Some Of The Best iOS Apps For Hotel Deals


The fun thing about choosing hotel apps for the iOS is that they are remarkably similar to looking at search results for hotels on a search engine. The big boys in the hotel search industry are still topping rankings, and their companion apps are a good reason why. There really isn’t a huge difference in the prices found between the apps, so the big winner is always going to be which one is easiest to use.


The free Orbitz app in addition to hotels handles flights, cars and cruises. Repeated users can earn Orbitz rewards that can be anywhere from 2-5% of a discount. It has the ability to find discounted last minute deals, and has an easy pre-fill in system with single screen booking. To take advantage of a lot of the advanced features, signing up for free is necessary but well worth the effort.


This is the most commercially successful app due to the genius character the Priceline Negotiator. This app features the patented ‘Name your own price’ system that works for hotels, flights, and cars. The Priceline app is one of the earliest travel apps to adopt integration with the Apple Watch. It’s free and easy to sign up, and is just about the most trusted app on the list.


Whether it is flight, car, or hotel, the Kayak app is a very underappreciated system that uses an up to date and surprisingly effective search algorithm. It does much of the same as the other apps, but separates itself with one of the better designs and booking systems. Everything is in your face and easy to understand, with the Mytrips page being a gorgeous display of effective touch screen use. Stability improvements have made this recent version rock solid, and there is a newer version in the works that will make great use of a new notification system.

The popular website has an equally popular free app, with the infamous rewards deal still in effect. For every 10 nights you book with, you get 1 free. This is a great deal that blows away even what Orbitz offers as far as rewards. Options available including paying when you book or when you stay at a hotel, passbook storage, 24/7 customer support within the app, and a great storage system for your payment details. The information stored is encrypted well, better than any other app on this list.


Lastly is Expedia, which not only incorporates hotels, cars, and flight all into one app-they include activities as well. Through the easy to use interface, users can pretty much plan their entire trip from top to bottom without ever leaving the app. For heavy users, a point system is in effect called Expedia+, in which users can earn triple the points. Hotel check out notifications and other alarms are set automatically or manually at your leisure. If used properly, Expedia is the only travel app that is needed on any of your devices.

Airlines That DON’T Allow Pets In Cabin

If you’re anything like me, then you dread seeing someone get on a plane with a cat or small dog. Personally, I have allergies to pets and the thought of spending hours trapped in a small space with one or more of them is not a pleasant one. No one wants to end up at their destination with allergy issues.

An airline will remove peanuts for a peanut allergy but do nothing for the people with pet allergies. In fact, it seems like more and more airlines are becoming pet friendly. If you want to avoid pet friendly airlines, here are the airlines I’ve found that do not allow pets in the cabin.

The list below is in alphabetical order so that you can easily search for an airline.

Pet-Free Airlines

Aer Lingus – only allows pets in the cargo hold

Aerolíneas Argentinas – only allows pets in the cargo hold

Air CanadaONLY flights to/from Hawaii have pet-free cabins

Air MaltaONLY flights to/from UK have pet-free cabins

Air New Zealand – only allows pets in the cargo hold

AlitaliaONLY flights to/from UK and Ireland have pet-free cabins

American AirlinesONLY flights to/from Hawaii, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela have pet-free cabins

British Airways – only allows pets in the cargo hold

Cathay Pacific – only allows pets in the cargo hold

Delta AirlinesONLY flights to/from Hawaii, the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong have pet-free cabins

El Al AirlinesONLY flights to London, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Australia have pet-free cabins

Hawaiian AirlinesONLY flights to/from JFK airport have pet-free cabins

Japan Airlines – only allows pets in the cargo hold

LAN Airlines – only allows pets in the cargo hold

QantasONLY international flights have pet-free cabins

Singapore Airlines – only allows pets in cargo hold

SWISS AirONLY flights to Ireland, the UK, Kenya, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates have pet-free cabins

US AirwaysONLY flights to/from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Antigua, Bridgetown Barbados, Montego Bay, Jamaica or St. Lucia have pet-free cabins

United AirlinesONLY flights to/from Australia, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Italy and the UK have pet-free cabins

Virgin AmericaONLY the First Class cabin is pet-free

Virgin Atlantic – only allows pets in the cargo hold

Note: Service animals are generally exempt from pet-free cabin rules, so you may still find yourself on a flight with an animal in such an instance.

***Keep in mind that this info can change at any time and is current as of December 2012.***

Each airline has pet travel information on their website, which you can confirm prior to booking.

If you see any airlines that I’ve missed, please let me know!

2012 Black Friday Travel Deals and Discounts

Ready to save on travel related stuff for Black Friday?

If so, why not check out some of the hot deals that are listed below. This Black Friday, you can save on travel expenses as well as things like luggage.

Take a peak and see if any of these Black Friday travel deals meet your needs this holiday shopping season.

Travel Deals:

Expedia Black Friday Deals:

Four days of Expedia Black Friday deals! Save up to 50% on travel, plus score a $25 cash card! – Expires 11/23/12

Travelocity’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2012

Black Friday: Use Code TURKEY10 and save 50% or more on hotels in Florida, New York and Beyond this Black Friday with Travelocity! Minimum 3 night stay, not valid on Top Secret Hotels. Ends 11/26.

Black Friday: Use Code TURKEY10 and save 50% or more on Vacation Packages to Florida, New York and Beyond this Black Friday with Travelocity! Minimum 3 night stay. Ends 11/26.

Avoid the lines this Black Friday and plan a trip instead. Save 10% on hotels w/code TURKEY10 when you book with Travelocity! Minimum 3 night stay, not valid on Top Secret Hotels. Ends 11/26.

Use code TURKEY10 and save 10% on vacation packages with Travelocity this Black Friday weekend. Minimum 3 night stay, not valid on Top Secret Hotels. Ends 11/26.

***Cyber Monday codes for Travelocity are the same as the Black Friday codes.***

Luggage Deals:

Luggage Guru is starting their BLACK FRIDAY DEALS EARLY! Customers can take an extra 15% off SITEWIDE (some brands are excluded). That’s an extra 15% off thousands of items already at competitive prices + FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100.

Black Friday Starts Early! 15% off SITEWIDE (restrictions apply) with code blkfriday2012

How To Save Money On Attractions In Gatlinburg And Pigeon Forge

If you are visiting Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you may have discovered that there is no shortage of things to do.

With so many attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you may be wondering how to work them all in.

If this is a problem financially, there are ways to get more bang for your buck in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Instead of paying full price for all of the attractions you want to see in the area, why not save a little money?

Request Freebies
Before leaving home, you can request some free coupons for Pigeon Forge attractions and Gatlinburg attractions.

Just go to the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce website and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce website. On each site, request the vacation guide and sign up for the email newsletter. You can get exclusive travel discounts for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg by doing this.

Also visit the Smoky Mountain Navigator website to have their guide mailed to you. It is also chock full of coupons.

Online Coupons

You will find some coupons for Pigeon Forge attractions and Gatlinburg attractions on the web.

Check out,, and to find online discounts that you can print out.

If you are waiting until you get to your Pigeon Forge hotel or Gatlinburg hotel, you may want to call ahead and make sure they have printers and computers you can use.

Look For Coupon Books
Once you get to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you can find coupon books almost anywhere. Most hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions have some coupon books or fliers by the door.

Pick up some of these to save on area attractions.

Tennessee Welcome Center or Rest Areas
If you are driving to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you can get some discount attraction coupons at the Tennessee Welcome Center or any of the nearby rest areas off the freeway.

You will find both discount books and fliers for specific attractions that give you coupon savings.

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Kid Friendly Hotels In Pigeon Forge

Planning a trip to Pigeon Forge with your children?

Pigeon Forge can be a fun place for kids.

This is especially true if you stay at a kid friendly hotel while in Pigeon Forge.

You may be worried about finding a kid friendly hotel in Pigeon Forge for your vacation.

Fortunately, there are plenty of Pigeon Forge hotels that are kid friendly.

Here are some of the top kid friendly hotels in Pigeon Forge:

  • Valley Forge Inn
  • Best Western Plaza Inn
  • Willow Brook Lodge
  • Music Road Hotel & Convention Center
  • Music Road Inn
  • Quality Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane
  • Best Western Toni Inn
  • Creekstone Inn
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge
  • Shular Inn
  • Mountain Trace Inn
  • Park Tower Inn
  • Ramada Pigeon Forge – Music Road Area
  • Mainstay Suites Pigeon Forge
  • Riverside Tower
  • Ramada Limited Suites Pigeon Forge
  • Smoky Shadows Motel & Conference Center
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge On The Parkway
  • Country Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Pigeon Forge
  • Laurel Crest – A Bluegreen Resort
  • River Lodge South
  • Park Grove Inn
  • Microtel Suites at Music Road
  • La Quinta Inn Pigeon Forge
  • Americas Best Value Inn
  • River Place Inn
  • Hampton Inn Pigeon Forge On-The-River
  • Quality Inn Parkway
image credit: By Billy Hathorn (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Finding Hotels in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy is a popular tourist destination that is well-known for its picturesque scenery and Renaissance art. Tuscany is also known for being the wine growing region for Chianti. Florence is the capital of this region. Other cities in Tuscany include Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Lucca, Chiusi, Pienza and Montepulciano.

While renting Tuscan villas is a popular way to stay in Tuscany, there are plenty of hotels available for travelers exploring the region. From Tuscany hotels to Tuscany hostels to Tuscany villas – find a comfortable place to stay in Tuscany, Italy.

Top Hotels In Tuscany

Hotel I Due Cigni

This hotel is located in Montepulciano near Tenuta Valdipiatta and Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Amenities include: restaurant, lounge, free parking, Wi-Fi access and a pool. Avg. nightly rate: $100. Get great deals at this hotel on!

Country Relais Villa l’Olmo

This rural Impruneta, Florence hotel is close to the World War II Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Amenities include: a health club, a pool, a fitness center, a grocery store and coffee shop. Avg. nightly rate: $150. Get great deals at this hotel on!

Eurostars Toscana

A Lucca property that is near St Martin’s Cathedral and Lucca Ducal Palace. Amenities include: a sauna, a restaurant, a fitness facility, coffee shop and free parking. Avg. nightly rate: $100. Get great deals at this hotel on!

Antica Locanda – Guest House

This Pienza, Italy hotel is near Pienza Duomo and Palazzo Borgia. Amenities include: free parking, free breakfast and internet access. Avg. nightly rate: $140. Get great deals at this hotel on!

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

This all suites Florence, Italy hotel is a former palace near the Ponte Vecchio. Amenities include: massage treatments, a rooftop terrace, a pool table, Wi-Fi access and complimentary coffee and tea all day. Avg. nightly rate: $750. Get great deals at this hotel on!

Grand Hotel Florence

This Florence, Italy hotel is a Luxury Collection Hotel that overlooks the Arno and Piazza Ognissanti. It was formerly a private residence. Amenities include: a business center, a fitness room and a restaurant. Avg. nightly rate: $450. Get great deals at this hotel on!

How To Find Seville Hotel Deals


Part of Andalusia, Seville (Sevilla) is located in Southern Spain in the Andalucían region.

It is the cultural, artistic and financial capital of Southern Spain. Sevilla is credited with the invention of tapas and the myth of Don Juan. It is also well-known for flamenco and bull-fighting.

With its nightlife, festivals and food, Seville is a popular tourist destination. Travelers visiting Sevilla will find winding cobble stone streets, art museums, plazas, shopping centers, baroque churches, tapas bars, flamenco dancers and the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world.

If you’re planning a vacation to Seville, you should look for Seville hotel deals before making any bookings.

Visitors to the city will find plenty of hotels in Sevilla, as well as some Sevilla hostels, or hostales Sevilla, for the budget-minded.

A great place to find discount Seville hotel deals is on or

If you’re going to use Priceline, first search on to have an idea of what bid will get accepted.

Just bid at least 10% lower than the price.

Other online travel sites offer Seville hotel deals as well.

While they may not be as low priced, Expedia and Travelocity have Seville hotels.

After checking out prices on some of those sites, write down some Seville hotels that you’re interested in.

Look up the hotel website for each hotel to see if they have any specials on cheap Seville hotel rooms that may not be advertised anywhere else.

Package deals are another great way to get discount Seville hotel deals.

Fall Photo Poster: Autumn in Central Park, NYC

Central Park, New York City, Ny, USA

I recently took a trip to NYC with the hopes of seeing the leaves turned in Central Park to a nice shade of orange. Unfortunately, my timing was not in sync with Mother Nature’s as the trees were all still green while I was there. But the image above shows you just how beautiful NYC’s Central Park is in autumn. The fall foliage is really quite a sight.

If you enjoy the image above as much as me, why not add it to your home as a poster print? Order the autumn in Central Park, New York City, NY, USA poster print now.

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