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Travel Deals: Find the Best Winter Savings in Cold Climates

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The New Year is almost here and if your resolution is to travel smart, aims to be your go-to resource for travel tips, daily deals, and seasonal coverage to help you find the most value on the road. When it comes to booking or traveling in the winter, it pays to go against your instincts and look at northern climates. While cold weather might not sound appealing, the offers are: New York hotels for under $100 a night, ski savings during peak days, European train promotions that run through spring, and discounted rates at a world-famous festival.

Ride the Rails

Starting on January 3, Rail Europe Inc.’s is running the Swiss 4+1 Spring promotion which lets travelers who book a first class 4-day Swiss Pass or 4-day Swiss Saver Pass receive a fifth day free. You’ll save of 25 percent or $155 on travel from February 1 through April 26, 2013, which means you can skip the dead of winter and watch spring start aboard the train. The pass offers unlimited travel on all trains, boats and buses within the Swiss Travel System, and provides free access to over 400 museums around the country. Rates start at $481 for the four-day consecutive first-class Swiss Pass and at $409 for the 4-day first-class Swiss Saver Pass.

Montreal en Lumiere

Montreal’s biggest winter attraction is the annual Montreal en Lumiere Festival, which takes place February 21 through March 3, 2o13. This year, you can plan ahead to take advantage of a few discounted packages:

  • Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth and Le Centre Sheraton Montreal are offering a Montreal En Lumiere Special Events Package for $160 which includes two night’s accommodation, two breakfasts, admission to the Presenting Quebec Chefs and Cheeses evening, admission to The Buenos Aires Covivial Meal, and a gift bag of products from Delices de l’Erable.
  • Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites are offering the “Winter Tasty-Treats Package” which includes two nights accommodation, two breakfasts, a “Flavours and Aromas of Old Montreal” culinary tour, wine and cheese tasting for two, and a gift bag of products from Delices de l’Erable.  The package costs $245.

Forget Restaurant Week, Try Hotel Week

More than two dozen hotels have come together to offer a huge reduction in one-night stay rates for New York City’s second annual Hotel Week.  From January 4 through January 20 the hotels are offering rates up to 50 percent off.  Prices range from $100 to $250 for the night.  View the participating locations and book your stay at


Several New York hotels have banded together to get you to use your vacation days in January. The secret to the savings is the promo code “VACATION”, which unlocks savings of 25 percent or more. Offers include

  • Hotel Belleclaire-Upper Westside is offering 30 percent off of deluxe and suite accommodations for January 2 through February 28. Rates start at$119. Book by December 31.
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel – TriBeCa is offering 30 percent off best available rates  for deluxe rooms this January and February. Rates start at $149 per night, Book by January 31.
  • Washington Jefferson Hotel – Hell’s Kitchen is offering 30 percent off the best available rate if you book a room for travel between January 1 and February 28, 2013. Book by January 7.

Christmas Day Ski-a-thon

Liftopia has launched a Christmas Day Sale with discounts for lift tickets more than 200 mountain resorts across North America. Here are a few of the ski deals:

· Save up to 39 percent at Arapahoe Basin with lift tickets starting at $47.99
· At Durango save 36 percent with lift tickets starting at $47.99

New England
· At Bolton Valley save 55 percent with lift tickets starting at $25.00
· Save 29 percent at Mount Snow with lift tickets starting at $52.99

· Save 42 percent at Sierra at Tahoe with lift tickets starting at $45

· Save 30 percent at Apex Mountain (BC) with lift tickets starting at $46.20

Visit Liftopia tomorrow to book.

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By Steven Knight for