Travel Deals

January 23, 2013 10:09:51 AM PST
While we have plenty of extreme cold around here, Illinois is lacking in the snow department. But Travelzoo is keeping watch on big deals for those looking to get a break from the frigid temps and hit the slopes.

Senior editor, Gabe Saglie says now is also the time to start thinking about planning your summer vacation.

More information and other deals, visit

The Deals: Regional Ski Getaways

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
Thompsonville, MI

Upscale ski resort on the Northwoods of Michigan (about 4.5 hours N of Chicago)
This 1500-acre resort boasts 3 terrain parks , snowboarding trails, 40 kilometers of cross country ski course and horse-drawn surrey rides? and features :45 downhill runs, 27 lighted slopes for night skiing, 8 ski lifts, 80 acres of wooded valleys for snowshoeing and 140 inches of annual snowfall. Property also features winter paintball, several restaurants and an award-winning spa.

  • $149/nt. for Guest Room and 2 lift tickets
  • Room only rate is $79
  • Travel through April 7

Timber Ridge Lodge & WaterPark
Lake Geneva, WI
Popular family-friendly resort featuring a 50,000-sq.ft. indoor water park (inc. 3-story slides and lazy rivers) Resort also features an upscale full-service spa/salon, tennis and 36 holes of championship golf Guests can hit the slopes at the neighboring Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

  • $109/nt. (45% off)
  • Deal features accommodations in a One-Bedroom Suite (w/fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, whirlpool bath and covered balcony) and FREE water park passes for 4
  • Travel through May 31st including ski season.

Summer Travel Deals

#1 Ireland

Roundtrip airfare from ORD to Dublin, Ireland

    Seven days'/6 nights' luxury hotel accommodations
  • One night at the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort -- a 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice pick
  • Two nights at Glenlo Abbey in Galway
  • Two nights at the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, including breakfast
  • One night at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
Car rental w/unlimited mileage for duration of trip included
  • $1599/pp ($500 off)

  • Travel June-August -- peak summer travel season

    #2 Niagara Falls, ON

    Marriott Gateway on the Falls
    Upscale AAA 4-Dimond, newly renovated hotel w/sweeping views of the Falls Hotel features indoor pool and whirlpool; a fitness center and multiple dining options VIP Wine Package at this property features VIP tours of 3 high-end Niagara wineries (inc. Peller)

    • $139/nt. (60% off)
    • Deal inc. Fallsview Room, VIP wine, buffet breakfast, $25 dining credit & welcome cocktails

    Travel through April 25

    2013's Top Deal Destinations

      1)New Zealand
    • Increased flights: more seats to full capacity means more deals
    • Air New Zealand increasing flights from SFO and Hawaii adding nonstop flights from Hawaii. rom Hawaii
    • U.S. dollar goes further: the New Zealand dollar continues slow decline
    • Tourism push: 10% decline since 2008, earthquake/flooding in Christchurch and new Hobbit movie

    • Cruising bargains expected to abound in 2013
    • Celebrity and Princess adding more ships and departures, increasing capacity and resulting in better deals
    • Cruise lines also expanding cruise tour options ? bundling cruise w/land excursions to Denali and Glacier Bay National Park and hotels
    • 2013: scientific predictions show 2013 may offer best chances in recent history to see the Aurora Borealis

    • 2103: the Year of the Gathering, with emphasis on luring travelers from all over the world, esp. the U.S., to discover their Irish roots; this means huge added value in forms of extra events, concerts, festivals, etc.
    • Economy still struggling, hoteliers expected to have strong need periods throughout the year, combined with strengthening dollar against the Euro
    • The Northern Ireland phenomenon: more flights into/out of Belfast means better overall deals

    • Expanded air lift means better airfare bargains
    • Airlines eyeing growth into Colombia: JetBlue, LAN, Spirit, American, Avianca and Taca
    • Bogota is one of fastest growing airports in South America
    • Flurry of hotel openings means greater availability: JW Marriot, InterContinental and Hilton
    • Shifting perceptions ? increased safety and recognition of dubious image ? plus strong U.S. dollar

      5)Niagara Falls
    • Aggressive tourism push: area hotels have already begun saturating the market with deals
    • Rock bottom rates mean package incentives make the room rates effectively free
    • Niagara wine country pushing major tourism drive, driven in large part by aggressive deals
    • Ease of getting there: drivable from variety of NE and Midwest cities, as well as regional airports on both sides of the border