Milan Passage Vittorio Shopping Mall
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Shoppers fly high

AUSSIE shopaholics are in their element thanks to the strong dollar and tax time approaching. has put together a range of cheap international accommodation deals especially for those in need of retail therapy. general manager John Feenaghty said some of the most famous overseas shopping meccas were suddenly more affordable for the average Australian, so a boom in fly-and-buy holidays was inevitable.

“We've seen a 15% rate reduction on international bookings since February and a resultant 25% increase in international bookings to shopping destinations,” he said.

“The Australian to US dollar exchange is making stateside travel appealing and where better to indulge shopping fantasies than New York? (But) the Australian dollar is globally strong, so all major shopping hotspots like London, Milan and Hong Kong are also enjoying a boost.”


Deals for the Serious Shopper


Here you'll mix a designer ensemble with a street stall-bought bag. Stay overnight at the Cityview Hotel from $125 a night until September 15.


Italy's home of luxury shopping can make selling a house and spending up a storm seem like a good idea. But bargain hunters fear not, hit Milan in January or early July for famous sales. Stay three nights and receive a 15% discount on one night at Hotel Tiffany, from $124 a night, including breakfast, until September 15.


The fashion-focused will enjoy a stroll down Fifth Avenue to the likes of Tiffany, Gucci, Cartier and FAO Schwarz Or, enter the world of Bloomingdales and Macys and then bargain hunt at Century 21. Enjoy the Ramada Plaza from $113 a night until June 30.


Make a day of Oxford Street and its 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores or head to Harrod's. Stay at the Garden View Hotel for seven nights and only pay for six from $129 a night until October 31.


Paris is the playground of glamorous fashion darlings the world over. Enjoy the Allegro Hotel for five nights and only pay for four, from $154 a night, including buffet breakfast until October 31.

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