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Got kids? Book a vacation and JetBlue will pay their airfare

Posted by Melanie Nayer August 28, 2012 08:23 AM

You might have just sent the kids back to school, but it's never to early to start planning for school vacations. The organized family wins big in this JetBlue promotion: Book a JetBlue Getaways vacation package and the airline will pay the base fare for up to two children.

Let's break down the logistics and fine print:

  • Vacations must be booked by Wed., Aug. 29.
  • Travel must take place between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3, 2012.
  • JetBlue will pick up the base airfare (everything except the taxes and fees) for up to two children between the ages of 2-11, per room.
  • Offer does not include any hotel costs or hotel taxes.

The confusing part: When you book your vacation, don't expect to see the free fares in the breakdown. JetBlue will divide the total cost of the package, minus the child's airfare, across all travelers in the vacation book. That means you'll see a lower price per person overall, not just for the kids. All the information, including how to book, can be found here.

Would you stay in 'pod' hotel?

Posted by Melanie Nayer April 26, 2012 08:46 AM

checkin-out.jpgHotels in New York vary in just about everything: size, function, price, location, design, food and beverage, and even guests. You can find a bed and breakfast in Chelsea, a hostel in Spanish Harlem, a budget-friendly family-focused midtown hotel with grand buffets, or stay in lap of the luxury on the East Side. Right in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, you can find one of New York's newer hotels - YOTEL New York. The hotel just opened last year and is already drawing in guests who want nothing more than a clean room and a cool vibe at a reasonable price. The one caveat: a majority of the rooms are under 200 square feet.

YOTEL gained popularity when it first opened at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The concept was simple: give travelers a place to freshen up, grab a quick nap or even do some work in between flights or transfers. YOTEL was more than a "pod" room (most popular in Japan), better than an airport bathroom, and significantly less expensive than a city hotel. It took its design concept from the Japanese "capsule hotels", and added a bit more a space and a lot of technology. With only 12 hours to spare in New York City before catching a flight to Punta Cana (more on that soon), I opted to check out the YOTEL New York and see what all the fuss it about.

The first thing you should know about YOTEL New York is that looks are deceiving. The hotel takes almost an entire city block, but its the trendy, compact rooms that make an impact. The purpose here is function into form: take a small space and make it workable for travelers without making them feel claustrophobic or concerned about bumping into things in the middle of the night.

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New York City on sale: Hotels, shows, tours at drastic discounts in January

Posted by Melanie Nayer January 2, 2012 06:15 AM

nyc-street.JPGA trip to New York City - complete with hotels, shows, spas and shopping - is typically one of the more expensive cities to visit. But after the new year, New York goes on sale - in a big way.

Thanks to January being one of the slowest travel months of the year, hotels deals abound in the Big Apple. From Times Square to SoHo, hotels are dropping their prices, offering discounts on tours, and one of the city's top tourist attractions is getting into the game with 2-for-1 sales on Broadway shows. Pack up, and take advantage of New York off-season with some of these great offerings:

Where to stay:

For luxury travelers on a budget, NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization for the city, is launching its first-ever "Get More NYC" hotels promotion. From Jan. 2 to Feb. 29, more than 120 New York hotels are offering complimentary upgrades, free nights for longer stays, shopping and shows packages, and specials that include complimentary breakfast or discounts on hotel dining. What you save depends on what you want. When you visit the site, choose your category: Upgrade More, Stay More, Enjoy More, and Discover More. From there, you'll find the hotels that are hosting deals based on your preferences. The best part: Get More NYC includes hotels that range from budget to luxury, so the deals are at your disposal.

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About the author

Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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