This week’s best travel bargains


A glacier in Iceland.
November 2, 2012
What’s the Deal?

Land

● Hundreds of bed-and-breakfasts in the United States and Canada are offering a free night to active and retired members of the military on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. More than 600 inns have already signed up. Inns are filling quickly, but more are being added daily. Value varies by property. For example, Au Fil des Saisons near Saguenay, Quebec, which had five rooms available at press time, typically costs $105 a night; Vineyard Harbor Motel in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., with six rooms available, typically starts at $139 a night. For a list of participating U.S. inns, go to www.bnbsforvets.org. For Canada, go to www.bbcanada.com/bb_vets.cfm.

● With Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Better Tomorrows promotion, good through Dec. 31, receive up to 40 percent off every second night at properties around North America and Latin America. Two-night minimum required, but deal also works on longer stays — for instance, book four nights and receive discounts on two nights. Deal applies to all Starwood brands. For example, at the Westin Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico, pay $558 for two nights in an oceanfront Royal Beach Club room in early December, down from $698; add about 17 percent taxes per night. At the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, pay $637 for four nights (vs. $796) in mid-November, plus about 13 percent taxes per night. Restrictions apply, such as hotels requiring a Thursday, Friday or Saturday arrival. Info: 866-924-8746, www.starwoodpromos.com/bettertomorrows. Ask for promo code ZB4.

Sea

Save more than 50 percent on Victoria Cruises’ winter sailings on China’s Yangtze River. The Three Gorges Highlights trip, which travels three nights from Chongqing to Yichang or four nights on the reverse itinerary, now starts at $470 per person double, with taxes, a savings of $510. Depart Thursday or Sunday in January or February. Add $200 per person to special Chinese New Year celebratory cruises departing Feb. 10, 11, 13 and 14. Tips are an additional $24 per person. Info: 800-348-8084, www.victoriacruises.com.

Air

Southwest is holding a sale, with fares from $79 each way, including taxes. From BWI Marshall, the $79 fares apply to nine destinations, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Islip, N.Y. Total round-trip air to Cleveland, for example, is $160; other airlines are matching. Travel Monday through Saturday. Sale runs through March 6; holiday blackout dates apply. Ten-day advance purchase required. Reagan National and Washington Dulles are not included in the sale. Book by Nov. 15 at www.southwest.com.

Package

● Intrepid Vacations is offering a package from New York’s JFK to Athens. The Greece trip is $1,238 per person double and includes round-trip air, five nights at the four-star Acropolis Select Hotel, welcome dinner, city tour, transfers and taxes. Depart December, February or March. Thirty-day advance purchase required. Package would typically cost about $120 more per person. Info: 800-505-5497, www.intrepid-vacations.com.

● Icelandair Holidays is offering an Iceland Northern Lights and Glacier Walk package for l ess than $1,000 per person double. The deal includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Reykjavik; three or four nights’ lodging; a Northern Lights and glacier ice walk tour, including use of ice pick and crampons; two-course dinner at Hotel Anna Restaurant; admission to an exhibit at the Country Hotel Anna; and all taxes. For example, a couple departing Dec. 4 pays $1,784 for four nights at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica. Depart through Dec. 11 or March 24-31. By comparison, airfare to Iceland costs from $850. Info: 800-223-5500, www.icelandair.us.

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Prices were verified at press time Thursday, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions may apply.

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