SMART DEALS: London Calling
The pound was worth $1.44 when I checked this morning. A year ago, it was over $2. So if you've been putting off a return visit to London, this could well be the time to go. Here are six promotions – two airfare deals and four hotel offers – to sweeten the deal.
THE DEAL: British Airways Club World Business Class from $999 each way.
THE FINE PRINT: The $999 fare is good from New York, Newark, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. The offer is good through February 16, 2009 and good for travel between April 1 and May 24, 2009. Government Taxes and fees are extra.
THE INFO: British Airways
THE DEAL: $156 one-way economy class fare from New York to London on Virgin Atlantic.
THE FINE PRINT: Based on the purchase of a round trip ticket and good from JFK and Newark. Other Virgin US gateways are higher. Fares must be purchased by February 24, 2009 and are good for travel through March 22, 2009 and from October 22 to November 30, 2009. Airport taxes, duties and September 11 security fee are extra and approximately $250.
THE INFO: Virgin Atlantic
THE DEAL: Opening rates for The Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
THE FINE PRINT: The hotel has just undergone a $36 million renovation and the introductory rate is 139 pounds(approx. $200)through April 30, 2009.
THE INFO: Radisson Edwardian
THE DEAL: Guaranteed dollar rates at The Royal Garden Hotel
THE FINE PRINT: The five-star Royal Garden Hotel in London is on Hyde Park in Kensington overlooking Kensington Palace. Their guaranteed US Dollar rates starting at $375 for a superior room and include Continental Breakfast and VAT. This offer is good through April 19, 2009.
THE INFO: Royal Garden Hotel
THE DEAL: "It's the Weekend" at Number 16
THE FINE PRINT: Located in South Kensington, Number 16 is the affordable sibling in the stylish Firmdale Hotel group. Weekend rates this winter are 195 pounds ($280) per night, based on double occupancy, and include a Continental Breakfast for two.
THE INFO: Number 16
THE DEAL: Thistle Hotels Winter Promotion.
THE FINE PRINT: Thistle Hotels are scattered throughout London and vary greatly in quality, but with a lead in price of 34.50 pounds ($50) per person, per night, for bed & breakfast, based on double occupancy, you might gladly sacrifice style for savings.
THE INFO: Thistle Hotels