This week’s best travel bargains

April 11, 2013
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

● To celebrate Hotel Belleclaire’s 110th birthday, the New York hotel is offering standard rooms for $110 per night when booked by phone between noon on April 19 and midnight on April 20. Add taxes of about 15 percent, plus $3.50 occupancy tax. Stay April 19 through Labor Day. The Upper West Side property, which usually charges $239 a night, boasts an impressive guest list, including Mark Twain and Babe Ruth. Modern amenities include free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness center. Call 877-468-3522 and ask for the Belleclaire birthday promotion. General info: www.hotelbelleclaire.com.

● The five-star Christopher Hotel, on the upscale Caribbean island of St. Barth, is offering low-season packages with up to about $260 in resort credits. The Silver package starts at about $457 a night and includes a $131 resort credit per day, based on a three-night minimum stay. The Gold package includes a $196 daily credit, with a five-night minimum stay; the Diamond deal includes a $261credit, based on seven nights. Add 5 percent taxes per night. Stay by Aug. 25. Packages also include round-trip airport or harbor transfer, full buffet breakfast and welcome drink. The credit can be used at the spa, restaurants and bar. Info: 011-590-590-276-363, www.hotelchristopher.com.

● The Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is offering a discounted package with a free fifth night. The deal, good for stays through May 30, also includes a free Hobie Cat sailing lesson ($75 per person value), beach yoga lesson ($25 value) and 50 percent discount on a Beach BBQ party ($25 value). A one-bedroom garden villa for two adults starts at $3,388 for five nights, including taxes; usual price is $4,235. Info: 877-887-5722, www.thesomerset.com.

Sea

 ●This summer, save $1,000 per stateroom on seven-night Upper Mississippi sailings aboard American Cruise Line’s Queen of the Mississippi. The promotion includes 10 departures in June, July and August. Itineraries vary, with cruises traveling between Memphis and St. Louis; St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn.; and St. Louis and Cincinnati. Several theme cruises are also included, such as the Mark Twain Tribute cruise departing Aug. 3 and the Mississippi Jazz cruise departing Aug. 31. All departures start at $3,695 per person double after discount, plus $250 port charges. Book by calling 800-814-6880 no later than April 19. Info: www.americancruiselines.com.

Air

● Etihad Airways is offering sale fares from Washington Dulles to eight destinations in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan for departures through May 15. For example, round-trip fare to Bangalore, India, starts at $1,128 round trip, including taxes. Restrictions include a Sunday-night minimum stay. Sale is available for outgoing flights daily except Fridays and Saturdays; return flights available Monday through Thursday. Book by April 21 at www.etihad.com/en-us/deals/promotions-main.

● JetBlue has sale fares on flights booked by April 14. For example, the fare from Washington Dulles to New York’s JFK or BWI Marshall to Boston starts at $118 round trip, including taxes; fare to Boston is typically closer to $140. Air from Reagan National to Orlando starts at $168; other airlines are matching. Fly Tuesday or Wednesday, April 23 through May 29. Twenty-one-day advance purchase required. Info: www.jetblue.com.

Package

● Gate 1 Travel is offering a 10-day trip to Costa Rica starting at $1,337 per person double. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles to San Jose; nine nights’ hotel in San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio; 13 meals; motorcoach transport; several sightseeing tours with entrance fees; tour guide; airport transfers; and taxes. Lowest price applies to May, June and September departures. Priced separately, airfare and hotel alone would start at about $1,258 per person. Book at least 15 days in advance. Info: 800-682-3333, www.gate1travel.com.

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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