Off & Away is like no other travel site I’ve ever seen, and I discovered it today by accident, looking for a Valentine’s escape. If there ever was a “game changer” in the way we book our hotel suites online, off&away should be it. Where else can you find luxury suites – up to 99% off? The catch? You have to bid for them.
Is Off & Away the eBay for travel? Hardly. It works a bit different – you never leave an auction empty handed: you’ll earn real dollars towards deals at over 100,000 hotels worldwide, and you can combine your credit from multiple auctions towards your dream vacation.
Bids cost $1 each and can be purchased in packs of 10, 25, 50, 100 or 250. When you find an auction you want to bid on, with each bid you cast, the auction price goes up by $0.10 and up to 15 seconds is added to the timer, to let others respond to your bid. If you are the top bidder when the timer runs out, you win, and if you don’t, as stated above, you’ll earn “Book Now credits” equal to the value of the bids you used in the auction. These can help you book hotel rooms at over 100,000 hotels worldwide at the guaranteed lowest rates.
For example, this February, Off & Away will auction off a special three-night stay in the ME Cancun Hotel’s Suite ME prior to Valentine’s Day. The winning bidder will receive an all-inclusive stay in the luxurious 9,757 square foot, bi-level Suite ME, home to the cast of the 22nd season of “The Real World,” for up to 10 friends and family members.
This auction is part of the company’s February “Whole Lotta Love” series – specially designed auctions for betrothed couples. Off & Away bidders may participate in individual auctions, or bid on each of the four available packages – Engagement Extraordinaire, Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Extravaganza, Wedding by the Sea and Honeymoon of Romance. The “Whole Lotta Love” auctions will begin on Friday, February 11, 2011 continuing through Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011. Availability dates for each auction will be accessible on the auction detail pages.