Friday, March 29, 2013

Save Money Flying to Aruba II

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Beware when booking US Air? I bet you thought this would be a story with an unhappy ending.

Actually it is a cautious tale with a pretty sweet outcome.This is not so much about saving money when flying to Aruba, but more about value when booking your flights. From time to time we have all seen the instances of cheaper fares if you say make 2 stops instead of one.

Do you always automatically chose the first "best match" presented to you when booking a fare on an airline website? Recently while on usairways.com pricing holiday flights for my brother from Philadelphia to Aruba, the "best match" fare was $898.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Ritz-Carlton Adds A New Level Of Luxury To The Island Of Aruba

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The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Opening November 2013

MIAMI, March 25, 2013 MIAMI, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With its Ritz-Carlton pedigree, an exclusive location on the island's famed Palm Beach and remarkable offerings of dining, wellness and recreation, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba ushers in a new and highly valued vacation experience to the Caribbean. To an island renowned for its pristine beaches and beautiful landscape, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba adds a standard of luxury and elegance in accommodations, facilities, activities and services that ranks among the finest resorts worldwide.

With 320 oceanfront rooms and suites, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers a luxury vacation lifestyle that combines a passionate and dedicated service philosophy while catering to an array of personal tastes and interests. Scheduled to open November 2, 2013, the resort encompasses incomparable style and signature Ritz-Carlton service, with a selection of unique offerings consisting of savory dining experiences, including four restaurants, a luxurious 15-treatment room Ritz-Carlton Spa, two swimming pools, a 24-hour casino, one of the largest state-of-the-art meeting facilities in Aruba and the seemingly endless white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba Featured on the US Today List of 9 Caribbean Hidden Gem Hotels

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PALM BEACH, ARUBA March 8th, 2013– Just last week US Today published its own list of 9 Caribbean hidden gen hotels. Aruba’s charming Boardwalk Hotel was one of them, as discovered by Oyster.com, a website which inspects every one of its finds personally. The favorable mention came as no surprise to those who already experienced this truly special spot that is intimate, unrushed and unpretentious.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Aruba Carnaval 2013 Aftermovie

Aruba Tivoli's Lighting Parade & Aruba's Grand Carnaval Parade

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Timeshare Marketplace RedWeek.com Announces Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts

For the sixth year running, leading timeshare marketplace RedWeek.com releases its list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts. The Top 25 ranking is calculated using statistics from the site's more than 1.5 million registered users.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013- For the sixth year running, leading timeshare marketplace RedWeek.com releases its list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts. The Top 25 ranking is calculated using statistics from the site's more than 1.5 million registered users.

Back in the number one spot after falling to number two in 2012 is Disney’s Beach Club Villas in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Harborside Resort at Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, secures second place after taking the top spot last year. Another Disney resort, Boardwalk Villas, climbs this year from number 10 to number four.

The complete list of top 25 timeshare rental resorts below can also be found on RedWeek.

1. Disney's Beach Club Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
2. Harborside Resort at Atlantis – Paradise Island, Bahamas
3. Disney's BoardWalk Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
4. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina, Hawaii
5. Marriott's Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba

Friday, March 15, 2013

Passions on the Beach at the Amsterdam Manor

Romantic Caribbean sunset & dining experience
on Eagle Beach at the
Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort's Passions Restaurant

Friday, March 8, 2013

Surprise: Airline Ticket Prices Have Fallen 50% in the Last 30 Years - The Atlantic

Surprise: Airline Ticket Prices Have Fallen 50% in the Last 30 Years - The Atlantic

All on Delta, all non-stop out of Atlanta to Aruba- our recent experiences with prices

July 2012 $453 (booked 2 months out)
Christmas & New Year's 2007 $850 (booked 3 months out)
September 2007 $650
Christmas 2009 $800 (booked 5 months out)
Christmas & New Year's 2013 $709 (booked 10 months out)

Tip to look out for-- >>
Booking 3 tickets together- lowest fare offered (H & Q fare classes) were $764
Booking 2 tickets together & 1 ticket separately- lowest fare offered (H & K fare classes) were $709

Monday, March 4, 2013

TripAdvisor Reveals Flyer Preference & Annoyances in Annual Air Travel Survey

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Travelers Prioritize Value Over Comfort; U.S. Air Travel Set To Increase in 2013

NEWTON – Mass. – February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the results of its annual air travel survey of more than 2,000 respondents. Air travel plans are on the rise for Americans as 91 percent intend to take a domestic flight at least once in 2013, up from 86 percent who said they flew domestically last year.  Additionally, international travel is taking off, with 67 percent planning such flights, compared to 56 percent that did so in 2012.

No Frills, No Fees
When travelers were asked to share their biggest complaints about air travel, lack of seat comfort and airline fees top the list.

The top five biggest complaints about air travel: