The hotel you choose for your vacation is bound to affect how much you enjoy it. And if you're traveling with romance in mind, luxury hotel amenities such as 24-hour room service, designer bed linens, and a concierge who will book dinner, concert, or theater reservations -- can sweeten the experience, especially when you can enjoy them at a discount. Even if your budget is tight, you needn't spend it in a cheap hotel. Shop around for a luxury hotel room at a discount price at these sites.
The smart money's on Travelocity, when you want to make a quick getaway without breaking the bank. Affordable last-minute vacation packages, both domestic and international, will tempt you away from spending another weekend at home.
Jetsetter can send you to some of the world's most exotic and luxurious locations for less. Every day new sales are posted, and the rates are great. Most Jetsetter offerings are strictly for hotel stays (at top hotels), but some vacation packages are available as well. Full disclosure: The author occasionally reviews hotels for Jetsetter.com.
Classic Custom Vacations specializes in helping travelers tailor luxury vacations and providing them with the best (including first-class airfare if desired) for less. On this site you can select airfare and a resort in Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Because the trip is personalized, you'll have to call toll-free rather than click to complete your travel plans and speak to a Classic Custom Vacations travel agent, who can also book tours, attractions, and rental cars for you.
Catering to the sophisticated traveler, Luxury Link has a searchable database of luxury travel properties worldwide plus special discount offers, hot deals, and auctions. Exclusives and Best Buys indicated on the site are from sponsor properties offering exclusive packages to Luxury Link users.
Dont turn to Quikbook if youre merely looking for a cheap hotel. This reservation service doesnt traffic in shabby motels or $49.95 specials; it sticks to upscale hotels, and now serves more than 100 destinations in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Inspiring wanderlust, Quikbooks Great Getaways collection features discount prices in categories such as Hip Hotels, Seaside Favorites, Spa Retreats, and the ultra luxury Quikbook Premier Collection.
Billing itself as "the definitive source for luxury travel," LuxRes.com can offer hotel rooms at up to 40 percent discounts off typical rates. Hotels in its prestigious roster include the very upscale Raffles, Relais & Chateaux, and The Leading Hotels of the World brands. LuxRes also features vacation packages, spa stays, cruises, and car rentals at discount prices.
No longer a site just to book weekend getaways on the fly, LastMinuteTravel.com offers many exclusive deals, saving consumers time and money on discount airline tickets, discount hotels, discount cruises, discount car rentals, and discount vacation packages. LastMinuteTravel.com has been recognized by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the best site for spontaneous travel and was recently named a "Best of the Web" by Forbes.com.
Just because Expedia is the largest online travel agency, easy to use, and comprehensive don't assume you won't find bargains here. When you search for hotels on Expedia, the first returns are usually those Expedia has special deals with -- and discount savings are passed on to you. Expedia is also the best place to get hotel info on a given destination, and you can conveniently shop for a luxury hotel by choosing "Sort by Hotel Class."
Similar to Expedia, Orbitz lets users search for a hotel by star rating. Check out its luxury offerings in any city you want to visit by choosing the maximum five-star rating.
All Luxury Hotels presents discount prices for hotel rooms in nearly 100 domestic destinations and close to 50 international cities, including Europe and resort cities in Mexico. In addition to low rates, many All Luxury Hotels properties offer discounts for longer stays. The site also claims it can secure discount hotel rooms for sold-out dates.