Sept. 3, 2012 -- intro: Ahh . . it's finally here. The most wonderful time of the year. No, it's not Christmas, it's shoulder season. Fall is one of the best times of the year to take a vacation: Fewer crowds, cheap airfare and great weather in lots of popular destinations. I reached out to my travel industry contacts to negotiate five amazing shoulder season travel deals – all a minimum of 50 percent off – that you won't find anywhere else. The best part? Besides low room rates, I asked them to throw in a few extras – and they did.
quicklist: 1category: Beach Vacationtitle: The Somerset on Grace Bayurl: http://www.thesomerset.com/text:The Somerset on Grace Bay - Turks & Caicos: Located on what's been named one of world's best beaches, the Somerset is a luxury, four-and-a-half-star resort on the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos. Sugar-white sand, turquoise water and a spa and two pools makes it a great option for a Caribbean getaway. The resort is all villas – so even the least expensive accommodations are a minimum of 1400 square feet and feature kitchens and living rooms. Also – the concierge takes care of your trip long before you even arrive – right down to grocery shopping if you so desire.
The Deal: This deal brings you a luxury hotel at a reasonable price: 50 percent off rack room rates in any category plus free water sports and free kids club. Travel now through Dec. 20, 2012. This resort is typically priced from over $500 per night – so the 50 percent off brings the price tag down to reality.
How to Book: Go to the hotel web site and on the top tool bar (in brown), the orange button that says "Check Availability." Do not put in dates beforehand. You'll see on the following page that it asks for a promo code. Type in your dates, then GMA2012 in the promo field and then click "Check Rates."
Or, call 877-887-5722 and mention GMA.
The Fine Print: Subject to availability.
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quicklist:2category: Art Loverstitle: La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spaurl: http://www.laposadadesantafe.com
text: La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa --Santa Fe, N.M.: Santa Fe is a must-visit destination for art lovers, and the La Posada is a great hotel. The four-star hotel with 157 casita-style guest rooms is situated on six acres in downtown Santa Fe with a spa and lovely saline pool. It's within walking distance to 200 art galleries, but guests don't even need to leave the hotel to get their art fix: The hotel's resident art curator hand-selects and oversees the 600+ pieces of artwork from renowned local artists and offers art tours.
The Deal: La Posada's Suite Deal offers 50 percent off room rates , free breakfast daily and a $50 spa credit per stay for GMA viewers. With the discount, rates start at $179 per night. Travel now through Dec. 20, 2012. Plus, all guests who stay at La Posada de Santa Fe through Oct. 31 will be entered to win $10,000 in artwork hand-selected from hotel's collection.
How to Book: Call the hotel at 855-278-5276 and say you saw the deal on "Good Morning America."
The Fine Print: Deal is subject to availability. Blackout dates: Sept 28 – 29, 2012.
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quicklist: 3category: Theme Parktitle: Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creekurl:http://www.wyndhamgrandorlando.com/
text:Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek -- Orlando, Fla. If you're a family with kids who aren't school age or just an adult who loves theme parks – now is time to go to Orlando! The hotel rooms have seating areas and refrigerators. The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is a four-star hotel a stone's throw from Walt Disney World. There's free transportation to Disney. But even if your not one for the parks there's a spa, lots of golf nearby, five pools and a lazy river.
The Deal - 50 percent off the best available rate. Rates as low as $89 per night with this deal. As a bonus: Kids under five get free breakfast; a $50 resort credit and a free room upgrade if available. Travel now through Dec. 20, 2012.
How to Book: Call the hotel directly at 407-390-2300 to book the deal and be sure to mention Good Morning America and code PKGGMA. More details can be found on the hotel web site.
The Fine Print: Must stay three or more consecutive nights. Subject to availability. Blackout dates are Oct. 5- 7; Oct. 19-35; Nov. 22 – 24.
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quicklist: 4category: Yacht Tour and Beachtitle: il Lugano Suite Hotelurl:http://www.illugano.com/
text:il Lugano Suite Hotel -- Fort Lauderdale: Think Italy meets Florida at this Fort Lauderdale hotel. The il Lugano Suite Hotel is a four-and-a-half-star hotel right on the Intracoastal waterway. Every room has a private balcony, many with views. The hotel gets great reviews from travelers and the hotel has created the Land and Sea Package for "GMA" viewers only.
The Deal: This deal is awesome – get this – 50 percent off the best available rate on a Lugano Suite, a two-hour tour on the resort's yacht and a private reserved waterfront cabana. As an added bonus, Italian coffee and bicscotti in your room each morning. Travel now through Sept. 30, 2012.
How to Book - Call (954) 564-4400 and mention GMA.
The Fine Print: Subject to availability.
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quicklist: 5title: The Ninescategory: Urban Escapeurl:http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1757
text:The Nines – Portland, Oregon: Portland is proud of its quirkiness and it's that uniqueness that inspired The Nines to create the "That's SO Portland" package at a special price for GMA viewers. The Nines is a boutique property that part of the Starwood Luxury Collection.
The Deal: The package includes 50 percent off rates, a pedi-cab tour of Portland, local micro brews and a happy hour tour and complimentary valet parking. That's SO Portland is normally priced from $339, for GMA viewers, however, from just $169.50 per night for this four-and-a-half-star hotel.
How to Book: Click this link. Promo code is SOPDX.
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