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Use Those Vacation Days

Over the weekend, the calendar will flip to December. For many Americans, that means one month left to use your vacation days. How many days do you have left? Here are some of our favorite last-minute trip ideas:

1-3 days

  • Travelzoo Deal Experts will tell you, three nights in Sin City is just the right amount of time to blow off some steam, but not lose your wallet. And in December, a time when many people are at home getting ready for the holidays and celebrating with family, brings aggressive rates before New Year’s Eve. Stays at sprawling suites at the 4-star Signature in Las Vegas have been discounted to $59 per night Sundays-Thursdays through December.
  • Call me biased, but I think my hometown of Chicago is the perfect long-weekend jaunt. The Hyatt Regency Chicago, within walking distance to the Mag Mile, The Art Institute of Chicago, and yes, the “Bean,” has wide availability this month, with stays Dec. 2-3, 6-9, 13-14,16, 21-30 discounted to $99 per night.  The rest of the city is easily accessible after a half-mile walk to the State and Lake El train stop, the biggest in the Chicago Transit Authority system. Get deals and tips on planning your own trip with our Chicago Destination page.

3-5 days

  • Beat the rush later in ski season with a December trip to Canyons Resort in Utah, which has been named a Top 10 North American ski resort by SKI Magazine readers. With deals at accommodations ranging from family friendly to 4-star plus discounts on lift tickets, be among the first to hit the slopes that opened last week.  Room rates through the end of the year start at $82 per night.
  • Go say “hi” to Mickey and friends and unwind in a one-bedroom condo in Orlando with a whirlpool tub and free Wi-Fi that’s been discounted to $99 for two-night stays. Make the most of your vacation days by purchasing several vouchers, breaking down the cost to about $50 per day. This resort, which is a five-minute drive from the Magic Kingdom, offers free shuttles to the parks plus has several pools and a spa on-site. This offer is good for stays through Dec. 20.

5 days or more

  • Get one last passport stamp this year with a holiday stay in London. A 4-star hotel in Hyde Park -- offering free wine upon arrival, Wi-Fi and a full English breakfast for two -- has discounted rates in upgraded rooms to $159 per night for stays daily in December.

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Deal Expert, Chicago
Friday, November 30, 2012
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