Friday Five: Private Sales

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A bevy of “exclusive” private sale travel websites have cropped up over the past year or so. Although you’re forced to pay in full at the time of purchase, they can be a great resource because they often feature big discounts on luxe resorts and cruises. Here are five to check out:

Jetsetter: Part of the Gilt Groupe empire, this site’s sales cover a rotating treasure trove of high-end lodging and exotic locales.

Vacationist: Co-hosted by Luxury Link and Travel + Leisure, Vacationist is similar to Jetsetter in that it focuses on luxury destinations. Current sales include a range of upscale California resorts, beach villas in Maui, several hotels in Italy and Greece, and more. For now the site is “invitation only,” but you can click here to sign up via a friend referral from me.

SniqueAway: This website is Trip Advisor’s entry into the private sale arena. It purports to center on “A-list accommodations,” but I’ve found that they feature slightly less luxurious stuff than Jetsetter or Vacationist. That’s not a bad thing though, as there are some good deals to be found here.

Voyage Prive: This site has properties in the same vein as what’s listed on SniqueAway, but with more of a focus on cities outside the U.S. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re keen to go abroad for your vacation. Voyage Prive is also invite only at the moment, but you can use my friend referral link by clicking here.

ideeli: Mostly known for its clothing sales, ideeli also has a decent smattering of travel offers. Some recent hotels on sale include the Couples resort in Jamaica, Manor Vail Lodge and Eventi in New York City.

Keep in mind: I’ve sometimes seen the same hotel listed on more than one of the sites above, often with slight variations in price (recently noticed this with the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA). So shop around before you commit.

Bonus tip(s): If your main concern is budget rather than five-star digs, old standbys Priceline and Hotwire are still great sources for deep discounts. Stay tuned for a future post concerning Priceline bidding strategies!

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