Orbitz Insider Index Reveals Vegas and Cancun as Americans’ Top Picks for Valentine’s Weekend Getaways
CHICAGO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Planning a romantic retreat to celebrate Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be an expensive trip to a far-off destination. Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), the faster, easier way to find the trip you want, is making it more affordable for couples to take a weekend getaway with the launch of its “Feel the Love” Hotel Sale.
Whether travelers are looking for savings on a flight + hotel package to a warm destination or simply want to take a short drive to a great hotel in their closest city, Orbitz’ “Feel The Love” Hotel Sale combines great romantic destinations with irresistible savings.
The Orbitz “Feel The Love” Hotel Sale gives travelers the flexibility to save on a trip as short as two nights or as long as a honeymoon:
— Save $40* off a hotel or flight + hotel stay of 2-3 nights
— Save $100* off a hotel or flight + hotel stay of 4 or more nights
To take advantage of the “Feel the Love” Hotel Sale, customers must book their travel between January 30 and February 5, 2006, and complete travel between February 1 and February 28, 2006.
Destinations that are eligible for the “Feel The Love” promotion include: Las Vegas, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, New York City, Tampa, Atlanta, Orange County, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Denver and the Caribbean.
In addition to the great destination and savings, when you book on Orbitz.com you the get OrbitzTLC you deserve when you travel. Along with features like our “couples” hotel reviews, if your vacation means you are taking flight, make sure to sign up for our OrbitzTLC Alerts.
Sample 3-Day Weekend Package Prices on Orbitz.com:
Feb. 10 – 13
Chicago to Las Vegas: Fly from Chicago to Las Vegas and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Monte Carlo Resort and Casino from $529** (per person with use of $40 “Feel The Love” Sale promo code coupon).
New York to Miami: Fly from New York to Miami and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Hyatt Regency Miami from $433** (per person with use of $40 “Feel The Love” Sale promo code coupon).
Feb. 17 – 20
Dallas to Scottsdale: AZ: Fly from Dallas to Phoenix and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Resort Suites of Scottsdale from $606*** (per person with use of $40 “Feel The Love” Sale promo code coupon).
Los Angeles to Seattle: Fly from Los Angeles to Seattle and stay 3 nights at the 4-Star Edgewater from $480*** (per person with use of $40 “Feel The Love” Sale promo code coupon).
For more information on where Orbitz can help you “Feel the Love,” visit http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewHotelMerchDeal?deal_id=hpp_feelthelove _013006
“Valentine’s Day is the perfect reason to take your sweetheart to Napa Valley to indulge in the flavors of wine country or simply escape to a four- star hotel near you,” said Heather Leisman, director of merchandising for Orbitz. “We’ve launched a week-long hotel sale so couples can get away and regroup — be it an affordable last minute vacation to an exotic Caribbean island or a local sleepover at a quaint boutique hotel.”
Romantic Valentine’s Destinations
So, what destinations have stolen our hearts as the most popular Valentine getaways? This month, The Orbitz Insider Index takes a look at where Americans are taking their loved ones for the most romantic holiday of year.
The Orbitz Insider Index is a monthly, in-depth look at travel trends from an industry insider’s perspective. The Orbitz Insider Valentine’s Day Index reviews future hotel bookings on Orbitz.com, indicating significant destination and trend information within the data. According to The Orbitz Insider Index, this year’s most popular Valentine’s 3-day weekend destinations are:
The Orbitz Insider Index
Top U.S. and International Valentine’s Destinations*
1 Las Vegas, NV 1 Cancun, Mexico
2 Key West, FL 2 London, England
3 Scottsdale, AZ 3 Montego Bay, Jamaica
4 Palm Springs, CA 4 Paris, France
5 Maui, HI 5 Vancouver, British Columbia
6 Charleston, SC 6 Venice, Italy
7 TIE: Santa Barbara, CA / 7 Los Cabos, Mexico
8 Aspen, CO 8 Barcelona, Spain
9 Santa Fe, NM 9 Montreal, Canada
10 TIE: Portland, ME / 10 Edinburgh, Scotland
* Hotel bookings for combined dates of Feb. 10 – 13 and Feb. 17 – 20.
Orbitz Staff Insider Picks
Looking for the ultimate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whether arranging a weekend or week-long romantic rendezvous, the travel experts at Orbitz have selected their top Valentine’s Day “Insider Staff Picks” to help couples plan a memorable getaway this February.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE…To Wine and Dine:
Best known as the City of Lights, Paris can also be considered the city of love! From the simple pleasures such as strolling along the Seine with a baguette and brie in hand, to visiting the magnificent monuments that create an ambiance of awe in this historic city, Paris is a timeless and romantic destination. With its classic French bistros and bakeries spotting the city, and the draw of great wines, crepes and coffee, Paris is the perfect getaway for those who like to treat their taste buds.
This wine-country destination has a welcoming small-town feel and is home to some of the most prestigious wineries for which Northern California is famous. Rent bicycles to travel between wine tastings, and enjoy a romantic picnic lunch from the local sandwich shop in the town plaza.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE…The Undiscovered:
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Cabarete is a small beach village that has all of the beauty and culture of the Dominican Republic in an intimate, local setting. Best known by surfing aficionados for its premier windsurfing conditions, Valentine’s Day travelers can explore this destination’s many beaches and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the natural caves in the neighboring national park.
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is the perfect retreat to escape reality and indulge in a world of tropical beauty. The particularly quiet island of Vieques gives travelers a true taste of the Caribbean in just a 20-minute flight from San Juan. Rent a car to explore the island’s white sand beaches and appreciate the beauty of its roaming wild horses. For a truly spectacular Valentine’s treat, take a nighttime tour of Vieques’ most famous attraction, Bio Bay, an awe-inspiring body of water that literally glows in the dark.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE…Adventure:
This haven of natural beauty in Central America will leave you and your Valentine walking on air, literally. For the adventurous, canopy tours through the country’s rainforests and cloud forests offer exhilarating treetop views as you glide on ropes attached to harnesses. This unusual sport gives you a birds-eye-view into the lush and romantic paradise of Costa Rica.
Lake Tahoe, NV
Lake Tahoe not only offers some of the best skiing in the country, but couples looking for a romantic side to their adventure getaway will be mesmerized by the beautiful lake views as they glide through the deep powder for which the area is famous. For those looking for some backcountry adventure, a guided snowmobile tour of the area’s scenic surroundings is the perfect way to get your Valentine’s heart beating a little faster.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE…The Beach:
As one of Asia’s most popular beach destinations, this exotic locale offers a bit of everything for its visitors. Patong Beach’s party atmosphere is perfect for the social couple on Valentine’s Day, while love birds looking for a more remote beach location will find peace and quiet at Kata Noi Beach.
Palm Beach, Florida
Palm Beach is the ideal weekend getaway as it offers travelers the serenity of a tropical locale without the lengthy travel time. Valentine’s Day travelers can revel in the beauty of the white sand beaches and lush palm trees spread out over this 47-mile stretch of shoreline.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE…The Mountains:
Located at the foothills of the Alps, Vienna is a romantic city that will have you falling in love with your Valentine all over again. Vienna has a vibrant culture with exceptional restaurants and museums to explore. If you want to take that someone special for an up close and personal look at the beautiful Alps, outstanding ski resorts capable of holding FIS World Cup Races are located close to the city.
Aspen has it all for the couple looking for a romantic mountain getaway. Terrific shopping, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, dinning and nightlife are just a few of the activities to take advantage of in Aspen. Any lovers visiting Aspen will find it easy to have a blast and to get lost in the beauty of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
* Book a qualifying hotel or flight + hotel package — indicated by a coupon icon — between January 30, 2006, and February 5, 2006, for 2 or more nights for travel between February 1, 2006, and February 28, 2006, via Orbitz (“Qualifying Purchase”) and instantly receive $40 off your purchase on Orbitz (“Instant Discount”). Book a qualifying hotel or flight + hotel package — indicated by a coupon icon — between January 30, 2006, and February 5, 2006, for 4 or more nights for travel between February 1, 2006, and February 28, 2006, via Orbitz (“Qualifying Purchase”) and instantly receive $100 off your purchase on Orbitz (“Instant Discount”). Only Qualifying Purchases made through February 5, 2006, by 11:59 p.m. CT (“Promotional Period”) shall qualify for the Instant Discount. Applicable destinations for this promotion code include: Atlanta, Boston, Caribbean, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington D.C. Only one promotion code (“Instant Discount”) allowed per hotel room. Instant Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Once Instant Discount has been redeemed, it may not be returned or refunded for any reason. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. In the event of any violation of these terms and conditions, Orbitz reserves the right to not honor the promotion code, cancel your reservation without refund, and pursue other remedies.
** Sample rates shown were accurate and available on Orbitz.com on 1/26/06 for travel from 2/10/06 – 2/13/06 and may not represent current prices because or real-time pricing booking engine is constantly updating prices and availability. Vacation package prices shown are for one adult, based on double-occupancy, include applicable taxes and fees, and will vary by selected day of departure, departure city, length of stay, hotel selected, hotel room category, and availability.
*** Sample rates shown were accurate and available on Orbitz.com on 1/26/06 for travel from 2/17/06 – 2/20/06 and may not represent current prices because or real-time pricing booking engine is constantly updating prices and availability. Vacation package prices shown are for one adult, based on double-occupancy, include applicable taxes and fees, and will vary by selected day of departure, departure city, length of stay, hotel selected, hotel room category, and availability.
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