The holidays have come and gone, and boy do we need a vacation! All the hustle and bustle can distract us from taking the time to relax and reconnect with family and friends. At the beginning of the year thoughts often turn to winter getaways where you can relax, with or without your family, and enjoy some fun in the sun or snow. Or maybe we just have to get away from the city and out to the country. Whatever your vacation preference, January is a great time to go.
Unfortunately, post-holiday vacations can also be hard on the wallet. That’s where flash deal travel websites come to your rescue. If you’re not set on a particular destination or particular travel dates, jumping on a discount vacation package to Aspen, Williamsburg, Orlando, or Mexico may be just the ticket. These sites can give you travel inspiration and get you going without weighing too heavily on your budget.
1. Jet Setter
Jet Setter (formerly Snique Away) is a free-to-join, members-only discount travel site. They offer flash deal rates at handpicked hotels and resorts around the world, as well as package tours. They offer up to half price rates at luxury hotels and include detailed pictures, specifications, and even the Trip Advisor rating all on one page. Many hotels are Jet Setter verified, which means that one of their 200 travel correspondents has personally stayed there. Jet Setter can also plan a perfect luxury travel itinerary for you, giving you all their travel expertise at a great price.
Flash deals are available for up to 12 days and rotate regularly, so if you’re not sure where you want to go you can see all the options available to you. You can even browse their upcoming sales to get a heads up to consider a destination before the deal becomes available. These deals often offer a wide range of dates and room types, making it easy to plan the trip that suits your needs. A sample of their travel offerings include a luxury five-star resort and spa in Mexico for $175/night (retail is $243/night) and a Colorado ski lodge family-friendly condo for $379/night (retail is $519/night).
Vacationist is another free-to-join, for members-only flash travel deal site that caters to luxury travelers who don’t want to spend like one. They offer deals up to 70% off retail prices for hotels and vacation packages at only 4- and 5-star hotels and resorts. I can’t usually afford that many stars, but with Vacationist I can! Like other flash deal sites, Vacationist offers rotating sales that are available for around 10 days at a time at very deep discounts. Many of their deals also include extra perks like complimentary room upgrades, a bottle of champagne, a massage and more. All deals are handpicked by their travel experts.
A great thing about Vacationist is that they double check that they offer the best price at the time that they are offering their deal. In fact, they guarantee it. You book directly through Vacationist so there’s no middle man and no vouchers to cash in. They often have a wide range of dates available for you to book your deal, making it easy to travel when you want to. Vacationist usually runs about 40 deals at a time for hotels and vacations around the world so it’s easy to find a destination to suit your tastes. And if you cannot decide right away and need some time to think about your travel details, you can hold a date for a $40 fee so no one else can take it. If you choose to book, the $40 fee is deducted from your trip price.