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TripAdvisor To Tuck SniqueAway Into Jetsetter.com

June 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM | by | ()

We’ve been talking a lot about TripAdvisor drama lately, but didn’t touch too much on their acquisition of flash-sale site Jetsetter back in April. That was mainly because we’d heard Jetsetter may fold, so we took a wait-and-see approach.

We’ve heard from tipsters there’s been a good amount of layoffs and employees jumping ship at Jetsetter since the takeover. However, the latest word is that TripAdvisor, who also owns hotel-discount site SniqueAway, is shutting it down as a separate entitity on June 28th and rolling it into Jetsetter.com.

Kathleen Hanefeld, sales director at SniqueAway, contacted the company's hotel partners via email about the change, saying, “

…after reviewing what would be the best experience for our travelers and our partners, we decided to combine our assets and have SniqueAway become Jetsetter.”

Meanwhile, we continue to receive SniqueAways sales blasts, so we assume vendors plan on going to very end. Even today’s offerings have the option to book deals well into July.

Hanefeld said “any sales scheduled to run on SniqueAway will be completely unaffected by the change.” We're crossing our fingers that buyers won’t have to deal with company reservation drama during the transition.

We'll keep you posted on the changeover as more news develops.


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Last-Minute Art Basel Miami: Drama on Our Final Night

December 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM | by | ()

Our room at The Betsy

If you want to talk about high hotel rates, let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official days are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but we've been in Miami all week hotel hopping, so we decided to throw caution to the wind for a little experiment: last-minute, day-of hotel reservations for what are the highest peak days in Miami's calendar. We're calling it "Operation Last Resort."

This is our final night of Operation Last Resort, after last-minute stays of the good (at The Dream) and the bad (at The Shelborne). The roller coaster only intensifies with some serious drama that all started with our decision to try another last-minute booking app: Jetsetter Now.

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A Travel Writer's Guide To Saving Ca$h On Your Next Hotel Stay

November 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM | by | ()

You get this gratis at the FS Beverly Hills, when you have a special occasion, so mention it!

Sure, there are a number of things you've probably done to save money at hotels. Maybe you signed up for a loyalty program for the free WiFi and room upgrade ("when available"). Perhaps you booked at the respective hotel's web site to secure the "best guaranteed rate".


You're probably thinking: Tell me something I don't already know. Well, as a travel writer for the past ten years (on a tight budget, for that matter), I'm divulging my best secrets. Some tips are common sense, some are things you might not have ever thought about.

Either way, the following advice is guaranteed to have you save $$$—without feeling ghetto about it!

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Jetsetter.com Goes On Ultimate Flash Sale, But Who Will Buy It? [UPDATE]

October 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM | by | ()

UPDATE: We were approached by Jetsetter with the request to affirm that 98% of imagery on Jetsetter was provided by vendors (which we assume to mean that, in contrast to what the WSJ reported, they weren't commissioned specifically for the site) and that Jetsetter is "close to breakeven". Close to breakeven is technically still not profitable, but we're happy to provide this additional detail straight from the horse's mouth.

We love us some flash sales. Who doesn’t want to snag that out-of-reach hotel for a reasonable price? Add super-slick photography and it’s easy to see why we’ve loved Jetsetter around these parts. Starting as an invite-only sample site, it soon branched out, adding a UK-website, “room tonight” functionality to their app, and even non-sale hotel rooms.

Now, word comes that Gilt Groupe, the internet-based fashion company behind the site, has put Jetsetter up for sale. But it doesn’t look like there are many takers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Gilt was initially seeking around $100 million, but that asking price has dropped to $50 million following a lack of interested buyers.

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Tap Tap Tap for a Room Tonight on Jetsetter's Updated App

October 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

As if this hasn't already been an early autumn packed with mobile app announcements, another big update hit the web today. Gilt Groupe's hotel booking site Jetsetter released an update to their iPhone/iPod Touch app. With it comes the introduction of a new, huge feature: Jetsetter Now.

The trend continues! Jetsetter Now joins HotelTonight with last-minute deals so last minute that they're only for—you guessed it—that night. Even Booking.com and Kayak have tried to get in on the "tonight only" fever, but with limited success.

Jetsetter Now's advances other these other sites include photo-capture of your credit card details for even faster bookings (no typing in numbers--just snap it) and Passbook integration (score!). Download the Jetsetter app for free in the iTunes store. It's free to browse, but you've got to join through a link to buy. If you've been able to resist signing up these last few years, here is that necessary link.

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Inside a Room at Hotel El Aguamiel on the Outskirts of Mendoza, Argentina

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  Site Where: Maipu, Argentina
June 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM | by | ()

Have you ever been standing in the middle of a sun-drenched field or garden and just wished you could plop a bed right there in the middle of it all and take a nap? Well, the Hotel El Aguamiel took that yearning to a higher level and plopped a 6-room hotel in the middle of a vineyard, in Argentina's wine country just outside of Mendoza.

Yesterday we toured you around the restaurant, pool and grounds, but today we'll actually go inside our own room on the property, # 6.

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All Around El Aguamiel, a 6-Room Hotel in Argentina's Wine Country

June 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM | by | ()

We had our DSLR camera stolen in Argentina, while attempting to bike the wine routes outside of Mendoza. It was a harrowing experience we cringe to remember, but luckily we were staying at the rural 6-room Hotel El Aguamiel at the time and returning from being interrogated by 15 bulletproof vest-wearing officers to our little slice of vineyard heaven far outweighs all the negative. Yes, we can't wait to go back.

El Aguamiel is a property we chanced upon, while browsing the Argentina offerings on flash hotel sale site Jetsetter.com. Yes, we were heading in the direction of Mendoza and yes, we could totally take a couple days to chill out surrounded by the grapes that make the Malbecs we ordered from brunch 'til midnight.

At $169 per night with free WiFi and breakfast, it was a no-brainer. Sadly the hotel is no longer listed on Jetsetter, but here's hoping it returns soon.

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There's a Vineyard Guard Dog at Argentina's Hotel El Aguamiel

February 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

Meet Anna.

In the wine region around Mendoza, there sits a tiny design-focused hotel—El Aguamiel—with its own vineyard...and its own vineyard guard dog. Anna is a large, black presence on the property, as she slinks around the 6 rooms (yes, only 6), the pool, the restaurant and the many rows of Malbec grapes.

Now, with video:

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Jetsetter to Offer Super Bowl Packages with Game Tickets (at Jetsetter Prices)

January 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

It's official--the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will once again face off against each other in the Super Bowl. This time the showdown's happening in Indianapolis on February 5. While Manning and his mates will be chillaxing at the Marriott Downtown and Brady and co. are shacking up in luxury at the University Place Hotel, the rest of us devoted football fans are left with some pretty grim budget options outside of downtown.

But if you're a Giants or a Pats fan whose not on a budget, then you may want to consider Jetsetter.com's Super Bowl packages which go on sale today at 3pm EST.

The packages include three night's accommodations the Four Points Sheraton in Carmel, Indiana, where the rooms actually look pretty good. And since it's a Four Points that mean free WiFi. Woot! The packages also include invites to the Rolling Stone Bacardi Bash featuring LMFAO and Lupe Fiasco, access to the game-day Rock n' Roll Fan Tailgate (where Jane's Addiction and The Roots will be playing) and lastly tickets to the Big Game with VIP rides to and from the stadium.

Package prices depend on double occupancy but vary due to location of seat tickets, room type and access to parties. Here's the breakdown:

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Jetsetter's UK Site Forges Ahead with Stephen Fry-backed Hotel Room Sales for Charity

December 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM | by | ()

In case you've been living under an internet-less rock recently, the crazy-popular luxury hotel flash sale site Jetsetter.com has officially opened up for business overseas, in the UK. The new Jetsetter.co.uk mirrors the US site in style and most reviews, but offers are tailored to the English traveler. Plus they've now got something the US site doesn't: a charity angle, with celebrity endorsement.

From now through January 9, book any of these 9 London hotels at Jetsetter.co.uk and they'll donate £1 for each night of your stay to the UK charity SleepSmart, a new branch of the huge charity StreetSmart, which directly aids the homeless. You don't need to stay at the hotel before January 9, just book it by then to secure the donation.

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Soon to Be on Hotel Room Tables: Jetsetter's New 'Bon Voyage' Book

October 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM | by | ()

It seems like only yesterday we were freaking out over the launch of flash hotel sale site Jetsetter.com. From the people of Gilt Groupe—who deal mainly in luxury fashion, discounted—Jetsetter hit the online travel booking scene with a bang in late 2009 and has since inspired several spin-off sites.

Celebrating two years in business and the continuing expansion of their offerings (it's not just hotels anymore, but also villa rentals, cruises and adventure experiences), they've done what every design-focused successful company does one day or another; they've printed a big, beautiful coffee table book called "Bon Voyage." It's funny to note that the 12"x12" boxed book is a collab with Partners & Spade and made in Iceland—a country we thought only produced pretty people and awful ash clouds these days.

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Flash Sales For Our Monied Cross-the-Pond Friends: Jetsetter U.K. Launched Today

September 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

Safari flash sale, anyone?

Belonging to the gilded family of flash sale sites that is Gilt Groupe, Jetsetter capitalizes on the mildly frugal habits of its largely monied clientele. The same shoppers purchasing Nina Ricci and Valentino at a "bargain" (typically meaning prices in the hundreds rather than the thousands) turn to Jetsetter for deals on some of the world's most desirable hotels and resorts.

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