As the incessant news, social media coverage, and shop window displays keep informing us, the holidays are coming. It's a time of excitement and expense dominated by pumpkin spice lattes and turkeys. But do you really want to spend your holiday lining up outside Macy's on Thanksgiving? We've rounded up this week's best travel deals so that you can take a break from the holiday madness without paying the price. You could blow $150 on a iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot or you could spend 3-nights in a fancy hotel in Vegas or even take a flight to Europe!
3-Night Stays at the SLS Las Vegas Resort
Vendor: BookIt via Dunhill
Price: From $131.53
Lowest By: $45
Expires: November 7
Is It Worth It?: Book this Editors' Choice deal for a 3-night stay at the SLS, the newest hotel on The Strip. This 1,600-room luxury casino resort opened in August 2014, when we saw opening week prices start from $69 per night. At $44 per night, not only does this deal undercut opening week rates, but it also includes a $100 Restaurant.com voucher and a Nevada bus tour.
To get this deal click on "Check Rates," select "Try Our Lowest Price Calendar," enter coupon code "VEGAS25" at final checkout, and select the Restaurant.com voucher under "BookIt.com Featured Activities & Services." We found this rate for November 23. Book this travel deal by November 7 for travel through December 27.
Book a Marriott Hotel Stay of $200 or More and Get $50 American Express Credit
Vendor: American Express
Expires: December 31
Is It Worth It?: American Express cardholders should check out this Editor's Choice offer. Get $50 credit on bookings of $200 or more at Marriott hotels. That's essentially 25% back and the best statement credit offer we've seen for Marriott stays via American Express.
Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days of deal expiry. Deal ends December 31. First sync your Amex card to your Twitter account, then tweet #AmexMarriott to add the offer to your synced Amex Card, and finally make a reservation via this link and complete your stay before December 31 (use the synced card to pay).
Norwegian Airlines 1-Way Fares to Europe
Price: From $148.90
Lowest By: $699
Expires: November 9
Is It Worth It?: Where better to do your Christmas shopping than in Europe?! Hop across the pond for less than the price of a decent 10" tablet and visit winter wonderlands like Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. And it's not just Scandinavian routes that are on offer. Norwegian Air also serves major European cities like Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. These flights are within $2 of the best price we've seen for any flights to Europe, meaning you can spend your money on things that really matter (like Yule goats and Dala horse Christmas tree ornaments).
This price is based on departure on December 23 from Orlando, FL, (MCO) with arrival in Oslo, Norway (OSL); other departure cities are available for an additional cost. Book this travel deal by November 9 for travel through January 31. All prices, dates, and booking details were valid at the time of publication.
Ireland 6-Night Flight, Hotel, and Car Rental Package for Two
Vendor: European Destinations via ShermansTravel
Price: From $1,719
Lowest By: $479
Expires: November 15
Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice trip to the Emerald Isle includes stays in three of Ireland's most iconic cities: Dublin, Galway, and Limerick. Plus, you'll get roundtrip flights and a 5-day car rental, so you can head to ancient sites like Newgrange, the 5,000-year old temple predating the pyramids! Depart on February 10, 2015 and not only will you save $479, but you can spend Valentines Day 2015 exploring a castle or nestled up next to a fire in a traditional pub.
This deal includes roundtrip airfare, 2-night hotel stay in Dublin, 2-night hotel stay in Galway, 2-night hotel stay in Limerick, 5-day car rental, daily breakfast, and more. The best price we've seen for any 6-night Irish vacation with car rental this year. This price is based on departure on February 10, 2015 from Newark, NJ, (EWR) with arrival in Dublin, Ireland, (DUB); other departure cities are available for an additional cost. Book this travel deal by November 15 for stays through December 31.
Carnival Cruise 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise for Two
Vendor: Vacations to Go via @Travel
Price: From $238
Lowest By: $118
Expires: November 22
Is It Worth It?: Maybe a cruise to the Caribbean is just the remedy to help you get some sun back into your bones before the holiday season. This Carnival Cruise costs just $119 per person, making it the second-best price we've seen for any 4-night Caribbean cruise. Put on your most nautically-themed shoes and sail from Miami on November 22. This cruise stops first in Key West, FL and then continues on to Cozumel, Mexico, where the temperature is a pleasant 80°F at the moment.
If prompted, sign up for the free newsletter to see this deal. This roundtrip cruise aboard the Carnival Ecstasy departs from Miami, FL, on December 1 with stops in Key West, FL, and Cozumel, Mexico. This travel deal ends November 22.