What’s the Deal? This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.


A marine iguana rests on a rock on Fernandina Island, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador. (ALAMY)
November 11, 2011
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

l Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is offering a discounted rate targeted at Washington area residents for stays through Feb. 29. Rate starts at $139 a night, plus $21 tax, a savings of at least $107. Two-night minimum stay required. The deal also includes two cocktails and one appetizer (valued at about $35) at the hotel’s Square 1682 restaurant. Blackout dates include Nov. 18-19, Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2. Book by Dec. 31 at 888-725-1778, www.hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com. Request promo code WASHDC.

l With Marriott’s Stay Here, Fly There promotion, spend at least two nights at one of nearly 30 participating resorts and receive a companion airline ticket voucher for a future flight, plus a $100 resort credit. Deal is valid at properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada and Texas. Resort credit is good for golf, spa and dining services. Rates vary. For example, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa in Colorado, a midweek December stay starts at about $408 for two nights, including taxes. Book by Dec. 31; stay through Jan. 31. Use promo code P91. Info: 800-721-6996, www.marriott.com.

l Budget is offering u p to 35 percent off car rentals with its Pay Now feature, which requires travelers to pay at the time of the reservation. For example, in early December, a one-day economy rental from Los Angeles airport costs $31 with the prepay option vs. $50 at the counter (add about $18 in taxes). Savings in other categories range from $6 (convertible) to $38 (intermediate SUV). Available at most Budget locations in the United States and Canada. No change fee. Book online at www.budget.com.

Sea

l Book and pay for a Galapagos cruise-tour with General Tours World Traveler by Nov. 23 and receive a $1,400 per-couple discount. Deal applies to five itineraries; prices vary by trip and date. For example, after the discount, a Journey to the Galapagos tour starts at $3,199 per person double, including taxes, on select departures through March 2013. Rate includes three nights at the Swissotel in Quito, Ecuador; round-trip airfare between Quito and the Galapagos; and a four-night cruise aboard the Galapagos Explorer II. Info: 800-221-2216, www.generaltours.com.

Air

l American Airlines is offering sale fares to Europe. For example, a round-trip connecting flight from Reagan National to Paris starts at $697, including $141 taxes; other airlines are matching. For London, the cheapest fares are available Monday-Wednesday; for other cities, sale fares apply to Sunday-Thursday flights. Depart by April 1 and return by June 15. Blackout dates are Dec. 17-24. Seven-day advance purchase required. Book by Nov. 15 at www.aa.com, or pay an additional $25 by calling 800-433-7300.

Package

l Book two discounted round-trip tickets on British Airways to select destinations in Europe and receive two free hotel nights. Deal applies to London; Paris; Rome; Madrid; Barcelona; Budapest; Prague; Amsterdam; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Manchester, England. For example, fly nonstop from Dulles International to London and spend two nights at the Royal National Hotel for $662 per person double, including taxes and continental breakfasts. Priced separately, round-trip airfare on other airlines starts at $676, and the hotel rate for two nights with breakfast is $319 — a savings of $347 per couple. Single travelers receive one free night. Travel dates and restrictions vary by hotel and destination. Book by Nov. 15 at www.ba.com, or pay $25 more by calling 877-428-2228.

l Vision Airlines, the new low-fare airline that recently started service between BWI Marshall and Grand Bahama Island, is offering $1 one-way fares, plus taxes, in conjunction with a three-night package for two. Prices vary per resort. For example, January packages with round-trip air and three nights at the Flamingo Bay Hotel and Marina in Freeport start at $427 per person double, including taxes. Book by Dec. 11; travel by March 4. Blackout dates include Dec. 29-31 and Feb. 16-20. By comparison, air alone starts at $289. Info: 877-FLY-A-JET (359-2538), www.visionairlines.com.

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Please include your phone number and e-mail address. Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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