Luxury Escapes launches presence in the U.S.

TravelDailyNews International | October 11, 2019

Luxury Escapes, the Australian travel brand that has transformed the luxury travel landscape by changing the way travelers book, save and experience luxury travel, is expanding its presence in the United States and Canada. A complimentary members-only platform, Luxury Escapes has 3.2 million members, and has built vacations for more than one million travelers to experience some of the world’s most sought-after destinations while staying in five-star luxury hotels and resorts at flash sale prices. But what sets Luxury Escapes apart is its curated bucket-list packages that create fully immersive and luxurious travel experiences.

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