Escape Winter for Spring Break in LA with Hipmunk and Virgin America

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Winter got you down? Cheer up, because Hipmunk and Virgin America want to send you and a friend for some fun in the sun in Los Angeles. Click here to enter!

One lucky flyer will win two Virgin America round-trip tickets departing from Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Portland, or Washington DC to the southern California coast, good for travel starting March 1, 2013. The winner will also score a four-night hotel stay in Santa Monica at the Shore Hotel, courtesy of Hipmunk.

Whether you need spring break plans or just an excuse to get away, here’s your shot. Just head here by February 8, 2013, break out your swimsuit, and share the link to let your friends know you’ve entered #HipmunkVX—you never know, they may just select you if they win.

California’s calling… make sure you don’t miss out, enter now!

Hipmunk News: Discover New Flight Deals From Your City

Start booking those trips for 2013 and save money while you’re at it with Hipmunk’s new Flight Deals! Try Flight Deals here.

Hipmunk Flight Deals are an easy way to find the lowest airfare online from your major U.S. city to other U.S. destinations. Simply select your city from 50 of the most popular origin cities listed. You’ll then see Flight Deals from that city to 12 destinations with low airfare. These travel deals are the best roundtrip deals over the next 30 days, so act fast if you see a price you can’t pass up. Too busy to check for updated deals? To make it even easier, enter your email address and have Flight Deals sent directly to your inbox twice a week.

Here’s a guide to start discovering Flight Deals:

1. Select your city of origin

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2. Enter your email address to have Flight Deals sent directly to your inbox

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 3. Explore low roundtrip airfares from your origin city

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4. See the details of Flight Deals for a specific destination 

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Once you decide on the perfect dates and price, just click on the price and get to booking!

Whether you’re spontaneous or a planner, flight deals are sure to help you find amazing deals on airfare. Happy deal searching!

New: Get Hooked Up with Hipmunk!

Hey there, savvy travelers, ready to get a bit more savvy? As of today, Hipmunk will make sure you never miss a meeting due to a flight and will ensure you always stay at the best hotel near your meetings and appointments. No, we’re not psychic, but with mobile calendar integration we’ll help you make the best travel choices.

Now, you’ll be able to hook up your personal, work, and even your friend’s, family’s, and colleague’s calendars into your flight and hotel results.

Here’s how it works:

When you download the most recent update to the Hipmunk iOS and Android apps, you’ll see an option to “Show My Calendars,” go ahead and switch that on:

Conduct your flight search like usual, and notice how your calendar events appear as vertical lines under the flights that conflict. You’ll also see the title of the event at the bottom.

When flights aren’t playing nice with scheduled meetings, we’ll notify you on-screen of the conflict:

If you’re ok with missing some meetings, continue on to book per usual. If not, you can go back and select another non-conflicting flight.

On the hotel side, we also give you the option to show your events. And the cool thing is, we plot them all on the map alongside your hotel results so you can easily visualize hotels in relation to your events and obligations. Your events are shown by a gold flag with the date of the event highlighted:

If you don’t want to rely on public transit and want to walk between meetings, we give you a list of the highest ecstasy hotels as sorted by proximity to an individual event:

While we’re happy to help you fly agony-free and bring ecstasy to your hotel stay, what we don’t do is violate your privacy. We solemnly swear to leave your personal calendar and meeting information exactly where we found it, on your phone! Scouts honor.

Now vamanos, you’ve got flights to catch and meetings to make!

Head to the AppStore or Google Play to get the free Hipmunk iOS and Android apps.

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