What’s the Deal?

Travel bar­gains of the week.

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — Carol Sot­tili


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.

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