Thursday, July 9, 2009

Even Cheaper Airfares Coming to the US ?

Clark Howard took an airplane from Ryan Air and paid a no-frills ticket for not $100 or even $50, but $1.70 from Ireland to England in the United Kingdom. Sound crazy? It's not: Clark Howard reported that Ryan Air isn't the only airline that is slashing prices, and that an American jet company will be starting a company up called Jet America, which will have 9 seats on each plane for $9. The most expensive seats will sell for $199, which isn't close to Ryan Air prices as we would like. Better book early! While Clark Howard says that it's a great idea, he also commented that “It's not the idea, but who operates it.”

If you're going to be traveling closer to home to scrimp on airline fees, you've still got choices for exotic and exciting getaways in domestic locations. One excellent place to visit is Miami, which is full of exotic beachside hotels, private beaches, star getaways, and plenty of establishments for fine dining. The Four Seasons Hotel Miami is located in Miami's business hub, Brickell, which gives you easy access to Miami Beach as well as other tourist destinations around the city. While you stay in the 221-room hotel, opened in 2003, be sure to wander through the 2-acre Bahia Terrace, which features three swimming pools and lush landscaping to surround it. Overlooking the Bahia Terrace is a tasty Italian restaurant with a fine wine list, so your refuge from the sun won't be boring or tedious in the least. The Sports Club is located within the building if you want to burn some calories later on, and it spreads out over 44,000 square feet. Is Miami Beach more your thing? Try the Canyon Ranch, Miami Beach, which has amazing ocean views and a gorgeous hotel lobby. With plenty of wellness, fitness, and spa opportunities in this stunning location, you'll have trouble getting out to visit Miami Beach at first. Book a guest suite if you are in the mood for real pampering, because the Canyon Ranch, Miami Beach has secret Exclusive Complimentary Perks for booking through

Perhaps you're on the West Coast and looking to go somewhere slightly more unusual, but with exotic options. How about Texas, which has plenty of spacious resorts located in or near major cities like Dallas and Austin? The Barton Creek Resort and Spa is located just a quarter-mile from Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, and provides an 11,000 square foot fitness center with cardio and weights setups, as well as optional yoga classes if you are in the mood to get stretching. Golf enthusiasts will love the 10-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, and fans of the southwest will love the subtle hotel décor. Another perfect place for the luxury-minded golf aficionado is the Four Seasons at Dallas Las Colinas, which even has many of its rooms overlook the golf course. While it's more of a “corporate-friendly” hotel than some, it also includes all amenities for children that you might expect, so take a peek if you need to bring your family on a business jaunt in Texas. The Hotel Icon, located in Houston, is situated right next to the arts district and is a personal luxury hotel made to provide easy access to entertainment and cultural points of interest in Houston, while also offering their own unique restaurant the Whiskey Lobby Loft, and a great fitness facility.

With all of these options, you won't feel like you were scrimping a bit on airfare—these vacations are a total luxury!

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