On Uncle Sam's dime

Got your economic stimulus payment from the government yet? Regardless of your opinion of the economy and its direction, using the $300 to $600 windfall, plus any income tax refund, for travel will definitely help you to have a good time. Here are some untaxing offers to consider:

HKH Hotels in New York -- the Casablanca Hotel, the Library Hotel, Hotel Elysie and Hotel Giraffe -- is discounting prices $10-$50 through Labor Day. Regular summer rates at these boutique hotels start at $265-$289. Guests of the Library and the Casablanca will also get a signature tote bag. Use promotion code taxrebate when booking. Visit


Octogone Hotels in exotic Morocco has a Buy 4 Nights, Get the 5th Night Free package that also includes a complimentary massage for two at its Terre Resort & Spa in Marrakech. This offer is good through June 15. Use code taxrebate when booking. Prices range from $200 to $800 depending upon the room and time of year. Call 480-503-8022 or visit

In Boston, the Fairmont Copley Plaza's Tax Refund Weekend Package includes overnight accommodations for two and a credit of the 12.45 percent room tax. Rates start at $245. The offer is good through June 30. Visit or call 800-441-1414.


Spring and summer prices have been cut about 20 to 25 percent at the nine Oasis Hotels & Resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. All-inclusive rates include: $69 per person per night at the Oasis Cancun; $144 at the Grand Oasis Riviera Maya; and $150 at the Grand Oasis Cancun. Call 800-446-2747 or visit

To celebrate the recent opening of the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, Sheraton Universal has the Springfield Goes Hollywood package for $419, which includes a night in a newly renovated room, two front-of-the-line Universal Studios passes worth $200, a Homer doll, a doughnut turndown amenity, shuttle service to the theme park and, if available, an upgrade to a lanai poolside suite. Visit or call 866-716-8130.

At Universal Studios Florida, where the Simpsons Ride opened May 15, guests who stay four nights at one of the Loews Hotels onsite can get free admission to the park. Visit universal or call 877-801-9720.

Jazz It Up packages are being offered for the 29th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, June 26-July 6. You get two nights' accommodations and two breakfasts at any of four hotels, a festival T-shirt, a shoulder bag, concert tickets and vouchers worth up to $135. Prices range from $184 to $291. Visit