Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels to and from all five Save on Cities locations: Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Baltimore

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

Holiday deals in NYC for the holidays

[UPDATE: December 8, 2011]

It’s not always easy to book a hotel in the Big Apple during the holiday crush, but here are a few nice stays that are actually offering discounts right now. Most are an easy walk from the holiday action – the big tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, Broadway shows, window displays along 5th Avenue – but a few are a bit further downtown, where you can get away from the crowds when you’re ready and explore another, funkier side of the city.

BEST DEALS UNDER $200

Hampton Inn Manhattan – Soho, 54 Watts Street, near the galleries and shops of Soho, nicely-designed rooms with free wifi and coffeemakers, on-site bar/lounge, starting at $139/night on Quikbook.

Hilton Times Square, 234 W. 42 St., starting at $152/night on Priceline

Unnamed 4-star hotel on the west side of Times Square, starting at $159 on Quikbook.

BEST DEALS UNDER $250

Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, just on Central Park South near the theater district and 5th Avenue shopping district. Starting at $200/night on QuikBook.

Waldorf-Astoria, this landmark 4-star hotel in Midtown East at 301 Park Avenue is offering rooms starting at $229 on Priceline.

For more hotel deals, visit Save on New York City.

Gift entertainment coupon book for $15

Save $10 on all 2012 Entertainment Books with FREE SHIPPING! Time is running out to get yours for the holiday season.

Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall 31% off

What would the holidays be without a visit to NYC to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall? The Rockettes have been high-kicking since 1933. This year’s show includes special effects, 3D technology and new routines as well as old favorites like Santa, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “Living Nativity.”

WHEN: [UPDATE 12/8] Tickets still available for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2012

DEAL: Tickets offered here for $40-$90, instead of the usual $45-110. Don’t wait long. Performances for this weekend are already selling out.

Thanksgiving dinner out in Philly

Waited ’til the last minute to make your Turkey Day plans? Here’s one memorable way to spend the day (and evening). It’s festive, tasty, family friendly and you can’t beat the setting. Reservations are still available from noon to 7:30 pm.

Longwood Gardens Thanksgiving Buffet.

DEAL: Members get $12 off the $59 cost for diners over 12 ($47). Children age 5-11 can gobble for $33, $27 with family membership. Kids 1-4 eat for $5 and babies are free. Buffet tickets include admissions to the gardens, so you can walk it off in style.

Buy  tickets online or call 610-388-1000 (for additional fee) or take your chances on the spot at the ticket office in the Longwood Visitor Center. This a a popular Thanksgiving dinner option and reservations are required, so if you want to guarantee a seat, I recommend reserving seats. A cash bar will be available.

Other dining deals in the Philly area:

Visit Restaurant.com and use the code SHOP to get $25 gift certificates for as little $2 for:

Restaurants within city limits, including Center City, Manayunk, University City, and Chestnut Hill

Restaurants in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, and South Jersey

Or sign up (free!) for the new discount dining service, Savored to get 30% off many of Philadelphia’s best restaurants, including Le Bec-Fin, The Prime Rib, Bistro La Minette, Cochon, Gilmore’s, Derek’s in Manayunk, and Il Portico in Rittenhouse Square.