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September 30, 2009

A New Site For Exclusive Travel Deals

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Rooms at Venice's Bauer Hotel, which Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted one of their favorite properties in the world, can be booked on Jetsetter.com for $250 to $300 per night, vs. the rack rate of $384 to $589 per night.

by Wendy Perrin

For years our only online options for booking top-rated hotels and resorts at steep discounts were pretty much limited to Luxury Link and Tablet Hotels. That's why I'm happy to see Jetsetter land on the scene. Jetsetter is a flash-sale site that negotiates with noteworthy hotels, cruise lines, and other luxe travel suppliers to offer slashed rates unavailable to the general public. It just launched in beta a few hours ago and, I must say, it's refreshing to see a travel booking site that not only caters to sophisticated travelers--a group that has been grossly underserved in the online travel space--but is also, thanks to its large photos and uncluttered layout, actually appealing to look at.

Like its parent company Gilt Groupe, Jetsetter is a members-only site. You need to be invited to join. Lucky for you, I've finagled just such an invite, specifically for Perrin Post readers: Click on this custom link to register, and every night at 8 p.m. you'll receive an e-mail announcing the latest sale. Each sale should include no more than a handful of select travel experiences -- hotels, resorts, yachts, luxe cruises and tours -- that will be available at a significant discount for either a two-day window or until dates are sold out.

Before booking through Jetsetter, be sure to check the property's web site to ensure the price comparison is apples-to-apples. If a hotel's rate includes taxes and service charges, for instance, make sure that Jetsetter's does too.  Also, be aware that bookings are non-refundable and cancellations are not allowed.

Comments

Wendy, your custom link doesn't work.

That's strange. I know it's been working for other readers. Try this:

http://www.jetsetter.com/register/promo/perrinpost

Wendy, neither link works for me. I'm thinking it might be an issue with Mac users? If you could get a correct link up, I'd be most grateful

It's not working for me either. Says that the page doesn't exist.

I'm on a PC, so it's not a mac problem

It's not working for me either and I'm on a PC, not a Mac.

Windy....jetsetter.com has a long, long, long way to go to even be mentioned in the same article much less same sentene with www.luxurylink.com....just my opinion as a luxury buyer of great travel destinations.

neither link works and I'm on a PC

Yikes! Okay, I've asked Jetsetter for a link that works. Will replace the faulty link as soon as possible. Thanks for letting me know!

I'm told by numerous readers that the custom invite link is now working.

If you're a Mac user and you're linking via Safari and it's not working, try Firefox.

The site is now working, I was able to access

Hey, I'm a big fan and long time user of Luxury Link auction packages. I joined jetsetter just to see what pops up.

Honestly, jetsetter will have to really develop some extremely "over the top" deals to pry me away from www.luxurylink.com I have been top bidder with them for a number of great European destinations as well as Mexico, Central and South America. Some how they come up packages at places such at Orient-Express property for Motel 6 prices.

We love them!

Thank you to all of you who struggled through the link issue! We're in beta -- and that means we're still figuring out what works and what doesn't. I, and the entire Jetsetter team, appreciate your patience. I hope you'll continue to check in with us and look at our sales. I think you'll find our insider pricing and editorial appealing. Happy Travels, amy ziff

Yes, I absolutely love shopping on member-only sites for saving money online. I have been finding the best deals at Rue La La and Gilt as of late. However, you have to get to the sale fairly early when it opens because these deals are selling out so fast. I've hesitated on buying an item I wanted and then a few hours later it was already sold out. Such is life.

Just so you know... Here are a few choice invitation codes to Members-Only shopping websites to go and check them out for yourself. Happy Shopping and Saving.

Gilt:
http://www.giltgroupe.com/invite/savemoneynow

RueLaLa:
Use this email to sign up - choppernoble@gmail.com

Ideeli:
www.ideeli.com/invite/savemoneynow

hey thanks for all the travel deal links.. It works

Great food places

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