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Cheap holidays to the Maldives: How to do paradise on a budget

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STUNNING: You can Discount Holidays © holiday in the Maldives without breaking the bank

The Maldives is one of the most prestigious Discount Holidays © holiday destinations in the world and a dream honeymoon hotspot. With power-white beaches and unbelievably crystal-clear waters, it’s easy to see why the island country draws thousands of tourists every year. Many are put off by the hefty price tags of exclusive resorts and the famous over-water bungalows.

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PRISTINE: The beautiful archipelago is a popular honeymoon spot

The best islands in the world revealed in pictures2

But if you’re desperate to visit the beautiful archipelago, you’ll be thrilled to hear you can get flights and accommodation for under a grand. Budget travel company Holidaypirates.com3 has found a 10-night Discount Holidays © holiday to the Maldives for just 725. The amazing deal includes return flights from London Heathrow to Male, boat transfers and 10 nights accommodation on the island of Maafushi.

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BUDGET: The Arena Lodge Maldives is rated 4/5 on Tripadvisor

The hotel is the well-reviewed Arena Lodge Maldives, which is rated 4/5 on Tripadvisor and has been awarded the “Certificate of Excellence”. Prices vary slightly depending when you go, but these costing are based on tourists travelling between December 4 and December 15. The average temperature in the Maldives at this time of year is around 27C, with highs of 29.

This deal is insanely good, so if you fancy a pre-Christmas break in paradise you better get booking fast!

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CULTURE: The island of Maafushi has breathtaking beaches and quaint colourful towns

Price breakdown for 2 adults sharing:

Flights 940 / 2 = 470 per person

Hotel 426.90 / 2 = 213.45 per person

Shared speed boat transfers 84 / 2 = 42 per person

Total cost of holiday 1450.90 / 2 = 725 per person

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High-rise fire forces hotel evacuation in north Phoenix

A construction site was engulfed in flames forcing people to evacuate a nearby hotel.

High-rise Fire Forces Hotel Evacuation In North Phoenix

Firefighters battle a high-rise fire near Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard, Aug.

2, 2016. (Photo: Phoenix Fire Department)

PHOENIX – A high-rise building fire caused the evacuation of a nearby hotel early Tuesday. The fire, breaking out after 3 a.m. near the Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard, prompted a two-alarm response with as many as 80 firefighters involved, fire department spokesperson Capt. Ardell Deliz said.

The building was a hotel under construction, near the site of a Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express, which firefighters evacuated. Trying to keep the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, firefighters set up defensive positions near the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn and searched the surrounding desert for embers. Thirty-four rooms were occupied in the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn and all 49 guests were evacuated, according to officials.

Hotel guest, Irma Zuko, got the scary morning wakeup call.

I looked outside and I could see the giant flame in the reflection in that building across the street from here and saw two women running in the parking lot,” Zuko said. General Manager, Anju Desai, calls one of her overnight employees a hero.

He actually started with me about two weeks ago,” Desai said. “He got the checklist. He went through the hallways. He made sure every guest was evacuated. A guest who woke up to the hotel’s fire alarms told 12 News that firefighters planned to escort guests back to the hotel so they could collect their belongings and transfer to another Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn hotel.

The Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn suffered damage to the exterior, with scorched walls and blown-out windows. No one was reported hurt, though five officers were evaluated for smoke inhalation. Steve Wilson is a project manager on the construction site.

He says about 60 to 70 of his guys are out of work today, and he doesn t know when they can start rebuilding.

When I got the call this morning, I thought it had to be a sad joke,” Wilson said. “I couldn t believe something like this would happen. Wilson says the construction site was expecting to finish up on August 15. Now a new date will be set. The Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn’s general manager says she’ll probably have to close the hotel doors for a couple months for cleanup. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

PHOTOS: High-rise fire, Aug.

2, 20161

( 2016 KPNX)

References

  1. ^ High-rise fire, Aug.

    2, 2016 (www.12news.com)

3 Credit Cards to Consider Before You Take Your European Vacation

With the price of flights to Europe dropping faster than dominoes, it’s no wonder people are thinking of going abroad. But while scoring a cheap flight is nice, there’s nothing like packing a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. Even better: When that card has no annual fees the first year.

To help you start your trip off right, we sussed out a few that fit the bill.

That’s right, none of the three cards listed below have foreign transaction fees and their annual fees are waived the first year. Who says it’s tough to pack light?

1. Capital One VentureOne Rewards

The Pros: Capital One VentureOne Rewards (read our review here)1 members earn 1.25 miles per dollar, which can be redeemed for one cent each as a statement credit toward travel purchases, including airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises. New applicants also receive a whopping 20,000 miles, worth $200, after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months of opening the account.

The Cons: The rate of return on rewards is less than the double miles offered by Capital One’s alternate version of no-foreign-transaction-fee travel plastic, the Capital One Venture Rewards card.

APR: The variable interest rate2 is 12.24% to 22.24% after the first year (which is a 0% introductory rate).

2. Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Pros: Chase Sapphire Preferred (read our full review here)3 cardholders earn double points for all dining and travel charges, and one point for every dollar spent everywhere else. They can also redeem points directly through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards travel portal at a rate of 1.25 cents per point. Other rewards such as gift cards, swag and cash back are also offered at a rate of one cent per point.

The Cons: The $95 annual fee for the card is waived the first year, but you should consider if you’ll travel or dine out enough to make the card worth that fee before signing up.

APR: The variable interest rate is 16.24% to 23.24%, depending on your creditworthiness, after the year-long 0% introductory rate expires.

3. Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

The Pros: If you’re a frequent flier on American Airlines, the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card (read our review here)4 may be what you’re looking for. Cardholders earn two miles for every dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines ticket purchases, and one point per dollar on everything else, with no limit on the amount of miles you can receive.

Members can also waive the fee for their first checked bag for up to four of their travel companions on domestic flights.

The Cons: Again, there’s a $95 annual fee that is waived the first year. And if you don’t fly American Airlines, you may want to consider a different card.

APR: Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard offers a variable interest rate of 14.24% to 22.24%.

Remember, it’s important to read the fine print of any credit card5 you’re considering to be sure it’s right for you. And, before you apply, it’s good to have an idea of where your credit stands, as this will help determine what kind of terms and conditions you may qualify for. You can view a free snapshot of your credit report,6 updated each month, on Credit.com.

Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication.

Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

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References

  1. ^ Capital One VentureOne Rewards (read our review here) (www.credit.com)
  2. ^ interest rate (www.credit.com)
  3. ^ Chase Sapphire Preferred (read our full review here) (www.credit.com)
  4. ^ Citi AAdvantage Platinum card (read our review here) (www.credit.com)
  5. ^ credit card (www.credit.com)
  6. ^ view a free snapshot of your credit report, (www.credit.com)

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