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

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Celebrate the arts -- without going broke -- with a slew of hotel deals in and around Istanbul, one of the 2010 European Capitals of Culture. For example, book two nights (from $743 double) and receive a free third night at the A'jia Hotel. Info: 011-90-216-413-9300, http://www.ajiahotel.com/en/main.html. At Ceylan InterContinental, stay for at least three nights and receive a buffet dinner for two (valued at $75 each). Rates from $290 double a night. Both deals are good through March, and taxes of 8 percent are extra. Info: 800-496-7621, http://www.intercontinental.com. For info on other deals: 877-FOR-TURKEY, http://www.goturkey.com.


Stay at any of 30-odd participating hotels in the Florida Keys and receive free companion airfare for travel in the Lower 48. Rates and requirements vary. For example, the Southernmost Hotel in Key West requires a two-night stay (rates from $229 per night); the Mariner's Resort Villas and Marina in Key Largo requests a minimum stay of six nights (from $222). Overnights must occur by March 31. When booking the free flight, the first fare must exceed $349 (Sept. 15-Jan. 15) or $379 (Jan. 16-Sept. 14); both passengers must fly on the same itinerary. Fourteen-day advance purchase and Saturday-night stay required. Companion fare is good for a year and is valid on the five major carriers. Airport taxes additional. Info: 800-FLA-KEYS, http://www.fla-keys.com/freeairfare.


Save nearly 35 percent on a TourCrafters package to Madrid and Balboa, Spain. The seven-night package costs $1,099 per person double and features round-trip air from New York (add $50 for air from Washington), four nights at the Hotel Tryp Washington in Madrid, three nights at the Hotel NH Deusto in Bilbao, daily breakfast, four-day car rental and hotel taxes. Valid March 25-31; reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. Taxes of $115 are additional. By comparison, air from Washington is about $670 and four-day car rental is about $200. Info 800-482-5995, http://www.tourcrafters.com.

Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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