Summer travel and 4th of July

It’s time to get ready for some fun in the sun and celebrate the Fourth of July. If you haven’t already booked your trip, what are you waiting for? Now, is the time to get away.

Gabe Saglie, Senior Editor for Travelzoo, joined The Rhode Show Wednesday to share some great deals.

Travel Roundup: Summer 2015

  • Flexibility: This remains the #1 way to save on summer travel
  • Seasonality: Go where the deals are, including tropical destinations, desert destinations and big US cities
  • Be sure before you book: US airlines set a new record in the first three months of 2015 by collecting $1.6 billion from plane passengers who checked luggage or made changes to their flight reservations
  • Airfare reality check: last minute sales are happening, midweek travel is cheapest and late summer is offering bargains
  • 4th of July: it’s a weekend this year, so budget accordingly; add extra days before and after the 4th to bring your per-night average rates down

The Deals:

Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia

  • Chic 4-Star hotel that recently underwent a $23 million renovation (and dates back to 1926)
  • Located in famed Rittenhouse Square, hotel is walking distance to Museum Row and the Liberty Bell
  • There are 3 restaurants onsite, inc. Prime Rib (considered one of the most romantic in the U.S.)
    • $109/nt. (40% off)
      • Travel thru Sep., inc. 4th of July weekend

Paramount Hotel, NYC

  • Landmark and trendy 4-Star hotel that recently finished a $40 million revamp, including to the legendary Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub
  • Hotel boasts prime Broadway location
  • $159-$189/nt. (40% off)
    • Travel thru Aug., inc. 4th of July weekend
  • BONUS: Broadway shows are on sale, too!
  • “Finding Neverland” w/Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer depicts the inspiration that led playwright JM Barrie to write Peter Pan; at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater
    • $59-$99/pp (reg. $72-$147) for shows thru July

EPIC Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, Miami Beach

  • Sexy 4-Star hotel overlooking Biscayne Bay and the only Miami hotel w/direct marina access
  • Rooftop deck features 2 infinity pools where guests can get massages, gourmet dining and craft cocktails
  • Complimentary wine hour every day at 5pm
    • $179/nt. (50% off) w/upgrade, breakfast for 2 and $30 spa credit
      • Travel thru Sep., inc. 4th of July weekend

Vacation on the Strip, Las Vegas

  • Summer sale launched this week translated to savings of 50%+ at several high-profile resorts
    • 4-Star Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas: $40-$57/nt.
    • 4-Star Planet Hollywood Resort: $51-$75/nt.
    • 5-Star Venetian Las Vegas: $135-$179/nt. (w/free breakfast for 2 w/2-night stays)
      • Travel thru Aug.
  • BONUS: Shows are on sale, too!
  • Terry Fator at Mirage Las Vegas: the show by the “America’s Got Talent” winner features singing, comedy and celebrity impressions of Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and more
    • $44-$78/pp (reg. $80-$130) for shows thru Aug. 31

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

  • Super luxurious 5-Star eco-conscious resort consistently rated one of the top in Mexico!
  • This all-villa property is near world-class golf and features several top-notch restaurants (guests can also opt to have chefs prepare meals on the resort’s private boat)
  • Deluxe spa features therapists trained in the brand’s spa academy in Phuket, Thailand
    • $1199 for 3-nt. stay in a 3000-sq.ft. Villa w/private pool (reg. $2000) w/$100 spa credit
      • Travel thru Dec., inc. 4th of July weekend

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