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. Best deals from airlines went to Virgin America for a U.S. carrier and Qatar Airways for a European carrier. 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. Get the full story at the Los Angeles Times