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The Last Minute Travel Club is now Tax Inclusive!

July 23rd, 2008

Last Minute Travel Club

The Last Minute Travel Club gives you instant access to elite travel deals with savings up to 65% on nearly 13,000 hotels in 255 major cities world wide. Now with the Last Minute Travel Club what you see is what you pay! No surprises, no hidden fees. All rates are tax inclusive!

Here are some examples of the savings and availability we have to offer compared to our competitors:

Houston

  • Hyatt Regency Hotel - 69.09% Savings
  • Hilton Post Oak at the Galleria - 61.03% Savings

Dallas

  • Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria - 74.23% Savings
  • Inercontinental Dallas - 62.72% Savings

San Francisco

  • The Westin St. Francis - 48.27% Savings
  • Intercontinental Mark Hopkins - 29.19% Savings

Los Angeles

  • Marriott Los Angeles Downtown - 64.87% Savings
  • Intercontinental Los Angeles - 32.08% Savings

Orlando

  • The Peabody Orlando - 45.14% Savings
  • Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes Orlando - 20.86% Savings

Miami

  • Hotel Victor Miami - 42.91% Savings
  • Four Seasons Miami - 39.13% Savings

New York

  • Hilton Times Square New York - 55.70% Savings
  • Waldorf Astoria new York - 55.70% Savings

London

  • Royal Park London - 10.64% Savings
  • Royal National Hotel - 15.34% Savings

Paris

  • Le Meridien Montparnassee Paris - 22.41% Savings
  • Sofitel Le Faubourg Paris - 23.06% Savings

The membership fee is only $49.95 per year. To sign up for your Last Minute Travel Club membership visit www.LMTClub.com and start saving today.

Erica Fischer Club, Travel

The World’s Largest Swimming Pool

May 23rd, 2008

San Alfonso de Mar The World’s Largest Pool

Located off the coast of Chile at the South American resort of San Alfonso de Mar is the world’s largest swimming pool. Containing 250,000 cubic meters of water and 1 km in length, this swimming pool was acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest swimming pool.

The mastermind behind this pool is Crystal Lagoons founder, biochemist and businessman Fernando Fischmann. By utilizing some very innovative technology to make the water crystal clear, Fernando’s pool actually uses recycled seawater which requires fewer additives, in fact it uses the same types of products for traditional pools, but 100 times less. Guests of the San Alfonso de Mar can swim and cruise around in small boats through this massive pool.

Here are some pictures of the pool courtesy of Reuters:

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

Learn more about LastMinuteTravel.com’s Chilean deals!

Erica Fischer Hotels, Travel ,

Travel Website Review: TripKick.com

May 22nd, 2008

TripKick.com

While browsing the Internet I came across an interesting site I wanted to share with our readers, it’s called TripKick.com.

TripKick.com helps you find the hotel room that’s perfect for you. Their database has tons of hotels you can search for.

My favorite feature is the Advanced Search feature which enables you to find hotel rooms based on criteria that is most important to you. There are many choices from Business/Convention Hotel to Pet Friendly. You can even choose the type of view you from you room you would prefer. TripKick.com then displays a list of the best rooms available based on your chosen criteria.

Has anyone used it?

Erica Fischer Travel, Website Review

Bloggers will enjoy up to 65% savings on 13,000 hotels

May 12th, 2008

We are looking for travel experts, gurus and the like to share their experiences and tips with our readers. Bloggers will enjoy up to 65% savings on 13,000 hotels in 255 major cities worldwide! Joining the Last Minute Travel Blog Contribution Team is easy, here is everything you need to know to get started:

What we expect from you as a contributor:

As a contributor of the Last Minute Travel Blog would you be required to write a unique blog posting twice per month. In exchange for your services you will receive a free membership to the Last Minute Travel Club. This will give you access to savings up to 65% on 13,000 hotels in 255 major cities worldwide! Our new design features an About the Authors section where we will showcase your profile and you may add a link to your own blog if you have one.

How to become a contributor:

All you need to do is sign up for a WordPress.com account if you do not have one already. When prompted, check the box with the “Just a username please” option. Once you have created your account send the e-mail address that you registered with to ericaf@travelholdings.com and you will be added as a contributor. Here are rules and guidelines:

  • No advertising of any kind in your postings, they need to be strictly informative
  • All images need to be originals or let me know if you want some images for a topic and I will send you some from our extensive library
  • No swearing, personal attacks, racist comments or pornography
  • All written content in your blog postings need to be 100% original and not copied from any other blog, website, etc.

Once you complete your first two blog postings you will be given access to your account.

Last Minute Travel Club Membership:

To set up a Last Minute Travel Club account please submit the following information ericaf@travelholdings.com:

First name

Last Name

E-Mail

Address

Phone Number

Company

Title

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel free to contact me.

Erica Fischer Travel ,

Visiting Orlando Florida This Summer? Read This

April 29th, 2008

Orlando Florida is home to some of the best attractions and theme parks in the world and the water parks are no exception! The following is a complete review with tips for the top water parks for Summer 2008.

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a truly unique water park! Here, you’ll enjoy an entire day up close and personal with aquatic wildlife and birds. Main attractions include:

  • Aviary
  • Ray Lagoon
  • Coral reef
  • Starfish Cabana
  • Sea Horse Cabana
  • Sand Dollar Cabana
  • Tropical River
  • Resort Pool
  • Dolphin Lagoon

Discovery Cove Packages

You can purchase an All-Inclusive pass during the day and enjoy every attraction Discovery Cove has to offer. New for 2008 is the Evening Experience which offers a more intimate experience with only 150 guests allowed into the park per session. You get the same access to the park as the all-inclusive package with less people plus a night full of dining and dancing. Perfect for animal lovers, check out the Become a Trainer for a Day package to get a close look at what it is like to be a trainer. Discovery Cove also does group and family events, even special occasions.

Here is a review from WatchMojo.com where you can see guests interacting with the animals:

Tips for Getting the Most out of your visit

  • There are only 1,000 guests allowed in the park at one time during the day hours (9:00am - 3:00pm) so a reservation is required. Plan to visit this park at least a few weeks in advance.
  • The all-inclusive ticket will run you about $259. There is a cheaper all-inclusive package that includes everything except for the dolphin encounter for $100 less.
  • If you are visiting the park as a group and want to be in the same group for the dolphin encounter keep in mind that the groups are 6 to 8 guests at a time so figure out your dolphin encounter groups ahead of time.
  • If you are planning on taking home a picture or a video of your dolphin swim experience be sure to bring some extra cash with you as these souvenirs tend to be a bit pricey.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks are included in the admission price and are pretty tasty
  • For the Adventurous type: The dolphin encounter is a must. Explore shipwrecks and swim with thousands of tropical fish, stingrays, sharks and barracudas in the Coral Reef! There is a protective glass wall that separates you from the sharks and barracudas so no worries. Also make sure you get a chance to wade in the shallow waters of Ray Lagoon which is inhabited with tons of stingrays up to 4 feet in diameter.
  • For relaxation: Float along the Topical River, take a walk through the Aviary to see over 30 species of birds that you can feed and interact with, or take a dip in the Resort Pool which has a comfortable temperature of 80 degrees.

Blizzard Beach

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a one of a kind and the world’s only ski resort themed water park. The entire water park looks like a winter wonderland with exciting water slides and a relaxing creek. Main attractions are broken down into categories and include:

  • Summit Plummet
  • Toboggan Racers
  • Slush Gusher
  • Downhill Double Dipper
  • Runoff Rapids
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp - Leisure Pool, Fahrenheit Drops, Freezin’ Pipe Springs, Cool Runners
  • Snow Stormers
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Tike’s Peak
  • Chairlift
  • Cross Country Creek
  • Melt-Away Bay

Dining

  • Avalunch - light entrees, snacks and beverages
  • Lottawatta Lodge - complete entrees (pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches, desserts and beverages)
  • Warming Hut - lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts
  • Cooling Hut - snacks and beverages
  • Sled Dogger - deserts and beverages
  • Frostbite Freddie’s - bar
  • Polar Pub - bar

Shopping

  • North Pearl - Jewelry store specializing in pearls
  • Snowless Joe’s - locker and towel rentals; complimentary life jackets
  • The Beach Haus - souvenirs, swim wear, footwear and more

Blizzard Beach Packages

The price per day decreases the more days you purchase tickets for. There are three “Magic Your Way Tickets” options available the Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and the No Expiration. Here’s the break down:

  • Park Hopper - Visit multiple theme parks with one ticket. For an added bonus if you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel you can stay at the parks for an additional 4 hours to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours.
  • Water Park Fun & More - Choose from Typhon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.
  • No Expiration - Pre-purchase 14 days of admissions which becomes active from their first time of use. The days do not expire so you can use the unused days another time.

Tips for getting the most out of your visit

  • Know which rides are for you. I have broken down the rides by Blizzard Beach’s categories to illustrate the intensity of each ride below.

Big Thrills: Summit Plummet, Toboggan Racers, Slush Gusher, Downhill Double Dipper.

Watch the video below for a virtual ride down the Summit Plummet

Mild But Wild Thrills: Runoff Rapids, Ski Patrol Training Camp, Snow Stormers, Teamboat Springs

Fun For Little Ones: Tike’s Peak

Other Attractions: Chairlift - Takes you up to Mount Gushmore (the fifth highest point in Florida according to Wikipedia) where you can navigate your way through the park. Cross Country Creek - lazy river that flows around the perimeter of the park. Melt-Away Bay - 1 acre wave pool.

  • During peak season Blizzard Beach can reach capacity quickly, to avoid getting turned away, try to get to the park early. In the summer the park tends to be less crowded in the late afternoons.
  • You can rent a locker for the day ($5 for a small locker and $7 for a large locker per day - there is an additional $2 key deposit required for both sized lockers).
  • Complimentary life jackets are available for free with a personal ID and a $25 refundable deposit.
  • If you forget your own towel you can rent one for $1 per day
  • 1 special guest can open the park but they have to be willing to go down Summit Plummet. This guest is usually chosen with a family and by providing the cast member with humorous banter.
  • For those of you who want to soak up some sun, try to get into the park early to get some lounge chairs. When setting up your lounge chairs note that shaded areas in the morning will be sunny in the afternoon. The sun goes from the front of Mount Gushmore in the morning to the back of Mount Gushmore in the afternoon.
  • To avoid long lines, do the big slides early.

SeaWorld’s Aquatica

Aquatica, the brand new water park by SeaWorld, is located right across the street from SeaWorld. This park combines an up close and personal encounters with marine life with extreme water rides. Main attractions include:

  • Big Surf Shores
  • Cutback Cove
  • Kata’s Kookaburra Cove
  • Roa’s Rapids
  • Taumata Racer
  • Walhalla Wave
  • Walkabout Waters
  • HooRoo Run
  • Whanau Way
  • Dolphin Plunge
  • Loggerhead Lane
  • Tassie’s Twisters
  • Commerson’s Dolphin Exhibit
  • Fish Grotto

The clip below was taken on the park’s opening day March 1st, 2008:

Aquatica Packages

There are 4 different packages you can purchase:

1 Park Package: Aquatica $38.95 (Adult) $32.95 (Child)

2 Park Package: Aquatica and Sea World $89.95 (Adult) $79.95 (Child)

3 Park Package: Aquatica, Sea World and Busch Gardens $134.95 (Adult) $124.95 (Child)

Discovery Cove Package: Aquatica and Discovery Cove plus Sea World or Busch Gardens (choose one) Prices Start at ($242.00)

Discovery Cove Ultimate Package: Aquatica, Discovery Cove, Sea World and Busch Gardens pirces start at $287.00

Orlando Flex Ticket Package: Aquatica, Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Wet N Wild $234.95 (Adult) $194.95 (Child)

Orlando Flex Ticket Plus: Aquatica, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Wet N Wild

Tips for Getting the Most out of your visit

  • We will follow up in a few months with some tips

Typhoon Lagoon

The Disney “legend” behind Typhoon Lagoon is a typhoon wreaked havoc on a pristine tropical paradise. This park features water slides, a shark reef and the world’s largest wave pool. Main attractions include:

  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher
  • Humunga Kowabunga
  • Ketchakiddee Creek
  • Gank Plank Falls
  • Kellhaul Falls
  • Mayday Falls
  • Shark Reef
  • Storm Slides
  • Surf Lessons
  • Surf Pool

Typhoon Lagoon Dining

  • Leaning Palms - lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts
  • Typhoon Tilly’s - lunch and dinner
  • Happy Landings Ice Cream - desserts
  • Lowtide Lou’s - snacks and beverages
  • Let’s Go Slurpin’ - bar featuring frozen drink specials and spirits
  • Surf Doggies - hot dogs and turkey legs

Typhoon Lagoon Shopping

  • Singapore Sal’s - shop for swim wear, sunscreen, t-shirts, hats, beach chairs, sunglasses, sundries and photo pick-up.

Typhoon Lagoon Packages

Same as Blizzard Beach, the price per day decreases the more days you purchase tickets for. There are three “Magic Your Way Tickets” options available the Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and the No Expiration. Here’s the break down:

  • Park Hopper - Visit multiple theme parks with one ticket. For an added bonus if you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel you can stay at the parks for an additional 4 hours to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours.
  • Water Park Fun & More - Choose from Typhon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.
  • No Expiration - Pre-purchase 14 days of admissions which becomes active from their first time of use. The days do not expire so you can use the unused days another time.

Tips for Getting the Most out of your visit

  • Lockers are available for rent $6 for a small and $8 for a large with a $2 refund or souvenir mug when you return the key to the locker
  • If you forget to bring a towel you can rent one for $2 per towel per day
  • If you want to surf in the Surf Pool group size is limited to 8 to 20 surfers per reservation and is done before and after general park hours. Below is a video of some guests surfing in the Surf Pool:

  • If you don’t know how to surf and want to take lessons, they are available at the Surfing School at Typhoon Lagoon and cost $125. 12 students per class so space is limited. Classes take place every Tuesday.
  • Some guests recommend that you wear water shoes in the wave pool to avoid scraping your feet on the no slip floor and avoid sitting on the floor of the pool, even in the shallow end to avoid scrapes and potential bruises. Waves in the wave pool can reach a height of 6 feet tall. This is not really an attraction for smaller children, Ketchakiddee Creek is a better choice for them.

Check out our Orlando Florida Package Deals and Orlando Florida destination page on LastMinuteTravel.com. Stay tuned for more coverage of the Orlando Theme Parks.

Erica Fischer Tips, Travel, Travel Guide , , , ,

Atlantic City vs Las Vegas

April 28th, 2008

In a recent article published by TravelMole Atlantic City was said to be rated higher by consumers than Las Vegas. Here are the highlights:

Atlantic City vs Las Vegas

  • Market Metrix’s latest hospitality study reported that Atlantic City was rated higher by consumers for price, sophistication and pampering.
  • A recent survey published in Hotel & Motel Management magazine said that Atlantic City beat out Las Vegas when it came to the hotel and casino experience.
  • San Rafael from Market Metrix conducted a survey asking guests if they would recommend the resort they stayed at to others; 78% of Atlantic City guests said that they were very likely to recommend the resort while only 59% of Las Vegas guests said that they were very likely to recommend the resort.

Here are the top 10 attractions in Atlantic City:

1. Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino

2. The Pier at Caesars

3. Central Pier

4. Wild Wild West Casino

5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

6. Casino at the Tropicana Resort

7. Atlantic City Historical Museum

8. Garden Pier

9. The Quarter at Tropicana

10. Caesars Atlantic City Casino

For the best value on a vacation to Atlantic City, check out LastMinuteTravel.com’s Package Deals.

Erica Fischer Destinations, News, Tips, Travel, Travel Guide , ,

Travel Tip: How to Save Money if Your Checked Luggage is Overweight

April 17th, 2008

 

Luggage Weight

Recently when I was packing for my two week trip to Israel I forgot to weigh my luggage before I got to the airport. My luggage weight was 7 pounds over and it was going to end up costing me about $100 by the end of the trip. The $100 did not even include the weight of my souvenirs!

Luckily, my co-workers who were traveling with me knew that you can purchase a small duffel bag from the airline and it only cost me $30. The bag was a decent sized bag and not only saved me money but allowed me to go shopping while I was there and not have to worry about it. :-)

Erica Fischer Asides, Tips, Travel

Hotel Room of the Future

April 8th, 2008

What does technology hold for the future of hotel rooms? X- Room in the University of Delaware Courtyard Hotel provides a sneak peak. This hotel room looks like an ordinary hotel room but the traditional features are very futuristic. I will break down each of these features into 4 main categories:

  • Cool Features
  • Useful Features
  • Environmentally Friendly Features
  • Safety Features

Cool Features
The traditional TV in X-Room has been replaced with a Microsoft Media Center. This media center features computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Internet access, Live TV with all the features, full length music albums, and a hard drive that can hold 150 movies. The remote controlled digital picture frame allows guests to display their own pictures in the hotel room to make them feel more at home. The traditional alarm clock has been replaced with “clocky” the walking alarm clock. The guest sets clocky and activates clocky’s wheels. When the alarm goes off, clocky runs around and hides somewhere in the room. The guest has to physically get up and find clocky to shut the alarm off. With about 1 million algorithms clocky has a different place to hide each time.

Useful Features
The X-Room’s digital guest room assistant console features a do not disturb indicator, make up room indicator, climate control, lighting control, guest directory and telephone access. Anyfill universal battery charger can charge your cell phone battery, digital camcorder battery, digital camera battery and much more. The recharge time is less than a traditional charger for an added convenience.

Environmentally Friendly Features
The green technology shower head consumes 70% less water while delivering 70% more water pressure. Like most traditional hotel bathrooms the X-Room features a hair dryer which consumes 40% less energy than a regular hair dryer.

Safety Features
For added security, the X-Room’s peep hole is digital camera with a fish eye lens that enables the guest to see more than the traditional peep hole.

Erica Fischer Hotels, Technology, Travel ,

NEW! LastMinuteTravel Hotels Google Maps

April 3rd, 2008

You can now look up and book any hotel LastMinuteTravel.com has to offer on Google Maps! I am going to provide you with a step-by-step tutorial for adding this extremely useful application to your Google Maps.

Step 1: Go to Google.com and click on the Maps link at the top of the page.

LastMinuteTravel Hotel Maps Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: Click on the My Maps tab.

LastMinuteTravel Hotel Maps Tutorial Step 2
Step 3: Click on the Browse the Directory button.

 

LastMinuteTravel Hotel Maps Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Enter lastminutetravel into the search box and then click the Search Google Maps Content button.

LastMinuteTravel Hotel Maps Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: To select the LastMinuteTravel Hotels Google Mapplet, click the Add it to Maps button.

LastMinuteTravel Hotel Maps Tutorial Step 5

 

Step 6: You will now be prompted to sign into your Google account. If you do not have a Google account you can also create one at this time.

 

Remember to send it to your friends :-) Enjoy!
Read the official Press Release by clicking on the link below:

Last Minute Hotel Deals Now Available on Google Maps

Erica Fischer Featured, Hotels

X Scream at the Stratosphere - Calling all Adrenaline Junkies

April 3rd, 2008

About 1,000 feet above the Las Vegas Strip you can find one of the most unique and extreme rides available today, the X Scream. This ride resides at the top of the Stratosphere restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The X Scream acts like teeter-totter and is suspended 27 feet over the Stratosphere Tower. Watch the video below.

If anyone has been on this ride, please share your experiences. :-)

 

Erica Fischer Attraction Review, Travel