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

Correction: Print versions of this feature included an incorrect promo code for an Affinia Hotels deal. This version has been corrected.

January 6, 2012
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

LAND

●Nine Marriott and Renaissance resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico are offering discounts of up to 25 percent, plus $50 daily resort credits, for stays March 1 through May 31. Rates and minimum-stay requirements vary by property. At the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, for example, rooms start at $224 (plus $32 taxes) per night, with no minimum stay; regular rate starts at $300. Book the All Frills, No Chills deal by Jan. 31. Use promotion code LLF. Info: 888-727-2347, www.paradisebymarriott.com/all-frills-no-chills.

●Embrace the cold like a Canadian with Anderson Vacations’ Banff Winter Escape package, from about $313 per person double. The deal includes two nights at the Ptarmigan Inn (normally from $261), with hot breakfast buffet, and a choice of two activities on the list: one-day Ski Banff Tri-Area lift pass (value about $79 for one resort pass), guided wildlife tour of Banff National Park, guided Johnston Canyon ice walk (about $61) or guided snowshoe to the Paint Pots ($61). Book by March 24 for travel by March 31. Five percent tax additional. Info: 866-814-7378, www.canadatravelsolution.com.

●Affinia Hotels, a boutique brand, is offering a three-day sale on its properties in Chicago, Washington and New York City. Rates start at $89 in Chicago, $109 in Washington and $139 at any of its five New York hotels. Book Jan. 11-13 for travel through March 31. Taxes are extra; for example, pay 16.4 percent taxes at the Affinia Chicago on the Magnificent Mile, where rooms typically start at $120 a night. Info: 866-246-2203, www.affinia.com; use promo code JAN3DY.


A carpet maker pictured in Antalya, Turkey. (ALAMY)

SEA

Save $1,300 per couple on the May 10 departure of Blount Small Ship Adventures’ Atlantic Coastal Waterways itinerary. The 14-night cruise now starts at $3,939 per person double, plus $200 port charges. The cruise aboard the 96-passenger Grand Caribe starts in Jacksonville, Fla., and ends in Warren, R.I., and stops in 10 ports, including Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Norfolk; and St. Michaels, Md. Book by March 1. Info: 800-556-7450, www.blountsmall
shipadventures.com
.

●Princess Cruises is offering savings of up to $1,000 per stateroom, plus free balcony upgrades, on select Europe and Alaska cruises. Savings with the Balcony Bonus Sale vary by destination and departure date. For example, on the seven-day Norwegian Fjords Interlude departing Southampton, London, on July 21, pay $1,049 per person double for an interior cabin on the Grand Princess, down from $1,399. On the Aug. 10 trip, pay $1,549 per person double for an oceanview cabin on the Ocean Princess and receive a balcony upgrade (one category higher) for the same rate. Not included: taxes and port charges of $130 per couple for the interior cabin and $210 for the oceanview. The cruise sails round trip from England and stops in Bergen, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Stavanger, Norway. For all deals, book by Jan. 31. Info: 800-774-6237, www.princess.
com/balconybonus.page
.

AIR

●Air France has sale fares to Europe. For example, fly nonstop from Washington Dulles to Paris for $736 round trip, including about $118 taxes; other airlines are matching. Depart by March 25. Requirements include a minimum Sunday-night stay and a maximum one-month stay, and seven-day advance purchase. For cheapest fares, travel Monday through Thursday. Book at www.airfrance.us by Jan. 12.

PACKAGE

●Gate 1 Travel is offering discounts on its 13-day Turkish Treasures tour. The April 30 departure now starts at $1,696 per person double, including $115 taxes; other departures in April, May, September and October are available at slightly higher rates. Tour includes round-trip airfare from Washington to Istanbul; 11 nights’ lodging in Istanbul, Canakkale, Izmir, Antalya, Cappadocia and Ankara; motorcoaches between cities; tour guide; six tours with entrance fees; 19 meals; and airport transfers. Priced separately, air and hotels alone would cost about $1,550 per person. Book by Jan. 9. Info: 800-682-3333, www.gate1travel.com.

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

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