Celebrate great deals on a Derby de Mayo vacation
By Aimee Heckel
Either way you look at it, May 5 is a great day for hats — be it a sombrero or a flowery sun chapeau.
In addition to celebrating Mexican culture in America on Cinco de Mayo, this is also the time of year for the Kentucky Derby race — you know, the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”
There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend, especially when it comes to travel deals. Here are a few that we’d like to tip our margs and Mint Juleps to:
1. New York to Lexington, with luxury lodging: CheapOair is offering a roundtrip flight starting at $482 per person, and a night at the Hilton Lexington Suites for $292 per night.
The Hilton Lexington has some great HHonors Points deals going on now, anyway. If you’re traveling with a group, book two rooms and get 20 percent off the second room at check-in, using this coupon.
2. Drink specials in various cities: Check mydrinkon.com for drink specials in various cities, such as a Derby de Mayo celebration in Chicago, where you can $40 of goodies for only $30.
3. LivingSocial drink crawl deals and events: For example, get admission to the Derby de Mayo party at Cadillac Ranch in Indianapolis for 57 percent off. Make sure you book through ShopAtHome.com and get 2 percent cash back. Did we mention the deal comes complete with derby jockey hats, sombreros and mustaches?
Or stock up on your own derby merch at the official Kentucky Derby online store.
4. Last-minute derby deals. Although the seats in the stands are booked, you can still score standing-room tickets at gate 10 of Churchill Downs, according to Budgettravel.com. Tickets cost about $40 per person.
But even if you miss the race, you can participate in all kinds of parties in the area — assuming, of course, you can score a hotel right now. Check the waterfront for live music and festivities.
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Photo courtesy of LivingSocial.com.