This year is the centennial of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20–April 27), which kicked off this week in D.C. For travelers headed to see the flowers, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from the nation's capital on the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go.
Tingo, a new travel site that launched this morning, expects to be a game changer in the way customers book hotels. Parent company Smarter Travel Media says Tingo is the first site to automatically rebook a hotel reservation if the price drops, then refund the difference between the original prepaid rate and the final rate at check-out.
Tingo (the name derives from travel and bingo) is not the first site to offer a refund if the rate drops. Orbitz, for example, has a Price Assurance policy, but it requires that another Orbitz customer book the same room type at the same hotel on the same travel dates at a lesser rate. Not so with Tingo. According to the company, if the rate for your reservation drops, you qualify for a refund, credited to your charge card after you have checked out of the hotel, regardless of whether another traveler has also booked the lower rate.
The Margi Hotel - up to 28% off Vouliagmeni (Athens), Greece The Margi Hotel's neighborhood is one of the most exclusive in Athens, with superb access to the Aegean Sea, the historic city center, and major airports and train stations.
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The Farmhouse Inn - up to 30% off Forestville (Sonoma County), California If roasting s'mores over the fire and munching on farm-fresh berries for breakfast is your idea of heaven, then this upscale country retreat is made for you.
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Hotel Regina - up to 20% off Paris, France Paris visitors flock to the Hotel Regina for its proximity to French culture (the Louvre; the Tuileries) and fashion boutiques (Lanvin; Chanel).
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Headed to Austin for the South by Southwest music, film, and interactive festival (March 9 - 18)? On today's installment of the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go segment, T+L's digital projects editor, Sarah Spagnolo, offers affordable escapes if you want to beat the crowds headed to the Lone Star State this weekend.
The Shores - up to 41% off Daytona Beach, Florida Located on a peaceful, uncrowded stretch of beach in a residential area four miles south of the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, the resort is an ideal choice for a romantic getaway...
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Forty 1 North - up to 40% off Newport, Rhode Island Built with the modern yacht-owning crowd in mind, this chic boutique hotel, opened in 2010 on Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, has its own marina with parking for super-size conveyances...
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Tcherassi Hotel & Spa - up to 40% off Cartagena de Indias, Colombia Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi converted a Spanish-colonial mansion in Cartagena's Old City into this cool, white-on-white urban escape...