LearnVest is all about living frugally, but we know that some of our readers are simply unwilling to give up luxury hotel accommodations when they travel. So, for the readers who must stay somewhere opulent, we've found two sites to help you find a ritzy place to stay, at a not-so-ritzy price. Plus, check out a special promotion just for LearnVest readers, below!
Jetsetter Offers Deep Discounts at Select Hotels Each Week
Jetsetter.com, an invitation-only travel site, is owned by the same company as Gilt Groupe, and provides info on flash sales on items like fancy hotel rooms, Serengeti safaris, and all-inclusive adventure lodges. Deals typically showcase 30% to 40% savings and are only available to members for three to seven days (or while accommodations last). For example, we know someone who reserved a room at the Marcel at Gramercy in New York for $119 after tax, whereas the same room normally goes for $179 before tax. In addition, Jetsetter offers reviews from their travel-savvy contributors, including tips about what to do and how to get there.
Jetsetter's Extra Perks
Members sometimes receive goodies over the course of their stay, like a bottle of bubbly or a complimentary massage, to sweeten the deal.
Special Deal for LV Readers
As a members-only site, Jetsetter normally requires that you be invited by another member in order to gain membership yourself. But, we arranged for you to receive the insider's hookup. Click on the link for a special invitation for LearnVest readers, plus $25 credit if you're not already a member of Gilt Groupe.
Tablet Suggests Hotels Vetted by Readers and Staff
Say you want to go to Buenos Aires the last week of March; Tablet Hotels suggests 13 hotels to help you make the best decision, ranging from $110 to $380 per night. Tablet has relationships with certain hotels, which allows the site to provide special deals from time to time. It also features reader reviews, recommendations, and guides, as well as a social network to help you interact with or meet up with other members in the same city at the same time.
The Moral of the Story
The hard truth is that you're not going to be able to stay at the Ritz and pay as little as you would at the Econo Lodge. All the same, if you're set on a stay in the Mandarin Oriental, you might as well find the best discount you can. If you know already where you'd like to go, then Tablet is a great resource to help you do so as cheaply as you can. If you're open to possibilities, then we'd suggest you check out Jetsetter, and let yourself be guided by the gods of special deals.