Holiday Accommodations for Less

Posted on 10/08/2009

With Christmas presents to buy, plane tickets to book and holiday treats to prepare chances are your budget is about to take a hit. But there are ways to keep your holiday spending in check. One way to accomplish that? Book cheaper holiday accommodations. (Tip: Be sure to check out the very latest sales & deals at the Ben's Bargains Holiday Travel Page, too!)

Craigslist - Heading out of town for the holidays? Check out the Craigslist page for the city you plan to visit. Often you’ll find listings for vacation rentals straight from the property’s owner. It’s a great way to score deals on accommodations. - Check out for rates that are up to half off. They’re also running a special promotion with InterContinental Hotels Group. If you book in advance you can save up to 20% off regular rates at more than 4,150 hotels in 100 countries.

Corporate Housing - How does a furnished luxury apartment with a great view sound? There is plenty of corporate housing out there that companies won’t be using over the holidays. The rates run 30-50% less than hotels. Check out for rates and availability.

Upgrade and Share - Traveling with a big group this Christmas? Rather than getting separate rooms in the same hotel, consider booking a two-room suite instead. You’ll still get your own space and there’s a good chance when you split the bill it will cost less than if you had each booked your own accommodations.

Travel Zoo - A good way to cut your accommodation costs is by doing your research. Rather than taking the time to visit multiple hotel and travel websites, just head to and take advantage of their Super Search tool. Plug in your destination, dates and number of guests. Travel Zoo will search top sites like Travelocity, Expedia and Hotwire for the best deals.

VRBO - Choose from over 125,000 vacation rentals all over the world at This is an especially great option for big families wanting to spend the holidays together. Rent a fully furnished house where the whole family can relax. Whether you and your spouse want to spend the holidays in the city or the entire clan wants to hit the beach for Christmas, you can find the perfect place for your budget at

By Alison Storm

Avis Rent-A-Car - Cut 15% off the price of a weekly car rental with coupon code G833700. Expires 12/31/2009.

Orbitz - Save $50 on a flight + 4 night vacation package combo with coupon code AFFORB50. Expires 12/31/2009.

Travelocity coupon - Save $25 on a 3 night hotel stay with coupon code 25STAY when you book by 10/31/2009. Don't forget all the other fantastic deals at the Ultimate Coupons' Holiday Travel Page!

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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