What’s the Deal?
By K.C. Summers,
This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.
At the newly renovated Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, receive a $100 Macy’s gift card for each night of your stay. The Summer Sun and Shopping Spree package starts at $199 per night double, plus $25 per night in taxes. Regular rates start at $169, so the deal nets you $70 in purchases per day. Arrive Thursday through Sunday; Sunday night stay required. Book and stay through Sept. 5 using promo code CMY. Info: 866-716-8137, www.westingaslamp.com.
The Mago Estate Hotel, a boutique property on St. Lucia, has a free-night deal. Pay for four nights and get an additional night for free, a savings of at least $200; or pay for five nights and receive two extra nights for free, a savings of at least $400. Rooms start at $200 per night, plus $36 per night in fees and taxes. Book and stay by Sept. 4 by e-mailing email@example.com and mentioning the Free Nights deal. Info: 758-459-5880, www.magohotel.com.
European Waterways has last-minute deals on select summer and fall luxury barge cruises. For example, get $1,000 off per cabin on the Oct. 23 cruise through France’s Burgundy region. The six-night cruise aboard the 12-passenger L’Impressioniste now costs $8,100 for two passengers, down from $9,100, and includes round-trip transfers between Paris and the barge, onboard meals, open bar, regional wines, tours, bicycles, a spa pool and taxes. For most deals, book by Aug. 1. Info: 877-879-8808, www.gobarging.com.
JetBlue has a systemwide sale on fall flights, with one-way fares from $49, plus taxes. From Washington, the best deal is the nonstop from Washington Dulles to Long Beach, Calif., for $312 round trip, including taxes. Other airlines are matching, but only on connecting flights. Book by Aug. 2; travel Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 16 Info: 800-538-2583,www.jetblue.com.
Southwest has a sale on summer and fall travel, with one-way fares starting at $59, plus taxes. Sample round-trip fares, including taxes: nonstop from BWI Marshall to Raleigh, N.C., $132; nonstop from BWI to Newark, $132; nonstop from Washington Dulles to Chicago, $258. Book by Aug. 1; travel by Nov. 7. Other airlines are matching, or coming close. Info: 800-435-9792, www.southwest.com.
Air Tahiti Nui has a sale on flights to Tahiti, with round-trip fares from Los Angeles to Papeete starting at $980 — a savings of 30 percent over regular rates. With fees and taxes, total fare is $1,058. Maximum stay is nine nights; 120-day advance purchase required. Book by Aug. 15; travel Nov. 1-Dec. 14. Info: 877-824-4846, www.airtahitinui-usa.com.
Aer Lingus has a sale on fall flights from New York’s JFK to Dublin or Shannon, with round-trip nonstops going for $800, including taxes. Fare on most other airlines starts at about $900. Book by Aug. 3; travel Monday-Thursday, Sept. 4-Oct. 31. Info: 800-474-7424, www.aerlingus.com.
Nassau/Paradise Island, in the Bahamas, is offering instant airfare credit on packages: $250 for stays of four or five nights, and $400 for stays of six nights or longer. Cost varies, depending on hotel and dates. For example, a mid-September package with round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Nassau and six nights in a water-view room at the Atlantis Beach Tower costs $2,428 for two travelers. Purchased separately, air for two would cost about $535. Book by Aug. 31; travel through Dec. 21. Info: 800-285-2684, www.nassauparadiseisland.com/hot-deals.
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