A bit of housekeeping: The OTR offices will be closed tomorrow (Friday), so there’ll be no news here. I apologize in advance.
Gate1 Travel has a fantastic deal for a package to Istanbul, Turkey. $499 gets you a flight from New York and 4 nights hotel on selected dates November through March. The price is less than airfare alone. Air add-ons are available from other cities. (thanks to Travelzoo for the heads up).