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.
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.
(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.