What’s the Deal?
Travel bargains of the week.
Seven HiltonWorldwide properties in Puerto Rico are offering a fourth night free and other extras for stays through April 30. For example, a fournight stay in an ocean-view room at Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton starts at $910 after the fourth night is rebated at checkout. (It usually starts at $1,213.) Other extras at Condado Lagoon Villas include free
meals for children younger than 5, a 50 percent discount on lunches and dinners for children ages 5 through 12, and a 20 percent discount on spa treatments and select restaurants. Other properties participating in the Puerto Rico Sparkles promo include the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort and threeWaldorf Astoria resorts. Book by Jan. 31. Info: 888-564-1307, www.puertoricogetaways.com. TheMarrakech Hotel on Manhattan’s UpperWest Side offering discounts of up to 20 percent. Stay two or three nights and get a 10 percent discount; stay four nights and receive 15 percent off; stay five nights for 20 percent off. For example, a five-night stay for two in early February is now $490, including $78 taxes and fees, a savings of $103. Rates usually start at $99 a night. Book byMarch 15, and stay Jan. 4-March 31. Info: 212-222-2954, Request code WINTER10.
Save 10 percent on theMarch 12, April 23 and June 4 departures of a 14-day cruise to the French Polynesian Marquesas Islands aboard the Aranui 3, a passenger/cargo vessel. The 200-passenger ship travels round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, stopping at eight islands. Rates, and associated savings, vary by cabin type. After the discount, a standard cabin, for example, costs $3,593 per person double, including port charges and taxes, a savings of $367. Info: 800-972-7268, www.aranui.com.
Book a select 2011 Variety Cruises sailing out of Athens and receive free transfers and two hotel nights with breakfasts. Prices vary by cabin, itinerary and dates. For example, an April 8 departure of the Jewels of the Cyclades itinerary, which visits several Greek islands, starts at $1,700 per person double, plus $210 port charges. The value of hotel stay with breakfast is about $698, and transfers typically cost $253 per couple. Book by Feb. 1. Info: 866-944-8498, www.varietycruis es.com.
Aer Lingus is offering sale fares to Ireland and other destinations throughout Europe. For example, the roundtrip fare fromWashington Dulles to Dublin, connecting in New York, starts at $592, including $118 taxes. (Codeshare flights to/from New York are operated by JetBlue.) Other airlines are matching; fare typically is about $725. Sale fares from New York apply to many European cities including Paris, Amsterdam andMadrid. Fly to Ireland Jan. 13-March 31 and to Europe Jan. 5-March 31. Cheapest fares apply toMondaythrough-Thursday flights. Book by Jan. 6 at www.aerlingus.com. Southwest is holding a systemwide sale. Fares from BWIMarshall range from $59 to $159 each way, plus taxes; from Washington Dulles, fares are $98 to $159 each way, plus taxes. For example, round-trip fare from BWI to Cleveland is $150, including $40 taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $180. Fly by April 20. Sale applies to all days except Sunday; 14-day advance purchase required. Book by Jan. 3 at www.southwest.com.
Book a Taste of China tour with Friendly Planet Travel by Jan. 12 and receive a $300-perperson discount. Price, after discount, starts at $1,199 per person double (plus $120 taxes) for the Feb. 8 departure. Priced separately, airfares alone would cost $1,373. Fares for other departure dates range from $1,299 to $1,899, plus taxes. Trip includes round-trip air from Los Angeles to Shanghai, with return from Beijing; domestic flights from Shanghai to Xi’an, and from Xi’an to Beijing; three nights’ accommodations in Shanghai; two nights’ lodging in Xi’an; three nights’ hotel in Beijing; 12 meals; three sightseeing tours; tour guide; ground transportation; and taxes. Info: 800-555-5765, www.friendlyplanet.com.
Aranui 3 has discounts on French Polynesian cruises, where visitors can see sights such as Les Trois Cascades in Tahiti.