WHAT'S THE DEAL?
This week's best travel bargains around the globe
-- NYC & Company, New York City's marketing and tourism organization, has announced that 15 city hotels in the Signature collection will participate in a Third Night promotion this winter. Guests who book and pay for two consecutive nights at participating hotels from Jan. 4 to Feb. 28 will get a complimentary third night. Participating hotels are the Carlyle, Hotel Plaza Athénée, Loews Regency, London NYC, Mandarin Oriental, New York Palace, Peninsula New York, Pierre, Plaza, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Sherry-Netherland, Surrey, Trump International Hotel & Tower and Waldorf Towers. Guests will also receive a VIP shopping package from Saks Fifth Avenue that includes a personal-shopping experience at the Fifth Avenue Club, discounts and complimentary coffee and dessert at the store's Cafe SFA. Rates at the London NYC, for instance, start at $299 a night. Taxes are 14.75 percent plus $3.50 per room per night. The rates are based on availability, and certain blackout dates may apply. Info: http:/
-- Southwest Airlines has reduced fares to destinations across the country to as low as $59 each way for travel any day of the week from Jan. 12 to March 9. For instance, fly one-way from BWI Marshall to Chicago's Midway Airport for as little as $97 ($107.60 with taxes and fees). Book by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Jan. 4. Info: 800-435-9792, http:/
-- Norwegian Cruise Line has slashed fares on its seven-day Norwegian Pearl cruise to the Eastern Caribbean that sails from Miami on Feb. 6. Fares start at $429 per person, down from the brochure rate of $1,299. Taxes of $105.08 per person not included. Airfare to Miami and airport transfers also not included. Ports of call include Samana, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay. Book by Jan. 6. Info: 866-234-0292, http:/
-- The Appalachian Mountain Club is offering guests at Joe Doge Lodge in New Hampshire's White Mountains free cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing (a $60 value for a family of 4 at Great Glen Trails) throughout the winter. On Jan. 30, Feb. 27 and March 27, guests can also take a free, naturalist-led full moon snowshoe tour in Pinkham Notch. The all-inclusive deal includes dinner and breakfast. Nightly rates start at $72.20 per person for adult nonmembers ($65.66 for members) and $45.12 per person for non-members age 12 and younger ($40.76 for members). All prices include taxes. Info: 603-466-2727, http:/
Prices were verified Wednesday 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.