The holiday season is one of the most pricey, stressful and popular times of the year to travel. Tens of millions of Americans hit the road, head to the airport and stay in hotels this time of year. Because of this demand, gas prices are higher, rental cars and airline tickets cost more, and hotel room rates skyrocket. Exorbitant holiday hotel fees can quickly drain your seasonal cheer or leave your bank account in rough shape on top of all that you spent on presents.
Fortunately, some hotels don't charge extreme Scrooge-like fees around the holidays. In fact, certain chains, big and small, offer major discounts for savvy shoppers looking to visit loved ones, beat the winter blues or journey to the other side of the world. Whether you're planning a last-minute winter escape to Mexico or the Caribbean, heading to the big city like Chicago or New York to see amazing light displays or looking for a great deal on lodging when visiting the in-laws, here are some of the best hotel discounts around this holiday season.
Radisson hotels are offering up to 20 percent off room rates for winter vacations at their destinations around the world, including the Radisson Blu hotels in Chicago, Minneapolis and the Mall of America. Book from December 10 to December 21 and travel before March 10, 2019, to take advantage of these rates.
If you're looking for some fun in the sun over the holidays, you can escape the winter blues in the tropical destinations that are home to Outrigger hotels, including Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand and Guam. Get a fifth night free or $100 savings when you book four nights.
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Lock in a discount of up to 55 percent off for bookings made through December 19, 2018, for stays through December 20, 2019, at Hyatt's all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and Jamaica, with select resorts also offering $200 in credit as an additional perk.
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Select Loews Hotel locations offer impressive travel incentives for you and your family to visit more chilly winter destinations. Celebrate the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with tax-free accomodations and two tickets to the Tea Party Museum when you book at Loews Boston through December 31. The Warm Up, Wind Down offer in Minneapolis through March 31, 2019, includes food, beverage and in-room movie credits to help you enjoy a night or two avoiding the winter weather. And the Snowed In Package at Loews Chicago includes 20 percent off at the restaurant, spa and bar, hot cocoa and cookies and a tent and campfire set for kids. Loews also offers a buy-one-room-get-the-second-half-price discount through March 31, 2019.
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Hersheypark is already a sweet place to visit during the holiday season because of its millions of twinkling lights, but to make things even sweeter, Hotel Hershey offers one night free when you book two nights on select dates through December 25. You can also buy packages that combine accommodations with park admission and special holiday attractions through December 30.
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Disney Resort Hotels
Christmas is one of the most popular times of year to visit Disney World because of the theme park's magical shows and decorations. Thankfully, Disney offers special packages to make your holiday visit more affordable. If you're a family of four, you can stay at a Disney World resort from December 17 to December 22 and get park passes and exclusive late-night and early-morning access for a discounted price. You can also save up to 20 percent on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels most nights from November 11 through December 24.
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Accor Hotels wants to help you explore the world as a family this winter, which is why it's offering a deal for 50 percent off a second room and free accommodation for children at its more than 2,000 locations. You can also save up to 25 percent by booking in advance.
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Give the gift of travel with IHG's annual sale. Save 20 percent or more through January 7 for trips between November 4, 2018, and March 31, 2019, at thousands of IHG hotels, which include Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental and more.
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Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah
Home to some of the world's most luxurious, over-the-top resorts, Dubai has multiple hotels offering holiday discounts, with some giving up to 25 percent off of room rates between December 1 and mid-January. From November 1, 2018, through December 27, 2019, book three nights at the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah for the price of four, or book at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel at least seven days before arrival before December 31, 2018, for up to 15 percent off your rate.
Another tempting international escape from winter's chill is heading to the Caribbean. Plenty of resorts offer holiday season specials, such as Atlantis Bahamas. The resort offers last-minute holiday getaway deals for select nights in November and December starting at $149 per night for travel from November 1, 2018, until December 12, 2019. You can also save up to 50 percent on suite rates before December 20 and discounts at the Cove and the Reef before December 24.
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Hard Rock Hotels
Hard Rock hotels around the world are offering seasonal discounts. Book through January 2, 2019, for stays between December 17, 2018, and September 1, 2019, for up to 35 percent off at select locations in Orlando, San Diego, Cancún, the Canary Islands and more. Other resorts have their own special bargains. For example, you can save up to 25 percent off and waive your resort fees through through December 27, 2018, at the Hard Rock Las Vegas.
Great Wolf Lodges
Great Wolf Lodge properties host their annual Snowland celebrations through January 2019; visitors can get a magical discounted package deal that includes a wintery decorated suite, waterpark admission, a life-size gingerbread house, visits with Santa and other unique seasonal activities. You can also save up to 25 percent when you stay two or more nights at select locations before December 31, 2018.
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Big Cedar Lodge
Another great family resort with themed holiday packages is Branson, Missouri's Big Cedar Lodge. The two-night Happy Holidays Package includes a Christmas photo session, a family scavenger hunt, a breakfast buffet and more. Other Branson resorts also amp up the fun and savings around the holidays. Save 40 percent off regular room rates while enjoying Still Waters Resort's Winter Wonderland through December 31.
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Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Book a trip to Miami's iconic Fontainebleau between January 2 and April 30, 2019, and receive up to $500 of dining and spa hotel credits to unwind after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. If you stay three nights or more before January 28, you can also save 25 percent on your room rates.
The Greenbrier Resort
Through December 23, West Virginia's Greenbrier Resort offers a pre-holiday package for a two-night stay that includes daily breakfast and a $100 resort spending credit. Between December 14 and 20 you can also get three nights for the price of two, or get even more travel incentives with the resort's wintertime package, available between January 4 and March 16, 2019.
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Coeur D'Alene Resort
This North Idaho resort turns into a winter wonderland during the holiday season and offers many package deals for visitors looking to get into the Christmas spirit. Until January 1, enjoy the resort's Holiday Lights Lake Cruise, the "Christmas Unwrapped" musical, Christmas elf deliveries of cookies and milk and more.
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As if a Mexico resort vacation wasn't tempting enough this winter, Velas resorts offers amazing last-minute December discounts if you book by December 10 and travel through December 18. At their locations in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Vallarta and more, kids 4 through 12 stay free and you get a combination of free spa and golf services, free dinners, and free cultural tours.
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Book a stay through December 31, 2018, at participating Kimpton boutique hotels to receive 20 percent off room rates. Discounted destinations include Chicago, Cleveland, Savannah, Seattle, Washington D.C. and more.
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The Wyndham family of hotels, which includes La Quinta, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge and more, offers of variety of holiday season discounts. Book by December 20, 2018, and complete your stay by December 21, 2018, to save 10 percent on rates at Ramada, Wyndham Garden and more. Get 10 percent off your stay at select Days Inn locations through January 9, 2019. Book more than seven days in advance for travel through December 31 and get between 15 and 35 percent off at participating Dolce Hotels and Resorts, TRYP by Wyndham, Wyndham Grand and Wyndham hotels.
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If you're looking to treat yourself, for every night you stay in a suite at the W London, W Scottsdale and other select locations, the next night is 40 percent off. Other Marriott International properties also offer seasonal discounts. Enjoy 15 percent off through December 20 with the "Don't Break Your Budget" offer at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. Stay two nights and get the third free through December 31 at the Equinox in Manchester Village, Vermont. Save up to 20 percent off the retail rate at four D.C.-area Marriott properties through December 31. You can also get up to 20 percent off at select Ritz-Carlton JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott, and Gaylord Hotel & Resorts for stays through January 31, 2019, if you book a room in Orlando by December 20, 2018, for a wonderful weekend getaway.
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