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Tingo: A New Way To Get Hotel Discounts

Tingo

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.

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TODAY Show: Affordable Beach Getaways

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It's not too late to plan a beachy spring break. T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares her finds for an affordable beach getaway.

For more ideas, check out our sliddeshow: Best Affordable Beach Resorts

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Greece, California + Paris

Vacationist: On sale NOW!

SALE ENDS IN 3 DAYS!

201203-b-vacationist-margijpgThe 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.

SALE ENDS IN 4 DAYS!

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.

SALE ENDS IN 6 DAYS!

201203-b-vacationist-regina-1jpgHotel 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).

Don't see what you're looking for? Click here for even more deals.

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From top: Photos courtesy of The Margi Hotel; Hotel Regina.

3 Weeks Left: World's Best Sweepstakes!

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Take T+L’s World’s Best Awards Survey and enter to win a $10,000 Dream Trip!

March is underway, which means there are only a few weeks left to cast your vote.

Go to TLWorldsBest.com and rate your favorite hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines, airlines, and travel companies—and your top picks might make it into T+L’s annual World’s Best Awards issue in August 2012! Voting ends March 31, so time is running out.

A bonus? Respondents will be entered to win a $10,000 dream trip, among other first, second and third place trip prizes. What are you waiting for? Vote now!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The 2012 World’s Best Awards Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia age 18 or older. To enter and view complete Official Rules, which govern this Sweepstakes, visit TLWorldsBest.com. Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 12/01/11 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 03/31/12. Sponsor: American Express Publishing Corporation.

Briana Fasone is a digital editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Book Now! T+L Trip of the Month - Exploring Alaska with Black Tomato

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Travel + Leisure's March Trip of the Month is an adventure in the far north with U.S.- and U.K.-based tour operator Black Tomato. In association with Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, our travel club for deals on hotels, cruises, and more, the Trip of the Month offers T+L readers exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime itineraries from the world’s top tour operators.

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TODAY Show: Family Spring Break

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Looking for great ideas for your family spring break? T+L Feature Director Nilou Motamed shares some terrific deals for getting away this season with your brood.

Sneak Peek: New York's New Conrad Hotel

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It’s no surprise that watching a sunset in Manhattan (drink in hand, of course) is as elusive as finding street parking. But the island’s west side is lined with buildings that look out over the Hudson River—why haven’t more places taken advantage of this great view?

Fortunately, someone’s doing just that. One of Hilton’s luxury brands, the Conrad, is opening soon in NYC’s Financial District and will feature an outdoor bar on the 16th floor (pictured, above)—ideal for sunset gazing. Oh yeah, and they’re doing other cool stuff, too. The place used to be an Embassy Suites, and while I appreciate ES’s big rooms and free hot breakfast, accumulating stars isn’t their focus. So I was excited to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the transformation.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Barbados, New York + New Mexico

Vacationist: On Sale NOW
Sale ends in 2 days!

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Little Good Harbour - up to 35% off
St. Peter, Barbados

A charming family-run hotel that delivers a slice of authentic island life on the remote northwest coast of Barbados.

Sale ends in 4 days!

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Ace Hotel New York - up to 29% off
New York, New York

This edgy hotel conceived by Seattle-based hipsters celebrates the "downtown" scene in midtown Manhattan.

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Top Hotels for Spring Travel

The Pig hotel

Looking for a spring getaway? Here, our favorite finds, from an urban oasis to a sandy resort.

Country
The Pig
, Brockenhurst, England
Opened:
July 2011
Rooms:
26 (16 in the main house; 10 in the stable yard)
Top Feature:
Foraging excursions in the surrounding New Forest and on the nearby coast
Best For:
Adventurous foodies
Beaulieu Rd.; 44-15/9062-2354; doubles from $196.

Beach
St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
, Miami Beach
Opened:
Jan. 2012
Rooms:
243 guest rooms and suites
Top Features:
25 private beachside cabanas and personal butler service
Best For:
Sun-soaking cosmopolites
9703 Collins Ave.; 877/787-3447; doubles from $1,250.

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TODAY Show: Best Spring Break Getaways

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Looking for ideas for a warm-weather spring break getaway? T+L's deputy editor Laura Begley Bloom shares her picks for the best spots to unwind—and save—this spring.

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