Americans generally don’t like to travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is why you’ll find some of the best bargains of the year during that inter-holiday period.
For many years, I took the first week of December off to grab an off-season bargain.
One year I rented a cottage next to the Saguaro National Park in Tucson at a discounted, off-peak rate. Another year the husband and I took a cruise out of New Orleans to Mexico and the Caribbean at a very nice price – about $500 per person.
Twice I’ve been to Las Vegas during that time, to stay at luxurious hotels on the Strip for $70 or less. (There’s a big rodeo event in Vegas early in December, so bring your 10-gallon hat or prepare not to blend in.)
There are plenty of options this year. Here are a few:
- $363 per person – including taxes and fees – for a nine-day, one-way cruise from Barcelona to Boston, departing Dec. 3 on the Norwegian Gem. Cruises-N-More has the deal.
- $59 a night – plus taxes – for many of the nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas at the giant Luxor hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas.
- $210, taxes and fees included, for round-trip airfare between Bradley and San Diego on Northwest, Continental or US Airways during the first two weeks of December.
- $599, plus taxes and fees, for a seven-night fly and drive package in Ireland between Nov. 1 and Dec. 13 from Brian Moore International Tours.
My own plans are still up in the air. But I do still have a week of vacation left …