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Skate and Stay in Providence, R.I.

December 19th, 2014

The Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode IslandWinter in New England encompasses cozy sweaters, chilly weather and nights sipping on hot cocoa with family. Make it even more special by booking the Skate and Stay Package at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

Package includes overnight accommodations in a Junior King Suite, which sleeps up to four, offers free Wi-Fi, a refrigerator and a spacious living area with a sofa; access to the skating rink at the Alex and Ani City Center, with rentals; and one $20 Starbucks gift card, perfect for grabbing hot cocoa after taking a skate on the ice. Rates start from $179 per night. Offer valid now through March 15, 2015.

The Providence Biltmore Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Providence and offers families onsite dining, spa services, a fitness center and a location that is close to many attractions. Built in 1922 by acclaimed architects, Warren and Wetmore, the same architects who designed New York City’s Grand Central Station, the Providence Biltmore Hotel is on the list of Historic Hotels of America.

The skating rink at the new Alex and Ani City Center, formerly the Providence Rink, offers public skating hours daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. now through March 1, 2015. Lessons, special skate nights, and holiday hours are available, too.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Make the Most of Your Memberships

December 14th, 2014

AAA buildingI’ve been a member of AAA (American Automobile Association) since I moved out on my own after college, mainly because of the roadside assistance service it guarantees. I’ve since utilized several other membership benefits, in particular the discounted rates for car rentals, hotel rooms, and for some retailers. I’ve also ordered free city maps — yes, old school maps!

What I haven’t done is book a travel package through AAA, so I decided to look into it. When you start at AAA.com, you’ll see several categories, including cruises, theme park discounts, and sections dedicated to Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. Under Vacation Packages, you’re offered multi-day itineraries in popular international destinations, such as Hawaii, the Caribbean, and multiple European cities. One per-person price conveniently covers round trip flights and hotel stays. You can add other elements to your package, such as car rentals, meal plans, sightseeing, and trip insurance, too.

You can also get discounts on travel through your membership at warehouse clubs like Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club. The same place where you buy tires and bulk-sized cereal boxes can offer some good deals on vacation packages to popular destinations like Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

So, how do the savings stack up? I priced out a trip to Cancun, Mexico from New York City, and compared the costs of the packages offered by AAA and BJ’s versus making “a la carte” reservations on my own. My hypothetical vacation will take place in an oceanfront room at the Omni Resort, May 4 to 8, 2015. I looked for accommodations for four nights, as well as airfare. This property is an all-inclusive, so these rates would include the cost of our meals, too.

The AAA package price, with a flight on US Airways from John F. Kennedy Airport, is $1,397 per person. If I booked through BJ’s, the rate is $1,925 per person. It’s more than AAA, but it’s difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison, because BJ’s includes the price of a sunset cruise and a $25 bonus gift card into the mix. Now, if I make the airline and hotel reservations myself, the cost is $2,055.

It definitely pays to go with one of the package deals. Above and beyond saving money, these packages also save the time of separate bookings, and there’s a value to that! Have you taken advantage of your club memberships to score travel discounts? Tell us in the comments below!

– Traci L. Suppa

Traci L. Suppa drags her small-town family to see a quirky array of the world’s largest, longest, or tallest things, and blogs about it at Go BIG or Go Home.

9 Kids Ski Free Deals in Colorado

December 13th, 2014

Family skiing on mountainSki season is upon us and when it comes to family mountain getaways, Colorado is definitely at the top. Whether your kids have been hitting the slopes since they began to walk or they’ve never stood on skis before, Colorado has ski resorts that are welcoming to all ages and skill levels. Plus, majority of them let kids ski for free! Here are nine Colorado ski resorts that offer kids ski free deals.

Arapahoe Basin
Children ages 14 and under ski for free for just six more days this season at Arapahoe Basin. However, kids ages 5 and under always ski for free. Regular full-day rates start from $42 for kids ages 6 to 14, $70 for kids ages 15 to 18, and $85 for adults ages 18 and older.

Aspen/Snowmass
Book a minimum three-night stay in March or April at Aspen/Snowmass and kids ages 7 to 12 will ski and stay for free! Kids will also receive free rental equipment with the purchase of adult rentals. Book by Feb. 19, 2015, for stays between March 15 and 31, 2015. Book by March 24, 2015, for stays between April 1 and 5, 2015. Regular full-day rates start from $70 for kids ages 7 to 12, $95 for teens ages 13 to 17, and $104 for adults ages 18 and older. Children ages 6 and under always ski for free.

Copper Mountain
Stay two nights at Copper Mountain and receive your third night free, plus a third day of lessons for free. Additionally, kids ages 12 and under ski for free. Families also receive a 33-percent discount on tubing and freestyle lessons. Offer valid now through Dec. 22, 2015. Regular full-day rates start from $58 for children and $100 for adults. Children 5 and under always ski for free.

Crested Butte
Now through Dec. 18, 2014, kids ages 12 and under ski for free at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. During the rest of the season, kids ages 6 and under always ski for free. Regular full-day rates start from $57 for kids ages 7 to 12, $93 for teens ages 13 to 17, and $103 for adults ages 18 and older.

Durango Mountain Resort
Book the Kids Ski Free package at the Durango Mountain Resort and enjoy 25 percent off four nights of lodging, three days of lift tickets for two adults and free skiing for kids ages 12 and under. Offer valid now through March 2015, though blackout dates may apply. Regular full-day rates start from $43 for children ages 6 to 12, $57 for teens ages 13 to 17, and $74 for adults ages 18 and older. Children ages 5 and under always ski for free.

Loveland Ski Area
Children ages 5 and under always ski for free at Loveland Ski Area in Georgetown, Colorado, but additional packages can be purchased that also offer free season passes. The 3-Class Pass for Kids offers skiers and boarders between ages 4 and 14 three full-day lessons, rentals, lift access and lunch. With the 3-Class Pass, kids also receive a free, unrestricted season pass that is valid through the rest of the season. The 3-Class Pass starts from $321 per child. Regular full-day rates start from $28 for kids ages 6 to 14 and $63 for adults ages 15 and older.

Steamboat Springs
Kids ages 12 and under ski for free in Steamboat Springs for the same number of days as adults when adults purchase a five-or-more-day list ticket, and they also receive free rentals when adults rent equipment for five or more days. Additionally, kids ages 12 and under can receive a free season pass when an adult purchases a season pass. Regular full-day rates start from $71 for children ages 6 to 12, $98 for teens ages 13 to 17 and $119 for adults ages 18 and older. Children ages 5 and under always ski for free.

Sunlight Mountain Resort
Book the Ski, Swim, Stay package at the Sunlight Mountain Resort and kids ages 12 and under will ski for free. The package also offers free shuttle service for families who stay at select hotels. Regular full-day rates start from $45 for kids ages 6 to 12 and $60 for adults ages 13 and older. Children ages 5 and under always ski for free.

Telluride Ski Resort
Book a ski getaway to Telluride Ski Resort for the first week of February and save. Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2015, kids ages 5 to 14 ski for free, stay for free and receive free lessons. Regular full-day rates start from $52 for children ages 6 to 12 and $96 for adults ages 13 and older. Children 5 and under always ski for free.

Offers based on availability. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Black Friday Travel Deals for Families

November 28th, 2014

Red sale tagsYou might be at the mall or a large department store today trying to score big savings on gifts for friends and relatives, but you should be home, relaxing, and planning your next family vacation. If you’re not already aware, we’ve put together a long list of early bird, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday hotel and attraction deals.

These deals offer everything from 60 percent off rates and free bike rentals to free meals for kids and complimentary nights. These deals won’t last too long, so be sure to book now in order to really save on your 2015 getaway.

See all of our 2014 Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Travel Deals.

After you’ve booked your vacation, stock up on a few necessities that you might need on your next trip. Select stores, including CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Christmas Tree Shops and Dollar General, are offering discounts on all those travel essentials you’ll have to pack. Pick up toothbrushes, bubble gum, deodorant, cotton balls, Band-Aids, portable DVD players, headphones, luggage sets, and more, all at low prices today.

Have you already scored a great travel deal today? Tell us about your savings in the comment section below!

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Ring in the New Year at a Kalahari Resort

November 24th, 2014

For a special New Year’s Eve celebration, book a stay at a Kalahari Water Park Resort. Both the Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio locations are offering a New Year’s Special deal for families. Splash, play and ring in 2015 at one of these water park resorts.

Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Boys sit in a circular raft on a waterslide at the Kalahari Resort Wisconsin DellsNot only will you be able to enjoy access to the resort’s indoor water park and indoor theme park, but the New Year’s Special offers comfortable accommodations, too. Book the package and receive a Hut or Desert Room for up to four guests, plus tickets to the New Year’s Eve Buffet for two adults and two children between 4 and 12 years. Additional tickets may be purchased upon arrival. Buffet reservations are required. The package is valid for a two-night stay starting on Dec. 30 or 31, 2014. Package rates start from $670.

Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio
Young girl bodysurfs on ride at Kalahari Resort SanduskyThis location may not have an indoor theme park, but it is home to America’s largest indoor water park. Enjoy a two-night stay in a Hut or Desert Room for up to four guests, admission to the water park for each guest, each day of your stay, and tickets for the New Year’s Eve Buffet for two adults and two children between 4 and 12 years. Additional tickets may be purchased upon arrival. Buffet reservations are required. The package is valid for a two-night stay starting on Dec. 30 or 31, 2014. Package rates start from $600.

Room upgrades available upon request for a fee. Restrictions may apply.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

How to Save at Hershey’s Christmas Candylane

November 8th, 2014

Hershey's Christmas CandylaneThe holidays really come to life in Hershey when its annual Christmas Candylane and Sweet Lights kicks off for the season in November each year. There’s so much for families to do during the event that it can add up and not seem so sweet. Rather than worry about breaking the bank before Christmas, save with these tips and tricks before your visit to Hershey with your family this holiday season.

Purchase an admission package. Rather than pay for each event and activity separately, purchase combination tickets for Christmas Candylane, dining options, games and more.

The Ride, Dine and Play package includes one Christmas Candylane ticket, one meal voucher, and one single game voucher at the Goblet Toss for just $22.80 per person. The Snack Pack package offers the same, but with a snack voucher instead of a meal voucher, for just $17 per person.

Buy the day before. Plan on seeing the Christmas Candylane the next day? Buy your ticket on that current day no more than 2.5 hours before closing and receive free admission to the park for the remainder that day. If the park closes at 8 p.m., purchase your next-day ticket and get free admission from 5:30 p.m. until closing. If the park closes at 10 or 11 p.m., purchase your next-day ticket and get free admission from 7:30 p.m. until closing. That’s at least 2.5 hours of free time in the park!

Add the Sweet Lights to your order. Purchase your admission tickets to the Hershey Sweet Lights in conjunction with your Christmas Candylane order and pay just $18 for the second attraction.

See it twice. If you’re planning a weekend in Hershey, don’t cram the Christmas Candylane into just one day. Purchase a regular price ticket for your first day and keep it. Present it at the Ticketing Services Building the next day and pay just $7 for admission to Christmas Candylane for that day.

Find a Giant Food store near you. Buy your Christmas Candylane tickets at a participating Giant Food Store and receive a discount on general admission rates. Giant Food Stores are located throughout Pennsylvania.

Go as a group. Get your friends and family all together for a big, sweet visit to Hershey and purchase your tickets as a group. You can save up to 40 percent off admission the Christmas Candylane. Offer valid for groups of 20 or more people.

Hershey’s Christmas Candylane opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Parking is $8 per car, per day. The Hershey Sweet Lights opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and runs through Jan. 1, 2015.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz