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Finding amazing travel deals: $150 for air, hotel

Jessie Purton won the frugal travelers’ lottery. A bit of luck, quick thinking, and lots of flexibility landed her an amazing deal: a four-night Carnival cruise to Mexico and two nights in a Miami hotel for just $275.

Purton, 30, found the cruise online in January, shortly after the Costa Concordia — owned by Carnival — ran aground off the coast of Italy. She and six friends booked the deal on a BlackBerry — they weren’t at home at the time.

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