Wednesday, December 18, 2013

College Football Bowl Game Accommodations

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It is that time of year again- College Football Bowl Games!  Now that the pairings and locations have been released, it's time to purchase tickets and find lodging for you team's bowl game!  As you know, most hotels for the bowl games are either
1. Sold Out 
2. Way Over Priced!  
Hotel rates for the bowl games have reached up to $500.00 a night.  Vacation rental properties are a great option for those who still need last minute bowl game lodging and the prices start at just $80.00 a night!  You will also get more space with a vacation rental, as most include a living room and kitchen in addition to a bedroom.  More space and less money= more fun on your vacation!  If you still need lodging for your college bowl game, act FAST as we are seeing our vacation properties being booked up every minute!  With some of the games falling on or around the New Year holiday, it is even more important to book immediately to ensure you will be able to cheer your team onto victory!

Here are just a few of the College Bowl Games and  Vacation Rental Properties available:

Rose Bowl: Pasadena, CA Jan. 1, 2014
     Schools: Michigan State vs. Stanford
     Pasadena/Los Angeles area vacation rentals
We currently have just 22 properties available during the Rose Bowl!  We have options ranging from studio condos to three bedroom private homes.  So bring your spouse or the entire family to enjoy the game and the comforts of a vacation property during your stay.  Here are a couple options, but be sure to visit our website to see the rest!

This Malibu Beach house has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is beautifully furnished with everything you need to prepare your tailgating food and beverage!  Relax at the end of the day on your oceanfront deck and fall asleep to the sound of the waves!
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Malibu, CA Beach House Vacation Rental

This Hollywood studio apartment has a bedroom and living room combination as well as a separate kitchen and bathroom.  Plenty of space for two people and is only $115.00 a night!  The location is fabulous, right in Hollywood Hills just a few minutes walk to the heart of Hollywood.  Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, many famous theaters, Universal Studio and more!
Hollywood, CA vacation rental
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Glendale, AZ Jan. 1, 2014
     Schools: Baylor vs. UCF
The Phoenix area is booking up, FAST!  If you see a property that will work for you book right away as there are only 4 properties remaining!  We have condos ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms, in great locations!  Relax in your spacious vacation rental, take a dip at the pool and enjoy a round of golf! Here are two of the available properties, see the rest at our website!

This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom villa condo is located at the Westgage Painted Mountain Country Club in Mesa, Arizona.  Beautiful views from your deck or patio, whirlpool bathroom tub, outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness center are all included for your stay!
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Mesa, AZ vacation condo

This 1 bedroom 1 bathroom vacation condo is located at the Scottsdale Links Resort.  Enjoy your elegantly appointed condo with full kitchen, patio and of course the TPC Desert Golf Course and the breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains!  Other amenities are an outdoor pool, jacuzzi exercise facility and free parking!  What more could you ask for in your accommodations for your football bowl trip!
scottsdale arizona vacation condo
Scottsdale, AZ vacation condo
Orange Bowl: Miami, FL Jan. 3, 2014 
     Clemson vs. Ohio State 
Who wouldn't want to head to Miami for a college football bowl game?!  That's right, everyone wants to go and that is why there are only 7 properties left!  Miami Beach is the place to be year round, and even more so when a sporting even is taking place.  Choose from studio condos to 2 bedroom condos for your bowl game accommodations.  Prices start at just $80.00 a night!  
Here is a great condo if you need to sleep 6 people and want a Miami beach oceanfront condo! This luxury condo is located on the Famous Millionaire Row, with amazing views, oceanfront pools, a tiki bar and more!
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Miami Beach, FL vacation condo
These are just a few of the College Football Bowl games!  We have properties in most of the cities the bowl games are located at such as: Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and MORE!  
If you don't see your bowl game location here, please contact us or visit our website for more vacation rental properties!  Have a great time on your vacation to the college bowl games- GO FIGHT WIN!

2014 Bowl Game Schedule:
Bowl Location Date/Time

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Washington State
Albuquerque, NM
University Stadium
Sat., Dec. 21
2:00 p.m. ET

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State vs. USC
Las Vegas, NV
Sam Boyd Stadium
Sat., Dec. 21
3:30 p.m. ET

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Buffalo vs. San Diego State
Boise, ID
Bronco Stadium
Sat., Dec. 21
5:30 p.m. ET

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Tulane vs. UL Lafayette
New Orleans, LA
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sat., Dec. 21
9:00 p.m. ET

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg
East Carolina vs. Ohio
St. Petersburg, FL
Tropicana Field
Mon., Dec. 23
2:00 p.m. ET

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Boise State vs. Oregon State
Honolulu, HI
Aloha Stadium
Tue., Dec. 24
8:00 p.m. ET

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Bowling Green vs. Pittsburgh
Detroit, MI
Ford Field
Thu., Dec. 26
6:00 p.m. ET

San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Utah State
San Diego, CA
Qualcomm Stadium
Thu., Dec. 26
9:30 p.m. ET

Military Bowl
Marshall vs. Maryland
Annapolis, MD
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium
Fri., Dec. 27
2:30 p.m. ET

Texas Bowl
Minnesota vs. Syracuse
Houston, TX
Reliant Stadium
Fri., Dec. 27
6:00 p.m. ET

Fight Hunger Bowl
BYU vs. Washington
San Francisco, CA
AT&T Park
Fri., Dec. 27
9:30 p.m. ET

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Notre Dame vs. Rutgers
Bronx, NY
Yankee Stadium
Sat., Dec. 28
12:00 p.m. ET

Belk Bowl
Cincinnati vs. North Carolina
Charlotte, NC
Bank of America Stadium
Sat., Dec. 28
3:20 p.m. ET

Russell Athletic Bowl
Louisville vs. Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
Florida Citrus Bowl
Sat., Dec. 28
6:45 p.m. ET

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Kansas State vs. Michigan
Tempe, AZ
Sun Devil Stadium
Sat., Dec. 28
10:15 p.m. ET

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Navy
Fort Worth, TX
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Mon., Dec. 30
11:45 a.m. ET

Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss
Nashville, TN
LP Field
Mon., Dec. 30
3:15 p.m. ET

Valero Alamo Bowl
Oregon vs. Texas
San Antonio, TX
Mon., Dec. 30
6:45 p.m. ET

National University Holiday Bowl
Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
San Diego, CA
Qualcomm Stadium
Mon., Dec. 30
10:15 p.m. ET

AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Arizona vs. Boston College
Shreveport, LA
Independence Stadium
Tue., Dec. 31
12:30 p.m. ET

Hyundai Sun Bowl
UCLA vs. Virginia Tech
El Paso, TX
Sun Bowl
Tue., Dec. 31
2:00 p.m. ET

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Rice
Memphis, TN
Liberty Bowl
Tue., Dec. 31
4:00 p.m. ET

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Duke vs. Texas A&M
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Dome
Tue., Dec. 31
8:00 p.m. ET Gator Bowl
Georgia vs. Nebraska
Jacksonville, FL
EverBank Field
Wed., Jan. 1
12:00 p.m. ET

Heart of Dallas Bowl
North Texas vs. UNLV
Dallas, TX
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Wed., Jan. 1
12:00 p.m. ET

Capital One Bowl
South Carolina vs. Wisconsin
Orlando, FL
Florida Citrus Bowl
Wed., Jan. 1
1:00 p.m. ET

Outback Bowl
Iowa vs. LSU
Tampa, FL
Raymond James Stadium
Wed., Jan. 1
1:00 p.m. ET

Rose Bowl Game
Michigan State vs. Stanford
Pasadena, CA
Rose Bowl
Wed., Jan. 1
5:00 p.m. ET

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Baylor vs. UCF
Glendale, AZ
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Wed., Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. ET

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Alabama vs. Oklahoma
New Orleans, LA
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Thu., Jan. 2
8:30 p.m. ET

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium
Fri., Jan. 3
7:30 p.m. ET

Discover Orange Bowl
Clemson vs. Ohio State
Miami Gardens, FL
Sun Life Stadium
Fri., Jan. 3
8:30 p.m. ET

BBVA Compass Bowl
Houston vs. Vanderbilt
Birmingham, AL
Legion Field
Sat., Jan. 4
1:00 p.m. ET

GoDaddy Bowl
Arkansas State vs. Ball State
Mobile, AL
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Sun., Jan. 5
9:00 p.m. ET

BCS National Championship Game
Florida State vs. Auburn
Pasadena, CA
Rose Bowl
Mon., Jan. 6
8:30 p.m. ET


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How to save money on group travel

Going on vacation is something we all look forward to.  The bill, however, we don't!  Travel can be costly and take a big chunk out of savings, but here are a few good ways to save money on your next vacation!

Travel During Off Season
Consider traveling during non-peak times, known as off or low season.  You can save hundreds of dollars by traveling outside of peak/high season.  Is your heart set on peak season travel?  Consider traveling the week before or after peak season to get the same feel, at a far less rate!
This Miami Beach vacation condo rental ranges in price from $115 a night to $275 a night.   Travel during low season and save up to $160 a night!

Are you looking to travel with family or a group?  Reserving several hotel rooms to accommodate your family or group can add a tremendous expense.  Consider renting a vacation rental instead, as you will be given more space at far less cost.

For example:
  • Hotels in Koloa (Poipu ), Hawaii range from $200-$550 a night with an average cost of $270 per room!  If you need 3 rooms to accommodate everyone, your bill for the hotel will be between $600-$1,600 each night of your stay. 
  • A 3 bedroom 2 bathroom oceanfront vacation rental condo in Koloa (Poipu), Hawaii is just $200 a night and includes all the amenities like an oceanfront pool, tennis courts, hot tub and more!  In addition, you also get a full kitchen, living room and more.  For the price of one room at the lowest priced hotel, you can accommodate your entire group in a spacious vacation condo. 
    koloa hawaii vacation condo rental
    3 Bedroom Condo in Koloa, Hawaii for $175-225 a night!

Baggage Fees:
Another way to save money while traveling is to travel with a carry on instead of checking a bag.  Airlines are charging $25+ each way for checking your luggage.  If you are traveling with a group of 6, that is at least an extra $300 just to check the bags!  Pack lighter and use a smaller suitcase that complies with your airlines carry on baggage size policy.  Most vacation rentals are equipped with washers and driers so you are able to pack less and avoid the extra fees.

Dine In:
Take turns preparing meals instead of eating out for every meal.  If you are traveling with other couples, have the girls prepare one night and the guys the next.  If you are traveling with children, let them pick out a few things to prepare and consider a movie night with popcorn and pizza!  Preparing some of your meals can save your group a lot of money! Most vacation rental properties offer full size kitchens or kitchenettes so make use of your expanded amenities!
Gourmet Kitchen in this Kailua-Kona, HI vacation rental

Avoid Airport Food and Beverage:
Let's face it, purchasing airport food and beverage is the most expensive and difficult expense to avoid when traveling.  Consider asking members of your family or group to bring an empty water bottle that can be filled after passing through security.  This will save anywhere from $4-$6 a bottle of water!  Put someone in charge of preparing snacks ahead of time, or divide the responsibility amongst your group.  Nuts, crackers, granola bars and fruit are great quick and filling snacks that you an take with you.     

These are just a few ways to save money on group travel while still having a fun and memorable vacation!  We look forward to assisting you in your travel plans.  Contact us with any questions you may have or to help you find your Perfect Place for vacation! has over 60,000 vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California