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Last week the FlipKey team joined the folks from TripAdvisor and SmarterTravel to celebrate the holidays. The party, held at Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, Boston’s first LEED Platinum certified green building venue, provided an amazing backdrop for everyone to toast the holiday season. Partygoers sampled delicious foods, imbibed in some tasty cocktails and danced the night away to live music. Guests were even privy to see some break dancing by an Artist for Humanity group.

Check out some pictures from the party to see what you missed:

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Bryan and Eric (our latest FlipKey addition) enjoying the party

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The break dancers weren’t the only ones who could bust a move. Our own Nate showing off his skills!

 

Jeremy, TJ and Carl enjoying dessert and beverages

More FlipKey folks enjoying the party!

From our team to yours we hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you all the best in 2009! Happy New Year!

 

Pristine white powder slopes, breathtaking views, and extreme mountain terrain are just a few of the things that come to mind while visiting one of America’s most vibrant ski havens: Aspen and Snowmass Village, CO. Explore four distinct mountains, each with their own unique steeps, glades, and runs that are all within a close proximity and made easily accessible thanks to free ski shuttles that travel continuously throughout the day.

Though Aspen has been long known as a pricey ski destination for the rich and the famous, there are affordable ways to take advantage of one of the top ski areas in the world. The best lodging accommodations can often be found in personal vacation homes, which offer luxuries that hotels simply can’t; extra space for skis and boards, a personal fireplace and hot tub, a full kitchen, at a price that significantly rivals surrounding hotels. A family of six looking for a two-bedroom hotel suite in Aspen for five days should plan to fork over roughly $4,200 during the month of December, while a mountainside vacation rental with three bedrooms can cost approximately $2,500 for the same length of time.

If your needs might call for a hotel or lodge don’t despair, there are some affordable hotel options as well.
For instance, Aspen Mountain Lodge, in the heart of Aspen, CO, offers an affordable alternative to the majority of surrounding hotels. A three-bedroom suite during peak season, (February through March) will cost guests roughly $1,650 for five days, and is located just minutes from local Aspen shops and restaurants.

Exploring previous guests’ reviews and experiences is a powerful tool in identifying whether travelers are getting a deal or not. One guest titled their review of Aspen Mountain Lodge on TripAdvisorGreat Value in an Expensive Town,” stating that their garden room was comfortable, homey, well furnished- and affordable. The convenient downtown location, as well as the area’s free shuttle made transportation easy they wrote, and the complimentary breakfast was great. In the world of vacation rentals, similar testimonials can be found through FlipKey’s guest reviews. One guest titled their review of Evergreen Condos in Vail, “Great Location and Plenty of Room,” writing that they enjoyed the “large space in Vail Village,” as well as the indoor hot tub, outdoor pool, and the condo’s reasonable price.

We were excited to see a new client testimonial posted about the FlipKey service in a recent Instant Software industry newsletter by Lahaina Island Accommodations.

Who is Lahaina?

Lahaina Island Accommodations is located in Fort Myers Beach, FL and offers more than 165 privately owned vacation rental homes lahina_island and condos just north of Lover’s Key and Bonita Beach, Florida. Lahaina began using FlipKey in September and has collected over 150 guest reviews through FlipKey’s guest review service.

What did Lahaina have to say about FlipKey?

*As featured in the Instant Software Newsletter*

“I believe that guest testimonials on my website are far more convincing than anything that I could say about my own company or properties in the same space. Working with Bryan at FlipKey is such a pleasure! He convinced me to send FlipKey requests to our previous year’s guests. We were nervous! But I followed his advice and it was a great success! Thanks, Bryan!” Barb further stated “We receive inquiry requests daily through FlipKey. Some people who inquire are so sure that they will enjoy their stay based on reading past testimonials that securing the booking is almost easy!”

Click here to read the entire article…

As one of America’s most popular ski vacation destinations, Vail, CO offers the perfect mix of skiing, cosmopolitan shopping, dining, and natural beauty. Vail allows you to explore three distinct sides of the mountain, each with three terrain parks and 5,289 acres of white powder.  In the afternoon, take part in one of Vail’s many winter events, including the Vail Snow Daze, a kick off to the winter season at Vail with live music, food venues, snowball eating contests and more.

Although Vail Village and outlying areas feature a number of lodges and hotels, the best lodging accommodations can be found in personal vacation homes located throughout the area.

Currently on FlipKey there are nearly 300 vacation rentals located in Vail featuring verified guest reviews. Here is what a few recent guests had to say about their Vail vacation rental experience.

Review of Village Center 4D – 1BD/1BA Condo by Vail Management Company


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Review Evergreen 602 – 2BD/3BA Condo by Vail Management Company

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Few places can rival Breckenridge, CO and the neighboring towns of Silverthorne, Keystone, and Frisco, CO for its flawless white powder slopes and great dining and shopping venues. Explore Breckenridge Mountain, one of the most popular ski destinations in North America with a summit elevation of 13,000 ft., thirty running lifts, and 155 trails. The fun continues in downtown Breckenridge, where you’ll find chic ski boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and local pubs. Enjoy the city’s Ullr Festival, a weeklong celebration of he mythical Norse god of snow, Ullr, which includes the Main Street Parade and winter sporting events.

Although Breckenridge and outlying areas feature a number of lodges and hotels, the best lodging accommodations can be found in personal vacation homes located throughout the area.

Currently on FlipKey there are nearly 600 vacation rentals located in Breckenridge many featuring verified guest reviews. Here is what a few recent guests had to say about their Breckenridge vacation rental experience.

Review of Park Avenue lofts 306 by Great Western Lodging 

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Review of Breckenridge Mountain Village by Peak Management

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Across the board the severity of the current economy has put a dent in the ability for businesses, individuals, and families to allow for excess spending.  Travel, being a luxury, is naturally sensitive to these kind of fluctuations.

Compete.com analyzed year-over-year online activity in the air and hotel industries for August, September, and October to observe trends or shifts in consumer interest in travel. What they found was a decline in overall online travel research.

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Many might point out that the Y-O-Y decline in October is less pronounced than expected given the severity of the economic situation.  However, it’s worth noting that these are ‘online’ demand indicators.   As more and more consumers shift their travel research activities online there is a natural inflation of online travel behavior.  Therefore any decrease in year-over-year online travel demand spells a more severe decrease across the online and offline travel market.

Common feelings are that November 2008 has experienced similar year-over-year declines, and though the upcoming Holidays present opportunity for a step back in the right direction, trends point to further decline in the industry for the upcoming months.