Weekend Travel Deals And Steals

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At the end of a week (desk-clearing time) some compelling travel deals appear. Here are some worth studying, or possibly even booking, over the weekend.

Rent an RV and See America for One Dollar A Day?

Most travel deals involve discounts on airfare, hotel stays or bargains on cruises and destinations. But did you know you can rent a recreational vehicle (RV) for as little as one dollar ($1) per day and see America?

It was news to me, but apparently not to the travel experts at TravelPirates. The deals are called RV relocations. Rental companies need people to move their vehicles from one city to another (without putting them on a train or paying professional drivers) and are willing to offer great deals to drivers to get the vehicles where they are meant to go.

The starting and ending cities for these trips vary, as well as the rental prices and mileage allowances per day. If you have a US driver’s license and are at least 18 (some companies, like rental car companies, insist drivers be 21 or even 25) Travel Pirates says you are eligible.

The routes and prices vary from company to company and change often. Apollo (which also operates in Australia and New Zealand) listed 20 separate New York to Orlando 5-day, one-way relocations, at $1 per day. Other RV rental companies that offer relocation rates include Cruise America, Imoova, Jucy USA, Road Bear RV, and Transfercar.

Some companies provide insurance, others insist you purchase it. As to where to park “your” RV on your journey, websites like FreeCampsite and Ultimate Campgrounds are a good source of places to stay. A number of businesses, including Walmart, allow RV parking in designated spots as well.

Time to See The Big Island After Volcano Eruptions?

The Big Island of Hawaii is a special place that is literally constantly changing and growing, as Mount Kilaueau spits lava into the sea and fire into the sky. One of Hawaii’s biggest tourist attractions, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is finally open again after weeks of volcano-caused shutdowns and evacuations.

Of course, there’s plenty more to see on the Big Island, from coffee farms to snorkeling warm pristine waters to exploring the many microclimates and the rainforest of the island.

Even better, a number of airlines are running fare sales to Hawaii. Smarter Travel found flights on Hawaiian from $307 round-trip from Los Angeles starting travel November 11, 2018,, with travel ending November 21.

It seems other airlines are also offering competitive low fares to the Big Island during the shoulder season. For example, on Expedia we found a United nonstop flight departing LAX at 8:07AM on Friday, November 2 arriving in Kona (KOA) at 11:02AM, departing on Monday, November 12 at 9:35PM, for $315 round trip.

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America

Enjoy December in Maui Luxury at Grand Wailea For Less

The Grand Wailea on the Hawaiian island of Maui was described as the “most incredible beach resort in the United States” by our friends at Conde Nast Traveler. The Grand Wailea is offering a special deal via Travelzoo during the December holiday season.

The deal includes a room at the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront resort, (the Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria Resort) for $365 a night, with a $100 daily resort credit. The rooms are large and each has its own private lanai. Even better, the Wailea has waived that pesky daily resort fee. Normally an additional $40 a night, it provides internet access, bike rentals, beach umbrellas, and other goodies. Rates are refundable but must be canceled 14 days prior to avoid penalties

Wailea is considered one of Maui’s greatest beaches, and the Grand Wailea, naturally, sits right on it. The hotel also has a 2,000-foot-long activity pool with waterfalls and a swim-up bar. The grounds boast sculpture by artists like Fernando Botero and Fernand Leger.

Cruise the Carribean With Princess From $598

This week, Princess Cruises featured deal is a 7-day Caribbean cruise starting at $599.

Princess is offering 7-day cruises to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean in November and December that start at $598. On November 25, 2018, the Regal Princess departs Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for three ports, including Princess Cays, Bahamas, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten. An interior stateroom starts at $598, with the inevitable taxes, fees and port expenses adding an additional $120.

The following week (December 2) the Regal Princess departs Ft. Lauderdale for four ports in the Western Caribbean, including Princess Cays, Bahamas, Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. Again, interior staterooms start at $598, with balconies going for $678.

Sightseeing and activities are available in the ports for an additional fee. On board, anytime dining or traditional dining is said to be included, as is 24-hour room service, but, alas, alcohol is not.

September 28, 2015: Princess Cruises Regal Princess departs Halifax Harbour bound for the open Atlantic.

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