How To Get The Best Deal On LuxuryLink
by Wendy Perrin
Okay, gamesters: Wanna guess where WHERE'S BROOK? contest winner Susan Cory and Brook and I ate last week? Susan, a residential architect, chose the restaurant because she's a fan of its modernist architecture.
You may recall that Susan and I had lunch last month when I was up in Cambridge, Mass., where she lives. It ended up hardly being a proper contest-winner lunch, however: Thanks to a delayed train to Boston, I was so rushed that we had time only for a burger. And of course Brook was dying to meet Susan too. Plus Susan has so many great travel tricks up her sleeve that I wanted to hear more. We needed a do-over. So, when everyone's paths crossed in Manhattan last weekend, we had a proper celebration. It also just happened to be my birthday.
The main topic of conversation was LuxuryLink, a Web auction site that Susan swears by. She's scored huge bargains at first-rate hotels and resorts. Three years ago she paid $800 for three nights, including tax and breakfast, at La Samanna, the posh resort on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. Two years ago she paid $900 for five nights, with breakfast daily and one dinner, at the Grand Hotel in San Remo, Italy. And in October she's headed to St. Petersburg, Russia, where she's bought a five-night package for two at The Astoria for $1,264, which includes tax, daily breakfast, one dinner, and an hour-long massage for both her and her husband. Considering how crazy expensive St. Petersburg is, that's a steal. The retail value quoted on LuxuryLink is $3,534. You go, Susan!
Susan's tips for getting the best price via LuxuryLink: