15 Last-Minute Winter Travel Deals to Book for 2018
If you forgot to book your dream vacation in advance and are desperately searching for exciting—and affordable—travel deals, you’ll love our list of cost-friendly travel packages for winter 2018.
Wintergreen Resort in Central Virginia
If you’re looking for some of the best places to ski this winter, consider heading south. President’s Day Weekend is a great time to take advantage of great skiing, riding, and tubing before the season ends, and often, some of the best snow conditions in Central Virginia’s mountainous terrain are in February. Wintergreen Resort in Central Virginia is offering Winter Escape packages starting a $92 per person, including double occupancy accommodations, lift tickets, early slope access, discounted skiing and snowboarding programs through the resort, and the ability to pre-register for equipment rentals.
The Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland
Switzerland is known as one of the safest countries in the world, making it one of those ideal places for women to travel alone. It’s also filled with rich history, vibrant architecture and food, a nearly overwhelming amount of cheese, and some of the most Instagram-worthy scenery on the planet. The Alpina Gstaad is one of the high-end resorts you absolutely need to see, offering five-star accommodations, refined luxury, and Alpine-chic stylings. None of this comes cheap, but as part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts 50th anniversary celebrations, they’re offering a Golden Anniversary package, which rewards travelers with the best available rate plus a $50/£50/€50 hotel credit or a 50-minute activity at more than 200 participating hotels around the world, including Alpina Gstaad.
Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Guests can pack their bags for Charleston’s Island Resort this President’s Day, with up to 25 percent off nightly rates at the AAA Four Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes and select vacation homes and condos for stays through March 30, 2018. It’s great for a relaxing long weekend, family beach getaway, or an unforgettable Valentine’s escape (here are other luxurious Valentine hotel packages guaranteed to make memories). Wild Dunes Resort is the perfect place to trade in the winter cold for the beauty and warmth of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Discounted rates are for minimum two-night stays, and are only valid January 1 to March 30, 2018.
Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach is already on our list of amazing beaches to add to your bucket list, so taking advantage of this discounted deal from Sandpearl Resort should be extra enticing. The resort is located on the powdery soft Gulf of Mexico sands Clearwater is famous for, and guests are routinely greeted with champagne in the lobby to start their vacations off on the right foot. The hotel also features a luxury spa, beachy decor, and fun activities like to-go picnic baskets, sunset s’mores, and superb beach views. You can save up to 30 percent off the best available rates by using code “ADVPURCHASE” at sandpearl.com.
Chinese New Year at The Langham, New York
Are you ready for Chinese New Year celebrations in the middle of Manhattan? You can take advantage of the exciting lunar New Year festivities at The Langham, New York, a high-end hotel on 5th Avenue with all the luxury bells and whistles you could ask for—at a majorly discounted rate. Guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations in one of The Langham’s famously oversized guest rooms, complimentary shuttle for two to Woodbury Commons premium shopping outlet (valued at $50 per person), two VIP packets provided by Woodbury Commons for special deals and discounts throughout; and a $100 hotel credit (presented as hóngbāo in a traditional red envelope), which can be used for Private Kitchen (in-room dining) or at Chuan Body + Soul spa on the hotel’s 4th floor. As a keepsake of the Year of the Dog, guests will also receive an adorable Langham stuffed dog to take home with them as a souvenir. Rates start at $495 plus tax per night, which is actually a steal compared to their regular winter rates.
Singapore is more affordable than ever
Inexpensive travel isn’t what typically what comes to mind when you think of Singapore, but their local tourism board is doing their best to make this exciting destination as accessible as possible to American travelers. This year, you and a loved one can travel from the U.S. to Singapore to fulfill your passions and unleash your inner-foodie. Packages start at $1,199 and are available for purchase from January 5th to March 31st, 2018. Those travel packages include international airfare via United Airlines from LAX, taxes and fees, and four nights at a four-star hotel. They’ll even take you on a gastronomy tour if that’s your thing.
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Le Blanc Spa Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico
This brand-new resort is the most exciting addition to the Los Cabos market so far this year, and one of the best places to visit on Mexico’s west coast. And because it’s part of the Palace Resorts family, it’s offering 45 percent off normal rack rates for Presidents Day Weekend. In addition, kids and teens stay free at all their family-friendly properties during this time (they have other properties around Mexico and the Caribbean), and all stays of at least three nights include up to $1,500 in resort credit to use on spa treatments, exotic tours, golf, and more. Each room also has Bulgari and CHI beauty amenities, making it a top-notch choice for luxury lovers. Visit Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos to book and see additional details. Mexico is on our list of best budget travel destinations for 2018.
Sonesta Gwinnett Place in Atlanta, Georgia
This full-service hotel is located in bustling downtown Atlanta, Georgia (which actually boasts America’s busiest airport), and is ready to serve up full southern hospitality for 20 percent off the best available rates this Presidents’ Day Weekend. You’ll be treated to an indulgent plate of truffles, a bottle of champagne at check-in, and hot breakfast. You’ll enjoy using their indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness center when you’re not exploring the city of Atlanta. Book the Sonesta Gwinnett Place by February 8, 2018 for travel through March 31, 2018.
Resorts World in Bimini, The Bahamas
Are you ready for crazy cheap travel deals in the Bahamas? We hope so because some Bahamian beaches even have pink sand. Resorts World Bimini is located on one of the quieter islands and is offering a hotel and ferry package, which includes a two-night stay, round-trip transportation from Miami aboard the FRS Caribbean Ferry, and a $50 resort credit—all for $298 per person. The resort itself is set on 750 acres with serene beachfront access and views, on-site water sports, snorkeling, fishing, swim-up suites, and oodles of other dream-vacation goodies for a fraction of the price of other warm-weather destinations. Book at Resorts World Bimini or by calling direct.
Fashion Week-worthy stays in New York City
Start spreading the news and practicing your favorite Broadway musicals; the trendy W New York is extending New York Fashion Week (which ends Feb 16th) with a discounted rate. Friends and families traveling together can book rooms starting at $179 per night for the weekend using promotional code FASHION, which is a major savings off the normal $250 per night rate seen at this time of year. You can find more details about the Werk It package here, and start using these household items to change the way you pack your New York-bound bags.
Omni Bedford Springs in Bedford, Pennsylvania
This Pennsylvania hotel has played host to 13 American presidents, and they’re offering a Presidents’ Day Weekend deal to celebrate their very patriotic heritage with their 100 Reasons to Resort Package, which includes a $100 resort credit when you stay two-nights. This package starts at $285 per night for the weekend. If you really want to stay like a president, book the Polk Suite for the weekend, which is available at $1190 per night and features sweeping views of the golf course and the Cumberland Valley from its large balcony. It offers a king master bedroom with a large pedestal tub and second bedroom with two queen beds. The suite includes a full pantry with a microwave and a half fridge as well as a half bath in the living room. It’s 2,000 square feet of posh, presidential luxury.
Sheraton Times Square in New York
Whether you’re single and ready to mingle, or connected, in-love, or traveling with teens or toddlers, the Sheraton New York Times Square is in the middle of it all and is offering 40 percent off second-night stays this President’s Day weekend when you use booking code ZB4 at SheratonNewYork.com. The pricing for club rooms with one or two beds starts at $359 per room plus taxes and fees, and includes Club Lounge access with unlimited Starbucks coffee and other refreshments, continental breakfast, and free wifi, because you’ll have a lot of Instagramming to do.
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The Essex in Vermont
If you’re eagerly searching for a new culinary resort and spa to experience this winter, let The Essex in the heart of Vermont treat you to an authentic New England feeling, delicious dining, educational cooking experiences, and a luxe wellness center. There’s even a cheese factory nearby. The Escape to The Essex package includes three nights’ accommodations, two seats in a Chef-in-Training Cook Academy Class, $250 spa credit per person and full spa access daily, one spa lunch per person, a $100 credit toward dinner for two in Junction, a private two-hour Vermont Guided Tour for two, and daily breakfast for two in The Tavern. It’s a great escape for those living in New York, Montreal, Boston, Hartford, and even Portland, Maine, as it’s less than a five-hour drive from each, and provides easy access to skiing and winter sports at Bolton Valley, Smuggler’s Notch, and Stowe, making it one of our favorite Northeastern travel deals.
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The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado
The Broadmoor is one of Colorado’s top resorts for golfing, spa time, and wilderness experiences like fly fishing camp (seriously, that’s a real thing!). The combination of indoor and outdoor activities means it has something to offer for just about every style of vacationer out there, which is why it’s particularly exciting to know that this hotel is also participating in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts 50th anniversary package, offering $50 off the best available nightly rate. Check out their full list of hotel amenities.
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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Florida
The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is the city’s newest property. It’s a great find for kids and traveling families because there’s even an option to stay in a dolphin-themed bunk bed guestroom (imagine how happy you’d be to find that as a child!). Dolphins are commonly spotted from the property’s many balconies, so the resort teamed up with nearby Clearwater Marine Aquarium to bring guests these special guestrooms to help marine life flourish. Their “Visit Winter” package includes a donation to Clearwater Marine Aquarium to support their mission of preserving marine life through rescue, rehabilitation, and release, plus a Winter the Dolphin toy, a dolphin-themed book, and two general admission tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The property offers a 20 percent discounted rate for Florida and Georgia residents with valid ID, or a fifth-night free stay when you pay for the first four.