1996 was a pretty good year. It was the year of the Spice Girls’ “Spice,” the beginning of AskJeeves (remember that?!) and the reelection of Bill Clinton.
It was also the year Travelocity launched.
And the travel booking engine is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a pretty fun way: by rolling back some hotel prices to what they were in 1996.
How to Get Travelocity Hotels at 1996 Prices
You won’t find all of Travelocity’s massive hotel inventory in the sale — the vast majority are in international destinations — but if you’re looking for an exotic getaway, it’s well worth a look.
More than 1,000 hotels around the world are advertising prices from 1996, and some of the deals are pretty killer.
Though, for some reason, the site is promoting bookings between August 29 and September 2, I found availability on lots of other dates.
“There aren’t any specific travel date restrictions for this promotion,” Keith Nowak, Travelocity’s director of communications, confirmed in an email. “Just enter your destination and dates, and our site will find the ‘1996 pricing’ deals that match those criteria.”
In destinations that are already cheap, the prices are rock-bottom.
Seriously, you could get a weekend at a hotel for the same price as a nice dinner out. You do, of course, have to get there — but if you’re collecting frequent flyer miles and points, that shouldn’t be that hard.
You could, for example, save 74% at the insane-looking The ONE Legian in Bali, paying $32 per night instead of $120 for four-star luxury and infinity pools.
Or pay $19 per night, instead of $55, at this boutique hotel in Chiang Mai. (I spent that on ONE DRINK at a Dierks Bentley concert last week — no, I don’t want to talk about it.)
The sale runs from now through July 29, 2016.
Although I’m relieved that the scrunchies and platform sandals of my youth aren’t making a comeback, I’m pretty delighted these hotel prices are!
Your Turn: Will you jump on any of these hotel sales?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.