membership fee acts like a vacation savings account. So again, looking at it a different way turns this negative into a positive as well.

Best Bundle Vacation Deals – 5 Great Destinations to Consider for Your Next Trip

Travel has never been cheaper or easier than it is in the 21st century. You’ll be amazed at some of the best bundle vacation deals under $1,000. In some instances, you can get airfare and a few nights’ stay at a hotel for under $500! It all depends on factors such as the time of the year, season, hotel, airline, and so forth.

When booking a trip online you will also get the option to add vehicle rental to your bundle. This might be something to look into if you don’t mind driving at the destination. If you want to stay at an all inclusive resort, however, you probably won’t have to drive since everything you need will be easily accessible from the resort.

Here are a few suggestions on vacations that tend to be affordable in general.

Miami – You can fly to this FL city from major airports in the US – especially those on the East Coast – for very cheap. There are literally dozens of hotels and inns that work with the airlines to provide bundle packages. If you want to have fun in the sun, this is the beach city to go to.

Vegas – Unless there is a convention or major event in town, Las Vegas is usually cheap to fly to and stay at. There are so many nice resorts and casinos to choose from, all offering competitive rates. Just as long as you are careful with your money and don’t gamble carelessly, you should be able to afford a Vegas vacation.

Costa Rica – Go exploring in this beautiful area during the transmission months of May – Aug. and you won’t have to spend much money. You’ll find some of the best bundle vacation deals in South America right in the Costa Rican jungle. Stay at a nice resort near the beach. Many of them include free breakfast and parking.

Newport, RI – Spend some time in New England without going over your budget. Newport is filled with sparkling sand, restaurants, shops, historic places, etc. You’ll definitely save money if you visit in the winter months, where the prices of meals and hotels fall considerably. If it’s not too cold, you might want to go on a trolley tour of the city.

Ireland – You can get an affordable package that includes airfare to Dublin and a tour of the entire country. If you have trouble finding a deal on airfare to Dublin, try flying to another UK destination and taking a small budget flight to Ireland. You can find a very affordable vacation to the Emerald Isle, and there is plenty of accommodation in old castles and houses as well as modern hotels.

These are just a few of the best bundle vacation deals you can find online. There are other neat places to consider as well.

Where can you find the best bundle vacation deals? By looking over online travel offers. Make use of the intuitive, user-friendly tools to search for airfare and hotel bundle deals, cruises, car rentals, and more. Use an online discount code to get huge savings.

Cost Estimates for Your Sturgis Rally Vacation

If you are headed to Sturgis for the Black Hills Rally and Races in Sturgis South Dakota you may be wondering how much your trip to the Black Hills will cost? As with any vacation it’s always best to have a budget and plan your trip based on your budget. So with that in mind here are some estimates of typical costs related to a vacation to Sturgis South Dakota for the Bike Rally.

Lodging or Camping:

Hotels in and near Sturgis can be very tough to find during Rally week. If you can find a Hotel room expect to pay nearly $300-$400 per night for a Super 8 type room. If you are camping you usually reserve a space that covers you for 15 days that allow for time before and after the Sturgis rally. This can range from $100-$175 per camper using a tent site. If you have an RV expect a charge of $400 for 30 Amp or $450 for 50 Amp service. Many campgrounds also charge a per camper fee on top of this so add that $100-$175 back on. You can rent a house for around $2500.00 which might work for groups of riders.

Gas:

Since you’ll be riding a motorcycle you will obviously be consuming a fair quantity of gasoline. Typically you’ll get around 25 miles per gallon so to figure out your gasoline costs look at it as $12 per 100 miles. Take your distance to and from Sturgis and then look at the riding you’ll do on a day to day basis. When I tour around the Black Hills I usually ride about 300 miles per day. So for me 1200 miles to travel to and from Sturgis and 900 miles touring gives me a fuel cost of $252.00. Of course if you trailer your motorcycle you’ll need to adjust your costs for the MPG that your truck or car or RV gets.

Food:

Much of the food you’ll eat is fast in nature. You’ll eat a lot of fair type foods and diner type foods. It would be fair to estimate $15 – $30 per day for food (not including alcohol) depending on where you like to eat.

Partying:

If you like to party you can expect to spend a lot on alcohol. Just like a concert or football game if you buy beer in a bar or campground concerts you can expect to pay $6-$7 per beer + tip. So how much do you drink? Take that number of beers and multiply by $7 to get your estimate. You can save money at some campgrounds by keeping an inexpensive cooler and ice and buying beer by the case.

Total Sturgis Trip Cost:

So for a couple of riders on a 5 day trip from the Midwest here’s the cost estimates I’ve figured. Tent camping in around Sturgis $300.00. Fuel for both riders $500.00. Food at $50 per day for the pair $250 and three days of partying $180.00 I didn’t include souvenirs but from my figures this trip for two riders would run about $1230.00 I’d recommend just bring $1500 and you’d be covered. As you can see Sturgis is a very economical vacation but it has a lot of cost variables that will affect the total cost of your vacation to the Sturgis Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Family Vacation Packages Guide – Where Are Some Nice, Affordable Places to Go on a Family Trip?

There are plenty of nice places that offer something fun for every member of the family, from the youngest kids to the oldest great-grandparents. There are some affordable places too. Even if you have a large family, you should still be able to obtain discounts. Family vacation packages tend to offer “Kids Eat Free” deals, supervised kids programs, spacious rooms, and free activities that will appeal to everyone.

Here are a few affordable destinations that have family-friendly resorts:

Yellowstone National Park

While there are inns and lodging options around the Yellowstone area, there are also plenty of campgrounds. Just bring your own tents and enjoy the great outdoors. You have 2.2 million acres to explore. Go along some trails and try to catch glimpses of elk and buffalo.

Virginia Beach

If possible, visit in either the fall or winter when hotel rates are at their lowest. Family vacation packages at Virginia Beach are available at various hotels and resorts. There are also options for vacation rentals if you want your own kitchen.

Trinidad and Tobago

This is one of the more affordable family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. You actually get two islands to explore and a variety of beach and mountain activities. Head to Invaders Steel Pan Yard to check out performances by steel pan bans. Another fun attraction is Tobago Cocoa Estate, where you and your kids can learn all about chocolate.

Breckenridge, CO

How about family vacation packages at a ski destination? “Breck” offers world-class skiing for all ages and all levels. There is also plenty to do in the historic downtown area. You could go during the summer and enjoy some hiking, zipping, climbing, etc. It is both the ultimate winter AND summer playground.

St. Petersburg, FL

There are 30+ quality family resorts in this Florida city. For cultural attractions, stay in the downtown area. For days of fun in the sun, grab a beach resort. Hotels in St. Petersburg have an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In addition to nice accommodation, there is also plenty of shopping and dining.

Barcelona, Spain

If you think you can afford a European trip, Barcelona might be the city for you. There are some reasonably-priced family vacation packages. Not only is it a beautiful city, it is filled with tons of fun activities for kids and adults both. There are 500+ family-friendly hotels to choose from. Plus, it can be an educational experience for teens taking Spanish classes.

These are just a few ideas to help your family get started with the plans. Make a list of places everyone wants to visit and check out family vacation packages to see what all is available.

Use online websites to do your research on these destinations as well as others. It’s easy to find affordable family vacation packages with the site’s search tools. You can also simply browse to find out what all is available right now. Don’t forget to apply online promo codes when booking your trip.

5 Travel Tips For a Stress-Free Vacation

We go on vacations to relax, especially when we are under stress. If you want to leave all your worries at home, make sure you follow the tips given below. These tips will also help you make your vacations stress-free and memorable. Read on to know more.

Get rid of the stress

Do you have limited vacation days? Of course, you can’t spend the rest of your life on your trip. So, you may use that limited time and get the most out of it. This way all the stress will be gone and you will have a lot fun.

Plan your events

Keep in mind that you will waste a lot of your precious time if you don’t plan your events before the vacation. After all, you don’t want a slight snooze, a delayed flight or a cancelled tour. It’s a good idea to plan for some activities for certain days. With careful planning, you will be able to get the most out of your trip without wasting a lot of your time.

Set a collective goal

At times, it becomes stressful to travel with others as everyone has different preferences. During your trip, your partner may not want to go to see an attraction that you want to see. How can you deal with such situations or conflicts? Actually, what you need to do is plan your vacation after having discussions with your companions. And you may want to decide on a collective goal. What is your aim? Do you want to go on a vacation for adventure, relaxation, celebration or romance? If you do this, you will be able to avoid the awkward situations during your stay at your favorite destinations.

Do your research

You may want to do as much research as possible about the place you want to visit. What you need to do is read up on visa requirements, cab estimates, restaurant options and public transport, just to name a few.

Pack light

How do you pack your stuff? Do you do this in haste? Do you pack all of your stuff for your vacation or you pack only what is required? Keep in mind that too much stuff will make it harder for you travel. After all, moving heavy bags to and fro the bus station or airport is a lot of hassle. What you need to do is pack the things that you really need during your stay at a certain destination. For instance, you don’t need to take a blowdryer with you. In the same way, you should not take the heels with you if you don’t need them. Instead, you should pack your sandals.

So, if you have been trying to find a way to get the most out of your vacation and remain stress-free, we suggest that you follow the tips given in this article. These tips are helpful for people who are going to plan for their vacation for the first time. So, this article can help you as well.

Cheap Summer Vacation Packages Ideas – A Few Wonderful, Inexpensive Places to Visit This Summer

Whether you have kids or not, there are always reasons to book a summer getaway. It’s a popular time to go on a vacation to most destinations. Unfortunately, it’s also an expensive time to go on a trip, as prices skyrocket due to demand. If you do want to get away for a few days but don’t have a very big budget, there is no need to worry: here are some ideas on cheap summer vacation packages.

Head to Albuquerque

If you really don’t mind the 90+ degree temperatures in the summer, this New Mexico city is the place to go. Hotel rates throughout the area are reasonable and airlines offer affordable rates from various airports throughout the country. You won’t even have to pay for a rental car, as ABQ Ride offers bus service all over the greater metro area.

Spend some time on the Gorge

If you want to avoid the heat and crowds of the Grand Canyon, head the opposite direction – right into Appalachia. Summer temperatures in West Virginia are not uncomfortably high. The scenery around New River Gorge is amazing, and there are plenty of fun, affordable activities. Lodging can be found for less than $100 a night.

Explore the Sacred Valley

For a thrilling international adventure, head to Peru. The Sacred Valley area is an affordable alternative to Machu Picchu during the summer. There are hidden gems to check out, including ancient temples and forts. Just go along trekking routes for access to farms, isolated villages, and bustling cities.

Stay at Six Flags Fiesta

Don’t do Disney World in the summer, unless you want to spend a fortune. Instead, head to San Antonio where you WILL find cheap summer vacation packages and go back and forth between Six Flags and White Water Bay Water Park. Both parks are included in price of admission. You can get huge discounts by buying your tickets in advance on the internet. While summers in Texas are hot, you can stay cool at the Water Park.

Go to Chincoteague Island for a beach vacation

When most people think of “summer vacations”, the beach is usually the first image that comes to mind. The temperatures in this part of VA are just right during the summer, and the rates are reasonable. In addition to lounging around the beach, you can also keep an eye out for birds, wild ponies, and do some cycling.

Other Ideas

A few more affordable places to visit on your summer getaway include:

• Cape Cod, Massachusetts

• Laughlin, NV

• Rovinj, Croatia

• Madrid, Spain

• Phoenix, AZ

• Gatlinburg, TN

• St. Louis, MO

It’s best to start planning early. The sooner you start your search for cheap summer vacation packages, the easier it will be to find a good deal!

Online deals are always worth looking into – especially when you want to save on a vacation package. Some companies give competitive prices, easy-to-use search tools, and 24/7 hour customer service. There are also alerts you can sign up for to receive details about the best cheap summer vacation packages.