The Oscars weren't the only awards given out last week. Travelzoo handed out awards for companies providing the best travel deals of 2014. Two hotels and two spas in California as well as Virgin America and Qatar Airways were among the winners.
The online travel deal website says its experts culled through 251,100 deals over the past year to select 85 award winners in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
It ranked companies and their deals by considering "quality, reliability, consistency, competitiveness and broad appeal," according to a Travelzoo announcement. It also weighed feedback from some of its 27 million users in North America.
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Feb. 24, 1:14 p.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Qantas was a Travelzoo award winner. Qatar Airways was a winner.
Starwood Hotels, which owns hotel brands W, Westin, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, Element, was recognized for offering the best hotel deals.
Other winners include:
--CruCon Cruise Outlet for the best cruise deals,
--Gate 1 Travel for the best deals from a vacation company,
--Tourism Ireland for the best deals from a destination marketing organization.
Travelzoo also awarded excellence awards to hotels which offered good deals and scored at least 95% satisfaction from the website's users.