After almost a decade as an editor at Travel + Leisure, I’ve developed a sixth sense about offers that seem too good to be true. Which is why I was justifiably skeptical when I ran across the U.S. Virgin Island’s CENTsational sale (while doing research for an appearance on the Today Show; watch the video here).
The cynic in me was tempted to write the deal off a a clever marketing ploy with enough fine print to fill an encyclopedia. However, after examining the details closely, I have to say that I’m sold. Here’s the back story: to celebrate the newly minted U.S.V.I. quarter, a dozen hotels on St. Thomas and St. Croix , including Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort, are offering a 25 cent nightly rate for a three-night stay (plus nominal taxes and fees).
The generous folks in U.S.V.I. are also throwing in a $25 dining credit and a $25 activities credit (per person) for good measure. This basically means you get a long weekend in the Caribbean for the amount you probably paid for your fancy double latte this morning.
The only catch I can find in the deal is that you have to book your flight on USVirginIslands.bookit.com as well. However, a few quick searches showed that the flights were more than competitive with deals at some of the sites we chose in our Best of the Web package this month.
You have to book your trip by November 2 but can travel through December 15th. I can’t think of a better way to ease into fall. What are you waiting for?
Nilou Motamed is the features editor at Travel + Leisure.