The Best Dates to Take a Last-Minute Summer Vacation


If your Instagram feed is full of your friends’ fun summer adventures and the only change of scenery you’ve had lately is when you updated your computer background at the office, it may be time for a vacation.

There’s still time to get a good deal on a summer getaway, according to the latest issue of the Hotwire Travel Inspiration Indicator, a quarterly travel-trend guide. In fact, based on the display rate for Hot Rate Hotels, Hotwire discovered that summer travel will be the most affordable during the last two weeks of August, with the lowest hotel rates in mid-September.

Most Popular Destinations

If you don’t quite know where you’d like to go, Hotwire has some suggestions. Based on last year’s numbers, Hotwire discovered these 10 cities offer hotel rooms with three- to five-star rooms starting at $67 a night.

  • Las Vegas
  • Houston
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Dallas
  • San Diego
  • Minneapolis
  • New Orleans
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • St. Louis

And if you’re thinking of utilizing that last weekend of summer for a getaway, these are the seven cities they say are the best places to travel during Labor Day weekend (based on these cities having three- to five-star hotel rooms starting at $70 a night over Labor Day weekend 2015).

  • Phoenix
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Dallas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Orleans
  • Tampa, Florida

Try Not to Overspend

No matter where you decide to visit, in addition to considering travel deals, you may be able to cut back on some of the extra fees with airline credit cards and even get rewards points that help you pay for your next flight. (You can read about the best airline credit cards in America here.)

But keep in mind that, while these credit cards offer some perks you may enjoy, getting into credit card debt to save on checking a suitcase simply isn’t worth it. (You can see how your credit card balances are affecting your credit score by reviewing your free credit report summary for free each month on

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6 Deals to Make Tax Day More Bearable


Bargain seekers, listen up: If you love freebies, believe it or not, Tax Day is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Far and wide, retailers and restaurants will dole the deals to consumers. Come April 18, you can find them on everything from food to travel to consumer goods. Here, we’ve rounded up some deals that could make your tax day a bit more bearable this year.

Free Bites

Head over to a participating Hard Rock Cafe on Tax Day for a free Local Legendary Burger. Okay, so it’s not completely free — you’ll have to “Sing for your Supper” on a cafe stage. But at least you can keep your tax refund. (For ideas on how to spend yours, go here.)

After your Hard Rock burger, you can stop in your local Great American Cookies for free desert. On April 18 only, the cookie outlet will hand out free chocolate chip cookies.

Travel Deals

If you’re considering a trip to our nation’s capital, the Capital Hill Hotel is offering 20% off its best available rates between now and April 19 when you book Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday night stays in April, May and June and any weekday in July and August. In addition to the discount, you also get to enjoy such perks as free Wi-Fi and breakfast.

And if you’re looking to get out of the country, Grand Lucayan Hotels in the Bahamas is offering a 50% price cut on stays of three nights or more when you book by April 30, in addition to a $100 resort credit. For the discount, nightly stays are restricted to between September 2 and November 15, 2016. A coupon code is available of the hotel’s website.

Other Freebies

For the entire week of Tax Day — that is, April 18 through 22 — HydroMassage will offer free massages. Remember to call ahead to schedule and print out the coupon for your appointment.

Perhaps not as entertaining as the other deals on this list is this one from Staples: Anytime on Tax Day, head into your local store to shred up to five pounds of documents, for free. Remember, shredding your docs is a smart way to protect yourself from identity theft. (You can monitor your credit for signs you identity has been stolen by viewing your two free credit scores each month on

Not ready to face April 18? Read these helpful tips for handling taxes if you aren’t prepared.

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