CHICAGO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The whirlwind of summer travel is fast approaching, and in a wavering economy, vacationers must be savvy about their spending. But with a bit of creativity, four travelers, identified during CheapTickets.com's (http://www.cheaptickets.com/) Show Us Your Cheap contest, show that the travel experience need not be undermined by a tightened pocketbook. Standing out among hundreds of applicants, each submitted their best travel tips and photos for a chance to win the ultimate vacation and a spot in CheapTickets' latest print advertising campaign.
Starting May 23, readers of the country's leading travel and leisure magazines will be introduced to CheapTickets' newest budget-savvy travelers. Their stories offer inspiration -- and effective strategies -- for those looking to break away this season. Best practices include:
-- Stop struggling to find the best deal to a specific place during the
peak season. Instead, find the best deal you can, and get going: For
Karen Huurman, this flexibility was the key to a warm-weather retreat
during New York City's winter chill. As a result, she and her family
celebrated their savings in Key Largo, Florida exploring the area's
-- Consider accommodations with a kitchen to avoid dining out for every
meal: This money-saving tactic allowed Carol Amerson of Southern
California and her husband to enjoy their passion for eco-adventure,
zip-lining through Kauai's treetops and exploring Maui's deep coastal
waters aboard a submarine.
-- In Europe, book an unlimited train pass and choose overnight trips
between countries to avoid hotel costs: During a whirlwind visit to
Europe for the World Cup, this strategy allowed San Diego,
California's Steve Presser to travel for a glorious four weeks,
avoiding a financial cut on his vacation time.
-- Rent a van rather than fly, and consider a packed lunch during road
trips: Feeding a family of six, this proved especially important for
Mary Ann Whipple and her husband. Their budget-smart adventures
included a family road trip from upstate New York to Georgia's Jekyll
Island for a New Year's celebration spent on the beach.
"The response to Show Us Your Cheap has been a testament to the pride our customers have in getting the best deals when they travel," said Tom Russell, Group VP of Brand Marketing for CheapTickets. "It showed the passion that travel can ignite -- and the sense of victory people feel when they've saved money all while enjoying a wonderful vacation."
Mullen (http://www.mullen.com/) developed the new advertising campaign for CheapTickets, which will begin running late May in such titles as People, USA Weekend, Budget Travel, Everyday with Rachael Ray and O, The Oprah Magazine.
The Competition Continues with New "Share Your Cheap" Monthly Contest(1)
Inspired by the enthusiasm and great travel tips received during its first challenge, CheapTickets.com has launched Share Your Cheap, an extension of the original contest inviting travelers to share their best vacation photo and money-saving travel strategy. Each month, CheapTickets.com will award one entrant with roundtrip airfare for two, for travel anywhere in the continental United States, and may feature the winner's photograph and travel tips on CheapTickets.com.
To enter the Share Your Cheap travel contest, which runs from May 5, 2008 - December 31, 2008, participants should visit http://www.cheaptickets.com/yourstory and follow the instructions to upload a photograph of themselves on vacation, along with a personal story (100 words or less) describing their best cheap travel strategies.
(1)Terms & Conditions:
No purchase necessary. Entries will be judged among other things, on originality and relevance. Photographs and stories must be original and may not have been previously published or submitted in any other contest. The contest is open only to residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Void where prohibited. For complete rules and eligibility details, visit http://www.cheaptickets.com/yourstory.
CheapTickets is a leading seller of discounted leisure travel products online through its Web site, http://www.cheaptickets.com/. CheapTickets provides consumers access to its collection of airfares on hundreds of airlines. In addition to cheap flights, CheapTickets' family of discounted travel products also includes cheap hotels, cheap cruises, cheap rental cars, cheap vacation packages, condo rentals and Last Minute Trips. Founded in 1986, CheapTickets is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW). OWW also owns and operates Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com/), ebookers (http://www.ebookers.com/), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.net/hotel.reservations/), RatesToGo (http://www.ratestogo.com/Hotels-Last-Minute/EN) and the Away Network (http://www.away.com/).
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