2009 Travel in Review: Best Bargain

by Chris on December 28, 2009

My best bargain of 2009? A $159 rate at Maca Bana Villas in Grenada through Skyauction.com

Maca Bana, GrenadaIt’s the last week of the year – which means it’s time to look back on the highlights of 2009 travel and perhaps plot out a few trips for 2010.

(The Travel staff at USA TODAY made this an annual tradition. Even though I’m no longer there, I see no reason why I can’t continue!) 

Despite my unpleasant layoff surprise, I had a great year of travel. I went to the Mexico twice, Europe twice and the Caribbean three times. I visited three stately Southern cities – Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans – and visited two gorgeous Western landmarks (Death Valley, Canyon de Chelly).

What made traveling this year so enjoyable were the number of bargains out there. Yes, I know the recession kept a lot of people from traveling. But for those of us still on the road, never-to-be-seen-again deals were available.

My favorite deal was the one I scored in October at the Maca Bana Villas in Grenada through SkyAuction.com. As I wrote here, even with SkyAuction’s high surcharge fees, I still stayed in an amazing two-story villa – complete with a tricked-out kitchen, huge living room/dining room, a deck with views to St. Georges and a private courtyard with individual hot tub –  for  only $157 per night, less than half of the $488 rack rate.

SkyAuction will now be my first stop when I’m looking for high-end Caribbean properties. In 2010, I may also try LuxuryLink, as it seems to have great package deals at super-luxe resorts.

Tomorrow: Most surprising destination of 2009.

What was your best bargain of 2009? Tell me below!

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Kristina December 28, 2009 at 8:54 am

My best bargain was a $429 R/T airfare on Delta LAX-Rome. It was a deal that lasted less than 24 hours and probably a mistake on the airline’s part. But we managed to score tickets along w/some friends. We spent a week in a great apartment in Trastevere.
I also spent 2 weeks in Vietnam and everything there seems like a bargain ($1 bowls of pho anyone?).


Chris December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Kristina – That’s an amazing fare. I’ve always heard about those “fat finger fares,” but I’ve never been able to score one myself. If I saw a price like that to Rome, I’d grab it in a heartbeat!


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