This year's extra day in February doesn't feel all that festive. An extra 24 hours falling right in the middle of the traditional work week isn't much of a cause for celebration.
But at Travelzoo, we know the promise that Wednesday holds. It's the day our Top 20 newsletter comes out, full of best-in-market discounts to destinations both near and far. And it's shaping up that travel and entertainment companies see this Wednesday -- the rare Feb. 29 -- as yet another weekday to fill rooms in their hotels, seats on their planes and rides at their theme parks.
This extra day is resulting in nightly discounts of as much as 99%, with some offers good for travel in the rest of this Leap Year.
Most of these offers end when the calendar turns to March, and availability on most of these promotions is limited.
Some top deals include:
If Wednesday is too soon for a last-minute vacation, why not take this extra time to plan one instead? With this sale from Frontier Airlines, departures from 65 cities nationwide have been discounted for travel through May 9.
Not ones to miss out on the fun, Mickey & Co. are staying up all night at the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. The parks will open for 24 hours straight, until 6 a.m. Thursday, with the One More Disney Day event. And on OneMoreDisneyDay.com, each day until March one winner will receive a free Disney Parks vacation.
Kimpton Hotels, a chain with a legion of devoted followers thanks to its evening wine receptions and cozy animal print robes, has discounted stays at three Alexandria, Va., properties. In a one-day sale, rates at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, Morrison House and Lorien Hotel & Spa have been cut, you guessed it, 29%. Nightly rates start at $113.
Three Kimpton properties in Florida -- downtown Miami's Epic, South Beach's Surfcomber and Vero Beach Hotel & Spa -- will have upgraded rooms for $29. Call 1-800-KIMPTON for the Leap Year Upgrade promotion.
The oceanfront Sanderling resort, an upscale property in North Carolina's Outer Banks, is encouraging folks to "leap to the beach" with a promotion that brings room rates to $250 for the first evening and $29 for the second on weekday stays in March.
Find your gadget of choice and set an alert: from 2:29 - 3:29 p.m. on Wednesday, stays at Boston's The Charles Hotel will be discounted by that day's magic number for reservations made online.
One of the latest additions to the Windy City's skyline is the gleaming Trump Chicago, and stays at this luxury property are rarely discounted. Take 29% off suites for travel April 1-June 30. This discount is also valid at the properties in New York, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama and Toronto.
Spend this year's extra hours soaking up the sights and sounds of San Diego's popular Gaslamp Quarter, with this offer from the Westin, where your third night is $29. First and second night stays are $199.
In an offer good for travel through the end of the year, the AAA 4-Diamond Westlake Village Inn near Los Angeles is offering $29 for the second night when the best available rate is paid for the first. This offer is bookable by phone at (818) 889-0230.
Each year, the Opus Hotel in Vancouver cleans up during travel award season. In just the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards in 2012, it was named to the Trendiest, Luxury, Top 25 in Canada and Best Service lists. Experience it for yourself, and the iPad 2s in each room, with a promotion that has a room rate of 29 cents on Feb. 29 with stays of three nights or longer.
In a one-day sale on Feb. 29, rates at six Marriotts in the Caribbean are as much as half off. Participating properties are the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort, Los Suenos Ocean & Golf Resort, St. Kitts Marriott resort & Royal Beach Casino and Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Use promo code D54.
To find even more Leap Year Deals, as well as some appropriately priced $29 offers, visit Travelzoo.com.
-- Hilary Solan is based in Chicago and is Travelzoo's Senior Copy Editor. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.
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