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Travel Deals: Last-Minute Spring to Early-Bird Fall Savings

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When booking travel, you often have to decide if you want to plan ahead and book early or hold out for an eleventh-hour offer. This week, you don’t have to choose. We have deals on last-minute sporting savings as well as significant discounts for summer and fall travel.

Final Four Atlanta Hotel Deal

It’s the peak of March Madness and the Final Four is almost here. This year, the games are being played in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.

Orbitz knows fans want to be there to celebrate the game. Looking at the data, Michigan is currently in the lead with more fans booking travel.

The good news is that there are still deals to be had in Atlanta. Orbitz Senior Editor Jeanenne Tornatore recommends looking outside of metropolitan Atlanta to find hotels for under $100.

In nearby suburbs including Galleria/Smyrna/Marietta, rates are around $130 a night. By the airport rates are $110 per night.

Though your bracket may be busted, you can still take 15 percent off hotels for Orbitz with promo code MarchBBall15.

Europe Sail & Stay Promotion

Windstar Cruises is known for Sail & Stay promotions and now we have the last offer of 2013. You have until midnight Saturday, April 27, to book two nights before or after sailing in one of Windstar’s luxury hotels in  London, Rome, Dublin, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Stockholm, Istanbul, Cairo, Athens, Lisbon, and Barcelona. Rates start at $2,000 per person for a 7-night cruise. To learn more about the European Sail & Stay promotion, visit the Windstar website.

Sporting Savings in the Dominican Republic

What does a sporting vacation mean to you? There’s golf, of course. But in the Dominican Republic at Casa de Campo, you’ll also find horseback riding, skeet shooting, and tennis matches. Plus, the resort is offering a discount on sporting activities until October 30, 2013.

Book before July 31, 2013, for rates that start at $164 per person, per night, in guestrooms or $1,075 per villa, per night (the property offers 5 to 10 bedroom homes accommodating 10-20 guests). When you book, you get a $150 credit for guestrooms or $500 credit for villas offering discounts to four Pete Dye-designed golf courses, the Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terrazza Tennis Club and 245-acre skeet/trap Shooting Club.

To book now, call 1-800-877-3643 or visit Casa de Campo’s website.

European Family Travel

Norwegian Cruise Line is also offering European discounts. If you book a cruise today or tomorrow, you can receive up to $200 to spend on board. Plus families with new Europe cruise reservations will save 50 percent on cruise fares for children ages 17 and younger when traveling with two adults in the same stateroom. Fares range from $399 to $749 per person for different itineraries throughout Europe. To book call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit them online.

Save 50 Percent in Stoweflake

Stoweflake resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a variety of ways to save in Stowe, Vermont.

The 50th Anniversary promotion lets guests save 50 percent off rooms in spring and fall, with rates starting at $119.50 per room, per night. The package also includes $50 in bonus spa treatments and a $50 resort and spa credit year round.

A bonus spa treatment means that when you purchase a full-price, 50-minute spa service to get an additional 25-minute treatment for just $50. Bonus treatments options include: Ilike Organic Eye Repair Treatment, Salt Glow, Reflexology, Aromatherapy Pedicure, Executive Stress Reliever and Pinnacle Point Massage.

From June through September, you can also have a $50 Anniversary Meal at Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant. The $50 offer includes an entrée and a bottle of wine.

To book, call 800-253-2232 or visit Stoweflake online.

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