Thursday, January 20, 2011

Off and Away

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Have you guys heard of Off and Away? It’s sort of like eBay for luxury travel. It’s basically an auction site that takes what Jetsetter and Tablet do a step further by allowing members to bid for stays in suites in hotels that are rated four stars or above.

Here’s How it Works:

  • Every auction starts at $0.00 and begins with 18 hours on the timer.
  • Each bid you cast adds $0.10 to the auction price, making you the top bidder.
  • Now for the fun part. Once the timer reaches 2 minutes, each bid you cast also adds up to 15 seconds to the timer. This lets others respond to your bid.
  • If you are the top bidder when the timer runs out, you win!

As the winner, you'll get to book the amazing suite for the final auction price (which is separate from the cost of any bids you used to win the auction).

Every suite has a wide range of availability dates to choose from - some as much as 8 months.

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{Two nights in New York’s Ian Schrager Grammercy Park Hotel just went for $204.)

If you like to travel and have some time and flexibility in planning your next trip, Off and Away is definitely worth checking out. The company was founded by former Amazon.com and Travel executives and has financial backing from same firm that backs Bing and Expedia.The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler have both endorsed it and who can beat these crazy deals?

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{The highest bid on a two-night stay in the Mary McDonald-designed Vista Suite at the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel in Los Angeles is currently at $1.70!}

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{A two night “foodie experience” at the gorgeous Elysian Hotel in Chicago recently sold for $170.}

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{Four nights in a charming bungalow at Le Reve in Playa del Carmen, Mexico recently sold for $414.}

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{Two Nights in an Adara King Studio room at the lovely Solage Calistoga in Napa sold for an incredible $85!}

 

If you love traveling in style as much as you love a good deal, be sure to check out

Off and Away!

14 comments:

Sheri @ Make It POP! said...

WOW, Paloma. Thanks so much! I'll be watching this site - I'd love to surprise the hubby.

Lex said...

Thanks for posting this, i will definitely have to use this for my next trip. The Grammercy Park Hotel looks amazing i love the bits of blue.

KELLY MARKET said...

Good to know! This is right up my alley...I am a huge ebayer :)

xo Kelly

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this. What a great find!

Catherine said...

Hmm, I'm totally curious about this. I'm generally skeptical of sites where you have to pay for bids. A lot of them are really scammy. Has anyone actually tried this one out yet? How did it go? I really, really want to use it, but I don't want to spend a bunch of money buying bids and then have nothing to show for it...

EFT for Cancer said...

Now this is a very great place to have fun and relax! It's very lovely and luxurious!

Behind the Lashes said...

Wow, thank you soooo much for this!!! I have been thinking all week I want to travel more and then you post this!!! haha

Danielle said...

This is kinda awesome. Paloma if you use it please do a recap! Ill do the same..I WISH i knew about it before NYE in san francisco!

designchic said...

Must check this out...thanks for sharing!!

Concrete Jungle said...

That is one to bookmark...thanks for sharing!

Morgan said...

Wow, those are incredible deals. I always check jetsetter, etc but didn't know about off and away. Thanks for sharing!

Hanna said...

Hi Paloma,

Thanks so much for writing about us!

@Catherine - If you would like to see some of our past winners, please check out our "Winners" page here: http://www.offandaway.com/winners :)

Juliette Crane said...

this looks fabulous! i cannot wait to try it out...i have a few trips coming up and still need to book places to stay :)

-juliette

LADIVASOSA said...

This is incredible and I'm curious about the experience after the bidding ends...It seems legit and this is a wonderful option for my boyfriend and myself as we like to escape whenever we can!

Thank you!