What's the deal? Travel bargains from around the globe.

Friday, December 31, 2010; 1:15 PM

What's the deal?

The week's travel bargains from around the globe


-Seven Hilton Worldwide properties in Puerto Rico are offering a fourth night free and other extras for stays through April 30. For example, a four-night 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 three Waldorf Astoria resorts. Book by Jan. 31. Info: 888-564-1307, www.puertoricogetaways.com .

-The Marrakech Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side is 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 by March 15, and stay Jan. 4-March 31. Info: 212-222-2954, www.marrakechhotelnyc.com . Request code WINTER10.


-Save 10 percent on the March 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.varietycruises.com .


-Aer Lingus is offering sale fares to Ireland and other destinations throughout Europe. For example, the round-trip fare from Washington 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 and Madrid. Fly to Ireland Jan. 13-March 31 and to Europe Jan. 5-March 31. Cheapest fares apply to Monday-through-Thursday flights. Book by Jan. 6 at www.aerlingus.com .

-Southwest is holding a systemwide sale. Fares from BWI Marshall 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-per-person 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 .

- Carol Sottili

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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