In Wake of Cuba Restrictions, Cruise Lines Offering Slashed Prices, Huge Compensations

In the wake of the U.S. government’s new restrictions on traveling to Cuba, cruise lines that originated in the U.S. and had ports of call in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and/or Santiago de Cuba were forced to make sudden, unexpected changes to their respective itineraries.

Different cruise lines are handling the news in different ways…

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This Hotel Deal Is HOT! And Really Clever, Too

We’ve heard of some really clever travel deals in our time. There was the hotel bar that gave a incremental discount based on how high its customers’ high heels were. The company that gave you miles in exchange for unwanted holiday gifts. And don’t forget the hotel that offered a free stay to one person who returned an item that had been stolen from said 125-year-old hotel.

But this deal is even cooler. Or should we say hotter…

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Why Do People Care That Mistake Fares May Disappear?

I’ve never managed to book a mistake fare for myself but when I was reading a post this week on Point Me To The Plane about new software that will make it easier for airlines to eliminate mistake fares, my reaction was a reserved, “So what?”

Backing up a bit, a mistake fare is when, for one reason or another, an unbelievably low airfare shows up in the airline booking systems. These are most often a result of human error (typing errors, incorrect currency conversions, etc.) and can result in huge discounts on airfare, like paying $300 for a ticket instead of $3,000. Once discovered by the internet, the rock-bottom airfare is booked by bargain hunter travelers as fast as they can type because it’s only a matter of minutes to hours before the mistake is discovered and removed from the system. Some people even book multiple trips because either they aren’t sure of travel dates or because the miles flown count for acquiring status and these fares are a cheap way to become a top-level flyer.

Then everyone waits. Once the airline discovers the error, they have a decision to make. Do they honor the mistake fare and let everyone who booked the cheap rate fly on those tickets or do they cancel the tickets and incur the wrath of the blogosphere calling them cheats and liars? Now that the US Dept. of Transportation allows airlines to cancel tickets booked for a fare which is obviously a mistake, there’s no rule for which tickets will be honored or which ones will be canceled. Some airlines even try to walk down the middle and cancel the tickets while offering passengers a higher priced, yet still discounted ticket to the same location as the mistake fare.

What I was really thinking about when I heard the news was, if mistake fares went away and never came back, who would be hurt?

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The SIX Airline Sales & Deals Going On RIGHT NOW! And A Sweepstakes To Win A Trip To Hawaii Or Boston, Too!

Seeing sales from three different airline is old hat nowadays and it’s pretty easy to find four at the same time, too. Five sales just never seen to happen, so you’d think that six sales, all at once, would be impossible.

Think again. It’s happening. Six.

We’re talking once in a blue moon material here. And one of the airlines has a sweepstakes happening right now, too!

So without further ado, here they all are…

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Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Offering Free Night, Gift Card Package

The 443-room Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort opened in WDW’s Golden Oak residential community in 2014. The hotel itself is glorious, with, “impeccably designed deluxe suites, adults-only pool, 5-star dining, state-of-the-art fitness center and world-class spa to Disney Character Breakfasts, In-room Celebrations, 5-acre water park and a complimentary kids’ camp.” Benefits of staying at the hotel include Extra Magic Hours and the ability to take advantage of FastPass+.

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The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has been a AAA Five Diamond hotel for the past two years; it’s one of only 10 in the state, and the only one in Orlando.

Besides all that good stuff, they currently have a 4th night free offer, as well as a gift card package that you may want to look into.

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