July 17, 2024

Best Cheap Flights, Cruise Deals, and More Now

Best Cheap Flights, Cruise Deals, and More Now

Travelers who cruise already know that we’re in the thick of wave season — the period between January and March when there tends to be the year’s absolute best cruise deals. But to mark the end of gloomy winter and celebrate a very special Leap Year, hotels and resorts, airlines, and travel booking services are similarly offering their own last-minute and forward-looking travel deals, making the coming weeks an ideal time to book all of your travel.

Whether you’re looking to ski one last time before the season ends, planning to jet-set to a tropical destination, or wanting to take advantage of great airfare or cruise deals to undiscovered corners of the globe, these are some of the best end-of-winter travel deals to snag right now before they’re gone. But remember, as you assess any of these deals, always check the fine print, as they all end on different dates, and some sales have booking windows, caps, blackout dates, minimums, or other restrictions.

Best Hotel Deals


The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail: Vail’s classic North American skiing and back bowls are on target to wrap up in mid-April, and one of Lionshead Village’s best hotels for skiing families and other large groups is conveniently running its Stay Longer and Save special valid now through April 24. You’ll save 20 percent when you book a three-night stay, 25 percent when you book four nights, and 30 percent when you book seven or more nights. As an added perk, through a partnership with Lexus, guests at The Hythe can get around the greater Vail area in snazzy Lexus courtesy cars driven by friendly hotel staff. 

Malliouhana: Anguilla’s legendary Malliouhana resort is pure paradise, complete with a postcard-worthy private beach, glimmering infinity pools, and an excellent wine program. It’s also currently where you can get a deal on a five-star Caribbean getaway. That’s because the resort is partnering with Tradewind for a Fly & Stay VIP Experience package, which includes special flight and hotel booking deals. Those who fly through San Juan on the deal can take advantage of a complimentary VIP experience (a $250 value) at the airport; plus, 20 percent off the best available rate at Malliouhana, and even a $250 resort credit when booking five nights or more. It’s all valid through April 8 with some blackout restrictions.

The St. Regis Venice: Peel back the layers on Venice’s historical architecture, and it will also reveal a shopping mecca for fashion, accessories, home decor, Venetian masks, and other talismans. One of the iconic destination’s most mesmerizing luxury hotels, The St. Regis Venice, is currently offering travelers the Shopping Wonderland in Venice Package, which includes accommodations in a premium room or suite, assistance in booking shopping appointments at luxury boutiques, butler service, buffet breakfast at its Grand Canal-front restaurant, bespoke gifts from the shop and even room upgrades pending availability. It’s all happening through March 31, so you’ll want to act fast. To book and get more information on rates, call +39 041 2400 500 or email [email protected].

The St. Regis Venice

Kenoza Hall: Located in the thriving Sullivan Catskills, Kenoza Hall charms visitors with its views over Kenoza Lake and upgraded private room types including charming bungalows, plus an excellent on-site restaurant and spa. Travelers who book a three-night stay currently receive 30 percent off on the third night, but from March 24 to April 27, that third night will be complimentary. And to sweeten things even more, Kenoza Hall is hosting a maple-tapping weekend with a lesson on how to tap trees yielding maple syrup, plus a maple-inspired get together with cocktails, goodies and good vibes. 

The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth: Mammoth’s ski season runs historically longer than most, so you can get a late ski season or early spring trip into the mountains. Through May 31, those with a valid Ikon Pass will save 30 percent on weekdays and up to 10 percent on weekends at the best available rates. Pro tip: While you’re in town, make sure to check out its impressive dining scene, including the friendly service and authentic Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes at Dos Alas CubaRican or the fan-favorite cozy fine dining French restaurant Lakefront; or for an aprés snack, The Shed offers top tier wines and charcuterie.

Fontainebleau Las Vegas: The Strip’s latest luxury hotel has a beautiful spa complete with an “event sauna,” plus a killer gym and high octane party restaurants like Papi Steak and Komodo, and its current promotion is a tempting way for travelers to try it all: offering up to 20 percent off a stay plus $50 in food and beverage credit per day to use poolside at Oasis Pool Deck. Book soon or into the early fall, because this deal is valid from March 1 to September 30.

Hotel el Convento

The Dolder Grand: The Swiss sure know their way around a spa, and access to The Dolder Grand’s hotel spa is just one of the perks for visitors who book the Dolder Grand 4-for-3 Experience. The deal comes with a fourth night stay for the price of three nights, plus other perks, and it’s bookable through the end of 2024, making this a great choice for long-term planners who want to experience the hotel’s lovely outdoor vegan/vegetarian garden restaurant Blooms, or the rest that Zurich has to offer come spring, summer, and fall. 

Hilton New York City: If you’re looking to get a taste of the Great White Way to take in award-winning productions, Hilton hotels have got you covered. From now through March 31, you can book a room at participating Hilton properties in New York City for savings of up to 40 percent off ticket prices to Broadway shows including “Kimberly Akimbo,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Chicago,” and many more. To book a stay, visit hiltonsofnyc.com and use the code “BRDWAY” at an impressive list of participating hotels, including the Conrad Midtown, Martinique New York on Broadway, Hilton New York Times Square, and more. Make sure that you read the fine print on this one, because in addition, travelers using this deal will receive 25 percent off tickets to the Museum of Broadway and 50 percent off an annual Broadway HD streaming subscription.

Sofitel Baru Calablanca: A short, distinctive catamaran ride from Cartagena, Colombia, Softitel Baru is offering a three-night stay, get-one-free deal through November 2024. Rates start at $350; reserve using the code “4THNFO.”

The hotel’s seven rooms have names instead of numbers. This one is the Balsa Room, with a hammock on the balcony and views of the pool and mountains beyond.
©Costa Rican Vacations

Four Seasons Hotel, Miami: From now until December 31, you can book a three-night-get one-free deal at the ultra-luxe and recently renovated Four Seasons Hotel, Miami. This includes access to the city’s largest pool terrace, with two acres of palm tree-lined beauty and all of the daiquiris that you can desire. 

Conrad Washington, D.C.: D.C. hotel rates for cherry blossom season run at a notorious premium, so you might as well get some incredible perks if you’re going to splurge. This season, the centrally located Conrad Washington, D.C. is offering an extravagant concierge experience that includes a Sakura Club room with daily gourmet breakfast, dinner, and Japanese whiskey tasting, a four-course cherry blossom-inspired dinner with wine pairing at the on-site Estuary restaurant, and a one-hour photography session for the best cherry blossom pictures, plus bling from David Yurmanrose gold jewelry, a private shopping experience with a $1,000 gift card at CityCenter, and more. Read the terms and conditions, then begin your booking process; this special deal runs from March 14 to April 30.

Hotel el Convento: If you’re seeking historical charm in an unconventional setting (a.k.a. a former convent), look no further than the Hotel el Convento in San Juan, which recently underwent a refresh and is offering a Swing Into Spring Sаle that includes up to 15 percent off hotel rates through September. 

Best Cruise Deals

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises: When cruisers reserve a Windstar cruise before March 31, they can pick their favorite perk, like one free pre- or post-cruise hotel night or up to $1,000 in onboard credit. There’s a special offer to earn free upgrades for Premium Suite guests to enjoy All-Inclusive fares — which is not too shabby when you consider that it includes Wi-Fi, unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails, and takes care of gratuities.

Holland America: For a limited time, guests who book Holland America’s just-announced 132-day Grand World Voyage cruise will get up to $2,000 in onboard credits per guest, a 3 percent pay-in-full discount, a free Wi-Fi package, and more. Additional perks for guests who book early include an impressive $500 air credit per person when booked through Flight Ease, plus complimentary round trip airport transfers to and from the Fort Lauderdale airport. Sailing on Volendam, the cruise will call 47 ports in 39 countries and the savings are ideal for those looking to plan out a big trip in the future. Guests can currently make a future cruise request for a stateroom on this cruise by contacting World Cruise Reservations: 1-800-522-3399.

Windstar Cruises

Princess Cruises: How’s 40 percent off and a free upgrade and free third and fourth passengers sound on Princess, the cruise line known for handsomely-appointed staterooms, world class dining, and top notch entertainment? Valid through Leap Day (February 29), you’ll have to move quickly to book this special offer, but we got the inside scoop that even more great offers are being announced in early March — so stay tuned. 

Abercrombie & Kent: To get you to some of the most remote parts of the world in style and with all the creature comforts, luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has a rare deal on its North Pole Expedition Cruise. Right now, those booking will get an upgrade to Category 4 rooms when booking a Category 1 double-occupancy stateroom, plus save $8,000 per stateroom. Even better, it’s offering a $1,500 air credit deal per traveler when you reserve your airfare with Abercrombie + Kent. Solo travelers can also save up to 75 percent on Categories 1 to 3 single supplements, but restrictions apply, so as always, make sure you read the terms and conditions.

Best Airline Deals

American Airlines Vacation

Delta Airlines: Delta’s Spring Into a New Adventure Sale is currently offering low-cost fares for various cities in the U.S. on select dates in March and April. You can, for example, fly from Newark to Jackson Hole for only $539 to squeeze in that last bit of late season skiing or book a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu for only $476 to get a head start on that summer tan.

American Airlines: From now through Leap Day, travelers can save $200 when booking their vacation package on American Airlines. Anyone looking to take advantage of this deal has to spend a minimum of $6,500 for a four-night stay, valid for travel from now until September 30 with certain black-out dates. Use the promo code “LEAPYEAR2024” to book. 


Emirates Airlines: Making a bucket list trip to Dubai even more affordable, the United Arab Emirate’s premier airline is currently offering a My Emirates Pass that will grant travelers exclusive discounts at restaurants, luxury spas, designer outlets, private pools, and more. The pass also comes with discounts at some of the city’s biggest attractions, like The Top Burj Khalifa, Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm, and IMG Worlds of Adventure — to name just a few.

PLAY: If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to hop over to Europe this spring, low-cost Icelandic airline PLAY is offering one-way flights starting as little as $99 when booking round-trip flights to Iceland, Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and Dublin from New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. But hurry, because the offer expires at midnight March 1, and must be booked through the flyplay.com website. 


Qantas: The Australian airline has a 24-hour Leap Day sale to get you down under if you’re traveling from the U.S. or Canada. Available only on February 29, it offers travelers $250 off round-trip economy cabin flights, and it’s technically valid for Qantas-operated and marketed flights, meaning any flight that you find on qantas.com. Some available examples include Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, New York (JFK) to Auckland (or Sydney via Auckland), San Francisco (SFO) to Sydney, and more. 

Best Vacation Packages

JetBlue Vacations

JetBlue Vacations: A good flight and hotel package makes travel easy-peasy, and those booking with JetBlue Vacations can enjoy just that on trips to its Insider Experience destinations that are booked by December 31 for travel by November 15, 2025. Plus, it offers free airport transfers and 24/7 support from a local Insider who can give you all of the local tips on attractions, things to do, restaurants, destination tips, and more. At booking, use the promo codes “25INSIDER” for $25 off or, get $50 off when you spend $2,000-plus with the promo code “50INSIDER;” $150 off when you spend $4,000-plus with promo code “150INSIDER;” $300 off when you spend $6,000-plus with promo code “300INSIDER.” 

On top of all that, JetBlue Vacations is still running their special Leap Day Sale through February 29, with flight and hotel and flight and cruise package savings that range from $129 to $629 depending on your minimum spend. 

CheapCaribbean: Move quicker than a cheetah in the Okavango Delta to take advantage of Cheap Caribbean’s Leap Day deal, which is valid through February 29 and allows you to save $250 per booking on hotel and air vacation packages between March and April. Use the promo code “SPRING250” at checkout, but make sure that you’re staying at least four nights or it won’t be valid.

JetBlue Vacations

Apple Vacations: To thaw out winter fatigue, Apple Vacations is having a Spring Break Sale and customers can earn up to $200 off sitewide on their next beach vacation — and kids 17 and under even stay for free at select resorts. Read the fine print, but booking windows are valid through April 4 for travel through December 15 with the code “SPRINGSAVINGS24.” Deals vary based on destination, but you can save all over the world, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Central America, Hawaii, Europe and more. 

Best Booking Deals


Booking.com: Booking.com is currently offering solid early 2024 deals, and travelers get 15 percent off or more for stays worldwide. The offer is active and running through April 1. Meanwhile, cruisers will want to take advantage of their Double Bonus cruise offer; valid for U.S. travelers, the offer ends soon but is too good to pass up because it doubles the amount of spend at sea for cocktails, specialty dining, spa treatments, and more. It’s available during the booking window of February 13 to 29 for sailings happening through 2025. 

Expedia & Hotels.com: In anticipation of spring, OneKey members can currently save a handsome 25 percent or more on last-minute travel — just make sure that you’re signed into the loyalty program on Expedia or Hotels.com and to book prior to March 25 to snag the deal. 

Priceline: Act fast because Disney adults (and their kids) booking through Priceline can currently save up to 20 percent on select Disney resort hotels when traveling through March 24. There’s also savings of up to 30 percent on rooms at select Disney resort hotels for stays between March 25 to October 3. Some specific hotels and room types are not included, so make sure that you read the fine print before booking.


Dis-loyalty: Imagine a travel loyalty program where you didn’t have to be loyal and were encouraged to try new things. Part of Ennismore, Dis-loyalty is just that, and the remarkably fast-growing global lifestyle company is offering travelers 50 percent off newly-opened and exciting hotels like SO/ Maldives, The Hoxton, Vienna, and Mondrian Ibiza. Not to mention, 20 percent off first-stays at over 75-plus hotels, 10 percent off return stays, and more perks. Book deals (valid periods vary, so read the fine print) at dis-loyalty.com

TravelZoo: With a little spontaneity, a last-minute travel deal from TravelZoo can currently whisk you to Iceland to catch the Northern Lights, Hawaii for a weekend trip (flights included!), or on a week-long journey through Costa Rica at a good price. After all, your PTO likely was just reset for the new year — so what’s stopping you from taking the trip of a lifetime?

TwoTravel: LATAM’s premier group travel concierge service is currently offering a slew of too-good-to-miss deals on vacations to Colombia — including up to 25 percent off on concierge services so that every detail of your trip is perfect, plus 15 to 20 percent off private villa rentals and private boat bookings along the Colombian coastline.

Best Ski Lift Ticket & Rental Deals

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Brian Head Resort: Skiing is a notoriously expensive sport, but at Utah’s Brian Head Resort, adult lift tickets for March and April can be purchased in advance for about $60 or less. To get you on the slopes even more affordably, from March 1 through closing day on April 14, skiers and riders at Utah’s Brian Head Resort can take advantage of $25 rentals, $100 afternoon group beginner lessons, and a $10 resort credit with an online adult lift ticket purchase — with the only blackout dates being from March 11 to 17.

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