Monday Deal Alert: Give the Gift of Travel

by  Mandy Berman | Dec 3, 2012
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Waldorf Astoria Chicago / Photo courtesy of the property

This deal has expired, but be sure to check out our Top 25 deals of the week for savings on trips to destinations around the globe.

Stumped on holiday gift ideas? Here at ShermansTravel, we're always focused on travel: taking trips, planning trips, and finding the best deals for the next trip. So our vote, of course, for those of you unsure what you get your nearest and dearest, is to treat them to a vacation this holiday season. Below are a few outstanding travel deals that are sure to make anyone excited to get away, and affordable enough that you won't be regretting the purchase come your January credit card bill.

For the party animal of the family (we all have one), book a room at the W New Orleans, just steps from the infamous French Quarter, for $99 per night with their Papa Noel deal. You'll enjoy a whopping 60 percent savings on booking through online travel agencies, and your traveler will come back bragging about the trendy perks of the 4-star hotel, from the rooftop pool and poolside cabanas to the chic on-site whiskey bar (maybe you should get yourself a reservation of your own while you're at it).

For a luxurious and still affordable getaway, treat the classiest person you know to a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The 5-star hotel was just voted the #1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S. in the 2012 Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards, and for good reason: it's located in the heart of downtown Chicago, and features luxurious rooms (including surround sound systems and wet bars), an upscale artisanal restaurant, an art gallery, an indoor pool, and a full-service spa. This winter, rates start from only $276 per night, saving over 35 percent on rates earlier in the season.

Your friends and relatives from colder destinations might appreciate a trip somewhere warm, like the ClubHotel Riu Negril in Jamaica, an all-inclusive beachfront resort, for $108 per person per night. Or, book them a stay at the US Grant Hotel in always-sunny San Diego; the 5-star hotel is celebrating its 102nd anniversary with suites for $1.02 every other night, making a two-night stay come out to only $118 per night (use the promo code "LYPKG").

Finally, we all know there are few better places to visit during the holiday season than the Big Apple. On December 12 (12/12/12), you can choose from five Affinia Hotels in New York City (as well as one in Washington, D.C.) and pay only $112.12 per night. Mark your calendars: you can only book this deal from noon to midnight on December 12 (use the promo code "TWELVE").

Rather lugging heavy boxes to your holiday get-together, simply stuff those stockings with envelopes full of plane tickets and hotel reservation confirmations. It's easier on your back and more fun for everyone!

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