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Feb 20, 2014

Luxury travel digs without the hotel

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Shell out a couple of thousand dollars a night for a vacation stay, and you’re not going to have to pretend you’re anyone’s cousin when you pick up the keys – like you might with some Web-based booking sites where people rent out their own homes to travelers.

In the wake of sites like airbnb.com, VRBO.com and HomeAway.com, there is a new luxury category for those who don’t want to spend their big bucks on a simple hotel room. Companies like Time & Place (timeandplace.com), Luxury Retreats (www.luxuryretreats.com) and Villas of Distinction (www.villasofdistinction.com) are trying to set themselves apart from other by-owner short-term rental sites by only aiming for high-end properties and a high-end clientele.

Feb 20, 2014

YOUR MONEY: Luxury travel digs without the hotel

Feb 20 (Reuters) – Shell out a couple of thousand dollars a
night for a vacation stay, and you’re not going to have to
pretend you’re anyone’s cousin when you pick up the keys – like
you might with some Web-based booking sites where people rent
out their own homes to travelers.

In the wake of sites like airbnb.com, VRBO.com and
HomeAway.com, there is a new luxury category for those who don’t
want to spend their big bucks on a simple hotel room. Companies
like Time & Place (timeandplace.com), Luxury Retreats
(www.luxuryretreats.com) and Villas of Distinction
(www.villasofdistinction.com) are trying to set
themselves apart from other by-owner short-term rental sites by
only aiming for high-end properties and a high-end clientele.

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The thorny issue of Valentine’s Day rose pricing

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – If anyone knows a thing or two about buying roses, it’s John Sullivan, a man who’s given his wife Sally roses on every Valentine’s Day for more than 40 years.

Sullivan, 68, a buyer’s real estate agent from Cheverly, Maryland, tackles the annual price run-up by getting his blooms at the warehouse store Costco, where he says it costs him about $25 for a dozen.

Feb 6, 2014

As outbreaks hit cruises, are deals worth risking illness?

(The author is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – With news of two big ships cutting short their journeys last week because so many passengers got sick, the idea of booking a vacation on a cruise ship might be looking risky.

But the thought of missing out on a great deal might also make you queasy. The prices of current offers are lower than usual for the industry’s so-called wave season, when cruises are heavily marketed. You can even grab fares well under $150 per person on cruises that typically cost more than double that price.

Feb 4, 2014
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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of TheConsumerChronicle.com and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, WalletPop.com. He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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