We’d been home from the South Pacific for about 72 hours, travel clothes were still piled in the family room awaiting their turn in the washing machine.
That’s when The Scout came across such a ‘screamin’* deal that we booked ourselves to Istanbul, Turkey. Just like that!
That’s the way it works most the time with the ‘real deals.’ They come and they go within hours so there’s not a lot of room to waffle. . . you book, and go.
Since we’d already penciled in a return trip to Greece next spring, the deal just forced us to give it real dates and a starting point.
Now we can start planning the Greek trip with the bonus of Istanbul at either end.
|Istanbul's Spice Market|
The Scout found and booked the deal on Kayak (this link takes you to the flight page).
Those low rates were still available Monday, Nov. 4, at the time of writing this post.To put that fare in perspective, the round-trip ticket price from Seattle to Honolulu in January on Alaska Airlines is $880 and the best we could find to Athens was more than $1,000!
Closer to Home – Some Tempting Pacific Northwest Cyber Deals
On Dec. 2, Provenance Hotels is launching its first ever Cyber Monday sale offering Facebook fans and email subscribers of the award-winning, art-filled hotels a discount of 35% off the best available rates at Hotel Max in Seattle, Hotel Murano in Tacoma, and Portland’s Hotel deluxe, Hotel Lucia and Governor Hotel for stays between December 2, 2013 and March 31, 2014. (They also have a hotel in Nashville).
Note: Cyber Monday sale booking links will be emailed to subscribers and posted on the hotels’ Facebook pages on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. PST. Travelers can subscribe to email newsletters and follow the hotels on Facebook at:
• Hotel Max - www.hotelmaxseattle.com, www.facebook.com/HotelMaxSeattle
• Hotel Murano – www.murano.com, www.facebook.com/HotelMuranoTacoma
• Hotel Preston – www.hotelpreston.com, www.facebook.com/HotelPrestonNashville
• Hotel Lucia – www.hotellucia.com, www.facebook.com/HotelLuciaPortland
• Hotel deluxe – www.hoteldeluxe.com, www.facebook.com/HoteldeLuxePortland
• Governor Hotel – www.governorhotel.com, www.facebook.com/GovernorHotel
The catch: The 35% Cyber Monday discount will be available to the first 100 people that book prepaid nonrefundable reservations at each hotel or until December 5, 2013, whichever comes first. Blackout dates may apply.
Or check out Vancouver, B.C.’s "Holiday Shopping Days" Deal
· This deal is good from Nov.22 until Dec 1, 2013.
· What you get: One-night stays at $88, $118 and $148 price points at a wide selection of Vancouver hotels and one $50 American Express Gift Card (which you can use anywhere) for every reservation booked. · You also get passes to the Holiday Shopping Days Shuttle on Vancouver Trolley.
From November 22 to December 1, The Shopping Days Shuttle will connect shoppers from the West End to the West Side with drop-offs at various shopping districts throughout the afternoon. The Shuttle runs four times each day so you can hop-on and hop-off as you want. · Book it at: www.tourismvancouer/shop (will be live on Nov 5)
Thanks for the time you spent with us today~ please encourage others to drop by. Check out our Deal Finder page for links to other resources. Then head back here on Travel Photo Thursday.
And about that ‘screamin’ deal: our neighbor is from Istanbul and travels there often. We ran the deal past him and he labeled it, not just good, but screamin’ good! And that's when we booked.