CHICAGO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- CheapTickets.com (http://www.cheaptickets.com/), a leading online travel agency that knows "the less you pay, the better it feels(SM)," has teamed up with Rick Browne, host of PBS' Barbecue America, to launch bbq.cheaptickets.com -- a microsite dedicated to helping travelers find the very best in barbecue and travel deals this summer.
The new site (http://bbq.cheaptickets.com/), which features a blog written by Browne exclusively for CheapTickets, reveals undiscovered BBQ destinations around the U.S. In his blog, Browne highlights lesser known, but equally delicious, hidden BBQ gems in Portland, ME, Las Vegas and San Francisco, just to name a few.
And just in time for Fourth of July travel, the site offers budget-friendly vacation packages and sales that will ease the pinch of the pocketbook. Through the BBQ site, customers have access to CheapTickets' Summer Sale which offers $50-off qualifying flight + hotel packages of three or more nights using the promotional code SUNSALE50(1).
"When we thought BBQ -- we immediately thought Rick Browne," said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets. "His many fans know him as the BBQ master, but we were delighted to learn he is also an award-winning travel writer. Browne's blog offers our customers insightful direction on both the best BBQ and the most unusual cities to dig in."
Besides great summer travel deals and Browne's blog, other features of the site include:
-- "Top Historic BBQ Destinations," a much-deserved nod to the greats of American BBQ. This section not only notes the tried-and-true in American BBQ cities but also highlights events around the U.S., such as Dallas' 25th International BBQ cook-off this October.
-- Recipes from Rick Browne that will whet traveler's appetites and inspire grill-lovers to explore the unconventional side of BBQ -- think ribs with soy sauce, ginger and red pepper.
"I have been booking great trips on CheapTickets for years," said Rick Browne host of PBS' Barbecue America. "I am happy that I can now work with CheapTickets to help others plan travel to some of the best undiscovered BBQ destinations in the country."
The BBQ site (http://bbq.cheaptickets.com/) is also accessible from both the CheapTickets blog (http://traveldeals.cheaptickets.com/) and the Barbecue America website (http://www.barbecueamerica.com/).
Rick Browne's Top Unlikely BBQ Destination Picks:
Browne's blog, available at http://bbq.cheaptickets.com/, offers a variety of mouth-watering suggestions for those looking to travel off-the-beaten-BBQ-path. Example vacation packages, utilizing CheapTickets' Summer Sale, highlight the great travel deals currently available ($50 savings have been applied)(2):
San Francisco, CA -- Visitors to Memphis Minnie's Bar-B-Que Joint can skip the sauce and dive straight into the pulled pork, while enjoying the colorful surroundings of the Height Street establishment.
Fly from Minneapolis to San Francisco and stay 3 nights at the 3-star
Handlery Union Square from $542 per person. (July 22-25)
Las Vegas, NV -- Sin City has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, including the "magic dust" rub used at Memphis Championship Barbeque, a repeat winner in national competitions.
Fly from Chicago to Las Vegas and stay 3 nights at the 4-star MGM
Grand Hotel and Casino from $470 per person. (August 11-14)
New York, NY -- The perfect spot to try something different -- think Korean style BBQ beef ribs -- Harlem's Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a favorite with late-night revelers who come to enjoy the good food and live blues music.
Fly from Cleveland to New York City and stay 3 nights at the 3-star
Hotel Pennsylvania from $820 per person. (July 29-August 1)
Orlando, FL -- With a name like Bubbalous Bodacious Bar-B-Que, the restaurant will be hard to forget, but for all the right reasons. Those looking to spice things up can request the fiery, behind-the-counter hot sauce.
Fly from Dallas to Orlando and stay 3 nights at the 3-star Oak
Plantation Villas Resort from $628 per person. (June 19-23)
Portland, ME -- The "All You Really Need to Know About BBQ" sampler comes in at a cool $15 at Beal Street Barbeque & Grill, and comparing the Northeast hotspot to some of Memphis' best establishments is one mighty recommendation by Browne.
Fly from Atlanta to Portland and stay 3 nights at the 3-star Quality
Inn and Suites from $662 per person. (July 16-19)
Terms & Conditions:
(1) Book a qualifying flight + hotel vacation package by July 6, 2008, for 3 nights for travel through August 31, 2008, via CheapTickets and instantly receive $50 off your booking through the use of the promotion code. To display qualifying vacation packages, click "I have a promotion code." and enter the promotion code, then look for vacation packages marked with the icon "COUPON." Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per purchase. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. CheapTickets reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion.
Promo code: SUNSALE50
(2) Sample rates shown were accurate and available on CheapTickets.com on 6/11/2008 on the travel dates specified and may not represent current prices because our real-time pricing booking engine is constantly updating prices and availability. Vacation package prices shown are for one adult, based on double-occupancy, include applicable taxes and fees, and will vary by selected day of departure, departure city, length of stay, hotel selected, hotel room category, and availability.
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