Marie Claire: 5 Ways to Take Advantage of the Financial Crisis

Nov 19, 2008

"Hotels that never would have entertained the idea of offering a discount last year are offering incredible bargains," said Michelle Finkelstein, VP of sales at high-end travel planner Our Personal Guest. Many people have been canceling their travel plans due to the economy, which means last-minute vacancies and great buys for the people who fill them (you). "Hotels, even at the superluxury level, are offering deals — complimentary upgrades, amenities such as spa treatments or dinners, and, more commonly, extra nights for free." At ultra-luxe resort Ile de France on St. Barts island, you can stay five nights for the price of three, or seven nights for the price of four. And Royal Hideaway Playacar in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, will refund $500 of your plane fare. 

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