Research shows that those who are traveling are motivated by deals: 20 percent of leisure travelers bought some kind of travel service as a result of a “flash sale” or time-sensitive offer received by email from a provider such as a hotel or airline, according to the Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American Travelers. Fewer booked through private-sale sites such as SniqueAway (7 percent) or a collective buying site such as LivingSocial Escapes (8 percent), the survey showed. And more than 80 percent of leisure travelers who use the Internet for trip-planning purposes said low-price guarantees or the ability to check for the lowest prices are the most desirable features about travel sites. HauteLook, for example, started more than three years ago as a women’s fashion sale site and added travel last November after asking members what other products they’d like to see on the site. Other flash-sale sites include Jetsetter, Off & Away and Vacationist. “Everybody, and it doesn’t matter what financial bracket you’re falling in, everybody nowadays looks for a bargain,” said Heiko Dobrikow, general manager of the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Get the full story at the Miami Herald