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Destiny USA: Winter Fun Passes Available For Purchase

About:

The Destiny USA Winter Fun Pass allows you to build your own adventure by choosing any combination of four of 26 participating entertainment, shopping and dining venues!  Full details can be found here.

New For 2018:

Every Fun Pass now comes with FREE admission to the Syracuse Crunch, Rosamond Gifford Zoo and Syracuse University Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

Price:

Passes are $50 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under, offering a 65% savings compared to purchasing individual venue passes separately. Guests who purchase pre-sale Fun Passes will receive a special holiday voucher.

Purchase:

The Fun Pass can be purchase on the Destiny USA website or at the guest services desk on the third level of Destiny USA, near World of Beer.

Syracuse Restaurants Coming Soon in 2018

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Restaurants Coming To Syracuse, NY in 2018

List Courtesy of Syracuse.com

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Blaze Pizza

Location: Near Syracuse University (The Marshall apartment complex)

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Chick Fil A

Location: 7932 Brewerton Road, Cicero
When: February 2018

Citronelle

Location: Walton Street, Armory Square

Danzer’s (reopening)

Location: 153 Ainsley Drive 

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DeFi Cuisine

Location: Amos Building at 208 W. Water St., Syracuse

Eden

Location: Hanover Square, 118 E. Genesee St.

PressRoom Pub

Location: ground floor of Herald Commons, a building at 220 Herald Place in downtown

Water Street Bagel Co.

Location: 239 E. Water Street

The Ice Cream Stand

Location: Amos Building in downtown Syracuse, 208 West Water St.

DineEquity to Close 160 Applebee’s and IHOP Locations

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DineEquity, the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, has recently announced plans to close up to 160 restaurant locations before the end of 2017. This is due to poor second quarter sales in 2017, along with the continued decrease in popularity of casual-dining restaurants.

USA Today notes that Applebee’s will close 105 to 136 restaurants, while IHOP is expected to close up to 25 locations.

The exact locations that will be closing and closing dates have not yet been released.  According to NBC, franchisee profitability, operational results and brand quality standards will be taken into consideration.

Home Depot: 50% Off Hampton Bay 7 Piece Patio Set!

Hampton Bay Middletown 7-Piece Patio Dining Set with Chili Cushions – $299.50 (regularly $599)

Includes a dining table, four stationary chairs and two motion chairs. All of the chairs include cushions and this set comes with a 2-year limited warranty on the frames and fabric.

Tips To Save Money Traveling (Airfare, Hotels, etc.)

 

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DINING OUT (FOOD)

Look For Deals
  • Consider buying a few Restaurant.com Gift Certificates or an Entertainment Book for the area you are traveling to.
  • Check Groupon for current restaurant deals in the area.
  • Check for other coupons and discounts by doing a quick Google search.
Pack Lots of Snacks
  • Pack a lot of snacks (granola bars, nuts, etc.) to have on hand to avoid unnecessary food purchases.
  • Backpacks, lunchboxes, or a large purse allow you to easily store and transport snacks.
  • If you’re driving to your destination, consider packing a cooler and a portable grill.
Take Advantage of Your Hotel
  • Many hotels offer a free breakfast for guests – make sure to take advantage of this.
  • Choose hotels with full or half kitchens so that you can prepare many of your meals right in your room.
  • Ask hotel employees about any available special deals for certain nearby restaurants or if they can recommend any affordable options

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HOTELS

Location
  • The most popular areas of any city (i.e. heart of downtown) will always be more expensive.
  • By staying just a few miles away from major tourist areas, you can usually save a good amount of money.

*One caveat to this is that staying further away does add time and potential travel costs such as transportation fares and parking.  Be sure to research nearby public transportation and see if anything is in walking distance*

Timing

Timing is critical to getting a good deal.  The cost of a hotel stay can vary dramatically from one week to the next, depending on many factors.

  • If you have a flexible schedule, consider staying at a hotel during the off-season.
    • Less demand = lower prices
    • As a bonus, this will also mean less crowds for you to deal with
  • Even staying in a hotel during the week instead of during a weekend can usually save you money.
  • Sunday usually has the lowest occupancy rate which might mean lower rates.
Book Early
  • Many hotels offer special promotions if you book months, weeks or sometimes just 10-days in advance.
  • Not only will you be able to get the best price, you’ll also secure your room before they sell out.
Hotel Alternatives

A few potential alternatives to hotels include the following:

  • Airbnb – rent a house
  • Hostels – good for younger travels; many even have private rooms
Join Rewards Programs
  • Many hotels, especially hotel chains, offer free rewards programs.
  • You can earn points by booking hotel rooms that can get you rewards such as free hotel stays, upgrades, etc.
  • Be sure to check out a website called Rocketmiles. This website allows you to book hotels all over the world and earn Amazon Gift Cards back — up to $100 per night! You can even book for other people and still earn gift cards.
 Resources

Hotwire – Save up to 60% on hotels

Tingo – Offers automatic refunds when a room rate drops

Hotel Tonight – Get amazing last-minute deals. Book wherever, whenever on your mobile device for tonight, tomorrow and next week.

Hotels.com – Instant savings up to 50% off with special prices on their app

 lightbulb iconAfter you find a good deal, make sure to compare it to the price on the hotel’s main website

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FLIGHTS

The bottom line: Book your flight early and not on a Friday. Be as flexible as possible as to when you fly.   Also, make sure to use different online tools to find the best flight prices.

Booking Date  + Day of the Week

When you book your ticket can have a huge effect on your fare.

  • Book as early as possible.
    • Booking your ticket roughly two months (47-57 days) ahead of the departure date is recommended for domestic flights.
    • For a family of four, booking flights before Halloween for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel saves about $1,200 on average
  • Research has shown that searching for flights at midnight on Tuesdays can save you 6% or more.
  • The overall best day to book? Sunday, followed closely by Saturday.
  • The worst day to book? Research has shown that Fridays are the worst day to buy flights (13% pricier on average). This is due to sales expiring and cheap seats selling out by the time Friday rolls around.

Airline Tickets

Flying Time of Year + Day of the Week
  • Like everything else, it is a matter of supply and demand.
  • July and December are two of the costliest months to fly (~30% more compared to April and February).
  • August 22 is been known to be the day each year when average U.S. domestic fares get cheaper
  • Avoid flying on a Sunday if possible (you are likely to pay ~10% more compared to a Tuesday, for example).
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are best

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Misc
  • It’s best to not check a bag at all and just take a carry-on with you.  Avoid costly airline baggage fees when possible.
  • Booking a flight with at least one layover can save you $100 or more.
  • Consider driving if the destination is less than 500 miles away
Flight Resources / Tools

Google Flights – One of the most useful tools for finding cheap flights. This tool gives you the flexibility to check a variety of dates, times and destinations. It also shows you all of the carriers that serve the route you’re flying.

Hopper – Predicts whether fares on a certain route will go up or down and alerts you when your ticket price has dropped to its likely cheapest point.  Hopper claims to save a typical user around $50 per flight.

Momondo – Helps you find and compare fares from 700+ travel sites, giving you access to the best rates for airline tickets online.

Airfare Watchdog – Monitors airline websites for deals and sends you email alerts regarding them.

Kayak – A aggregator that pulls together fares from a number of travel sites.  They will email you daily or weekly when the price drops.

Travelocity – Another fare aggregator that will send you an email when airfare to your destination drops below the amount you’ve set the alert for.

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OTHER TIPS

Bundle
  • Look for travel packages. You can considerably lower the price of your hotel stay by buying a vacation package. Get your flight, rental car and hotel reservation all at once through websites like Expedia or Travelocity, saving you hundreds of dollars.
Use Credit Card Points for Flights, Hotels and Cars
  • Be sure to check out the travel discounts and rewards associated with your credit card.
    • Several credit cards (Chase Sapphire Preferred, etc.) offer rewards like free flights, discounted hotel stays and more.

 

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